Megamouth washes ashore in the Philippines

Megamouth shark in the Philippines

An incredibly neat and rare sighting of a megamouth shark has been confirmed in the Philippines. They are related to the basking shark and feed off of plankton and jellyfish. Not much is known about their range because they are so rarely seen in the wild.

I imagine they probably don’t have huge population numbers, and reside in the vast stretches of open ocean rarely traversed by humans, like the middle of the Indian Ocean and Southern Pacific.

http://qz.com/335068/a-rare-megamouth-shark-just-washed-up-in-the-philippines

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Dolphin washes ashore in Hawaii with Cookie Cutter Shark bite wounds

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A local news outlet in Oahu, Hawaii is reporting that a dead dolphin washed ashore with a twist – there are signs of an attack from a rarely seen deep water shark! There’s no definitive reason for cause of death – usually the victims of this stealthy shark go on to live full lives, sporting a trademark and slightly disturbing scar as a souvenir of their encounter. It could have been the last straw on what was already a stressful day for this dolphin…

I think that it would have been really cool to see this interaction, er, attack on the dolphin by the elusive Cookie Cutter Shark, which literally takes plugs of flesh out of its prey with the aforementioned cookie cutter like mouth.

Here’s more on the shark and the original story

Two-headed Bull shark fetus found

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Pretty neat stuff here Рone of the only SIX recorded cases of a two headed shark in human existence. Even stranger, this is the first time this has been recorded in Bull Sharks.

Of course, this shark would not survive in the wild, and thanks to some observant fishermen, we now have a great specimen to study the mutational genetics of shark populations.

http://news.discovery.com/animals/sharks/two-headed-shark-caught-130321.htm

New Zealand shark attack

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The big ocean news as of late has been the shark attack death of a New Zealand filmmaker. It is the work of a suspected 14 foot Great White Shark, which are frequently found off the coast of New Zealand at this time of year to breed.

Police attempted to shoot and kill the shark, but it was too late to save the man. It was also not determined if the shark was hit, as it swam away.

Perhaps the most important statistic to remember before getting too scared about sharks (a major pet peeve of mine): According to the University of Florida International Shark Attack File, 80 people worldwide were bitten by sharks last year. Seven of those were fatal attacks.

To clarify: Out of 7 billion people, 80 were hurt, and only seven were killed by sharks.

While this attack was certainly tragic for those involved, it is important to remember the rarity of such attacks worldwide and even in New Zealand, where this was only the 14th attack recorded since 1830.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/02/27/large-shark-kills-man-in-rare-attack-off-new-zealand-beach-police-fire-shots-at/?intcmp=trending

Great White Shark tears Australian surfer in half in matter of seconds

Disclaimer: this is late, had if drafted out but never posted it!

So the “Jaws” story of the summer comes out of the waters of Australia, where a poor surfer was literally torn apart and eaten by a massive White Shark. Naturally, this is a frightening occurrence but one must take all the facts into consideration before projecting fear and blame upon the shark. While it is truly tragic, we cannot go on shark killing sprees to avenge the death of one human. Sharks are an essential member in oceanic ecosystems and therefore the ocean as a whole.

In addition to the normal reactions to shark attacks, Australian authorites are considering to lift a fishing ban on White Sharks. I believe that this is the wrong way to approach the situation.

Source:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57472784/australia-mulls-end-to-ban-on-great-white-fishing-after-surfer-ben-linden-mauled-to-death/