Great White Shark SAVED By A California Surfer!

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Usually the words “great white shark” and “surfer” have negative, bloody, and sometimes deadly connotations. But not today!! 😀

A couple days ago in Venice Beach, some surfers saw a great white shark south of the Venice pier with a hook in its mouth. They instinctively decided to grab it- and you guessed it- get that hook outta there!

Here is an amateur video of the event. Although the handling of the shark could have been a little more gentle and less stressful on the young shark- It was still a great act of kindness from the surfers. After all, the shark wouldn’t have gotten a hook in its mouth without humans around. Am I right, or am I right?

You’ll see in the video that a couple of the surfers pull the shark out of the water- and one man actually sticks his hand down the mouth of the Great White to get the hook out. No one knows if the shark survived- I sure hope he/she did.

Random acts of kindness benefit not only humans, but animals too. Remember that!

Sharks worth more ALIVE than dead.

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Fancy that..an animal being worth more being alive than dead?!

If people would stop killing sharks for their fins, they could essentially make more money in the end by letting them live free without harm in their environment! Sharks are a great incentive (for some) to visit a particular location. Such as: whale sharks in Baja Mexico, and great white sharks in South Africa.  If nations are willing to protect these creatures- then they can ultimately benefit from them- up to 2 million dollars in tourist revenue!!

My aunt has been diving in Palau- one of the most destined diving spots in the entire world. Although her experience was quite different than most (cliff jumping into the ocean and not quite landing properly and breaking her back), she saw many sharks. Although they are on the top of her “fears” list, believing that one day she will be killed by a shark, she still enjoyed being able to see them naturally (alive) in their environment.

In Palau- 80% of their GDP (gross domestic product) comes from shark diving! In 2009, the country was the first to declare ALL of its waters to be a shark sanctuary. Other countries that have caught on are the Honduras and The Maldives.

Unfortunately- the International Union for the Conservation of Nature disclosed that 1/3 of open water sharks face extinction. Undoubtedly because of human action-finning, by-catch… Please don’t buy shark-fin soup, or purchase any item with shark in it. You’ll be thanked for your actions in one way or another (like scuba diving and actually SEEING those sharks!).

Picture of my friend Nick at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Here is a picture I took last year at the Monterey Bay Aquarium-my friend Nick Kova is in the middle shooting with his camera too. I was playing around with the settings on my camera- and thought that this turned out pretty cool. I love the scalloped hammerheads- they look like they are floating in the air.

Shark Attack Survivors Speak For Their Attackers.

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Paul de Gelder, Achmat Hasseim, and Chuck Anderson- all attacked by sharks- missing limbs- from all over the world- that have never met- along with about 6 other survivors- are gathering in New York this week.

Paul de Gelder-Australian Navy Diver Shark Survivor

Paul de Gelder-Australian Navy Diver Shark Survivor

They plan to speak at the United Nations meeting asking countries to take steps that will help save the sharks whom attacked them. Unfortunately, almost 1/3 of the planet’s sharks are near-threatened, threatened, and many are already extinct.

Hopefully with this ban of survivors, they can influence countries to implement strict rules in order to save the ocean’s top predators. Hopefully the ban will stop fishing on those sharks that are threatened or on the verge of being threatened, as well as construct conservation plans.

Another issue pertaining to the mistreatment of sharks- is shark fining. Ooooohhh I get really heated whenever someone brings it up! Shark fins are put into soup and sold in Asian markets. But, they are taken off the sharks in a cruel, cruel manner. Fisherman catch the sharks, slice off their fins, and then toss the shark back into the ocean. Where the sharks can’t swim without their fins, they sink or bleed to death, and die. HORRIBLE! An astounding 73 million sharks die from this practice EVERY YEAR!

These group of survivors-joining forces from Australia, South Africa, England, Ecuador, France, Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, and of course the United States- are hoping to succeed in influencing globally the protection and conservation of sharks.

If this group of people like this can care for sharks so deeply, why can’t everyone else?

Great White Caught On Tape By Surfer!

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In California down by San Onofre, (where there is a nuclear powerplant which is nicked named after some feminine body parts..) a paddleboarder was put into an interesting situation. He was 250 yards offshore, and was being circled for about 12 minutes by 2 great white sharks.

The surfer, Chuck Patterson said, “It was an insane experience which I hope to enjoy again soon.” Ahhh I definitely couldn’t imagine remaining calm during a situation like that. Chuck, I give props to you for sticking your hand in the water the film this magnificent moment. Check out his video!

Remember people: When you step into the ocean, you are stepping out of your territory into the shark’s territory.

It only comes but one week a year..SHARK WEEK!

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Photo: Discovery Channel

Well ladies and gents- it’s that time of year again. The one week where you are bombarded by images of flying great white sharks, and stories of shark-attack-survivals. I would definitely love to go diving with Great White Sharks one of these days (in a cage of course..) in South Africa!

The Discovery Channel’s 23rd year of  Shark Week started off last night- August 1st. Some people wonder-” What is the big deal with Shark Week?”- and I feel bad for those people. Sharks are one of the most interesting, fascinating, and under-appreciated animals. We still have so much to learn about them- especially their mating habits.

I’ve actually swam/dove/snorkeled with a multitude of sharks. Most of them were in Australia last year. Let me tell you- going on a night snorkel in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef with aggravated black tip/white tip reef sharks frantically darting in and out of your flashlight-light underwater is quite frightening and exhilarating.

So tune into your local Discovery Channel this week- and watch some amazing shark footage/stories :D!

If I Was a Great White Shark, I Wouldn’t Bite You.

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In the video below is Andy Brandy Casagrande. He is an environmentalist trying to raise awareness for Great White Shark conservation.

So what better way to do so- than jumping into Great White infested waters without a cage and serenading the sharks 🙂

One of these days I will swim with Great Whites..one of these days..I CAN’T WAIT! They really do get a bad wrap from TV and Movies. If people know that shark feeding times are at dawn and dusk-then they shouldn’t be swimming or surfing during those times to be safe.  They are also attracted to loud noises of splashing/thrashing around in the water (sounds like an animal in distress)- so be careful about being too noisy as well if you are swimming at dawn/dusk.