Searching for great hammerheads the Bimini Adventure p2

no swimming sign warning of bull sharks

We pick back up on our search for great hammerheads in the Bahamas as the group approaches North Bimini Island. At dusk we enter the small harbor of Alice Town. A boat for deep sea fishing is located next to us. We turn on the boat lights and see in the approximately three-meter deep harbor water several large Tarpon. The Atlantic Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) is highly sought after by sea-anglers for its spectacular battles. Its meat is marketed fresh or salted. In Colombia, the fish are kept in aquaculture. The…

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Surfer bitten by a shark in Hawaii

2018 O'ahu hawaii shark attack bite

Updated: June 13, 2018 Mr. Denges reportedly believes he was injured by his surfboard fin. A surfer in Hawaii is recovering from an apparent shark bite he received June 9. John “Raps” Denges had borrowed a friend’s board to go surfing at Oneula Beach, O’ahu. Around 7:45 a.m. a shark was said to have injured the 48-year-old’s left calf. Denges, who may be houseless, was able to paddle back toward shore and was met by a friend. A friend saw “the blood behind him, and then he ran down to…

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Searching for great hammerheads The Bimini Adventure p1

Christian_Kemper_Seaching for great hammerheads bimini_2

The weather forecast dictates the departure for Bimini in the morning. From January to April you have the chance to get a great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) to the bait box. Of the instantly recognizable organisms in the animal kingdom, the hammerhead shark is probably among the top three. That distinctive skull design, molded by 400 million years of evolution, gives the large coastal shark its perfectly suited name. But many a tarpon fishing guide in the Bahamas can also instantly identify a hammerhead shark by its tall sickle-shaped dorsal…

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Great white shark bites kite surfer’s board

Great white shark bites kite surfer’s board

A great white shark bit a large piece of a kite surfer’s board in Australia. Photos posted on Instagram show the board along with the shark tooth that was pulled from the fiberglass. “My mate Chris thought he ran over a turtle then realized the back of his board was missing,” Roy Rye posted along with the photos on Instagram. The incident is believed to have occurred June 3 off Flat Rock in Ballina, New South Wales. Simon De Marchi of Clean-A-Jaw, a shark jaw preparation and restoration company, identified…

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Graphic First fatal shark attack of 2018

First fatal shark attack of 2018

The first fatal shark attack of 2018 occurred June 3 off the coast of Piedade Beach near Recife, Brazil. Jose Ernesto Ferreirada da Silva, 18, was swimming in deep water and, based on evidence of the incident, appeared to be alone. Around 4 p.m. life guard Carlos César Santana da Silva warned Ernesto to come closer to shore, but it was too late. A large tiger shark bit Ernesto’s left leg on the inner thigh, removing a large part of his thigh and severing genitalia. Santana quickly leapt into to…

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Three shark bites reported in Florida

shark bites reported in Florida Cody High shark bite wound

Three people in Florida received shark bites over the holiday weekend. The first bite occurred May 25 near the 200 block north at Daytona Beach. An unidentified 12-year-old was standing in waist-deep water around 2 p.m. when he was bitten on the foot. As a precaution, he was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment of the minor wound. A more serious bite occurred at Coco Beach around 5 p.m. Cody High was playing with his family in water when a shark grabbed his leg. “I was about knee-deep…

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California video shows sharks being finned alive and beaten with bats

finned threshers shark in California

Graphic undercover video just released shows sharks being fined alive and beaten with bats by fisherman off California. The footage was filmed by an undercover animal activist who posed as a videographer and smuggled hidden video equipment onto commercial fishing vessels.  The unidentified activist was aboard two boats, the Albatro and the Margert O, between December 2016 and December 2017. “I convinced them to let me on and openly film a lot of the routine fishing work that they did, and whenever there was a violation they would tell me…

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