Monday, July 31, 2006
Beyonce's Scared Of Gators
Beyoncé Knowles wouldn't pose with an alligator for her new album cover unless it had its mouth taped shut. The singer had to stand in an alligator-invested swamp, holding one of the killer reptiles for the artwork for her LP 'B'Day'. Despite reassurances from trainers the animal was safe, Beyoncé insisted on some extra safety precautions. The first gator they went and got was 13 feet long. They were like, 'He's fine. He just ate.' But Beyoncé noticed its trainer had stitches and a bloody head and said 'No thank you, we'll just have to do it in production.'
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Welcome To Florida!
A 15-year-old was bitten by a shark Saturday while in the surf at Playlinda Beach, FL. Officials said the kid was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released. This is the second person bitten recently in the Playlinda Beach area...
Human remains were found in the stomach of a 15' crocodile in Australia. They think the remains may belong to an eight-year-old girl who was snatched from a river bank earlier this month.
A South African lifeguard survived a close encounter with a giant shark that attacked his jetski on Friday. Lyle, 19, felt himself and his ski being lifted out of the water and then heard a loud sound like a car smashing against something, before he realized that a shark had taken a large bite out of the rear end of his jetski. He turned around and saw the shark's huge jaws wrapped around the back of his jetski! He fell off the jetski and luckily, a friend scooped him up and saved him.
Shark Week 2006!
Set your Tivos! Shark week starts today. Here's the full schedule.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
The body of a 7ft shark washed up on a popular UK beach last Sunday. I think it made the beachgoers a little uneasy.
Friday, July 28, 2006
The Curse Of The Lobster
Wednesday was the first day of lobster mini-season in the Florida Keys and three people have already died while searching for the crustaceans. Lobster mini-season ends at midnight tonight. I would suggest waiting 'til tomorrow before you do any more lobster hunting.
Just A Nibble . . .
A 14-year-old beachgoer is the recipient of Volusia's fifth shark bite of the year... The teen was walking along a jetty at New Smyrna Beach on Tuesday when he something grabbed his foot. Apparently, he bite wasn't too bad but was definitely caused by a shark.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Did You Know . . .
Shark fins and human arms are made from same genes! It's true... a new study shows that the triangular shark fin that sends swimmers scrambling to shore is made using the same genes that help form the arms and legs of humans.
Fish Food . . .
R. I. P. Scotty
Just a week after being caught at Buffalo Springs Lake in Texas, "Scotty the Pacu" has died. The freaky fish with human-looking teeth is native to the Amazon area of South America. Lake officials believe the fish was dumped in the lake because it grew too large for a tank. Other pacus have started popping up in other lakes across the country, the latest being found in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The ransom for the remaining pacu is $100.
Beware Of Hot Tubs!
A 14-year-old boy survived after being sucked to the bottom of a hotel hot tub, receiving air his father breathed into his mouth for several minutes until he could be pulled out of the water.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Jellyfish Invade Rhode Island
Portuguese man-of-war are invading Rhode Island beaches. Apparently, Several people have been stung in the past few days at beaches in the area. This time, it was an 18-year-old girl who was stung at Misquamicut State Beach. The girl was taken to Westerly Hospital. Man-of-wars deliver a painful sting that can cause temporary paralysis and require medical attention. Beachgoers who want to go into the water are being told to go no deeper than their waists. I say just stay on the sand.
I Wouldn't Wanna Be Anywhere Near That Thing
This thing washed up on an Oregon beach the other day. At nearly six feet long, this King-of-the-Salmon is a member of the Ribbonfish family normally found 1,600 below the surface of the ocean, from Alaska to Baja and along the coast of Chile. The fish is currently frozen at the Seaside Aquarium.
Why Do People Still Swim Here ? ?
A 14-year-old surfer got a bite on the foot by a shark at guess where... New Smyrna Beach! How many does that make now? And why do people still swim there?? Apparently, he was surfing in knee-deep water when he felt something grab him about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. He was treated at the scene and left the beach with his mother.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
That's Gotta Hurt . . .
A fisherman is recovering from surgery after he was speared in the chest and knocked into the Atlantic Ocean by a 14 ft blue marlin during a fishing competition off Bermuda's coast on Saturday. The dude had just hooked the fish when it suddenly leapt out of the water, speared him just below his collar bone and knocked him into the ocean. Dang!
Monday, July 24, 2006
Sharks Attack New York!! Well, Sort Of . . .
To promote Shark Week, airing July 30 - August 4, Discovery Channel has hung a 446 foot long inflatable shark atop its Silver Spring, MD building. They're calling it the biggest Shark Week stunt ever. To accompany the inflatable, street teams with pun-filled names like Bight University Chewleaders, will roam the streets of New York. A team of surfers with surf boards will wander about apparently to create intrigue.
Olympic Swimmer Attacked By Shark
Five-time Olympic swimming champion Gary Hall and his sister, Bebe were attacked by a shark off the Florida coast while spear fishing a ouple weeks ago. The 35-year-old swimmer kicked and punched the shark while his 28-year-old sister shot it in the mouth with a spear gun. Gary was fine but his Bebe needed 19 stitches for a bite she got on the arm.
Watch And Learn
A 16-year-old being dragged into a Central Florida lake by an 11-foot alligator used a tip he watched on a Discovery Channel show to break free and save his life. Corey Workman was throwing rocks and sticks into the St. John's River in Volusia County, FL on Saturday, when an alligator jumped out of the water, grabbed his left foot and dragged him into the lake. He remembered that you should stick your thumb in the gator's eye (that's their most sensitive part) so he did, and it let him go!
Thanks Brian from Moldy Chum
Chomp Or Chump?
Dallas Jackson will return to his Ohio home this week with a souvenir that most Hilton Head Island visitors would rather do without. The Ohio resident was supposedly bitten by a shark while he was standing in waist-deep water at Singleton Beach on Monday, requiring about a dozen stitches on his leg above his ankle. Authorities have not confirmed the attack, but Jackson said the teeth marks and puncture wounds on his foot and ankle are all the confirmation he needs.
We're back! I was hoping to post during my Greek holiday but the island we stayed on had like very little internet... I'll be catching you all up on the latest shark news right away! In the meantime... here's a pic to prove I actually entered the ocean. For some strange reason I felt safe since the water was crystal clear and pretty shallow but i'm sure the sharks were lurking out there somewhere...
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Swim At Your On Risk is on vacay! Pray that I don't get eaten by a shark... See ya next week!!
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Sharks In The Mediterranean?
Does anybody speak Italian? I think this article is telling us that a small great white was spotted in the Mediterranean Sea. Dammit! I was told that there were NO SHARKS in the Mediterranean! My vacation is now ruined...
It's Not Nice To Eat Your Neighbors
A Bay Area man's nine-ton fish tank is missing a few puffer fish after he started housing two stray sharks in it. John Valentine, the stray shark lover, just couldn't say no to housing two black-tipped reef sharks about a month ago. But now that the new residents have decided to eat their neighbors Valentine is kicking them out.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
A Mako shark broke an angler's line, leapt out of the water and then disappeared back into the sea after being caught off the Cornwall coast. The 10ft fish swam away so fast it snapped the fishing line. The man was fishing just 200 yards from the shore... Recently, surfers and swimmers have been told not to worry about sharks in this area... hmmm...
Bluefish Can Bite?
A seven year old girl was bitten on the hand while swimming off San Juan beach the other day. At first, doctors thought the bite had been caused by a baby shark, but now they think she was bitten by a Bluefish which mistook the girl's hand for it's lunch.
A Maine lobsterman caught a lobster this week that looks like it's half-cooked. The lobster is green on one side and orange on the other. The odds or finding a half-and-half lobster are 1 in 50 million to 100 million! It was donated to the Mount Desert Oceanarium.
Friday, July 14, 2006
South Carolina's 3rd Attack This Summer!
South Carolina has recorded its third shark attack of the year after a 21-year-old woman was bitten on the foot. Florida is usually considered the shark attack capital of the U.S. but South Carolina could take the lead this summer...
Michael Douglas Likes Getting Peed On
Michael Douglas asked his five-year-old son to urinate on his back to alleviate a jellyfish sting while on holiday with his family at their summer home in Majorca.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
In Croc News . . .
A 12-year-old boy was attacked by a crocodile that was being kept as a pet! Meanwile, an 8-year-old girl is still missing (presumed dead) after being snatched by a croc while fishing in Australia. Oh, and as for gators...a kid fishing in Florida reached down into the water to grab his catch when a gator surfaced and clamped down on his arm!
The Shark-Man Cometh
Thrill House Comics releases the new comic, Shark-Man which tells the story of Tom Gaskill, a death row prisoner protecting the utopian ocean city his father designed and built. Even from the bowels of prison, Tom manages to battle the dark forces of the outside world (with the help of a shark-sub).
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Come On In . . . The Water's Fine!
Lifeguards in Haleiwa posted shark-warning signs on Monday after a 10-foot shark was sighted there. Despite the warnings, there were still swimmers in the water. Huh? There have been 12 shark sightings on Oahu so far this year. That's double last year's total.
Just A Reminder
George Burgess, who keeps the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida says there's almost sure to be more attacks this summer because more people are in the water. Burgess says to avoid being a meal, don't go in the water when you see diving sea birds and fish jumping. Those are indications sharks are in the water. Don't go in from dusk to dawn when sharks are most active.
Victim Of The Day
Saturday's victim, Caelin Lacy.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Sure, it was quiet over the holiday weekend but now the sharks are back in action. Along with yesterday's attack, there were two more shark attacks over the weekend... a shark chomped on a teenage girl in SC on Saturday, putting her in the hospital. She was bitten on the lower half of her body. Then, yesterday evening, a 40-year-old man was in waist-deep water at New Smyrna Beach when he was bitten on the foot!
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Shark Bites Teenage At Florida Beach
A teenage boy was bitten on his left calf by a shark Saturday afternoon while swimming at a Florida beach. The shark took the boy's leg into its mouth, bit and scraped down the leg and released. The bite happened about 1 p.m. when the boy was swimming with his mother. His mother told authorities she saw him go under the water to his neck and then he screamed. He was taken by helicopter to the hospital.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Who Doesn't Need One Of These . . .
Shark Chair, $15,000.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Giant Killer Shark: The Musical!
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the theatre... Giant Killer Shark: The Musical is about an idyllic, copyright-protected island that's terrorized by shark attacks one fourth of July weekend. GKS is part of the Toronto Fringe Festival and apparently the music sounds sort of like Arcade Fire on a silly sugar high. Listen for yourself...
Virginia Is For
Virgnia beachgoers, beware! Jellyfish stings are on the rise and much earlier than usual this year. Jellyfish ordinarily don't appear until late July...
The Face Of A Killer?
A 17-year-old Monterey High School student is recovering at home after being attacked by a river otter in Placer County, CA last weekend. The girl was bitten on her arm, foot and leg while swimming with a friend in Sugar Pine Lake. No one took the girls' story seriously until a man was attacked in the same lake two days later.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Little Britain Star Swims English Channel!
Wearing a speedo and smeared in goose fat, David Walliams of the BBC's Little Britain plunged into the icy waters of the English Channel to raise over $700,000 for charity. He swam it in 10 hours and 34 minutes, putting him in the top 50 Channel swimmers of all time!
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Who's Hungry Now?
Where Did All The Sharks Go?
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Don't Drink And Jog
Toxic levels of alcohol along with some xanax were found in the woman's dismembered body that was discovered after apparently being dragged into a canal and eaten by an alligator last May. Earlier stories said the woman had gone "jogging" and never returned... It is still believed the alligator killed the woman but that her judgment may have been impaired.