Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Shark with jaws in attack mode becomes incredible photo

A shortfin mako shark can be every bit as dangerous as a great white shark, no question. So when this mako approached underwater photographer Sam Cahir with its jaws wide open, there was good reason to be a bit frightened.

Cahir somehow managed to snap this incredible photo of the mako shark it full “attack” mode off the Neptune Islands, South Australia.

Cahir was taking part in a great white shark tagging trip when the shark circled the boat for two hours. Cahir eased into the water to get photos.

“It was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” he told the U.K.Daily Mail. “I feel humbled to have witnessed such a display of nature’s quirkiness.”

The mako apparently first scared off a great white shark before turning its attention to Cahir, seeing him as his next threat.

“The mako made some menacing passes,” he said. “On a number of occasions she almost swallowed the camera whole, allowing me to shoot straight down her maw.”

The above photo of the shark’s jaws wide open was no doubt one of those shots.

More from Cahir via the Daily Mail:  
Sam said: 'When I saw the shark I couldn't get in the water fast enough to get some pictures. 
'I couldn't believe what I was seeing up close. This Mako was audacious, bordering manic. 
'At one point I had a Great White and a Mako circling for the tuna bait. The Mako literally browbeat away a Great White and not just any Great White Shark but a very large dominant male maybe six times her mass and twice her size - it was amazing. 
'Once the Great White left, the Mako decided I was the next threat to her free meal. She circled me for around two hours making intimidatingly close passes.'
 The shark eventually left without attacking Cahir after filling up on bait tossed into the water. The result: Awesome mako shark photos. 

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Shark invades New Jersey yard in wake of Hurricane Sandy, maybe

Hurricane Sandy left behind a massive amount of damage, with neighborhoods flooding as never seen before. Something else that’s never been seen before: A shark swimming around the front yard in a flooded neighborhood.

It allegedly happened in Brigantine, N.J., where Kevin McCarty shot off some photos of a shark swimming near his flooded house and posted them on Facebook. They’ve been going viral ever since.

With the ocean so close and the amount of flooding from Hurricane Sandy, there is reason to believe that McCarty didn’t Photoshop the shark into the photos, though some are skeptical and The Atlantic set out to prove those skeptics correct, if Snopes is to be believed.

“This photo is real,” McCarty asserted about the above shark photo on his Facebook page.

“This is a reality, sharks seek harbor in the safety corridors of streets during surges.”

We sure would like to believe him, but Photoshop really can do marvelous things like making fake images of sharks where they aren't supposed to be. Like swimming in a yard. 

Now, the video below, taken of a “shark” on a New York street during the surge from Hurricane Sandy? Uh, yeah, that’s also a fake.

But we did like what one commenter said about the fake shark below: “That’s just a Wall Street trader or a lawyer.”

You know, it very well could’ve been just that.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

BASE jump from high bar on cliff goes terribly wrong (video)

A Norwegian BASE jumper, who also happens to be an accomplished gymnast, combined the two sports by attempting to launch himself off a 3,900-foot cliff using a high bar apparatus.

The result was nearly catastrophic.

After Richard Henriksen completed a full swing around the high bar, the apparatus collapsed, sending him tumbling over the cliff. Fortunately, there’s a happy ending. Watch what happens:

A program manager for a new BBC1 TV series called “Normal Madness” thought the worst when he saw Henriksen fall over the cliff.

“I, and everyone up there in the mountains, I thought he died,” Are Sending Osen was quoted on the Norwegian website (and translated elsewhere). 

Another video on the same site shows the mishap from a different angle, and it ends with a shot of Henriksen, parachute deployed, safely gliding to the ground.

Henriksen told that he hit the side of the cliff with his legs, “but had I met with the head, I had been done.”

“It was a strange moment after I got out the parachute, when I hear that rustling in the metal and chain [from the high bar apparatus], and that the rod passes a few feet away and flying to the ground,” he said via translation.

Not until he watched the video later that night did he realize the gravity of the situation.

“I sat with the two youngest children, reading and singing to them. Then it dawned on me that the atmosphere in the home could have been different than it was that night, and that my children could be without a dad,” Henriksen said.

Near as we can tell through the translation, the show’s producer was initially worried about airing the videos, and wouldn’t have had Henriksen died. Fortunately, he lived and the program went on as planned. 

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