Swim At Your Own Risk: September 2006

Sunday, September 10, 2006

We've Moved!

Head over to Swimatyourownrisk.com to check out our new digs!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Wear Khaki If You ❤ Steve

It may have been casual friday for us here in the states, but it was Khaki Friday down under. Steve Irwin fans were asked to wear khaki in honor of the famed croc hunter, who died Monday after a stingray barb pierced his chest while he was diving at Australia's Great Barrier Reef for a documentary.

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Friday, September 08, 2006

Dolphin May Get Artificial Tail

Winter, a 10-month-old bottlenose dolphin that lost her tail in crab trap, may be getting a new one. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is hoping to raise about $100,000 to help pay for a rare operation so Winter can get an artificial tail. She's learned to swim and play without her tail but instead of swimming up and down like a regular dolphin, she swims from side to side like a shark.

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Tag, You're It

A 10½-foot alligator frightened children at a local elementary school in Doral, FL. when it made an appearance in a nearby lake. It took 3 hours and 5 Miami-Dade police officers to catch it.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Wally Lives!

Well, his bones do... The skeleton of Wally, the bottle-nosed whale that died after getting stranded in the River Thames last January is being is being preserved at The Natural History Museum in London.

Thanks Michael K

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Stay On Dry Land If You're In San Fran

Stinson Beach in SF will have shark warning signs posted for five days following a great white sighting just north of the beach Sunday evening so be careful out there!

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Neil Hammerschlag Wants You To Know Sharks Aren't Evil

Sharks: Magnificent and Threatened is an exhibit of Hammerschlag's photos at the Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium. The shark researcher and has been fascinated by these animals since he was a kid South Africa. You can visit his website at Neil4Sharks. You're a brave man, Neil.

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What Is That ? ? ?

A strange creature was found by Russian soldiers on Sakhalin shoreline, near Japan and apparently, nobody knows what it is. According to the bones and teeth, it's not a fish. According to the skeleton, it’s not a crocodile or an alligator. Oh, and it has hair or fur too.

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Shark-Man Is A Hit!

The premiere issue sold out in New York and Los Angeles in 4 days, and nationwide in 7 days. So this means there'll be a movie, right?
Shark-Man tells the story of a death-row prisoner forced to protect a Utopian city from the cancer of organized crime. Hero Tom Gaskill has been falsely convicted of his father’s murder, as well as the theft of an entire city’s wealth. From the confines of an island prison, he must now find a way to protect New Venice City, the ocean metropolis his father built, with the help of a submarine designed to be the ocean’s greatest weapon.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Even Slow Sharks Are Scary

Thanks Jay

What's the Safest Way To Swim With Sharks?

In a pool... with these. The Rainbow Reef Battle Shark! They still scare me...

Thanks Brian

Irwin's Freak Accident Caught On Film

Videotape of the moment Steve Irwin was hit by a stingray's tail shows Irwin pulling the barb from his chest. He was following the stingray in shallow water when it must've felt threatened... it's tail came up and spiked him in the chest... he pulled it out and the next minute, he was gone. Apparently, his heart was pierced, and he died almost immediately. The footage of the tragedy will most likely never be shown to the public. R.I.P. Steve.

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Monday, September 04, 2006

It's Not A Holiday 'Til Somebody Gets Bit

Happy Labor Day! A 33-year-old Orlando man was bitten on the right thigh by a shark off New Smyrna Beach on Sunday evening. The shark that bit the guy, who recently moved to Florida from Michigan, wasn't quite as big as this one... it was about 3 feet long.

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R. I. P. Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin, the "Crocodile Hunter," died this morning after being stung by a stingray off Australia's north coast. Irwin, 44 was killed when a stingray barb went through his chest while filming an underwater documentary.

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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Monterey Bay Gets A New Shark

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has added a great white shark (the world's only one in captivity) to it's Outer Bay exhibit for the second time in the aquarium's history. He's 5 feet 8 inches long and 104 pounds and is making himself right at home. I wonder what his name is...

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It's Ok, Michael. We're Scared Of Them Too.

Apparently, Michael Douglas, who lives in Bermuda, surrounded by water, is terrified of sharks.

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Always Keep Your Mouth Closed When Preparing Eels

A man was preparing some eels he had caught when one of them wriggled out of his hands and flipped INTO HIS DAUGHTER'S MOUTH! He pulled it out of her mouth, but it had already ruptured the girl’s oesophagus. Apparently, she's still in intensive care.

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Behold, The SOV1!

The SOV1 (shark observer vehicle) is set to make its debut later this month in Overberg, South Africa. I think I'll take the bus, thanks.

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Friday, September 01, 2006

Dolphin Goes Loco!

An enraged dolphin has been terrorizing the French Atlantic coast for several weeks, attacking boats and knocking fishermen into the ocean! The dolphin, named Jean Floch, has been a familiar sight along the coast of Brittany since 2002 but recently he's gone mad!

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