Video Bahamas shark encounter goes wrong when nurse shark bites child

Video Bahamas shark encounter goes wrong when nurse shark bites child

A nurse shark bit a child during a shark encounter in the Bahamas. Christine Jones and her family were on vacation when they read about an opportunity for a nurse shark encounter. The event was presented as a way to interact with “friendly, docile” sharks that could be touched. “We got in at our own risk, but we weren’t educated on the risk of what we were doing.  We were told that they might suck on you [nurse sharks use suction to pull food into their mouths]. The shark might…

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Rare video Spearfisherman films shark as it bites his friend’s head in the Bahamas

A rare shark-diver encounter was captured by a GoPro video Aug. 20 off the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas when a spearfisherman was bitten on his head and neck by a reef shark. Will Krause, Zach Shipps and several friends were using a GoPro to video their successful day of spearfishing Aug. 20 off the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas. All was proceeding swimmingly until an apparently confused reef shark arrived. The group follows certain rules when they venture out, such as only diving clear water, alerting the boat when…

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Fatal shark attack in Jamaica; nonfatal attack in Bahamas

Two spearfishers have suffered injuries from shark bites, one of which was fatal. Nicholas Malcolm, 43, of Pineapple, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, went fishing with a friend off James Bond Beach in Jamaica September 19. After he went missing, a search of the area where he was last seen turned up shark-bitten pieces of his diver’s gear. “It [his gear] was torn up real bad, a piece of the chest, it had the impression that the shark has taken a piece of his chest. Because the impression shows of the…

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Instagram model swimming with sharks gets bitten

Instagram model Katarina Zarutskie had a run-in with one of her photo props. The 19-year-old model and nursing student was visiting the Bahamas with her boyfriend last month and heard about a nurse shark encounter on Staniel Cay. The Staniel Cay Marina has a healthy population of fed nurse sharks and visitors are free to interact with them. “My boyfriend’s family was freaking out when I went to swim with the sharks and I was like, it’s fine,” she told NBC News. However, she missed the posted nurse shark policy…

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Searching for great hammerheads the Bimini Adventure p3

great hammerhead shark Bahamas

In Part 3, we now return to our search for great hammerheads in the Bahamas as the group prepares to dive. The next morning, we drive to our dive site—only 50 meters from the beach. A plastic bag floats in the sea. A small purple-blue shimmering one with tentacles, a Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis)! There was nothing in the travel catalog about this. These jellyfish are an ugly-beautiful whim of nature. It looks like a designer plastic bag, but Mother Nature filled that plastic bag with deadly poison.…

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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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12-year-old bitten by bull shark in Bimini

bitten by bull shark in Bimini

A 12-year-was bitten by a bull shark in Bimini, Bahamas April 5. Shane McConnell and family were visiting family in Florida when they decided to travel to the Bahamas. Shane, whose family is from Scotland, was walking along the Bimini Big Game Pier where fisherman were tossing out fish parts. Unfortunately, Shane lost his balance and fell into the water where an estimated 6-foot bull shark took interest. “I think, when I was swimming, it sort of bit me while I was pulling my legs in, and it came out…

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