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See Inside A Tiger Shark’s Mouth As It Gobbles A GoPro

It’s a pretty exhilarating feeling diving with sharks. As they curiously and elegantly glide by you, there’s that overwhelming sense of both fear and respect. Until they decide that a piece of your equipment is worth a nibble. And by nibble I mean envelop the whole darn thing in its whopping great, razor-sharp teeth lined mouth. But this diver’s GoPro camera survived to tell us the tale, and it’s pretty awesome to see inside the tiger shark’s mouth, even if it is only for a fleeting moment. You can even see the shark’s eyes roll back as it goes for the camera.



What’s particularly interesting is that the shark at first seems very disinterested in the equipment, but last minute he/she suddenly changes direction and ambushes the camera. While they may be highly evolved predators, behavioral observations have suggested that tiger sharks can be pretty lazy. Unlike some more swift and agile species, such as the mako shark, tiger sharks aren’t that maneuverable, and often have to “rely on surprise to catch things” according to marine biologist Mike Heithaus.

It may have come as an initial surprise to the unsuspecting diver, but the curious being gave up the camera pretty swiftly and carried on with his/her day, leaving the diver unscathed (as far as we’re aware) but probably with a racing heart.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/see-inside-tiger-sharks-mouth-it-gobbles-gopro

Australian Beaches Are Introducing Shark-Detecting Drones

The government of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia has released a high-tech $16 million (US$11.6 million, 7.55 million) plan to address this year’s flurry of shark attacks.

Last year, there were three shark attacks leading to two fatalities in NSW. Even before the beach holiday season in December, this year has already seen 13 attacks,including the death of41-year-old surferTadashi Nakahara.

To tackle the issue, the NSW government is launching a wide range of newly developed shark mitigation technologies. They will spend$7.7 million (US $5.6 million, 3.6 million) of the total fundon surveillance and deterrence, while another $7 million (US $5.1 million, 3.3 million) is being allocated to scientific research on sharks and tagging.

A good chunk of money$3.5 million (US $2.55 million, 1.65 million)will go towardsahelicopter surveillance program. New technology to alert citizens ofshark sightings is also being invested in, with a $1.3 million injection into the SharkSmart app. Five Clever Buoy systems will also be deployed,which usesonar signals to spot sharks. The tagging of sharks will allow real-time 4G tracking with the help of 10 listening stations between Tweeds Head and Forster.

Starting this December, when the beaches are at their busiest, shark-detecting drones will also be deployedover the beaches. This follows on fromCalifornia using dronesthis summer to deter shark attacks.

Along with this surveillance technology, six sites will trial eco-friendly barrier nets.

According toThe Sydney Morning Herald, Minister for Primary IndustriesNiall Blairsaid: We are proud to be the first jurisdiction anywhere in the world to adopt an integrated approach toward keeping our beaches safe.

However, environmentalistshave been skeptical of the new plan. Last monthat asharksummit in NSW, Associate Professor Daryl McPhee said, Theres a lot of impressive YouTube videos that shows various devices being able to deter a shark but as a scientist thats not a scientifically definitive approach. No matter whats used, it will not be 100% effective. Other experts suggested the government shouldnt placate to peoples fear.

Image credit:Lee/Flickr. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/technology/australian-beaches-are-introducing-shark-spotting-drones

Man Pulls Shark From The Sea To Pose For Photographs

As much as you might appreciate wildlife, this is certainly not the way to show it.

The video belowappears to show a shark being reeled in on a fishing line on Palm Beach, Florida. One man proceeds to drag the shark out of the water, pin it down on the beach, and pose for photographs in front of a group of people.

Ashleigh Walters, a local journalist based in Florida, shared the video in a Facebook post which notes that the shark was put farther into water after end of video. It did not resurface for several minutes.

This comes to light just weeks after images showed a group of people parading a Plata dolphin around an Argentine beach and taking photos. While this shark in Florida was lucky enough to be returned to the water, this dolphin reportedly had died from dehydration at some point duringthe ordeal.

Although there are restrictions on certain species and sizes of sharks, it is legal to catch-and-release over a dozen different species of shark within the Sunshine State, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

That said, pinning down any wild animaland posing for an Instagram photo is still not cool as the stress from the ordeal could have serious consequences for them.

Shark Capture, Release on Palm Beach

VIDEO: Shark capture, release on Palm Beach(Shark was put farther into water after end of video. It did not resurface for several minutes.) WPTV #amcrew #wptvwx #beach #shark

Posted by Ashleigh Walters on Saturday, 20 February 2016

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/fishermen-pull-shark-sea-pose-photographs

Woman Swims With Great White Shark

To promote their new HD HERO2 camera, Go Pro Camera teamed up with veteran freediver Ocean Ramsey for some jaw-dropping underwater footage.

Incredibly, she swims with one of the largest fish in the sea, the Great White Shark, all under the lens of the Hero2. 

Now, the video has already collected over 390,000 views over the weekend, and is further covered by EpicTV, NYDailyNews, and GMAYahoo.


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/02/18/woman-swims-with-great-white-shark/

How A Shark Attack Saved A Mans Life

This incredible tale of luck starts with Eugene Finney on holiday in Huntington Beach, California, with his two children and girlfriend.

“The surf was pretty big that day,” Finney said to Mercury News, “The waves were about 7 to 9 feet [2.1-2.7 meters], and the water is pretty deep. You can’t touch the bottom.”

Finney and his 10-year old daughter dived into the sea, where they were confronted with a huge cresting wave. Finney grabbed his daughter and they were dragged about 6 meters (20 feet) underwater. Speaking to CBS Boston, Finney said:Something struck me from behind. Id never been hit like that before. It was pretty jarring. It kind of gave me an instant whiplash,

Finney left the water with a bloody gash on his back, still unsure at what had happened. As his girlfriend washed the wound in the beach showers, the lifeguard ordered everyone to leave the sea as shark fins had been spotted.

Five days later, still in pain, Finney was back at work as a marketing coordinator for the art museum in Massachusetts. After the pain in his upper body and abdomen gotworse, Finney was eventually convinced to get checked out at the hospital. As he underwent a CAT scan, doctors found a cancerous tumour the size of walnut on his kidney.

Medics promptly operated on Finney to remove the tumor. The tumor was found in such good time it had not yet spread to other organs. The operation was a complete success and, a few months later on October 3, Finney was declared 100% cancer free without the need for radiotherapy or chemotherapy.

Talking about the shark attack to CBS Boston, Finney’s surgeon Dr Ingolf Tuerk said, It lead to a situation that saved his life. Thats pretty fascinating when you think about it.

Main image credit: Elias Levy/Flickr.(CC BY 2.0)

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/shark-attack-which-saved-man-s-life

Man Swims Near Shark in Sydney Harbor: Real or Hoax?

On June 11, YouTube user Terry Tufferson uploaded a video showing a man jumping off of the Manly cliff into Sydney Harbor with a GoPro camera strapped to his head. Right after resurfacing in the water, a friend points out the presence of a great white shark heading right toward him. 

First, let’s take a look at the video:



Was anyone else disappointed that the guy didn’t really fight off the shark at all? I abhor when people relentlessly paint sharks as vicious maneaters, but given that the video’s title was “GoPro: Man Fights Off Great White Shark In Sydney Harbour,” I expected a little more actual interaction.

Here’s a rundown of the clues that this video might not be all it claims to be:

While sharks are occasionally spotted in that area, large ones like the one shown in the video are fairly uncommon. While uncommon doesn’t mean it is impossible that a shark like that could have shown up, it is just one too many strikes against the legitimacy of the video.

The video was uploaded at a resolution of 480p. This is the lowest possible setting for a GoPro and would make some aspects of video editing, such as CGI, harder to detect. Some are claiming this was done intentionally.

However, it isn’t likely that the shark is a CGI effect anyway. It seems much more likely that the shark footage was obtained separately and the scenes were stitched together. The direction in which the friend is pointing doesn’t exactly match up with where the shark actually appears seconds later. Sure, sharks are pretty fast with top speeds of 35 mph, but it is unlikely that a large shark would haul ass through a harbor like that and not eat the crazed, flailing swimmer. Besides, when we see the shark, it doesn’t look like it’s stalking prey anyway. It looks fairly relaxed.

Another clue that this footage isn’t genuine is the teleportation of the shark around 59 seconds into the video.

Just as a heads up, here’s what you’re looking at:

And yet a second later, you see the shark jump over here:

While it is a fun video, it doesn’t appear to be real. There has been a bit of speculation about why the video was made. Simply a regular guy trying to find stardom on YouTube? Sponsored by GoPro for a commercial? (Though, if this were the case, it seems like they would have wanted a bit better resolution on it) Trying to get people hyped up for Shark Week? It’s pretty hard to tell at this point. 

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/man-swims-near-shark-sydney-harbor-real-or-hoax

Man Fights Off Great White Shark

Man Fights Off Great White Shark

This video by Terry Tufferson has instantly gone viral with over 5 million views! The clip purportedly shows an Australian diver bumping into a great white shark in Sydney Harbor. But the GoPro footage just doesn’t look right. Many viewers believe the video is a fake. 

So… real or fake? You decide!


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/06/13/man-fights-off-great-white-shark/