Showing posts with label hammerhead shark. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hammerhead shark. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Giant hammerhead shark caught in Oman; see the sad video

Giant hammerhead shark is caught off Oman. Generic photo of a
hammerhead shark is courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife

A fisherman in Oman is seen standing next to a giant hammerhead shark he caught in a video presented on YouTube by Animal Wire.

The hammerhead shark is absolutely huge.

Sadly, this 15-foot-plus hammerhead shark is probably destined to become shark fin soup. It can fetch up to $100 per pound for the fins. Watch Animal Wire’s report:

Apparently, sharks have several purposes in Oman.

From Fishing Oman
Sharks have a special place in Oman’s history; the flesh is used in a number of traditional dishes and the oil from their livers is used to waterproof the hulls of wooden dhows. Archaeological studies have revealed the presence of shark remains in old settlements, indicating that they have been utilized for centuries, and possibly even millennia. It is therefore no surprise to find that sharks still form an important part of the fishing and culinary cultures of modern Oman. However with the increasing demand for shark fin for use in the Far East there has been a serious decline in catches and landings of sharks from Oman’s coastal waters. Consequently, now more than ever, responsible catch and release angling for sharks should be encouraged and practiced.
At least the giant hammerhead shark in the video won’t just be used for shark fin soup. Still, it is a sad tale for such a beautiful and old hammerhead shark.

Now, more than ever, we need to get the word out on shark conservation.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hammerhead shark eats out of a diver's hand in Bahamas

An experienced diver who leads shark diving tours took multiple trips and spent hours diving with hammerhead sharks in waters off Bimini Island, Bahamas, this winter before the sharks got used to his presence and became comfortable eating out of his hand.

Eli Martinez of SDM Adventures based in North Alamo, Texas, had hammerhead sharks slowly swim up to him and open their mouths to take in the fish he was offering. The scene resulted in an array of compelling photos, as you can see.
“This was my second season visiting the great hammerheads of Bimini and working with them this close,” Martinez told Caters News Agency, as reported by U.K. MailOnline. “They are very large sharks, but they are elegant predators. They don’t have a lot of interest in divers as they are so interested in the bait we are offering them.
“But you still have to respect these animals and be careful, following the obvious rules they demand.”
Hammerhead sharks can grow to 19 feet and weigh up to 1,300 pounds. Though their mouths are small in proportion to their bodies, they are equipped with rows of sharp teeth. Hammerhead sharks are known to eat fish, squid, octopus, crustacea, and other sharks, and are not considered man-eaters.

Reportedly, as of 2013, there have only been 33 known attacks by hammerhead sharks on humans, and none were fatal.
The damage man has done to the sharks, however, has been devastating, and it is one reason why Martinez is trying to change the negative views many people have about sharks by interacting with them.
“They are coveted by the shark fin trade because of their very large fins, so they have been relentlessly hunted and the global population of these sharks has suffered,” Martinez said. “Fortunately the Bahamas is a shark sanctuary and while they are in these waters they enjoy protection.”

The great hammerhead sharks are an endangered species and protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, an agreement between governments to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival, Martinez explained.
“It is truly a privilege to spend time in the water with these animals and an honor to be able to share them with the world to show how amazing and beautiful they truly are.”
Photos courtesy of Caters

Originally posted on GrindTV Outdoor 

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Shark goes after tarpon and fisherman catches it on film

The tarpon never had a chance. Even after the fisherman put his reel into free spool, allowing the tarpon to swim freely so it could escape its predator. The tarpon was a goner, falling victim to a shark gone wild.

The 200-pound tarpon at the end of the fisherman's line became a casualty of a 19-foot hammerhead shark somewhere in Tampa Bay. Luckily, a fisherman by the moniker jajapick posted footage of the shark going after the tarpon on YouTube. And here it is:

NSFW: For a few "holy [expletives]!" 

Fun stuff. Except for the fisherman who just had a prized catch taken away by the shark.

Thanks to The Dorsal Fin!

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