Swim At Your Own Risk: October 2005

Monday, October 31, 2005

Pirahna Found In Ohio Pond!

A groundskeeper at Ohio University found a dead pirahna floating in a park pond on Friday. They're guessing it was a prank but this is not the first time that the OU employees have found out-of-place animals in the university pond. Two small alligators were found in it a few years ago.

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Jetski Jitters!

What should have been a leisurely day trip to Magnetic Island turned into terror as Aaron Fruitier was left bobbing at sea for nearly 5 hours on Friday after his jetski broke down. At one point, a large shark started circling him! He tried to swim back to shore but became too weak after a few hours. Eventually, he was rescued.

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Blame It On The Seals . . .

Apparently, growing seal populations in California and New Zealand could be the reason for the increasing number of shark attacks in these areas. The sharks go where the seals are and confuse us with the seals and eat us instead.

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Catch Of The Day

I'd hate to step on one of these!



Sunday, October 30, 2005

Another Whale Washes Up . . .

A 10-foot, 1,000-pound pygmy sperm whale was found dead on a South Carolina beach early Saturday morning. That's the eighth whale to wash up on the South Carolina coast this year! Hmmmmm...

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Biting The Hand That Feeds You

A crocodile, aptly named Lucifer, bit the hand that feeds him Monday at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Florida when the center's executive director was trying to move him to an area safe from the hurricane winds and Lucifer decided he needed a little snack.

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Get In The Spirit!

Here's a picture of a Goblin Shark to get you in the Halloween spirit!

Friday, October 28, 2005

Thou Shalt Not Swallow Goldfish!

A church in Alabama has agreed to discontinue its practice of swallowing live goldfish. As part of their Fear Factor ministry program, teenage participants were asked to swallow live goldfish as an exercise to teach teens about fear.

PETA thanked the church for the ban by sending a gift basket of vegan Swedish fish.

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Jesus Is Everywhere

An Oklahoma couple who says a fish bone bears the image of Jesus is selling it on eBay. Bidding starts at $29.95.

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Victim Of The Day

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Pirahna Remake!

A French film company is remaking this 1978 classic ...and I'll be the first one in line!

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I Guess He Prefers Blondes . . .

A New York City man was arrested early Wednesday after a night of violent arguing with his girlfriend. Police said the man struck the woman on the face and leg before grabbing a bottle of bleach from under the kitchen sink and asking, "OK, you want to play?" and then dumped the bleach into her aquarium, killing the fish!

He was charged with assault, menacing, harassing and animal cruelty.

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4WDs Banned From Shark Fishing

The Australian Government banned the use of four-wheel-drives and surfboards to catch great white sharks after a group of men were caught catching and releasing great whites by using a surfboard to swim bait out to the sharks, and then landing them from a chair mounted on a 4WD vehicle... If you ask me, attracting sharks closer to the shore doesn't sound good for anyone.

Getting caught gets you a $22,000 fine, six months in jail, or both.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Dog-Eating Gator Caught In The Act!

Miluska and Eliud Baez found the remains of their dead dog near an alligator in Plant City, FL. Apparently the 12 ft gator was a regular around these parts and was even named Albert by the local Albertson's employees! Albert was eventually caught, and since state law requires that nuisance alligators more than four feet long be destroyed, Albert will soon be turned into shoes and handbags.

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Giant Shark Found Floating In Canal

A 16 ft great white shark was found floating in a Kawasaki canal this morning. They say it was alive shortly before they found it...

I'll Have The Spicy Chicken, Please

An alligotor snatched the lunch from two women and their children on Sunday! The gator splashed out of the water, sent the families scrambling and made off with their Zaxby's spicy chicken. It chomped some chicken, went back in the water with it and then came back for more!

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Goldfish Looking For New Digs . . .

The classic spherical fish bowl has been banned in Rome, Italy under a new by-law which also stops fish or other animals being given away as fairground prizes. (WHAT?? Goldie would have never become famous!) Supposedly, round bowls cause fish to go blind and provide insufficient oxygen.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

This Is Sad . . .

Almost 60 pilot whales have died after mysteriously stranding themselves on a beach on the Australian island of Tasmania.

Thanks for the story Evie

UPDATE: Now it's 130 beached whales!

UPDATE: Man Sues Aquarium Over Shark Attack

An experienced scuba diver, bitten by a 10 foot shark while swimming in a Shanghai aquarium, was so traumatized by the experience he is afraid of even getting into the bath. So does this mean I can sue Spielberg?

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Free Bonnie?

I'm on the fence on this one. One more shark in the ocean is one more too many for me... but Bonnie doesn't look too happy here.

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Monday, October 24, 2005

New Photos Of Shark Surface

These photos just floated in. They're from the famous great white shark caught in 1987 by Alfred Cutajar off the island of Filfla in Malta. The controversy over the years has been whether it was 23ft or 18ft long. I guess nobody had a tape measure...

He's Gonna Need A Bigger Boat . . .

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Don't Swim Where You Know There Are Sharks!

A man was attacked by a shark while swimming at a beach near Gansbaai, South Africa on Saturday. The shark bit his lower leg and foot.

Now, Gansbaai waters are a popular shark cage diving spot which means they put chum in those waters so those particular waters are known for their sharks! I don't know why anyone would go swimming there in the first place. Luckily, this shark was a small one so the injuries were not fatal.

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Sunday Funnies

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Lay Off The Sauce . . .

According to a new study... almost one in three people bitten by deadly saltwater crocodiles in Australia had been drinking alcohol before the animal attacked.

An Australian review of unprovoked crocodile attacks on humans between 1971 and 2004 found that 29 percent of the 62 attacks had involved some alcohol consumption by the victim.

Jaws In 30 Seconds (with bunnies)

Friday, October 21, 2005

Those Are Some Big Pop Rocks!

Some exploding rocks were found on the ocean floor near Mexico.

That Shark Had A Big Lunch!

Guess what they found inside that giant shark they caught the other day... at first, they thought it was pregnant but turns out there was a seal the size of a teenager in it's stomach!

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Rat Makes Record Swim!

A rat was tagged and released on an uninhabited island to learn more about pest species and how they invade small islands. Apparently, the rat didn't like his new home. He swam 400 meters across the open sea to another island.

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Great Whites Spotted Near Australian Beach

Two 20-foot Great White sharks have been seen cruising around near a fish farm off Roaring Beach, AU this week. A couple of workers at the fish farm said they watched the pair of big fish swimming back and forth all day... Those sharks are up to something...

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Say Cheese!

A fisherman caught a monster shark yesterday in New Zealand. This guy pulled in his fishing net expecting to find snapper but found a 15 ft, 1.5 ton Great White shark instead. You know those teeth are going on ebay...

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Is This Legal?

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Surfer Attacked Near Bodega Bay!

20 year-old Megan Hallava was surfing north of Bodega Bay, CA this morning when she was grabbed from behind by a 14 ft. shark, pulled underwater and bit on the leg! Megan was helped from the water by other surfers and taken to the hospital with a bite that stretched from her thigh to her calf. Ouch!

UPDATE: more details on the story!

Shark Sub

Fabien Cousteau climbs inside this shark submarine to film sharks for a documentary. They should borrow that for an episode of Scare Tactics.

R.I.P. Goldie

Yes, it's sad but true. Goldie, the world's oldest goldfish, has died. Goldie, aged 45yrs, had been in the family since 1960 when he was won at a fairground. Funeral private. No flowers please.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Or Maybe We Just Taste Good . . .

A prominent marine biologist believes that sharks may be eating humans more often these days because we ate all the fish.

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Victim Of The Day

Swimming With Sharks Video

I wouldn't do this for a million dollars, but this guy does it for free... Check out Laurie's site for more pics and videos!

Time To Call In The Pros . . .

The theft of a stuffed hammerhead shark from a bar is the focus of a CrimeStoppers investigation this week. The shark, valued at $3,000, was last seen in the hands of its kidnapper, who ran south on 14th Street.

Monday, October 17, 2005

I Want This!

A remote control shark! You gotta watch the movie.

Shark Bites Teenager's Foot In Florida

Saturday, at Daytona Beach, FL a 15-year-old boy was wading in just 2 feet of water when a shark decided to chomp down on his foot. The boy was taken to the hospital where he received stitches.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Creepy . . .

Hundreds of dead eels washed up on beach in India last week and nobody knows why. Didn't something like that happen on Surface last week?? And remember that mysterious glowing ocean?

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Hawaii Five-OH!!!!

Lifelong surfer Clayton Sado is happy to be alive after he felt something slam into his board last Thursday. He turned around to see a giant shark right next to him! From the looks of his surfboard, it definitely wanted to eat him! He gave the shark a shove and it swam away while Clayton high-tailed it to shore. He is currently taking a break from surfing...

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

This Guy Swims With Sharks For Kicks!

These are some pics from a documentary about Michael Rutzen. This guy actually likes to swim with sharks! Thanks to Laurie for sending me these!
Click to see more of the pics!