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“I’m Going to Bite Someone.” A Shark in Existential Crisis.

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“We really have to swim at some point.” – Reasonable Shark.

Poor Angry Shark (left) has seen enough of the overexploitation of his species and he’s setting out to perform a little PR stunt in order to have his voice heard. His friend, “Reasonable Shark” tries to cool his jets, but there’s simply no saving him from his imminent doom. Video below.

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“Let’s make this quick. I’ll let you swim back to shore if you do me a favor. . . . I have some environmental issues I’d like to bring to the forefront.” – Angry Shark.

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Bitten by a Shark During Her First Ocean Swim, A Colorado Woman Vows to Go Back in the Water

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Screenshot ©GoFundMe/Fox 31 Denver’s video (below).

Before she ever set foot in the surf at Cocoa Beach, Florida, 28-year-old Colorado woman Jill Kruse, who was about to wade into the ocean for the very first time of her life, felt that something was going to go wrong.

Many of us have this sneaking premonition around the sea, but after a moment or two, the reality of the situation seems almost silly to acknowledge: you have a one-in-11.5-million chance of being bitten by a shark, according to the University of Florida’s “International Shark Attack File”. What are those chances on your very first time in the ocean?

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Sea Lion vs. Thresher Shark. Guess Who Wins.

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Sometimes you eat the seal, and sometimes the seal eats you. Photo: Slater Moore Photography. Video below.

The photographs and videos were captured aboard a whale watching vessel off Newport Beach in Southern California on Wednesday.

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Sharks of the Bay, An Evening with Experts at San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay

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Image: The Bay Institute.

There’s been a lot of talk about the recent footage of a white shark tearing apart a seal off Alcatraz, but did you know that there are about seven species of sharks that regularly visit San Francisco Bay, all of whom serve critical roles in the ecosystem?

Close out Sharktober with the Aquarium of the Bay on October 29th for an evening short films, photography and lectures on San Francisco Bay’s sharks by David McGuire (Shark Stewards) and Michael Grassmann (Aquarium of the Bay).

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The Blob: How A Long, Strange Influx of Warm Water is Changing West Coast Ecosystems

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Recreational fishing has had a gangbuster season in San Diego, thanks to the presence of tropical fish not normally found in those waters, like the bluefin tuna shown here. Photo by Point Loma Sportfishing.

Over the last few years, the waters off the West coast have been warming to about 4 to 5 degrees fahrenheit above average. This might seem like a small change, but it can cause major changes in the coastal ecosystems. The warm water, which scientists have nicknamed “the Blob,” formed two years ago near Alaska and has spread down the West Coast and is especially evident in Southern California. With the warmer waters, tiger sharks, hammerheads and even tropical sea snakes have moved northward.

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The map of the West coast “Blob’ shows how much above (red) or below (blue) water temperatures were in 2015 compared to the long-term average from 2003 to 2012. Photo by Nasa. 

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Dude, Don’t Mess with a Hippo. An Unlikely Encounter With a Shark and See Who Wins

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Hippos can weigh as much as 8,000 lbs, have 20 inch canines, can run up to 20 mph and really aren’t afraid of any animal including humans. 

Having spent time in the Serengeti, East Africa studying wildlife – the number one rule was never, ever get between a hippo and the river or her calf. Hippos are the main cause of death for about 3,000 people per year in Africa. Way more than the commonly thought of predators like lions.

In this video, filmed in South Africa’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park by tour operator Stacey Farrell, a bull shark or Zambezi shark (Carcharhinus leucas) has made its way upstream from the ocean and swims right into a horde of hippos. The hippos watch the shark circle for a minute or so and then attack the shark underwater.

Video from EarthTouch News Network

Hippos aren’t exactly picky about where they drop their waste, so they often attract congregations of hungry fish. “It would be the best place for the shark to be looking for a snack,” explains Farrell. “The water was very muddy and the shark started bumping into the hippo, which caused them to start attacking [it]. The shark was much faster and managed to get away at the last second.”

Unlike most shark species, bull sharks can adjust their biological processes to increase salt retention in fresh or brackish waters, such as in Africa’s largest estuarine system protected by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It’s not that unusual to spot them upstream but this behaviour in action has not been documented before. – CS

This Great White Feeding Will Give you Something to Ponder On Your Next Swim to Alcatraz.

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Very crimson water, courtesy of a Great White, San Francisco Bay. Screen Grab from video by Chris Hindler. 

With the caption “Guess we know what happened to the few escapees…” YouTube user Chris Hindler captured the lingering fear of every swimmer who ever rounded Alcatraz Island or every surfer who ever paddled out at Fort Point. Yes, that’s a Great White shark eviscerating an unfortunate seal or sea lion near Alcatraz – inside San Francisco Bay. This may well be the first documented feeding of this kind in these waters, and it will probably give pause to the brave people who do this.

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Photo: Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim

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How a Shark Bite Revealed a Cancerous Tumor and Saved This Massachusetts Man’s Life

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“The shark was a real message to me,” says shark bite(?*) and cancer survivor Eugene Finney in praise of the fish that almost made a meal of him. Photo credit: Eugene Finney.

Eugene Finney of Fitchburg, Massachusetts was on vacation with his two children and girlfriend in Huntington Beach, California back in July, swimming at the beach when he felt something hit him from behind.

“It was pretty jarring,” he told CBS Boston. “It kind of gave me an instant whiplash.”

Finney wasn’t terribly sure what had happened until his daughter asked him why his back was all bloody. He had a gash down his back, but it wasn’t anything he thought required medical attention.

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