NEWS of SHARKS
Dec. 29 , 2012
Shark experts still do not know what type of shark killed a
Port St John’s on Christmas Day. They need to find his body to
clear up the mystery
of whether the shark was a
The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board said in reaction to this latest
death that this is the
time of the year when sharks are most prevalent along the
Transkei coastline. Bathers who swim in areas equipped with
shark nets and drum
lines can almost rest assured of their safety.
This was the word from KZN Sharks Board operations head Mike
after the shark attack on a 15-year-old boy at the Transkei
resort town’s Second
Police divers searched in vain for his body, recovering only his
The National Sea Rescue Institute was alerted to sharks in the
2.30pm on Tuesday and lifeguards tried to get swimmers out of the water.
“The lifesavers were unable to get everyone out of the water
fast enough and a
boy was bitten. People said they saw a lot of blood in the water and then
couldn’t see him anymore. Officers found his shorts near where they think
he went missing,” police spokesman Mduduzi Godlwana said.
Godlwana said the boy’s parents were distraught after hearing
the news and had
requested that no additional information be released to the media.
Conflicting media reports said the shark that attacked him was a
bull or a
Anderson-Reade said that of six cases the KZN Sharks Board had
investigated in recent years at Port St Johns, at least five had
bull sharks – also known as
Zambezi sharks – while one attacker may have been a tiger shark.
“But without looking at the deceased, it is mere speculation. I
think in all probability
it may have been a
bull shark or a
Great white shark.”
Dec. 28 , 2012
- A group of state legislators is
urging the California Fish and Game
Commission to declare the
great white shark endangered,
warning that the marine predators are in a “perilous situation.”
On Feb. 6, the commission will consider whether to make white
sharks a candidate
for protection. Within a year of that meeting, it would decide
whether to list the
sharks as a state endangered species.
Assembly members Paul Fong, D-Cupertino; Tom Ammiano, D-San
Bob Blumenfield, D-San Fernando Valley; Mark Stone, D-Scotts
Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont; and Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara;
state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, last week submitted a
letter to the
commission in support of the listing.
Studies estimate that there are 339 adult and sub-adult white
sharks in the
population offshore of California and Mexico, and their pups
accidentally in gillnets set for commercial fish.
White sharks also show high levels of toxic contaminants,
the pesticide DDT and PCB, another toxic industrial compound.
In August, three environmental groups — Oceana, Center for
and Shark Stewards — petitioned the commission to protect the
throughout their California range under the state’s Endangered
The lawmakers urged the commission to advance the species to
that protection, saying that the decline of white sharks
California’s coastal waters.
The listing would add observers on gillnet fishing boats to
catch of white sharks, strengthen fishing rules to limit bycatch
of the sharks,
and add funding and resources for shark research, the letter
white sharks are the ocean’s ultimate predator
maintaining a healthy balance
in the ecosystem,” the letter stated. “If we lose our ocean’s top
lose the healthy balance of our ocean ecosystem.”
Dec. 25 , 2012
- Shark gets away with two
fingers in attack on surfer
The increasingly tumultuous human-shark coexistence just got a
A shark attack on a surfer Friday off the coast of Port
Macquarie, Australia, has
ended in two lost fingers and bites to the legs. The 29-year-old
to be admirably calm after the incident, though people in
Australia, home of the
deadliest everything in the world, typically don't raise an eyebrow on
unless at least one entire appendage is lost. Resourceful buddies applied
using their surfboard leg straps. Then, presumably, cracked open a few
they waited for paramedics.
Dec. 18 , 2012
The glass wall of a massive aquarium in a Shanghai shopping
complex inexplicably burst today, injuring almost 15 people.
According to reports, the incident happened at the Shanghai
Orient Shopping Center,
just off East Nanjing Road, on Dec. 18. The two-year old tank sent
gallons of water, as well as sharks, turtles and other marine
animals, gushing into
an area crowded with shoppers and retail staff. Fifteen people
were injured in the
incident, and three sharks were killed.
Local authorities are still investigating why the tank failed.
“It just suddenly broke
and fell off,” an injured victim surnamed Li, who was hit by a
metal frame, told
the Shanghai Daily.
Almost 23 feet wide and 10 feet tall, the acrylic glass wall of
the tank was almost
6 inches thick to withstand the pressure of its contents and was
every week. It’s not the first time that the tank has had problems,
this year, a water pipe in the tank reportedly broke, killing two sharks.
Dec. 5 , 2012
Kauai County officials say at 1:20 pm , a 60 year old
man from Kalaheo
was bitten by a shark at a surf break known as "Pakala's" near
Village. The man
sustained injuries to his left foot and estimated
the size of the shark
to be 10 ft. State Department of Land and Natural Resources Conservation
Enforcement Posted warning signs at the beach of the attack.
This is the
third reported shark incident on Kauai this year with a previous shark
incident taking place on Nov.4,2012 at Davidson's Beach in Kekaha where
surfers board was bitten , however no injuries to the person. Also
incident taking place on July 30th .
Dec. 4 , 2012
Superior Court judge has overturned Toronto's shark fin ban.
The Ban on the sale , possession or consumption of shark fins or shark fin
products in Toronto , which was passed in the Fall of 2011 was
declared Null and
void. It was ruled in favour of a legal challenge
to the ban brought forward by four
members of the Chinese
community stating their cultural rights were infringed by
bylaw. The Judge stated the city acted outside of its power and
had "no force and effect". The judge ( Spence ) then
went on to warn other cities
against passing similar laws.
Dec. 2 , 2012
An Inquest hears , a swimmer ( Bryn Martin ) who disappeared
off Cottesloe beach in 2011 was attacked and killed by a Great White shark.
State Coroner Alastair Hope said he would find that the 64 year old man
killed by a Great white while on his regular morning swim. Mr.
described him as a strong swimmer and had taken the
morning swim at Cottesloe
Beach for more then a decade. On the morning
of his disappearance , Mr. Martin
had gone on his reg. swim to a buoy
about 500M offshore. He was last seen
swimming towards the buoy at about
150 - 200M from shore. His ripped bathers
were found on the ocean floor
but despite a very extensive sea and air search,
no other traces of Mr.
Martin were found.