Showing posts with label shark. Show all posts
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shark jumps out of water during surfing contest in Australia


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A shark jumps out of the water during a surfing contest. Photo by Step Bellamy 

Story originally appeared on GrindTV Outdoor

A woman using the camera on her smartphone captured the moment a shark jumped out of the water in the middle of a surfing competition Sunday in Coffs Harbour, Australia. Steph Bellamy described it to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as her “Oh my God” moment.

“I took a shot, but as I stood up there was a splash and I thought, 'What was that?' and hit the button to take another photograph,” she told ABC News. “Then I heard the judges say, 'Wow, what was that?' and I expanded the shot out so I could have a look and it was as plain as day. … It was a shark, and quite a large one.

“When everyone saw my photo they said, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, it’s not a dolphin, it’s not a tuna, it’s actually a shark.’”

After looking at the photo, contest officials from the Coffs Harbour Boardriders Club immediately called in to shore the mothers and kids who were participating in a special heat.

Fifteen minutes later, the surfing contest resumed without incident, the Associated Press reported

Bellamy said the shark actually jumped out of the water twice and it was “pot luck” that she captured the shark’s second jump. She believes the shark was chasing some sort of fish.

“He certainly wasn’t after any of the mums, that’s for sure, which is a good thing,” Bellamy told ABC News.

Swimmers described the shark as black with a white belly and estimated it was about 8-feet long. A shark expert told AP it was probably a spinner shark, common in the region and known to jump out of the water.

“Nobody was rattled,” Bellamy told AP. “Everybody was really cool and blown away that I got the shot.”


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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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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Shark attacks fish at the end of a fisherman's line (amazing video)

Fisherman Sarah Brame, or at least we believe it was her based on the conversation in the video, was reeling in what looked like a 5-pound red drum when all of a sudden, out of the depths came what is being reported as a bull shark that snatched the red rum off the line, right as Sarah's friend was getting ready to net the fish.

Truly an amazing YouTube video. Take a look (and excuse the bit of foul language):





Sarah Brame, who posted the video, said she lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and claims the video was taken from their beach house in the sound, though commenters on the YouTube site dispute this, as does WMBF in Myrtle Beach.

Doesn't really matter, though. The shark coming out of nowhere is incredible wherever it happened.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Shark on the beach poses no danger to beach-goers


If it were a great white shark, maybe the beach-goers at the Pembrokeshire, Wales, beach would have something to worry about. But this shark was merely a sand shark -- in the literal sense. Someone named MrJoneshari produced a time-lapse video of the sand shark being constructed in the sand. Have a look:


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The Dorsal Fin described the finished product as being a “rare 3-gill sand shark (Carcharias sandu).”

That sounds about right.
 
Thanks to The Dorsal Fin!


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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Giant squid attacked by shark (video)

OK, we admit, the YouTube headline we borrowed is more dramatic than the video, but since more than 5 million people viewed the shark-attacks-giant-squid vid in less than a week, thanks to this post, we figured we'd share it with you, too.

Enjoy. Drum roll, please:





Here’s what was written about the video in the YouTube post:
Insane footage of a 15 foot long giant squid being eaten by a shark. Al McGlashan had this encounter while filming for the brand new series Big Fish, Small Boats that will hit Australian TV screens later this year'when they encountered the huge squid drifting on the surface. The shark thought all his christmas's had come at once start lunch!
Well, what do you think? Was it really "insane footage"? Interesting, at least? We'll settle for interesting. 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Video: Shark goes after fisherman's catch -- right out of his hand

When fishing in shark-infested waters, fishermen would be wise to keep all limbs far from the water's edge -- like really far, so as to avoid tempting a shark into turning your hand or arm into a tasty hors d'oeuvre.

This is especially true when fishing from a kayak, which basically makes you a target as a main course.

This kayak fisherman apparently didn't get the safety memo, and he's very lucky not to have lost his hand, arm or maybe even his life. He just lost part of the fish he had just caught.

The shark, which had already attacked the hooked yellowtail as it was being reeled in, surfaced by the side of the fisherman's kayak and took another large bite out of the fish, luckily leaving the man's limbs behind so he can fish another day. 

See for yourself in this Kayak Fishing Tales video just posted on YouTube:





Yes, they are laughing now. No limbs were lost. But hopefully it was a lesson learned.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Shark jumps into fishing boat; angler plans to stuff it

The fishing was so good in the Gulf of Mexico that the fish were jumping into the boat.

Well, one fish, anyway. One very large fish.

Jason Kresse and two of his crew members were cleaning their catch of red snapper about 50 miles off Texas around 3:45 a.m. Monday when they heard two big splashes in the distance, according to the Associated Press.

"All of a sudden, something hit the side of the boat," Kresse told AP. "He ends up landing on the back of the boat."

"He" was a mako shark, obviously lured in by the fish guts the fishermen were tossing into the water.

Mako sharks are known for their jumping ability, but probably not for the good sense to avoid jumping into boats.

Mako sharks are also known for their tenacity and raging anger and very sharp teeth when on the deck of a fishing boat. This 375-pound mako shark thrashed around so much, the fishermen were helpless to try to toss it back overboard.

So the shark continued to thrash away, doing an unknown amount of damage to the boat before dying on the deck.

Unloading red snapper is one thing, but a 375-pound mako shark? Kresse said a forklift was used to get the shark off the boat. It eventually wound up on display at a seafood business in Freeport, 55 miles from Houston. Sounds as if Kresse plans to make it a permanent display.

"I'm going to get a mount of it," he said. "A fish jumping in your boat, 400 pounds, that's unbelievable."

It really is incredible. We're not certain, but this might be a world record under the "mako shark, jumping into boat" category.



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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Shark encounter caught on video is nothing to get excited about

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The urgency in the children's voices might suggest a shark attack is about to occur, yet there really was nothing to get excited about.

Yes, a shark was swimming toward a kayaker in front of a line of fishermen along a pier in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Yes, the shark was huge, its length much longer than the 14-foot kayak.

But the kayaker was in no danger. That menacing-looking shark was a harmless, plankton-eating basking shark, though one wonders if the kayaker knew it was harmless. What's certain is, the kids were sure eager to point it out to him.

"It's coming toward you!" you hear kids on the below video yell to the kayaker.

"Where?" the kayaker replies.

"Look down!" they answer.

Yes, look down, and click...




One thing the video does suggest is Capt. Linda Cavitt's lack of faith in the local police to watch her fishing rods, which she left unattended while videotaping this shark encounter.

Meanwhile, the kayaker appears unfazed by the basking shark, very much unlike this kayaker.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Overboard fisherman survives shark-infested waters, 7-hour swim

Article first published as Overboard Fisherman Survives Shark-Infested Waters, 7-Hour Swim on Technorati.

The abandoned boat of fisherman lost overboard. Photo: Gold Coast Bulletin.

When you get knocked overboard without a life jacket five miles from land, you do what Australian fisherman Andy Wilson did Tuesday.

You think of your fiancée, tell yourself “I’m not dying out here,” and you start swimming.

That’s how Wilson survived a six- or seven-hour swim (depending on the source) through shark-infested waters off the Southern Gold Coast of Australia.

It is an amazing story of survival, particularly when authorities feared the 25-year-old had drowned.

The Sydney Morning Herald, The Courier-Mail and the Associated Press were among many media outlets that detailed the fisherman's story.

A rogue wave knocked Wilson overboard. When authorities discovered his fishing boat abandoned at sea, a massive search ensued. Wilson wasn’t about to wait for help. Strong currents were pushing him farther out to sea.

“I thought I’d be able to stop and be able to float and get some energy back, but if I stopped for 30 seconds it would take me straight back out to sea,” Wilson told AP.

“There was only going to be one outcome — I wasn’t going to stop, so I just kept going. Adrenaline and just sheer determination.”

Determination, indeed. Simon Deane, a close friend of Wilson’s, told the Courier Mail that Wilson was driven by his love for his fiancée, Katie.

That love pushed Wilson through an unimaginable hardship. He endured painful jellyfish bites, muscle cramps, rough seas and an encounter with a shark, which bumped him hard on the leg. Wilson had seen a shark 10 or so yards ahead of him. 

"It wasn’t a big shark, but he knew it was a shark because of his experience as a fisherman,” Deane told the Morning Herald.

What had to be difficult, too, was the knowledge that a rescue was oh-so close. Twice, one boat passed near him. Alas, Wilson waved but those on the boat couldn’t see him, so he kept swimming.

When he made it to shore at Fingal, Wilson was pummeled about the barnacle-encrusted rocks until he finally reached the beach and collapsed. He slept for 20 minutes before he knocked on a stranger’s door and called Katie, providing a happy ending to a harrowing story.

“He’s a very lucky and relieved boy,” Deane said.

Indeed.

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