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News of Sharks

AUGUST 2013

 

Aug 16 , 2013 - German tourist has arm bitten off by shark while snorkelling at Hawaii’s Maui beach

HONOLULU — Officials reopened a Maui beach Thursday, a day after a shark bit off the right arm of a German visitor about 50 yards offshore.

About three kilometres of beach in the resort community of Makena reopened at noon after lifeguards and firefighters surveying the ocean found no sign of sharks in the area, Maui County officials said.

The woman, who was about 20 years old, was snorkelling at Palauea Beach when the attack occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday. The water was choppy and visibility was limited at the time.

Bystanders on shore heard the woman scream, put her on a kayak and brought her to land, said Lee Mainaga, fire services chief at the Maui Fire Department. Her right arm was severed below the shoulder, he said. The limb wasn’t recovered.

The woman was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition. A spokeswoman there said Thursday that the hospital had no further information to release.

It wasn’t clear what type of shark bit the woman. Witnesses interviewed didn’t see the animal, said Department of Land and Natural Resources spokeswoman Deborah Ward.

“We will try to speak to the victim when she is cleared to speak with us,” Ward said.

There have been six shark attacks in Hawaii this year through the end of July, including three on Maui, according to a state database. There were 11 shark attacks in the state in 2012.

The last time anyone in Hawaii died from a shark attack was in 2004, when a tiger shark bit Willis McInnis in the leg while he was surfing 100 yards off Maui. McInnis suffered severe blood loss and died on the shore despite rescue efforts by beachgoers, police and paramedics. The last fatal attack before that was in 1992.

State officials say fatal attacks in Hawaii are unusual considering how many people are in the state’s waters.

Tiger sharks are the species most often blamed for attacks, but it’s not known why they sometimes bite humans. They may be trying to figure out whether a person could be prey.

To protect against attacks, authorities recommend swimming, snorkelling and surfing with other people. They also say people should avoid the water at dawn and dusk, as this is when some shark species move inshore to eat.

 

 

Aug 15 , 2013 - The $20 Trillion Reason Why Richard Branson Wants to Save Sharks

The ocean ecosystem is being destroyed from seabed to surface due to toxic chemical waste, overfishing, and species depletion—including 70 million annual shark deaths.



PICTURED - Richard Branson attends a news conference organized by Wildaid, a wildlife conservation group, to promote shark conservation in Shanghai. (Photo: Aly Song/Reuters)

Whale sharks don’t want you for dinner. I know this because I’ve been halfway inside the mouth of one, swimming off the coast of Mexico, and it simply spat me out. These gentle giants can grow to weigh more than 20 tonnes and measure over 12 metres long, but they are among the most majestic and serene creatures in the sea. However, I am saddened to know that they are a highly vulnerable species, their very existence threatened primarily due to commercial fishing. Recently, I’ve had the chance to swim with many other shark species—Tiger, Lemon, Reef, even Great White!—in support of our campaign with Virgin Unite and WildAID to ban shark finning and protect the ocean.

Now you might be asking yourself, what do sharks and ocean conservation have to do with business? Quite simply, the ocean sustains life on our planet, delivering half of our oxygen and providing an estimated $20 trillion worth of natural resources and services a year. Without healthy aquatic ecosystems we would lose the natural resources on which life—and business—depend. Sadly, the ocean ecosystem is being destroyed from seabed to surface due to toxic chemical waste, overfishing, and species depletion.

One of the reasons I first decided to put my weight behind ocean conservation was my intense reaction to Rob Stewart’s film Sharkwater, about the plight of sharks around the world. I was shocked to learn that high demand for shark fin soup was driving the vicious slaughter of over 70 million sharks a year, which are brutally left to die after their fins are cut off.

In September 2011, I teamed up with basketball star Yao Ming in Shanghai to call for a ban on shark fin soup—which could save tens of millions of sharks a year. Recently, the Chinese government took the symbolic step to ban shark fin at state banquets, and we have learned that demand for shark fin has dropped so dramatically that prices are down by as much as 60 percent in China.

Rob’s most recent film project, Revolution, makes the larger point that the risks to sharks’ existence represent greater threats to the sustainability of the ocean, and in turn to the whole natural world. Encouragingly, a recent study by the Global Ocean Commission shows that the overwhelming majority of people around the world understand the fundamental importance of the ocean for life on our planet. According to the study, 85 percent of people believe that “governments must take the needs of future generations into account when deciding how international parts of the ocean should be used and governed.”

A wonderful group who share this belief is the OceanElders, a collective of leaders working with partners to protect, value, and celebrate the ocean and its wildlife. I am fortunate to be a part of the group, alongside Jackson Browne, Dr. Sylvia A Earle, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Dr. Rita Colwell, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Graeme Kelleher, Sven Lindblad, Her Majesty Queen Noor, Ted Turner, Nainoa Thompson, Captain Don Walsh and Neil Young. The latest member to join is James Cameron, a longtime activist and believer in the positive impact of the ocean and the need to conserve it.

So far the OceanElders have made significant breakthroughs on issues from creating nature reserves to banning shark finning. However, as well as the support of brilliant groups like this, there is a tremendous groundswell of support for ocean conservation on social media. We have seen overwhelming responses on social media to campaigns to save sharks, manta rays and reefs. These illustrate how every single one of us can help to protect the ocean.

So are you are interested in getting your feet wet? Join one of these initiatives to help save the sharks and conserve the ocean:

- Stand up for sharks! Don’t eat shark fin soup, go diving and snorkelling with sharks, and encourage your friends to do the same. Learn more and get involved with our partners WildAID and SharkSavers. ( wildaid.org sharksavers.org )

- Sign the I’m FINished with Fins ( finishedwithfins.org ) petition here to support the end of shark finning in Hong Kong.

 

 

Aug 14 , 2013 - Its a Shark Eats Shark World Out there


Students from the University of Delaware had a good start to shark fishing season - catching two at the same time.


The scientists from the Ocean Exploration and Remote Sensing, Biogeography Lab got more than they bargained for when they reeled in a large female sand tiger shark - and discovered a 3ft dogfish inside its giant mouth.

"This unlucky smooth dogfish couldn't resist the menhaden used as bait and unfortunately fell victim to one of the top predators in the bay," said a post on the laboratory's Facebook page.

 

 

Aug 13 , 2013 - Discovery reports that its annual Shark Week posted the highest ratings ever in its 26-year history. The week of programming from Aug. 4 to Aug. 10 also pulled in a record number of eyeballs in the persons 18-49 demo.
 


Image Credit: Matt Drake/Discovery Channel




The bragging rights continued among men 18-49 demo: Shark Week helped Discovery to become the No. 1 network in all of TV among dudes, including broadcast and cable. Many of the network’s shark programming enjoyed high-rated premieres in persons 18-49, including Voodoo Sharks, I Escaped Jaws, Great White Serial Killer and Great White Gauntlet.

A lot of the network’s success rests on the special Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives, a mockumentary that questioned whether a giant prehistoric shark could still exist today. Though it averaged a record 4.8 million viewers, some questioned whether it toyed with the network’s reputation. “With a whole week of Shark Week programming ahead of us, we wanted to explore the possibilities of Megalodon,” Shark Week executive producer Michael Sorensen said in a statement. “It’s one of the most debated shark discussions of all time, can Megalodon exist today? It’s Ultimate Shark Week fantasy. The stories have been out there for years and with 95 percent of the ocean unexplored, who really knows?”

 

 

Aug 8 , 2013 - Sharknado Sequal Title revealed




“Since Twitter played such a huge role in the success of the original movie, we wanted to use that platform to ask our fans to name Sharknado 2,” says Thomas Vitale, executive vp of programming at Syfy.. “This response is another reminder of how Sharknado has become a pop culture phenomenon. We want to thank all our viewers for their wonderful contributions to keeping up the shark-mentum.”

The title was selected by Syfy from more than 5,000 submissions via Twitter.

Sharknado 2: The Second One, which like the social media smash original film will be produced by The Asylum, arrives July, 2014.


 





 

 

 

 

 

 

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