Swim At Your Own Risk: May 2006

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

What Is That ? ? ?

Thousands of residents of Tianmen, Hubei Province, have flocked to see a rare turtle-like creature caught by an elderly man in a nearby reservoir. It has three rows of horns on its shell, a pair of eyes like an owl, and a tail measuring over 11". It is currently being taken care of by local experts, who are trying to determine what exactly it is.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Did You Know . . .

The angel shark preys on other fish by burying itself in the sand and ambushing them as they swim by. It likes to eat small fish and squid, and though it's not very dangerous to people, it can inflict a painful bite if surprised or harassed. Watch your step!

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Teen Runs Over Snorkeler!

A 13-year-old kid driving a motorboat was arrested Monday after he ran over and killed a 6-year-old snorkeler, then sped away! Dang!

Thanks Gabsmash!

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Woman Turns Herself Into A Crocodile!

Amina, a 60-year old Nigerian woman was deported from a community in Beposo, Ghana for allegedly turning herself into a crocodile. According to the chief, the woman came to the town last week to visit her son. Three days later, some local women went to the river to fetch water and saw a giant crocodile floating on the surface. The women called for help and some men rushed to the riverside but when they got there, they saw that part of the crocodile was a human body! The crocodile went under and then out came Amina! When Amina was questioned about what she was doing in the river, she said she was feeling warm in her room but did not know how she got into the river.

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Owner Pries Pup From Jaws Of Death

Jasmine, a six-month-old golden retriever, was on a morning run with her owner, Michael Rubin. Jasmine ran ahead to the edge of a pond, where she met up with a hungry alligator. Rubin jumped right into the water and started beating the gator with his fists. Not giving up easily, the reptile rolled in the water with the dog in its mouth. Rubin eventually managed to free his pet. Jasmine was treated at a local animal hospital for cuts and puncture wounds. She's now home, doing fine.

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Monday, May 29, 2006

Feak Wave Hits Ferry

A 50ft wave smashed into one of the world’s largest ferries in the Bay of Biscay, terrifying passengers. The wave crashed into the boat on Sunday, smashing windows and injuring at least six people. Cabins more than 50ft above the waterline were flooded. Passengers described seeing a wall of water, followed by an explosion and then seeing people running around covered in blood after being hit by glass. The 1,150 passengers on board were offered a refund.

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I'm Ready For My Close Up

An alligator made a cameo appearance at the Live Mermaid Show at Weeki Wachee Springs, FL yesterday. The "guest star" was promptly removed and the show continued.

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Shark Takes Bite Out Of Boat!

A massive, hooked and tied female tiger shark attacked an inflatable boat Saturday during shark-tagging operations off this remote reef. The 15 foot shark had been hooked and tied alongside the 25-foot boat. But with a 3 1/2-inch hook still in its mouth, the shark twisted its body 90 degrees, opened its jaws and bit down repeatedly on the boat, ripping a dinner-plate-sized chunk out of it. And by the time the shark was released, it had bent the fish hook almost completely straight!

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Happy Memorial Day!

Have fun at the beach!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Got Time To Kill?

The Beast is on the USA Network this Tuesday, May 31 at 1:30pm. The plot: Mysterious things happen at the coast of Graves Point: An empty boat lies at the shore, divers vanish. The sea biologist Dr. Talley thinks he knows the solution of the mystery: In the depth there is a gigantic squid. This one didn't even make it to DVD (VHS only) so it must be a winner!

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Saturday, May 27, 2006


Something To Think About . . .

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Let's Be Friends

A 17-year-old fisherman who's boat was hit by Typhoon Chanchu survived after three days of drifting at sea and he's got a whale to thank for keeping him alive.

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Victim Of The Day

Thanks Angie!

Fanged Fish Bites Back!

A local fisherman got spooked Thursday when he caught a fish that had fangs and bulging eyes in the San Diego Bay. When he tried to unhook it, it tried to bite him!

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36 Hammerheads Wash Up On Shore

Thirty-six baby hammerhead sharks were found washed up on shore Wednesday at an Oahu beach. Shark experts are still trying to figure out what killed the sharks. Heaven's Gate?

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Please Don't Eat The Swans!

Alligators are making meals out of swans in Lakeland. At least nine swans have been eaten by gators, and a total of 12 swans are missing!

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Britney's Not The Only Thing Getting Bigger

Britney's man K-Fed has added some toothy new members to the family - a shiver of sharks living in a giant tank. Apparently, Brit is terrified of the white sharks which are growing bigger by the day (like her). She says, "Kevin's sharks are the size of my arm. He feeds them tons of shrimp and they're getting bigger. I'm scared. They're white sharks, but they're not Great Whites."

Thanks Michael K!

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Another Giant Hammerhead Caught!

Another giant hammerhead shark was caught near Boca Grande, FL. This one's even bigger than the one last week! 14.5 feet! Maybe Boca's where giant sharks go when they retire...

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Turtle-Chasing Tiger Shark Injures Tourist

A tiger shark injured a Japanese tourist who was enjoying a group dive in Guam last week. The group was about 32 feet below the surface when a turtle suddenly came out of nowhere and swooshed through the group. Turns out the turtle was swimming so fast because it was being chased by a 13-foot tiger shark! The shark's teeth scraped one of the tourists on the leg as it passed by. Close call...

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Catch Of The Day

An 11-foot, 350-pound tiger shark was caught at Melbourne Beach on Sunday. Two of the biggest tiger sharks ever taken by land-based fishermen were caught at Melbourne Beach! Moral to the story: Don't go swimming at Melbourne Beach.

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Somebody's Gonna Lose A Hand . . .

The Newport Aquarium says it has just the thing to help you overcome a fear of sharks. It's the new "Shark Central" exhibit which opens this coming Friday. I'll be keeping my hands in my pockets.

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Monday, May 22, 2006

I'm Crossing Brazil Off My List Of Vacation Spots

A 23-year-old surfer is lucky to be alive after being attacked by a shark on Sunday in Brazil. Antonio Carvalho was surfing off a beach in Recife when the shark bit his left calf and foot. Now, apparently, shark attacks are a fairly common in these parts... Carvalho was the 48th person to be attacked here since 1992. Seventeen of those attacks were fatal. I guess Antonio didn't get the memo.

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They Get You When They Ain't Even Trying

A Louisiana man was killed early today when his car ran off the road after hitting an alligator.

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Fish n' Flush

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Friday, May 19, 2006

Fish Heads, Fish Heads

Thanks Moldy Chum!

Sunny D Takes A Leak In The River

About 8,000 litres of the brightly-coloured liquid that Sunny D is made from leaked into part of the River Parrett on Tuesday, turning the river yellow.

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Doc Catches Something . . . And It Ain't A Cold

A doctor with a slew of world fishing records added another one to his collection when he caught a 385-pound lemon shark using fly tackle! He later set the shark free so keep your eyes peeled...

Thanks Micah!

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Shark Washes Up On Newport Beach

A giant basking shark carcass was discovered on a Newport, R.I. beach Thursday. It was so big, people initially thought it was a whale. They don't know what killed it but basking sharks are vegetarian so I'm sure PETA will get involved somehow.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Gingrich Has A Thing For Fishies . . . Who Knew?

Newt Gingrich sent a letter to President Bush urging him to use his power to protect the marine life around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands creating an underwater version of Yellowstone National Park. Bush is already planning his fishing trip...

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Gators Add Dog To The Menu

An alligator nabbed and killed a dog on Tuesday. I guess they're getting tired of eating joggers.

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Whale Gets Stoned

A dwarf sperm whale died in Manila yesterday after it was mistaken for a shark and pelted with stones. Bummer.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Get Your Shark Fix

Now you can watch Shark Week on your iPod!

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Gator Fever!

With three attacks in less than a week... it looks like gators are the new sharks!

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Tuna Delivers Message From God

A message from Allah saying "God is the greatest of all providers" was discovered on a tuna by a fish shop owner in Mombasa, Kenya. Apparently, the penmenship is impeccable!

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Yeah, They're Cute Until They Try To Eat You

A dock at the Berkeley Marina was closed to the public Friday after a sea lion turned shark-like and bit a woman on the leg. Tawnny Houston, a cook aboard the California Dawn, was treated at Kaiser Hospital after the animal took a chunk out of her leg Wednesday afternoon. The sea lion also bit a backpack of a young person Wednesday. No manners, I tell ya...

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Limb-Luvin' Gator Caught!

A 9.5 ft alligator was caught under the bridge where that unlucky jogger was last seen. Two human arms were found inside the gator's belly.

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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Catch Of The Day

13 feet, 4 inches, 750 pounds... One more reason not to go swimming in Florida.

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Friday, May 12, 2006

"Jurassic Shark" Pushed Back!

Apparently, Rush Hour 3 is pushing "Jurassic Shark's" premiere to 2008! Screw Rush Hour! I wanna see sharks!

Thanks Dlisted!

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Victim Of The Day

Thanks Angie!

Magnetic Fields

A New Jersey inventor was awarded the grand prize in the International Smart Gear Competition for an investion that could save the lives of thousands of sharks a year. Shark's have the ability to detect magnetic fields as a way to protect them. The device involves magnets which are placed on fishing lines to repel certain shark species so they don't die acidentally on the lines. Will this work if I attach it to my swim trunks?

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Whale Coughs Up A Jackpot

Robbie Anderson was walking his dog Scud along the beach when he spied something unusual in the sand. It turned out to be a $10,000 lump of whale vomit!

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Gator Kills Jogger!

An alligator attacked and killed a woman who was jogging near a canal in Sunrise, FL. She disappeared on Tuesday, then her dismembered body was found floating in the canal on Wednesday. The alligator had amputated the woman's arms, and bit her on the leg and back. Ew.

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Get In Touch With Your Inner Shark?

Sharkie Zartman's new book, Shark Sense, is all about getting in touch with your inner shark... Sharkie combines human atributes to those of sharks, and shows us how to live a better and healthier life. For example:

Shark Sense One:
A Shark Is Always True to Its Nature
Human Translation:
Know Who You Are and What You Want

Shark Sense Two: Sharks Don't Ask For Permission
Human Translation: Do What You Know Is Right

Whatever... but if you order now, you get a free mako shark tooth necklace (while supplies last)!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

One of the biggest sharks ever hooked off Britain was recently caught from a little dinghy with a simple fishing rod. The battle with the 9ft, 550lbs Porbeagle shark only lasted ten minutes. Then they released the monster back into the water...

Forecasters say it’s going to be a hot summer, so be on the lookout for fins.

Thanks Brian!

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I'm Ready For My Closeup . . .

The sting of a jellyfish has been captured on film for the first time ever... and apparently it's got a real quick draw.

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Somebody's Day Rate Just Went Down

Blaine failed to beat the world record...

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Monday, May 08, 2006

Hungry Hungry Hippo

A hippo decided to eat a fisherman in South Africa on Thursday night.

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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Shark Origami!

Here's how to do it...

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Happy Ending!

Thanks Angie!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Where The Heck Is St. Lucie?

I think it's somewhere in Florida... but wherever it is, don't go swimming there. This chick decided to go for a dip to cool off yesterday when, within 10 seconds of being in the water, she got bit. Two gashes, one about 8 inches long, the other about 10 inches, on her lower right leg.

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Victim Of The Day

Thanks Angie!