Swim At Your Own Risk: April 2006

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Dead Dolphins Everywhere!

Hundreds of dead dolphins were found on Zanzibar's northern coastline early Friday. People were warned not to eat the dead dolphins, while authorities are still trying to determine the cause of death.

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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Beach Reading

Surfing’s Greatest Misadventures: Dropping In on the Unexpected. This one's got a whole section on sharks including the attack on Bethany Hamilton, who's left arm was snapped off by a tiger shark while she was surfing in Hawaii.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Victim Of The Day

Fishermen in Malaysia were shocked they caught this Great White shark back in 2001... when the shark was dragged on board, two human arms fell out of it's mouth! Ew.

Thanks Angie!

Croc Goes Postal!

This guy Freddie was cutting down a dead tree that had fallen against a crocodile pen during some recent bad weather in Australia when a 15 ft crocodile jumped out of the water, sped up the tree and actually grabbed the chainsaw out of his hands! I guess he didn't like all that buzzing. He then destroyed the chainsaw, chewing on it for about an hour-and-a-half. The cleaning up effort's been postponed for a couple of days.

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Here A Gator, There A Gator . . .

They're everywhere! One was caught in a pond in Maine the other day. Meanwhile, this guy got attacked by one while fishing in Florida.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

In My Dreams . . .

Thanks Angie!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

He's Got Balls

A man diving for golf balls in a lake on a Florida golf course was attacked by a 9-foot alligator Tuesday afternoon. He was under the water near the ninth hole when a group of golfers heard him moan and cry for help. The gator had bitten his air tank and had tried to pull him under. The dude grabbed his utility knife and tried to stab the gator. That's when it bit his arm. Two trappers were on the scene in less than an hour. They taped its jaws shut and loaded it into a pickup truck.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Slapped Silly

A woman had to be taken by air ambulance to the hospital after she got hit in the face by a three-foot fish thet jumped out of the water and into her boat on Saturday. Dang!

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On a leisurely Sunday afternoon fishing trip, two boaters found a human head bobbing in the water! Part of the spine was still attached, it had some teeth attached and part of the left rib cage. The ears were visible and so were the eye sockets. Gross.

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Eh, That's Nuthin'

A leisurely swim almost turned deadly for Joe Noling, who was attacked by an alligator Thursday afternoon. He was swimming in Lake Whistler when the alligator came out of nowhere and grabbed his shoulder! He escaped with a few puncture wounds but what I don't understand is the dude said he's seen the gator before... AND this was the fourth time this week he went swimming in the lake... even though he's got a perfectly safe swimming pool in his backyard.

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Monday, April 24, 2006

Run For Your Lives!

At least two dozen crocodiles escaped from commercial farms in Thailand this week, terrorizing the locals, biting off a fisherman's finger and surfacing unexpectedly in local lakes and ponds. Nearly 100 volunteers joined government experts to try to capture the creatures.

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Not Even Jesus Can Save You

Christian novelist, Davis Bunn was attacked by a shark this weekend in Australia. He was surfing when the shark came out of nowhere and bit his legs. It took all he had to swim 150 feet to shore with two wounded legs. Then, not wanting to worry his wife with a phone call, he drove home. Huh? 120 stitches later, it looks like Davis is on the mend.

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Ah, The Jersey Shore!

A 26 foot whale washed up on the Jersey shores this weekend. They decided to perform an autopsy before burying it on the beach. Marissa, a 7-year-old onlooker, found the whole thing disgusting.

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Victim Of The Day

Thanks for the pics, Angie!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Dude, Are You Peaking Yet?

Two men began hallucinating after eating Salema fish in a Mediterranean restaurant. One of the men, a 40-year old, was admitted to a hospital suffering from a digestive problem and frightening visual and auditory hallucinations, which took 36 hours to disappear. The second man, a 90-year old, suffered from auditory hallucinations a couple of hours after eating the same kind of fish, followed by a series of nightmares over the next two nights. There is no antidote.

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Go Ahead, Pamper Yourself!

In Japan, people are flocking to have dead skin eaten off their feet by tiny Garra Rufa fish. The toothless little fish, originally from Turkey, can only nibble at dead skin and flesh. Supposedly, it doesn't hurt at all. Just kind of itches.

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It's Shark Season in Florida!

It looks like a 13-year-old girl may be Volusia County's first shark bite victim of the year. The girl was standing in knee-deep water Wednesday at about 3 p.m. when something bit her...

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Divers Pulled Under By "Something"

Two scuba divers drowned Saturday afternoon in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida. Witnesses tried to rescue them after they appeared to be in a panic... apparently, "something" was pulling them under! Holy smokes! I wonder what was down there... Their bodies were later found tangled in the dive rope.

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Monday, April 17, 2006

What Kind Of Mileage Do I Get With This?

A 9-foot alligator had to be dragged from a car dealership in Florida on Saturday after making itself at home in the dealership's service area. Maybe he just wanted a tuneup...

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Giant Water Rats Found In Seattle!

They're called Nutria (sounds like some kind of health food, huh?) and they're usually found in South America, but these giant, water-loving rats that can weigh more than 20 pounds and eat one-quarter of their weight a day have been spotted near Lake Washington. Somebody call the Pied Piper quick!

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Iguana Invasion!

On the Florida island of Gasparilla, there are up to 12,000 iguanas on the loose! Apparently, they're taking over the town, climbing into attics, into vents and even into their toilets! Yeouch!

Thanks Micah!

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David Blaine Sleeps With the Fishes

For his next stunt, illusionist David Blaine plans to live in a human fishbowl for seven days beginning May 1. He also plans to try and break the world record of 8 minutes, 58 seconds for holding one's breath underwater before he emerges on May 8.

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Man Bitten By Shark In His Own Boat!

A man was attacked by a shark Thursday afternoon, well, sort of. The guy caught a 4-5 foot bull shark and when he brought it onto his boat it bit him in the foot!

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Freshwater Stingrays?

Watch your step. A new species of freshwater stingray has been discovered in a river in western Thailand.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Did You Know . . .

Seventy years ago, in April 1936, a shark was caught off the Cuban coast with a copy of Don Quixote in its stomach.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Tooth Ferry Ain't Getting This One . . .

15-year-old Luke Cook had an operation last night to remove a tooth which a shark left in his foot when it attacked him on Friday! You know that's gonna be made into a necklace.

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Monday, April 10, 2006

Fish Food . . .

Sunday, April 09, 2006

86 Minutes Of "Terror"

MTI Home Video will release 12 Days of Terror on DVD April 25th 2006. The shark based thriller stars Colin Egglesfield, John Rhys-Davies, Mark Dexter and Jenna Harrison. I've never heard of any of these people but netflix... here I come!

The synopsis: July, 1916 was a time of record heat, a polio epidemic, and a World War in Europe. But beachgoers in New Jersey are threatened by an even greater terror - a shark that has suddenly developed a taste for human flesh. Starting July 1st and lasting over a period of 12 days, the unidentified shark kills four people and seriously injures a fifth before the attacks stop, and threatens New Jersey's thriving tourist industry. Hot.

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R. I. P. Polluted Water Guy

Looks like that guy Oliver who fell into the polluted water and caught the flesh-eating disease didn't make it... R.I.P. dude.

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Talk About A Bumby Ride

A high-speed Japanese ferry collided with a whale (or somethong really big), leaving 49 people injured - 13 in a serious condition.

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Croc Rock

Elton John, the early years...

Thanks Brenda!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Don't Get Drunk And Fall In Polluted Water!

34-year-old Oliver Johnson is dying from a flesh-eating disease after falling into the polluted waters of the Ala Wai Boat Harbor last week. He had been drinking at a bar across the street from his condo before he fell into the harbor early Friday morning. Johnson had cut himself while climbing out and had open wounds on his feet and legs. Over the weekend, his leg started hurting. By Sunday, he had trouble breathing and called for an ambulance. He was later placed on life support! His leg was amputated on Monday. His body also went into Toxic Shock Syndrome. Apparently, he's so swollen up his friends can't even recognize him.

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The New Kid

Scientists have discovered a new species of hammerhead shark in the southeastern Atlantic. Great.

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Even Floodwater Ain't Safe In Australia

A crocodile attacked a teenage boy who spent an afternoon stranded in a tree trying to escape floodwaters in Australia. He was rescued late last night, after spending the whole afternoon stuck in the tree with two other boys... and a nasty bite.

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Odor Protection

Sweden's favorite snack, fermented herring, traditionally devoured in the summer months with large quantities of highly alcoholic beverages, is no longer welcome by the airline industry who have asked passengers not to take it on board, saying it poses a safety risk. Shops at Stockholm's Arlanda airport were asked to stop selling the notorious delicacy after airlines, including British Airways and Air France, became concerned the tins could explode midflight and potentially shower customers with noxious odours that would take days to fumigate.

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Jaws, The Musical!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the dinner theater... "Jaws: The Musical Melodrama" opens tonight in Wichita, Kansas! The shark is still scary but it can sing and dance this time.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

"We Don't Need No Alligator Around Children . . . "

That's what a Florida commissioner had to say about the gators invading residential areas in Florida. Apparently, they're taking over.

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Thanks Dad!

An 11-year-old boy was bitten by a shark Monday afternoon at the north end of Sand Dollar Island near Marco Island, the second shark bite in Southwest Florida waters in less than a year. Little Paul Ausum and his father were walking along the beach when they saw bait fish jumping just off shore. Paul asked his father if he could jump in the water and the dad said yes! People... we should know by now that bait fish = sharks.

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Don't Go Swimming In Wildlife Parks!

A crocodile bit a 10-year-old American girl from Oregon in the leg while she was swimming at an ecological park in western Mexico last Friday! Some vacation!

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Would You Trust This?

The Neptunic Sharksuit!

Thanks Brian!

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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Gator Bread!