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30 , 2013
- "Shark whisperer" works
to save endangered species
Ocean Ramsey is a 27-year-old model and scuba instructor
with a figure that would let her pass for a Hollywood
actress, but her name has become known for a very
different reason: she risks her life diving along with
white sharks, the largest marine predators, in an effort
to preserve this species.
"I want to contribute to dissipating the irrational fear
people have of sharks and get across what their real
behaviour and their crucial role in the marine ecosystem
is," said Ramsey in an interview with Efe.
"We're exterminating them. Human beings only protect
what they love and they only love what they understand.
People don't understand sharks. I want to change that,"
The Hawaii resident is in her fourth year of these
activities, but her mission gained notoriety when a
YouTube video showing her encounter last October with
sharks in the waters off Baja California, Mexico,
brought her story to the attention of the media.
Since then, the conservationist has been dubbed the
"shark whisperer," a nickname that she doesn't
completely care for because she wants to make clear that
she is not trying to "train wild animals."
"People don't see sharks like I do. Their view is
completely unreal. Their experiences are based on what
they see on television or in the movies. It's very easy
to demonize them. I travel, study and make an effort to
understand their behaviour and study how they act," she
In the video, one sees Ramsey completely relaxed and
without any protection scuba diving and grabbing onto
the dorsal fin of the fearsome predators.
Several shark species are in danger of becoming extinct,
according to the International Union for Conservation of
Nature. It is estimated that fewer than 400 white sharks
remain in the northern Pacific Ocean and no more than
29 , 2013
- Seven-gilled shark
donated to Napier Aquarium in New Zealand
seven-gill shark has been gifted to the National
Aquarium after a local fisherman caught it off Napier's
The 1.2 metre shark Big John - or BJ for short - was
donated to the Napier aquarium a few weeks ago, but he
has been in isolation for health checks until now.
Exhibits curator Kerry Hewitt said the young male had
been released into the main oceanarium tank. He joined
three other seven-gill sharks, which are also known as
''We isolated the shark for a good few weeks to check
him over and make sure he was healthy and able to mix
with the other sharks, stingrays and fish in the
oceanarium tank,'' Mr Hewitt said.
''Thankfully he passed all tests with flying colours and
has now been introduced to his new home and
A close up encounter with young BJ was a strong
possibility if a swim with the sharks experience was on
visitor's 'to do list'.
Seven-gill, also known as cow sharks, were not common in
Hawke's Bay waters, so the find for the aquarium was
welcome, he said.
They could reach about 3.5 metres' long and were easy to
distinguish by their one dorsal fin set well back on the
body unlike the two dorsal fins found on almost all
28 , 2013
- Bull Shark With Two
Heads Stuns Scientists
shark with two heads.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Two sets of gaping razor-sharp teeth for the price of
Scientists, at least, are hailing the two-headed bull
shark, discovered by fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico
last April, as a one-of a-kind find.
And that may be reason for a very unscientific sigh of
This critter never got a chance to inspire a Stephen
Spielberg move, as it was was pulled while only a fetus
from the adult shark's womb.
According to LiveScience dot com, the fetus lived on a
few fleeting moments.
The deformity in this bull shark, also known as
Carcharhinus leucas, was likely the result of an embryo
beginning to split into twins, but doing so
As a result, the shark had a pair of complete heads,
hearts and stomachs. The rest of its body formed a
Michigan State University professor and study co-author
Michael Wagner advised against linking the find to the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill that also occurred last
“Given the timing of the shark’s discovery with the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill, I could see how some people
may want to jump to conclusions," he told Time Magazine.
"Making that leap is unwarranted. We simply have no
evidence to support that cause or any other.”
According to reports, roughly six two-headed sharks have
been documented over the years, but this was the first
multi-headed bull shark to ever be officially recorded
According to the International Shark Attack File, 2012
saw 80 unprovoked shark attacks around the world,
resulting in seven deaths.
27 , 2013
- How Many Sharks Are
Killed Per Hour? This Graphic Will Shock You
Click Here to See How Many Sharks are Killed PER HOUR!
Inspired by recent data on shark deaths, two data
visualization heavyweights have created a stunning
infographic to put the numbers in perspective.
A recent report published in the journal Marine Policy
revealed that an estimated 100 million sharks are killed
by humans every year. The paper added that the number of
sharks killed could actually be anywhere between 63
million and 273 million.
In stark contrast, only 12 humans were killed worldwide
by sharks in 2011, according to National Geographic.
Horrified by these staggering numbers, Joe Chernov and
Robin Richards created an infographic to illustrate
these shocking figures. It was, The Huffington Post was
told, a "passion project" for the pair.
By using the data in the report, Chernov and Richards
determined that 11,417 sharks are killed per hour.
In a 2009 report, the International Union for
Conservation of Nature noted that one-third of open
ocean sharks are threatened or near-threatened with
extinction due to overfishing. According to the website
for Pew Charitable Trusts' global shark conservation
initiative, many sharks are killed -- often inhumanely
-- for the Asian delicacy shark fin soup.
25 , 2013
Shark Attack Causes Big Honeymoon
A close encounter with a great white shark nearly ended
the honeymoon, literally, for one man in South Africa.
The man, identified only as “Roger” in a video posted on
YouTube, was diving in the waters off Gansbaai, South
Africa, last Thursday when a great white shark made a
grab for him and a fellow diver inside a cage.
Shark Attack Video
Instead of going after the bait outside of the cage, the
shark dove for his head, with his jaws wide open,
“For the first few seconds, you can’t help but think the
worst has happened,” said Bryan Plummer, the fellow
shark diver who captured the terrifying scene on camera.
The honeymooner, who had just said “I do” the day before
the dive, according to Plummer, managed to swim down
just below the shark’s open mouth and avoid injury.
“His instinct was to just go down and avoid where the
shark had access to,” said Plummer. “[It was] very quick
thinking on his part.”
The terrifying moments before it was clear that both
divers had survived were captured on YouTube by Plummer
who described it as an “out of control situation.”
“Apologies for any profanity in the video,” Plummer
writes in his description of the clip.
Experts say the shark was acting on its natural
“When they get the scent of blood or scent of fish in
the water they can go into quite a frantic feeding-type
frenzy,” said Ken Ramirez, executive vice president of
Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. “They just sort of devour and
hit everything in their path.”
14 , 2013
- Landmark shark ban
upheld at conservation meeting
Three varieties of hammerhead will now be regulated under
Cites for the first time, a move that campaigners say will
help save the species.
Pro-shark fishing nations have narrowly failed to overturn a
landmark protection deal struck at the Cites conservation
conference in Bangkok.
Japan and China tried to block trade regulations on three
critically endangered shark species by re-opening the debate
in the final session.
But delegates refused the request by a wafer-thin majority
and the shark ban was upheld.
The decision is being seen as a landmark win for animal
Campaigners say it is a truly historic day for the species,
in which science triumphed over politics.
On Monday, the decision to increase protection for oceanic
whitetips, porbeagle and hammerhead sharks had only scraped
past the two-thirds majorities required by a handful of
Campaigners had been extremely worried that China and Japan,
the main opponents of the measures, would be able to muster
the one-third support needed to re-open the debate and block
In a tense session here in the conference centre, they
failed by just over 1%.
UK environment minister David Heath, who had just arrived in
Bangkok, told BBC News that this was a great day for the
"I’m absolutely delighted. I think this is a major step
forward today. What we saw was member states across the
board say 'we are not going to be diverted from our path',"
The proposals will not ban the fishing of these sharks but
it will mean that for the first time, the international
trade in them will be regulated.
Similar attempts at previous meetings of Cites had ended in
failure. What seems to have made the difference here in
Bangkok was the unity of Latin American nations, who all
stood behind the proposals.
Hesiquio Benitez from the Mexican delegation told BBC News
that this decision was good for sharks and for those
communities that make their living from the sea.
"It's important to know that this is not prohibiting trade
for domestic markets, it is not against the fisheries
communities. It is to have more control, to have better
assessments in the populations," he said.
Campaigners who had worked for decades to get these species
listed in Appendix II of Cites said it was a landmark day.
The Appendix lists species which may become threatened with
extinction unless trade is closely controlled.
"This is an historic day for marine conservation," said
Glenn Sant from Traffic International.
"Shark populations are in freefall, but have been thrown a
lifeline today - Cites has finally listened to the
scientists," he said.
13 , 2013
- Shark dies in Kmart
commercial shoot in the Valley.
Kmart may have jumped the shark in a recent commercial shoot
in Van Nuys.
A 5-foot-long white-tipped shark died March 6 after being
shipped from New York to Los Angeles and placed in an
above-ground pool in a Van Nuys backyard for a commercial
for Kmart, according to a letter sent to the American Humane
The shark was injected with adrenaline and received oxygen
from a trainer after it showed signs of stress. It was later
removed from the pool and transported to Long Beach to be
examined by a specialist, but the shark died that afternoon,
the complaint said.
The incident triggered a rebuke of the American Humane Assn.
-- the group charged with overseeing the welfare of animals
on sets -- from the People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals. PETA, which is opposed to all use of animals in
filming, has repeatedly raised questions about the nonprofit
group's role. The AHA is responsible for the "No Animals
Were Harmed" certification listed in film credits.
"Sharks are sensitive animals who, in captivity, require a
highly specialized and controlled environment,'' Julia
Gallucci, an animal behavior specialist for PETA, wrote in a
Tuesday letter to an association official. "Given the
delicate nature of this species, why would the AHA approve
the transport and use of the animal?"
Citing a "whistle-blower" who worked on the commercial,
Gallucci said in her letter that the production company,
Boxer Films of Los Angeles, had recommended against using a
live shark. When the animal died, Kmart asked that a second
shark be brought on set, but the production company refused
and replaced the animal with an animatronic hippopotamus,
Gallucci alleged in her letter.
Jody Frisch, spokeswoman for the AHA, said the nonprofit had
asked a third party to investigate the circumstances of the
shark's death. "We're trying to be responsible and find out
what the cause of death was," she said.
Frisch added that the shark was placed in a 60,000-gallon
water tank that was large enough to accommodate the animal
and the AHA representative called off the shoot when it was
clear the shark was ill. The crew was not filming at the
time, she said.
Although AHA reviews scripts and make recommendations on how
animals are used in productions, it doesn't make "decisions
about what animals are used, nor do we have jurisdiction
over their transportation," Frisch added.
A spokesperson for Kmart parent Sears Holdings said: "We
take this matter very seriously and we are investigating."
A representative for Boxer Films was not immediately
available for comment.
In January, the former director of production for the AHA's
film and television unit alleged that AHA thwarted her
efforts to enforce AHA's animal safety standards and prevent
"animal abuse and cruelty" during the filming of "Luck,"
which shut down in March after three horses were killed. The
AHA declined to comment on the allegations but has said it
acted within the scope of its jurisdiction.
12 , 2013
killed in shark attack
A Massive tiger shark on Tuesday attacked and killed a
68-year-old Westmoreland fisherman in Old Harbour Bay, St
According to reports, George Facey was fishing in an area
called Red Light Pillikin, some 18 miles from the Old
Harbour Bay coastline, when the incident happened.
The recovered body had some limbs missing and bore several
huge bite marks.
Anthony Daley, who was also on the fishing expedition, said
the shark which killed Facey was one of the biggest he had
ever seen in his 10 years of fishing.
Facey was one of five fishermen who went to sea.
"Me fish everywhere in Jamaica and even as far away as
Honduras, and this is the biggest shark me ever see. The
shark is definitely a killer, because George (Facey) never
have any fish for it (the shark) to kill him for. It is just
a devil shark," Daley said.
Daley said they noticed something was wrong with Facey when
he did not signal for the boat after the captain started
picking them up from the water.
Body found without limbs
"Him just in the water so, and when we start pull him in, we
realised that his hand and foot were gone, and then we see
the shark, circling around," added Daley, with a very
distraught look on his face, as he recalled the tragic shark
A large crowd of onlookers gathered on the Old Harbour Bay
fishing beach on Tuesday to view Facey's body.
12 , 2013
- Shark wrestler
saves children at Australian beach, later loses job
A Welsh grandfather hailed as a hero for wrestling a shark
away from children in Australia has been fired because he
was on sick leave at the time.
Paul Marshallsea, 62, was on holiday with his wife Wendy,
56, when the incident at Bullcock Beach on Queensland’s
Sunshine Coast occurred.
When a shark was spotted swimming toward a group of young
children, he waded into the sea, grabbed the 1.8-metre dusky
whaler shark by the tail and dragged it into deeper water.
The incident received widespread coverage after a local TV
crew filming nearby caught the incident on video.
Mr. Marshallsea’s bravery made headlines in the Australian
and British media, and lifeguards praised his actions.
But the charity worker and his wife were supposedly on
extended sick leave from their jobs with the Pant & Dowlais
Boys & Girls Club in Merthyr Tydfil, 30 kilometres north of
Cardiff. The couple returned home to find they had been
In a letter, the trust wrote, “Whilst unfit to work you were
well enough to travel to Australia and, according to recent
news footage of yourself in Queensland, you allegedly
grabbed a shark by the tail and narrowly missed being bitten
by quickly jumping out of the way; the photographs and
footage appearing in newspapers and television broadcasts.”
SHARK NEWS ARCHIVES
( As of December 2012 )