Video: Orca kills whale shark in Mexico

Video of an orca killing a whale shark in Mexico has been shared on social media. The footage is reported to have been taken off Holy Spirit Island in the Gulf of California around May 14. Viewers see a killer whale slowly approaching a large white mass floating in the water. As the boat follows the orca, the white mass takes shape and can be identified as a whale shark. The shark, which is struggling to swim upside down, has blood leaking from its lower body. It appears the orca…

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Shark bites reported in the UK, South Carolina and South Africa

Several shark bites have been reported over the weekend. The first occurred May 12 at Nahoon Beach, South Africa. An unidentified male was participating in a junior surfing event when he was bumped off his board and bitten by a shark. The surfer was transported to the hospital by private vehicle and apparently suffered minor injury to his side. While the shark bite has made national news, a second more deadly event took place later in the day.  A school-aged teen boy and girl drowned off Eastern Beach, East London,…

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Shark attacks in California part 2, Shark versus surfer

Surfing is a symbol of the casual life at the ocean, thus the saying “Life’s a beach.” Although it was not invented in California, it was made famous here. In the 1950s, the Americans had more free time, the gasoline was cheaper and so they spent more and more time on the beach. The surf boom found its climax in the midst of freedom-seeking youth. The commercialization of a subculture was the result of the popularization of surfing. Only by the increased free time of the working population due to…

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Shark attacks in California part 1

People across the globe have always been fascinated by California: The dream of being a Hollywood star, seeing the streets of San Francisco, visiting the blue Pacific and being around the beautiful people! Even the Beach Boys said California Girls are the prettiest girls in the world. Only one thing makes life on the coast of California less pretty for divers, surfers and swimmers—sharks! But according to a new study, the risk of a shark attack has dropped sharply. The Bermuda Triangle in the Atlantic Ocean, Death Valley in the…

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Shark interactions reported in Thailand, Maldives, New Caledonia and West Australia

A variety of recent shark attacks have been reported across the globe. Three interactions occurred off the coast of Western Australia. A surfer was hit by a great white shark April 22. Nathan Burch was surfing near Gracetown when the estimated 11-foot shark came from behind and hit the teen in the leg. Although the teen was frightened, he was uninjured. On April 25, a second surfer was knocked in the water by a 6-foot shark near Prevelly. A third surfer was bumped at Mandurah. Around 5 p.m. Adam Murray…

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Great white shark tracked in the Panhandle, and it’s not the first

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A great white shark known as Hilton is currently being tracked in the Gulf of Mexico, and it’s not the first time a great white has been tracked in the Florida Panhandle. Hilton is a mature great white that weighed 1,326 pounds when tagged on March 3, 2017 off the coast of Hilton Head, South Carolina. The male shark was caught and tagged by the nonprofit group OCEARCH during their Lowcountry Expedition. Scientists and researchers attached a Smart Position and Temperature (SPOT) Tag to Hilton’s dorsal fin. When the tag…

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Interview with California great white shark attack survivor Grigor Azatian

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Under a slightly overcast sky on November 24, 2017 Grigor Azatian and his father Armen were diving off the coast of Pebble Beach when he was bitten by a great white shark. The 25-year-old and his father had fished the area before, and Grigor, who had been spearing for 12-years and diving even longer, had just taken a couple of fish. His father wasn’t having much luck, but Grigor knew there were more fish in the area and suggested his father go back down. While floating at the surface Grigor…

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