Swim At Your Own Risk: June 2006

Friday, June 30, 2006

Swimmer Attacked . . . But Not By A Shark This Time

A man was attacked when he went for a swim at a Miami beach on Tuesday but this time it wasn't a shark. A pit bull charged into the water and bit him. After the attack, the dog and his owner took off and were nowhere to be found.

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World Record Was Preggers

The world-record hammerhead caught last month was big for a reason. Turns out he 1,280 pound shark was pregnant with 55 babies! Kinda sad... but still... that's 55 less sharks to worry about.

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

North Dakota Has Piranhas?

A piranha was caught at the Casselton reservoir in North Dakota. The woman who hooked the toothy fish called officials to alert them. The fish chief says the piranha was probably in someone's fish tank before it was tossed into the reservoir. I'd still stay out of that water...

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Shark Warnings In Australia. Big Suprise.

Researchers have issued a warning after finding a large number of highly aggressive bull sharks in Trinity Inlet in far north Queensland, AU. Bull sharks have a reputation for being aggressive and people should avoid swimming in the inlet so stay on dry land, Aussies!

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R. I. P. Fifi

FiFi, a black-and-white miniature Shih Tzu, got swallowed up by an alligator at Ridgecrest Park, FL on Sunday afternoon. The owner stopped by the park to spend some QT with FiFi. After hearing a "rustle" behind him, he turned around to see FiFi in the jaws of an 8-foot alligator.

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Change Is Good

That shark suspended in formaldehyde in Damien Hirst's The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living, is starting to deteriorate. He's agreed to replace the shark.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Apparently, San Jose Has A Lot Of Sharks

Well, at least shark statues. Like...

Little Ballerina Shark

and Sundial Shark

Check out The Sharks Nook to see the whole shebang.

Thanks Brian

Uh, Who's Doing The Fishing Here?

A man was fishing from a pier on Fort Myers Beach, when he hooked a 6-foot blacktip shark. The shark pulled him off the pier into the water! It pulled him around for awhile but then the shark - and the pole - got away.

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Desert Shark?

Two guys found a 4-foot Leopard Shark in the middle of the Mojave Desert last week. Nobody knows how the shark got there.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Shark Munches On Girl In Florida

The water was kinda empty after a 9-year-old girl was bitten by a shark today at a beach in Florida. Juliette was just hanging out in the surf when she she saw something gray in the water... then it bit her. Witnesses said the shark took a good piece out of the her calf. Ew. The beach remained open.

UPDATE: More gory details... plus video!

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Brenda Love Spends Some Quality Time With Sharks!

One of our most loyal readers, Brenda Love, risked it and headed to the beach this past weekend. She came back with all kinds of sharky pics!! Glad you made it back in one piece, Brenda!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Should I Buy Stock In This?

Teeka Tan (makers of the world's only line of jellyfish deterring sunscreens) announced today that it has completed the first phase of testing on a sunscreen formula containing a shark repellent. The study was performed at the Bimini Biological Field Station, South Bimini, and Bahamas, working in conjunction with SharkDefense. Phase 1 showed a significant reduction in bites from juvenile lemon sharks when a SharkDefense repellent was combined with the Teeka Tan SPF30 product. A more rigorous series of Phase 2 trials are scheduled to begin in July. I wonder who the test subjects are???

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Set Your Tivos!

The only way to swim with the sharks is to become one... and that's just what Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, does in his new CBS special, "Shark: Mind of a Demon, with Fabien Cousteau." Cousteau fabricated his own submersible "shark submarine" that looks, acts and moves like a real shark. But Cousteau almost became fish food when the sub stopped working and sank to the bottom of the ocean. The show airs this Wednesday night, June 28 at 8pm on CBS.

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

And You Thought Your Field Trips Were Bad

In Japan, kids don't visit the museum. Instead they watched a 10-ton whale being butchered. Ew. I'd ditch.

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Dolphin Strays Into N.J. River!

A bottlenose dolphin was spotted swimming in the Raritan River in NJ Friday afternoon. Rescue crews tried to steer the dolphin back toward the Ocean, but were forced to give up when it got dark. Good luck, lost dolphin!

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Hitting The Beach This Weekend?

Who Invited You?

A knock on a South Carolina front door turned out to be a 6-foot alligator trying to ring the doorbell! Neighbors suspect it was the smell of chicken teriyaki grilling in the back yard.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

ANOTHER Nip In Volusia County!

Unless you want to be shark bait, stay away from Volusia County, FL. Yesterday was the first day of summer and the town has recorded its third shark bite of the year. A 22-year-old woman was standing in shallow water at New Smyrna Beach when a shark nipped her on her right foot! The injury was "minor" but a shark bite is a shark bite! On Thursday, a 24-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark at New Smyrna Beach and in April, a girl was bitten on the leg.

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Underwater Press Conference

A group of 21 Austrian journalists claim to have broken a world record after taking part in an underwater press conference. The reporters, clad in full diving gear, swam 16ft below the surface of the Traun Lake in Austria. Special waterproof paper and pens were handed out for the journalists to ask questions and an underwater flipchart was set up for the presentation. The press conference was to launch a new book on diving by Austrian authors Leo Ochsenbauer und Klaus-M. Schremser. The group is planning to submit their claim to the Guinness Book of Records. The current world record is held by 15 reporters who took part in an underwater press conference last year in Las Vegas.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Great White Shark Spooks Surfers

Five surfers were chased from the water at Sporthaven Beach on Oregon's coast Friday by a great white shark. One of the surfers reported the shark encounter because he felt that other people should be aware that it happened. "It bumped one of the surfers and spun him around before disappearing," the surfer said. "Two other guys surfing nearby saw a fin and splash and then saw it circling around them. "Luckily, there was a wave coming and we all caught it to the beach," he said.

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What's In Your Wallet?

Gator-hunting season doesn't start for another two months, but on Thursday, in less than five hours, Florida sold out its 4,400 gator-hunting permits.

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Monday, June 19, 2006

Whaleburgers, Anyone?

To woo young customers, who are more fond of burgers than traditional whale cuisine, a Japanese restaurant has come up with a new taste sensation: the fried whaleburger. The sandwich features fried whale meat nestled in a bun with salad greens and a mayonnaise and ketchup-based sauce. They also serve whale hot dogs. Delish!

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R. I. P. Cindy

Cindy the dolphin, who grabbed headlines after British millionaire Sharon Tendler married him last year, died on Sunday! Apparently, he had some kind of eating disorder... Sometimes he didn't eat at all and he vomited a lot. (Being a dude and having the name "Cindy" wouldn't sit too well with me either.) Cindy was given a proper burial at sea.

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Brazilian Biter Kills Surfer

A surfer died Sunday after a shark bit him in the left thigh in waters off northeastern Brazil. Humberto Pessoa Batista, 27, was with about 30 other surfers and only about 50 feet from the beach when he was attacked. Now... this area is known to be a feeding ground for sharks, and surfing is traditionally banned here, but they lifted the restriction this year since they hadn't seen very many sharks around. Rescue workers tried to take Batista to a hospital, but the shark bite had ruptured his femoral artery and he died of a hemorrhage. This is the 18th death caused by a shark attack in this area since 1992!

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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Fish Food . . .

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Shark Nips Surfer In New Smyrna

Volusia County, often dubbed the shark-bite capital of the world, had its second bite of the year! A 24-year-old surfer was wading in about 4 feet of water Thursday when he felt something grabbing at his left ankle. He had three or four puncture wounds on his foot. Ouch...

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Jaws Is Heading To The UK!

Look out, brits! According to The Sun (a very reliable source...), Great White Sharks could soon be swimming near British holiday beaches because of global warming. Marine researchers say UK waters are fast becoming an ideal feeding ground. The maneaters are already found as close as the Mediterranean and fishermen’s reports suggest some of the sharks, which grow up to 21ft, may have already reached the West Country coast.

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Victim Of The Day

This is a good one... click it to see it full size!

Thanks Angie!

3 Easy Steps

Step 1. Catch shark and take it's head off.
Step 2. Put shark body in bucket.
Step 3. Fry'm up!

Thanks for the pics brother Mike

Thursday, June 15, 2006

School Of Rock

Behold the Jay Turser JT-SHARK Electric Guitar...

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It Still Ain't Safe

Thirty years after the release of the movie Jaws, are you sure it’s safe to go in the water off Amity Island? A day of fishing with his buddies two weekends ago off Martha’s Vineyard turned into the thrill of a lifetime for Peter O’Neil when he hooked a mako shark weighing 850 pounds, measuring 10.5 feet! The fishing boat was about a mile off South Beach in only about 50 feet of water when they spied a dorsal fin skimming the surface of the water. The fish was later filleted...

Thanks Rich

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"See" Food

At SeaWorld in Orlando, you can dine on seafood while watching it swim right by you! After lunch, you can head over to the Deep Dive where, for $150, they'll drop you into a tank with over 50 sharks!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

You Can Do It, We Can Help

A Singapore aquarium magazine called Fish Love has published an article which shows how cosmetic surgery can be performed on pet fish by amputating their tails and injecting them with dyes. The article provides a step-by-step guide to producing a tail-less Flowerhorn cichlid using a pair of scissors and some antibiotics, and offers details on how to produce dyed Parrot cichlids using a hypodermic needle and some food colouring. Ew, where is the "love" in that?

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Monday, June 12, 2006

I Wonder If This Comes In A Shark Model

I thought I wanted to be cremated but now I'm rethinking it...

Thanks Micah!

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The Shark Cookie Jar

Try to grab a cookie and you hear the Jaws theme song... but $75??? I noticed a few on ebay for around $20.

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Fish Food . . .

There's A New Shark In Town

A University of South Carolina biologist has identified what he thinks is a new species of scalloped hammerhead shark - one more toothy, cartilaginous predator to strike terror in beachgoers - as though 39 species including tiger sharks, spiny dogfish, sharpnose sevengill sharks, longfin makos, night sharks and others found offshore aren't enough. The public is suitably horrified.

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

That Shark Would Totally Distract Me . . .

Friday, June 09, 2006

Catch Of The Day

Thanks Angie!

And I Thought My Headache Was Bad

A Florida was man bitten on the head by an alligator late Thursday afternoon! Michael Diaz, Jr. was swimming in Rock Springs, minding his own business, when the gator attacked him. Diaz was taken to Florida Hospital. He needed 30 staples in his head.

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Just Passin' By

Lifeguard Stefan Harkon, 43, was on an 8ft long paddle board, when he watched a basking shark swim right by him. It came so close he could touch its fin! Supposedly, this type of shark is harmless but I'd still scream like a little girl if I saw one.

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Student Escapes Death . . . Twice

As if getting run off the road by a truck and sent flying into a canal wasnt enough... after Miami college student, Eddie Melendez managed to escape his sinking car, police noticed four alligators circling it. Melendez suffered only minor injuries and went to work at Wendy`s later in the day.

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Girl Attacked In 2 Feet Of Water!

A 7-year-old girl from Missouri was bitten by a shark while playing in 2 feet of water Wednesday afternoon at a beach in SC. The girl got bit on her foot and on her hiny! They first thought the girl had been stung by a stingray, but the doctor who treated her found a shark tooth embedded in her foot.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Jessica Alba Even Turns Dolphins On

Jessica Alba is apparently so hot, she even gets dolphins horny. The actress discovered that the mammals got "aroused" by her presence when she was shooting Flipper. She told MTV: "I don't know if anybody knows this but dolphins get excited, even when you are a human being - and they have long, long... (penises). After being poked by a few of them she requested female dolphins only.

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Shark Dies After Giving Birth

Fishermen netted a 9-foot, 5-inch pregnant hammerhead shark off Kailua Beach early yesterday morning and brought it ashore after helping with the delivery of pups. The shark died before reaching the beach, but its three pups were released into the water...

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Map Of Death

It shows all the fatal unprovoked attacks since the year 2000 and some non-fatal attacks. If you click on the side bar you get more details about each attack. If anyone knows of a shark attack that isn't on the map, they can just add it!

Thanks Tracy!

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The New Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

The world's largest aquarium has added two of the world's largest fish. Two female whale sharks, Alice and Trixie, went on display Sunday after arriving the night before at the Georgia Aquarium. They joined two male whale sharks, Ralph and Norton, in their 6 million-gallon tank. I'm guessing they're hoping for some little baby whale sharks soon...

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Gator Aid

Check out a police log of what happens when an alligator strolls into town...

For example:
Call received: 3/21/05, Harris County
Length: 3 feet
Problem: Homeowner described alligator as 3 ft, located just at poolside in his backyard. Had seen the alligator prior to leaving for work and called in the complaint from work.
Further action: The alligator was found at the given location but it was a small plastic alligator. Homeowner requested removal of said plastic alligator.

Thanks Carol!

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