Entries in Shark (6)


VIDEO: Rare Giant Squid Spotted in Australia

File photo. (Reinhard Dirscherl/WaterFrame/Getty Images)(SYDNEY) -- A rare giant squid being eaten by an 8-foot shark off the Australian coast has been caught on video and spread around the Web.

The squid, measuring nearly 10 feet, is filmed floating alongside a fishing boat, where a columnist from Australia’s Daily Telegraph spotted it. The bright red squid had already been partially eaten, likely by its only known predator, a sperm whale, according to columnist Al McGlashan.

“It must have died not that long before we found it because it didn’t smell at all and its colors were still strong – most giant squid remains are smelly and rotten and just off-white by the time someone finds them,” McGlashan said in the newspaper.

The video of the encounter shows a blue shark swimming up and taking a bite out of the side of the squid as it lingers next to the boat.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


2,000 Pound Great White Shark Caught in Mexico

Comstock/Thinkstock (file photo)(CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico) -- Two fisherman in Mexico netted a monstrous catch quite unexpectedly this week: a 2,000 pound great white shark.

The enormous shark, which measured almost 20 feet in length, was caught in a net cast by commercial fishermen in the Sea of Cortez on Sunday, according to Pisces Sportfishing, a charter fishing company based in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The shark was already dead when the men found it, but the fisherman, identified only as Guadalupe and Baltazar, were still overwhelmed by it.

“We were amazed and immediately realized that we had a huge, dead, great white shark, and then we thought, 'what are we going to do?'” Guadalupe told Pisces Sportfishing’s Tracy Ehrenberg.

The fishing boat had to be towed to shore because of the extra weight, where more than 50 bystanders helped the men drag the dead shark onto the docks.

Pisces Sportfishing reported that the shark “fed the whole town.”´╗┐

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Giant Whale Shark Reeled In By Pakistani Fisherman

ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- Big catch is an understatement!

A 40-foot long whale shark was found dead near Karachi, Pakistan, the Express Tribune, a Pakistani newspaper reports. Mehmood Khan, the owner of the Charai Fishery, said the whale shark was spotted unconscious 10 days ago in waters about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from the fishery.

Curious onlookers swarmed the pier while two cranes attempted to lift the shark, approximately 40 to 50-feet long and six-feet wide, out of the water. After failing to reel in the fish, more cranes, capable of lifting heavier weights, were called in for the task. The shark was finally lifted from the sea after several hours of efforts and sold for 1.7 million Rupees ($18,750).

Whale shark are found deep in warm oceans and eats plankton primarily. The largest confirmed whale shark in history was 41 ft long.

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Australian Officials Hunt Shark That Killed American George Wainwright

Comstock/Thinkstock(CANBERRA, Australia) -- Australian state government officials set tuna-baited hooks off Australia’s southwest coast Sunday after the third fatal shark attack occurred in the waters in the past two months.

George Wainwright, 32, died Saturday after being attacked off Rottnest Island, near Perth, authorities said.

Wainwright, an America, had been in Australia on a work visa.

Western Australia state police senior Sergeant Greg Trew said the man’s friends helped him out of the water and in the process saw the shark.

“He floated to the surface and the shark was seen as they were leaving the area to come back into Thompson’s Bay,” Trew said.

Marine experts say it’s highly unlikely that a single man-eating shark is responsible for all three attacks.

“The idea that a shark, once it has tasted human blood, would continue to attack is just completely false. That’s not the way it would work,” marine biologist Amy Wilkes told ABC News Radio.

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American Diver Killed by Great White Shark in Australia ISLAND, Australia) -- An American was killed on Saturday in a shark attack of the coast of Western Australia.

The victim, whose identity has yet to be released, was reportedly killed by a great white shark. The man was a 32 year old who was diving solo off of Rottnest Island.

The attack is the second fatal shark incident in the past 12 days.

Coypright 2011 ABC News Radio´╗┐


Worldwide Shark Attacks Reach Decade High

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(GAINSVILLE, Fla.) - The number of unprovoked shark attacks throughout the world reached the highest number in a decade, according to researchers.

Scientists at the University of Florida say there were 79 unprovoked shark attacks on humans in 2010 that resulted in six deaths. The yearly average over the past decade has been 63.5.

"But the rate of attacks is not necessarily going up - population is rising and the interest in aquatic recreation grows," University of Florida ichthyologist George Burgess said in a statement.

The majority of shark attacks, 32, occurred off the coast of North America. The number of attacks were also high in the waters of Australia, 14, and South Africa, eight. 

While six humans died as a result of shark attacks this year, the researchers say humans kill 30 million to 70 million sharks per year.

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