Second shark attack at Gracetown, Western Australia after 41-year-old man bitten

Jason Longgrass, 41, is treated by paramedics after he was bitten on his right leg at Lefties, the second shark attack in Gracetown today.

    

A second man has been attacked by a shark off Gracetown on Monday just hours after a surfer was mauled in the same area.

Jason Longrass was bitten by a shark just hours after Alejandro Travaglini, a father of two from Margaret River, was attacked by a great white at Cobblestones surf break.

Channel 9 reporter Michael Stamp told 6PR a the 41-year-old Denmark man was mauled at Lefthanders break about 2.40pm, just two kilometres south of the first attack.

Mr Longrass said he had not realised the beach was closed, and said he saw a four-metre white pointer coming towards him.

Paramedics were treating him at the beach for reported minor leg injuries.

He told ABC News he had been “having a ball” in the water prior to the shark attacking, with other surfers having cleared out of the water.

“[It was] just heading straight for me, beelining straight at me … and just nailed the board,” he said.

A bite mark in a surfer's board after being attacked by a shark off the coast of Gracetown only hours after another attack earlier in the day on Monday.

    

“I knew straight away ‘don’t kick your legs, just swim’.”

WA shark expert Hugh Edwards said he believed drum lines should be deployed soon to catch the shark at Gracetown.

Mr Edwards, 85, said attacks on humans were so rare it was highly likely the same shark had attacked both surfers on Monday.

“Shark attacks tend to come in a series and if you can catch a shark that has been involved in an attack, that’s the way to go no question,” he said.

“But you have to do it quickly because the great whites are travelling fish and if you leave it until tomorrow the thing could be a hundred miles away.

“Gracetown is a notorious spot and I think there would be more attacks there than anywhere else in Western Australia.”

Mr Edwards, who has been studying sharks since the 1950s, said he had not heard of two people being attacked in the same day in the same area.

“Two attacks in one day at the same location is unusual,” he said.

“Shark attacks are so rare that it is far more likely to be the same shark.

“If it was a dog biting someone or a bull killing someone, there would be no question the animal should be put down, and the same with the shark.

“But you can’t catch every shark in the ocean because it is not practical and morally speaking it isn’t fair because the other sharks haven’t done anything.”

Opposition leader Mike Nahan said WA Premier Mark McGowan must act after two shark attacks in one day.

“West Australians understand human lives must be prioritised over sharks,” Dr Nahan said.

“It is a failure of leadership from Mark McGowan if he doesn’t act now.”

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Teen hospitalised after shark attack at Cape St Francis, South Africa

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A 19-year-old was attacked by a shark while surfing at Cape St Francis, near Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday.

The teenager was helped out of the water by fellow surfers and friends and was treated for shock and lacerations to his left knee by National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) medics.

“The species of the shark remains unknown and initial observations suggest that the injuries may have been caused by a relatively small shark, but this cannot be confirmed at this stage,” said NSRI St Francis Bay deputy station commander Stuart Obray.

The surfer was transported to the hospital and is in a stable condition.

The NSRI, municipal lifeguards and local authorities at St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis have urged bathers, surfers and paddlers to not enter the water at local beaches.

Obray said that the NSRI had appealed to local authorities to investigate licensed shark fishing conducted nearby from a fishing boat using a chumming method to determine whether this activity may contribute to increased shark activity.

“The surfers who assisted to get the teenager out of the water and the local lifeguards who immediately initiated medical treatment are commended for their swift actions,” said Obray.

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Paddleboarder Critically Injured In Shark Attack Near Hawaii Beach

A 25-year-old man paddleboarding off a beach in Hawaii was rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries Saturday after he was bumped off his board by a shark and attacked.

The unidentified stand-up paddleboarder was pulled from the water by a safety team from the Kukio Golf and Beach Club on the Big Island’s popular Kona Coast near the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort.

“They had heard a scream from the ocean and they took a four-man canoe out to find a male individual who had been bumped off his paddleboard about 100 to 150 yards offshore,” Fire Capt. Michael Grace told Honolulu Fox affiliate KHON-TV.

The local paddleboarder was out with his father when the morning attack occurred. 

Team members and bystanders on shore applied tourniquets to severe injuries on his right hand and leg as they awaited paramedics, according to Grace.

The victim was airlifted to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he underwent surgery. WTHR-TV and NTD-TV were reporting that he lost a limb.

Officials had posted signs warning of sharks spotted in the water before the attack and shut down the beach on Saturday.

It’s the first shark attack on the Big Island since 2015, according to state statistics, though there have been attacks off other islands of Hawaii since then.

Between 2007 and 2016, 65 people were attacked by sharks in the state, according to data from the International Shark Attack File. Nineteen of those attacks occurred off the Big Island.

Florida leads the country in shark attacks. From 2007 to 2016, there were 244 unprovoked shark attacks in Florida, 39 in South Carolina and 33 off the California coast. There have been a total of 766 attacks around the globe in that time; 449 of those occurred in the U.S.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Half-shark half-dolphin: Mysterious sea creature discovery baffles experts

Unless the aquatic animal was, in fact, a dolphin.

The internet is divided over a picture of the ominous beast lurking beneath the waves on a beach in Queensland, Australia.

Many are convinced it is a shark, pointing to the tail as a “dead giveaway” – but others are adamant it is a dolphin, sparking a fierce social media frenzy.

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Shark attacks along US west coast nearly double in 2017 over previous year

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A new report says shark attacks rose last year on the West Coast.

The Shark Research Committee says there were nine unprovoked attacks in 2017 — eight in California and one in Washington. That’s up from five the year before.

Nobody died but some people were bitten.

The committee says most attacks probably involved great white sharks. In a March attack captured on video, a great white attacked a kayak in Monterey Bay, knocking the kayaker into the water.

Committee founder Ralph Collier tells the Orange County Register that kayaks topped the target list. He says the sharks may have seen them as intruders and were trying to drive them away.

Collier also says he’s surprised there weren’t more attacks because the shark population has spiked in recent years.

Source: AP

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17-feet great white shark found dead on the east coast of Luzon Island, Philippines

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Fishermen have been warned to take care after a huge Great White Shark washed up off the east coast of Luzon Island.

The 17-feet-long monster was reported in the town of Dipaculao, in Aurora province, today (Wednesday, January 24).

The species is a rare visitor to the warm seas of the Philippines, with only four sightings on record. Nonetheless, it is a protected species by law.

Eddie Fabrigas Rebueno, of the Dipaculao Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said the find was reported to his office at 6.30am this morning.

He said the shark, a female, did not show any sign of serious injury apart from some bruising on her snout and some missing teeth.

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It has now been buried after blood and tissue samples were sent to the Municipal Fisheries Agriculture Office, which will investigate the cause of death.

Mr Rebueno’s boss, Arturo Molina, said that coastal village chiefs had been told of the find. They were urged to advise fishermen to be cautious about venturing into deep waters. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is now investigating if any other Great White Sharks are lurking off the coast of Aurora.

“We are now consulting with the BFAR if there is indeed a possibility that the dead shark found in the shoreline could have been part of a flock of sharks,” he added. [The collective noun for sharks is actually ‘shiver’, ‘shoal’ or ‘school’.]

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In March last year, a dead humpback whale was found washed up in the same town.

In August 2015, we reported how resort owners in Misamis were advised to adopt precautionary measures due to a rash of shark sightings in the waters off the Mindanao coast.

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Trump’s death wish for sharks leads to deluge of donations for shark charities

After the revelation that the “terrified” president reportedly hopes “all the sharks die,” donations started pouring in for shark conservation non-profits.

To be fair, President Donald Trump isn’t the only person on the planet afraid of sharks – a fact that has made raising money for shark conservation groups a tough job. But that job just got a little easier, thanks, curiously enough, to the ol’ “President and the Porn Star” scandal.

According to the In Touch Weekly interview with adult actress Stormy Daniels, Trump was “obsessed” with sharks and “terrified” of them. He reportedly told her, “I donate to all these charities and I would never donate to any charity that helps sharks. I hope all the sharks die.”

Aw, poor sharks! But since Trump’s shark aversion became public, donations have been spiking at the nonprofits Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, reports MarketWatch.

“We have been receiving donations in Trump’s name since the story was published,” Cynthia Wilgren, chief executive officer and co-founder of Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, told MarketWatch. “It can certainly be a challenge to raise money for a species that most people fear,” she added, noting that many of the donations came from first-time donors.

Meanwhile, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has also received “quite a few” donations from people who specifically mentioned the president’s remarks, says the group’s founder, Captain Paul Watson.

Sea Shepherd works on behalf of sea animals, including sharks. According to Sea Shepherd, more than 100 million sharks are killed annually, many for their fins to make shark fin soup; and it isn’t pretty. Once their fins are removed, the live animals are thrown back in the ocean, where they sink to the bottom and die slowly or get eaten by other predators. The Sea Shepherd site notes, “Over 8,000 tons of shark fins are processed each year. The fins only amount to 4% of a shark’s bodyweight. This means that some 200,000 tons of shark are thrown back into the sea and discarded.”

Like most creatures on this planet, sharks have their place. As an essential part of the marine ecosystem, they keep food webs in balance, keep prey populations healthy, and keep sea grass beds and other vital habitats healthy, for starters.

Not to mention that sharks just get a bad rap, and why? There have been an average of six deaths per year over the past decade, a remarkably low number given the billions of human-hours spent in the water annually

Meanwhile, the golf course actually brings more to genuinely fear in the form of lightning strikes and other random ways to die. “It’s actually more dangerous to play golf than it is to go swimming in the ocean with sharks,” says Watson.

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Greenland shark may be the longest living vertebrate at 512 years old (Video)

We humans have an unnerving tendency to rashly believe that we are at the pinnacle of all natural things. We also like to believe that we’re a long-lived species, but the truth of the matter is, there are tubeworms out there that live longer than us. Now scientists believe they may have found the longest-living vertebrate on Earth: Greenland sharks which could live to be as ancient as 512 years old.

In a study published in Science, an international team of researchers detail how they developed a technique to determine the age of these sharks (also known as gurry sharks, or grey sharks), who live in the cold waters of the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean. Surprisingly, scientists haven’t had a reliable way to find out how old these creatures were, until recently.

That’s because Greenland sharks (Somniosus microcephalus) — which can grow up to 24 feet (7 meters) long — are considered “soft sharks,” and have none of the biological markers that scientists might use to find out the age in other shark species, such as calcified vertebrae.

Instead, the team used radiocarbon dating to measure carbon isotopes absorbed by the eye tissue of a group of 28 Greenland sharks, in addition to making estimates based on their size. Greenland sharks are a slow-growing species, increasing in size by 1 centimetre (0.39 inches) a year. So with the largest shark of the study group, measuring 5.4 metres (18 feet) long, the team estimates that it could be anywhere between 272 and 512 years old — with an error margin of about 120 years. Says Julius Nielsen, a marine biologist and Ph.D. student who was part of the research team:

It’s important to keep in mind there’s some uncertainty with this estimate. But even the lowest part of the age range—at least 272 years—still makes Greenland sharks the longest-living vertebrate known to science.

Julius Nielsen© Julius Nielsen

It’s not totally clear why Greenland sharks live for so long. Other scientists postulate that it may be in their genes, or it could be the fact that they live in relatively cold temperatures and have a slow metabolism. While we might not know yet why these mysterious marine creatures are blessed with such long lives, these scientists are hoping that its newfound fame as one of Earth’s longest-living vertebrates will boost conservation efforts to protect it and its habitat. More over at International Business Times and Science.

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‘Aliens’ of the deep? Horrifying shark with extending jaws caught off Taiwan (PHOTO)

The glowing black creatures have peculiar extending jaws and needle-shaped teeth, but little is known about the rarely-seen shark.

The five specimens were caught at a depth of 350 metres during a routine survey of the fish species in the Taitung area, the Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute said in a statement. Only one was alive when it was pulled from the water. Researchers submerged it with the hope of carrying out further study, but it died within 24 hours of its capture.

The sharks ranged in length from 25 to 30cm. The most prominent feature of the luminescent shark is its needle-like teeth, described as “snake-like fangs” by the research body.

“The upper and lower jaws can be extended forward with prehensile canals to prey on prey,” the institute said, explaining how the creature snatches its dinner of bony fish and crustaceans. This strange approach to eating is similar to that of the goblin shark – a rare species of deep sea shark with a distinctive snout.

READ MORE: Disturbing faceless fish hauled from ‘the most unexplored environment on Earth’ (PHOTO)

The viper dogfish was first caught in 1986 and has only been spotted a handful times since, leadings experts to believe that only a small population exists.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists the viper dogfish as “data deficient” due to the lack of information on the species.

The deep water sharks are small in size, with the largest recorded specimen coming in at 54 centimeters long. Despite its deadly sounding name, the viper shark poses no threat to humans.

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