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April 21 , 2013
- Fisherman bitten by
shark off NSW coast
Photo: The Westpac
Rescue Helicopter Service has released an image of a shark
in the water at Crowdy Head Beach.
A man has been bitten by a shark on the New South Wales
mid-north coast this afternoon.
The 51-year-old was knee deep in water pulling out nets of
mullet when he was bitten on the legs by a grey nurse shark
in Crowdy Head about 2.30pm (AEST).
He has been airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle
in a stable condition with puncture wounds and lacerations
on both of his legs.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter service says many sharks could
be seen in the area from the air including one almost 3
April 20 , 2013
- Shark art aims to raise
money for research
Artist Linda Sanders
works recycled corks into a shark figure at her Chatham
CHATHAM — While scientists may not know how many great white
sharks swim in the waters just off our shores, Chatham
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Franz knows just
how many will be in Kate Gould Park come May 18.
"Fifty-two sharks for the park," she said.
The 5-foot-long plastic cutouts, decorated by local artists
in a variety of mediums such as broken pottery, mosaic tiles
and paint, will be displayed in the park from May 18 to June
2. They will then be moved to different venues before being
auctioned off Aug. 1 to kick-start the drive for a shark and
marine-life education and research center in Chatham.
Companies or individuals can sponsor a shark for $150. The
artists will get 10 percent of the auction price.
"There's so much potential (in Chatham) for monitoring and
research," Franz said. "We have to start somewhere. We are
hoping to show that this is a viable, real idea that the
town is behind 100 percent."
Both shark and seal researchers at a big seal symposium held
last month at Chatham High School were frustrated at the
lack of funding for their research, she said.
"People think they have a ton of money for it and they
don't," Franz said.
Blessed with plentiful harbors, vessels and maritime
experience, not to mention proximity to the largest colony
of gray seals and densest aggregation of great white sharks
on the East Coast, Chatham is a natural site for a research
center that could include both labs and an educational
component, Franz argued.
"At a center, we could bring (researchers) under one roof
and create a research and educational center that would be
world-class," she said.
The seed money could go to hiring a consultant to create a
business plan and line up donors, Franz said. The hope is
that a center, possibly located in the hotel at the Chatham
Marconi Maritime Center, would attract visitors to town
The shark project also has some near-term goals. Smaller
versions of the decorated great whites will be placed in
local shops this summer as part of a scavenger hunt.
And, a shark cocktail contest among the town's restaurants
is part of a coordinated effort to bring customers to
The lemons-to-lemonade idea began with the Chatham chamber's
80-member merchants association, which was worried about
negative publicity following shark sightings and the state's
first great white shark attack on a human in 76 years last
summer in Truro.
The association started kicking around the idea of
capitalizing on the great white mystique by decorating shark
images to both draw people into town and reduce some of the
"It'll be a sweet piece when its done," said Atlantic
Workshop owner Scott Feen, running a hand over the great
white he built out of mahogany pieces salvaged off a 55-foot
wooden sportfishing boat.
Feen specializes in turning reclaimed materials into
decorative art pieces and functional furniture. He took some
artistic license in not using the white plastic template he
was given, which hangs by its tail from the ceiling of his
"I want somebody to walk out and go 'Boom!'" he said of his
Franz marveled at the creativity and variety exhibited by
the artists who tackled the project.
"I can't wait to see their imagination go crazy," said
artist Linda Saunders, who is looking forward to the May 18
exhibit to see how other artists handled the challenge.
"I love reclaimed, recycled stuff," Saunders said.
Her home is decorated with her own work, angular slices of
mirrored glass surrounded by a stew of watches, bent forks,
jewelry and other found objects.
Shattered tiles and mosaics cover one side of her shark.
She's still playing with the arrangement, on the other side,
of wine corks, forks, jewelry and an assortment of metal and
glass objects she either picked up off the street, found in
swap shops or was given by people who know her artwork.
Milley Trucking, a trash hauler and recycling company, paid
the $150 fee — it seemed a perfect pairing, Saunders said.
"I think that, as with any other thing in nature, Mother
Nature has her own plans and we can't alter that," Patrice
Milley, wife of company owner Tim Milley, said about the
"This is a good opportunity to alter what is a potentially
disastrous situation by educating people that (great whites)
aren't vicious all of the time. We're going to adapt to the
situation and make it work for everybody."
April 11 , 2013
- Huge shark gives kayak
angler a major surprise
Predator jumps while attacking hooked fish only a few feet
away, in an event captured on videotape
Isaac Brumaghim was fighting a small tuna from his kayak
Sunday when all of a sudden the fish became “heavy” and he
could no longer gain line. Suddenly, immediately behind him,
the tuna jumped and the surface erupted as a huge shark
emerged and filled the frame on a mounted camera. Brumaghim,
who was fishing off western Oahu, had captured this dramatic
event–and his reaction—on video (warning, footage contains
“I swear I could hear the shark’s jaws chomp closed,” said
Brumaghim, who believes the predator was either a tiger
shark or Galapagos shark.
What the footage does not show, however, is that after the
tuna, or kawakawa, had shaken free of his hook, the shark
devoured the fish and swam in a circle around Brumaghim
before swimming off.
“It was as if the shark was taunting me,” Brumaghim said.
“It gave me the heebie-jeebies.”
Brumaghim, 37, is a Penn-sponsored angler and director of
Aquahunters, a club for serious kayak fishermen. He has seen
lots of sharks, and had lost many fish to sharks, but had
never heard of one jumping out of the water in pursuit of a
He and a friend were the only anglers in the vicinity on
Sunday, trying to bolster their standing in the 2013
Makahiki World Championships, a season-long competition that
awards points depending on the types and weights of fish
The friend did not see the jumping shark because he had been
battling a smaller shark at the time.
“And I had already lost another fish to a shark,” Brumaghim
said. “There were lots of sharks around that day.”
April 9 , 2013
- Researchers say the
disappearance of two species of shark from the reefs
surrounding Kiribati in Australia could be linked to
The researchers have been studying a collection of
vicious weapons made of shark teeth and dating back to
Ichthyologist Joshua Drew from Columbia University says
the findings reveal two species of sharks - the spotfin
and dusky sharks - started disappearing from the Gilbert
Islands about 100 years ago.
He's told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat that's about
the same time as the practice of shark-finning became
"We do know by 1910 there is already a well established
shark-finning industry and by 1950, almost 3,500
kilograms of shark shark fins alone, not whole shark
bodies, but fins alone were being exported out," he
"So, you connect the lines as you were, and it looks
like human exploitation was probably a very key reason
why these species were no longer found."
The researchers found the nearest population for a
spotfin is in the Solomon Islands, while the dusky
remains in Fiji.
Dr Drew says other shark species in Kiribati may also be
showing signs of stress.
"It certainly is a case that you don't find many large
sharks near the capital, and you have to go to fairly
remote and distant islands to be able to find healthy
shark populations," he said.
"So there does seem to be the relationship that the more
people you have, the less sharks you have."
In their study, the researchers identified teeth from 8
species of shark on 122 weapons and teeth collections
from the Gilbert Islands.
Dr Drew says the the cultural links with sharks are also
being lost as species come under threat.
"We've got a really great case study about people who
care about sharks, who have a really personal
relationship with sharks," he said.
"To the people of Kiribati, sharks aren't the 'faceless
man-eaters' that are out there - they're part and parcel
of their culture.
"The people of the Gilbert islands involved their
culture with these two sharks being present...and we
have to think that when we have practices which harm
shark populations, we're also harming the people who
have special relationships with sharks."
April 5 , 2013
moments as a Great White shark leaps from the water with helpless 'seal'
clamped between its razor sharp teeth
Photographer Chris McLennon captures incredible shots of
hunting great whites using decoy seal to tempt them
Some of the sharks are pictured flying through air up to
3ft above waves after launching themselves at their
Images were taken in waters close to Seal Island in
South Africa, one of the great white's favourite hunting
These stunning photos reveal both the terrifying power
and the unusual beauty of the great white shark.
The images, captured by photographer Chris McLennan,
show the sharks exploding out of the water with helpless
seals clamped between their jaws.
But luckily for the inhabitants of Seal Island in South
Africa these sharks are only biting down on a decoy set
up to tempt them from the deep.
April 4 , 2013
- Marina Del Rey Man
Bitten by Shark in Maui
LAHAINA, MAUI — A 58-year-old Marina del Rey man is
recovering after he was bitten by a shark while
vacationing in Maui.
It happened on Tuesday morning as the man was sitting on
a surfboard about 100 yards offshore at Kaanapali Beach.
The victim was hospitalized with a six-inch bite on his
He had surgery and was listed in stable condition at
Maui Memorial Medical Center. His name was not released,
and he was denying media requests.
He told authorities the shark’s head was “the size of a
basketball,” Maui County officials said in a statement.
The attack prompted authorities to shut down the popular
beach for a mile in both directions. It reopened on
Lifeguards and state officials patrolled the beach in
all-terrain vehicles and monitored the water with
binoculars, but the never found the shark.
Fisherman hauled a shark onto the same beach back in
The victim reportedly had a camera mounted on his
Maui police say they have recovered the camera, but they
are not saying what was shot in the water.
April 1 , 2013
- How a Canadian shark
attack survivor became a saviour of the carnivorous fish
Nicole Moore doesn’t have nightmares about the
full-grown shark that chomped into her left thigh as she
stood waist-deep in the bright turquoise waters off
She bares no psychological scars when recalling how she
came face to face with her attacker as she tried to lift
her left arm out of its clamped jaws.
And the Orangeville, Ont., nurse and mother of two, who
lost 60% of her blood, two quadriceps and two hamstrings
during the attack on her fit 38-year-old body, doesn’t
show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. At least
not yet, she says. “If it comes, it comes. I’ll take
Perhaps most remarkably of all, Ms. Moore does not blame
“In fact,” she said in a sit-down interview with the
National Post late last week, a little more than two
years after her attack. “I’m actually on a mission to
try to help keep them alive.”
It’s a difficult mental hurdle to jump: Why would a
person who has more than every right to revile the
slippery creatures, who had to have her arm amputated
above the elbow and get a skin graft to fill in the part
of her leg because of a fish’s taste for flesh, want
anything to do with sharks, let alone save them?
The irony is not lost on Ms. Moore, who decided two
months ago as she began work on a book about her
experience that this was a cause she cared about. But
the petite and upbeat mother of two girls knows she was
in that shark’s territory. She knows the shark didn’t
have a personal vendetta. It’s just what they do.
“The people around me, they hate sharks,” she said.
“They say ‘Why are you trying to speak for sharks? Look
what they did to you, look what you had to go through.’
But it didn’t do anything wrong. Most people get over
that and end up feeling ‘it just happened.”
A week after the attack, someone sent her video footage
of about 70 sharks being culled in Cancun less than 24
hours after she was bitten.
“They go right in and they do a mass catch and kill of
all of them,” she said. “They do them a lot apparently
to try to keep the numbers down that are in the shore,
that are moving in.” She was too focused on her recovery
back then to care about the sharks. But she does now.
The experience of other shark attack survivors also
Just a few weeks ago, Ms. Moore joined the invite-only
Shark Attack Survivors Facebook group, where members —
many of them unwitting shark celebrities such as herself
— discuss their experiences.
She learned one startling fact: Her story is completely
different from many of theirs, so totally out of the
norm for shark attack survivors, many of them surfers
who routinely tempted fate by playing in shark-infested
“I was worse off than all of them, hands down,” she
said. None of the others lost a limb. But she found
herself to be at a different place about it emotionally
— more positive and at peace with the fact that this
Returning to the scene of the crime, as it were, in
November, 2011 provided her with closure.
“I’m a walking advertisement for resorts and what can go
wrong in Mexico,” she said. “You can’t hide it. And if
people ask me, I’m not ready to lie, so I didn’t know
what to expect from management at the hotel.”
But they encouraged her openness. The Spanish-speaking
male employees on jet-skis, who tried to warn her about
the circling sharks just before the Jan. 31, 2011,
attack, even wept when they met her on that trip. They
Though she is considering her options about the way the
Mexican hospital handled her wounds — failing to change
the dressings on her arm until her blackening fingers
made her insist on a doctor’s special attention, and not
providing her with adequate medical records — Ms. Moore
does feel they saved her life.
She’s also made contact with the strangers who helped
her — the man who locked fingertips with her and pulled
her out of the bloodied water, the American who refused
to take his hands off the blood-squirting severed artery
in her leg, the Canadian who pulled the string from his
bathing trunks and affixed it as a tourniquet to her
upper arm, the nurse who kept talking with Ms. Moore so
she wouldn’t slip into sleep and into death.
“If anyone has any doubt about humanity, in times of
need they come around,” she said.
Ms. Moore has kept going back to Mexico — she heads
there with her family this week — and doesn’t at all
mind the notoriety, as she puts it, of being “the shark
lady.” She’d rather you ask her about her experience
than come to your own conclusions.
Ms. Moore is even building her own motivational speaking
business out of the thirst for details after learning
she could make some money at it (in February, she
addressed an audience in California). She even hopes to
create a foundation that would support efforts to save
Recently, a Discovery Channel crew came to film her tell
her story, for possible inclusion in Shark Week, a
weeklong summer series on all things shark. The popular
series has been one of the catalysts behind recent bans
on the Asian delicacy shark fin soup, such as the one in
Toronto that was overturned by the Ontario Superior
Court in December. Last week, a proposed ban on the
importation of shark fins into Canada died in the House
Ms. Moore supports any effort to ban the product.
Even before her shark encounter, she was a fan of
Discovery’s Shark Week. She’s a bigger fan now.
“The first year after my attack, I wanted to watch it,”
she said. “My husband said ‘Are you sure you want to
watch this?’ And I said ‘Well, yeah, I’m all over it!’
He couldn’t. He had a tough time with it.”
( as reported by the NationalPost )
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( As of December 2012 )