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.
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.
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.
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’.]
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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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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.
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.
A recently emerged video is said to display acts of the intelligence by the one of the huge mammals in our oceans – whales. The stunning footage shows how a humpback whale took a marine biologist under its fin and swam her to safety, in the opposite direction of an awaiting tiger shark.
The team of the marine biologist, Nan Hauser, managed to capture the unique moment on film, which is said to reveal that the whale knew that there was a shark nearby, and that the human needed protection from it. The clip shows the whale using both its head and mouth to push Nan, 63, as well as lifting her entirely out of the water at one point.
The whale was reportedly 50,000-pounds, and protected the biologist from a 15-foot tiger shark that began to lurk nearby. Nan stated that the video clip taken by her team is proof that whales have a very intuitive nature, as well as a clear instinct to protect other species, which we’ve now seen includes humans.
Nan, who lives on the Cook Islands, further explained that there was also another whale nearby, sadly just out of the camera shot, who was also helping by tail-slapping, which was reportedly keeping the shark a safe distance away. Nan explained, “I wasn’t sure what the whale was up to when he approached me, and it didn’t stop pushing me around for over 10 minutes. It seemed like hours. I was a bit bruised up.
“I’ve spent 28 years underwater with whales, and have never had a whale so tactile and so insistent on putting me on his head, or belly, or back, or, most of all, trying to tuck me under his huge pectoral fin. I tried to get away from him for fear that if he rammed me too hard, or hit me with his flippers or tail, that would break my bones and rupture my organs. If he held me under his pectoral fin, I would have drowned.
“I didn’t want to panic, because I knew that he would pick up on my fear. I stayed calm to a point but was sure that it was most likely going to be a deadly encounter. I feel a very close kinship with animals, so despite my trepidation, I tried to stay calm and figure out how to get away from him. I never took my eyes off him which is why I didn’t see the shark right away.”
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Meet Elliot Grant Sudal, a modern-day hero who recently removed a hook from a 7-foot-long shark. In addition to working as a captain in Florida, the 29-year-old tags sharks for the NOAA Apex predator tagging program. As GoodNewsNetwork reports, the organization’s work is vital, as it monitors and tracks shark migration routes, reproduction, and growth patterns.
While working off Sanibel Island last month, Sudal was preparing to tag a 7-foot-long tiger shark when he noticed a wire hook protruding from its mouth. An animal lover and a seaman, he took the time to carefully remove the intrusive object with plyers.
As InsiderEdition reports (below), only experienced anglers should attempt such a maneuver. Thanks to his activism, the tiger shark is now hook-free and is being monitored by NOAA.
Watch the video below:
Due to Hollywood’s unfair portrayal of sharks, most people run the other direction when they see one. However, there are actually many reasons to respect — not fear — sharks. A few follow:
1) Far more sharks are killed than humans each year
Every year, between 26 and 73 million sharks are traded in markets around the world. Some people, particularly in Asia, believe there are medicinal benefits to consuming shark fin soup. As a result, millions of the beasts are illegally hunted then sold on the black market — even in countries where the “delicacy” is banned.
2) Shark attacks are rare
Contrary to what you might learn from movies like Jaws or The Shallows, shark attacks are extremely rare. In fact, your chances of being the victim of an unprovoked shark encounter are lower than your chances of being struck by lightning, injured in a hunting accident, or even attacked by a domestic dog.
3) King of the food chain
As the Smithsonian points out, sharks have six highly refined senses: smell, touch, hearing, taste, sight, and electromagnetism. Together, these senses — combined with a sleek, torpedo-shaped body — make sharks deadly hunters. This is a reason to respect the marine animals — not demonize them.
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In July of this year, animal rights activists were outraged to see footage of a group of men — referred to as the “Boating Bros” — abusing a shark while speeding along in a high-speed boat.
As Truth Theory previously reported, Michael Wenzel (25), Robert Lee Benac (28), and Spencer Heintz (23) recorded themselves laughing and smiling as they dragged the shark behind them. One of the men joked that the creature looked “almost dead.” They thought it was funny, whereas the rest of the world certainly did not.
After the video inspired outrage, Florida wildlife authorities investigated the ordeal. They found that the men first shot, then dragged, the shark at a high-speed. This caused its death. As a result of their foolishness, all three men have been charged with animal abuse.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office, all three men were charged with two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty. CNN reports that Benac and Wenzel were also each charged with one count of illegal method of take, which is a misdemeanor.
“Because they first shot the shark, it warranted two separate charges for animal cruelty,” said Robert Klepper, the public information coordinator for the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement. Each third-degree felony animal cruelty charge carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.
Insult was added to injury when the investigators discovered a second incident which occurred earlier that day. “While searching social media for evidence, investigators discovered a second incident earlier that day, resulting in an additional misdemeanor charge against two of the men,” Klepper said. “An issue like this is very unusual. This was a disturbing and disheartening video.”
Animal rights advocates are celebrating the development, claiming justice has been served. What do you think? Please comment below and share this news!
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