Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions recently created a YouTube channel and they have posted a video of great white shark floor cage diving at the Neptune islands. They offer a unique experience giving divers the opportunity to view white sharks gliding through their natural environment surrounded by a diverse array of marine life while nestled on the floor of the Southern Ocean. Almost 50 years ago, Rodney Fox pioneered cage diving and has since entertained thrill seekers, scientists, and film makers from all over the world. Now under the leadership of his son, Andrew, Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions continues to provide one of the best opportunities in the world to get up close and personal with great white sharks. To learn more about their operation visit their website. Also, to keep up with current events, shark photos, and videos like their Facebook page.
According to an article in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod communities are collectively seeking grant money to fund education about great white sharks and to help continue tagging research conducted by the Mass. Department of Marine Fisheries. The increasing number of white sharks around Cape Cod has community officials concerned about a negative economic impact due to the fear of their presence. State biologist Greg Skomal continues to lead the effort in understanding the habits and movements of the sharks when they are in Cape waters. A total of 17 sharks were tagged this summer with most sightings occurring around the Chatham area. Captained by Billy Chaprales, the Ezyduzit is a specialized tuna fishing boat that serves equally well in chasing great whites after they are located by a spotter plane. With a long pulpit extending out in front and an engine that sits above the waterline, Skomal and his research team can get close enough to place acoustic tags near the dorsal fin of these sharks with a modified harpoon. For more information about white shark tagging and sightings, visit the website of Cape Cod Shark Hunters.
If tales from old fishermen are true, Cape Cod has come a long way from when some towns offered $5 a snout for proof of the demise of seals, fish-eaters in fishing communities.
Now a protected species, the gray seal population has exploded on the Cape and Islands during the past four years. And where there are seals, there are seal predators, most famously, the great white shark. Last summer marked one of the busiest seasons for great white sightings in the region, with the first shark attack on a human in Massachusetts since 1936. Continue reading…
This past Saturday four spear fishermen got a surprise visit from a great white shark 15 miles northeast of Fort Pierce, Florida. According to TCPalm, Eros Morales entered the water around 6:30 AM and quickly noticed the 12 to 14 foot shark swimming towards him. After exiting the water, one of his diving partners, Steve Maldonado, secured his GoPro camera onto a pole and was able to capture some good clear shots of the shark(see video below). Definitely a great white. Last year a spear fisherman encountered a white shark while diving in 170 feet of water off Sebastian Inlet Florida. To see the video of that encounter go to the following post. Great White Shark Spotted Off Sebastian Inlet, Florida.
Video:Great White Shark Spotted and Filmed Off Fort Pierce, Florida
YouTube user, richhillbass, recently posted a video of what is claimed to be a 14 foot basking shark swimming in the Pocasset River on Cape Cod. Basking sharks are capable of growing up to 40 feet in length and are second only to whale sharks in size, the largest fish in the ocean. Generally considered harmless to humans, they are filter feeders often found in very large schools. For more information about the life history of these sharks, visit the Florida Museum of Natural History Icthyology Department’s website.
According to Wiked Local, two tagged great white sharks have pinged the acoustic receivers placed in Cape Cod waters last year between Monomoy and South Beach. Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries is conducting research with acoustic tags to better understand the fine scale movements of the sharks while they inhabit Cape waters during the summer months.
By Doreen Leggett
Wicked Local Cape Cod
Posted Jun 20, 2012 @ 05:32 PM
Beaches are still open, and no fins have been seen, but the acoustical receivers the state Division of Marine Fisheries has in place off of Chatham have detected two great white sharks.
Reginald Zimmerman, the assistant press secretary of the executive office of environmental affairs, said the first detection of one of the white sharks that was tagged last year was around June 8. Greg Skomal, a shark biologist with the state, worked with fishermen last year to tag several sharks to help in research.
The receivers are about a quarter-mile offshore and extend from the tip of Monomoy to South Beach.
Zimmerman said “it’s hard to tell where the sharks are now” but folks should be aware of their surroundings and not swim near seals, which are a favored meal of the large predators. The harbormaster and town officials will make the decision if and when beaches will be closed.
YouTube user AustraliaAdventureTV recently posted a video of several bull sharks swarming a line bait tossed from the side of a fishing boat. But, during the same trip apparently, the fishermen caught footage of a large bull shark attacking and eating another bull shark in shallow water. According to the video’s description, they were near the outlet of a river on the western side of Cape York in Queensland, Australia. This is a pretty intense short video with some decently graphic images of a dead shark. Enjoy.
It’s been a while since the last post, so I’ll break the silence with a video recently uploaded to YouTube by African Shark Eco Charters. This is raw footage and it is not in slow motion. It gives one a sense of the speed at which both shark and seal are moving, and is a [...]
The Fox Shark Research Foundation released a video (see below) highlighting the successful deployment of acoustic listening stations in South Australian waters, part of a joint research project with Save Our Seas Foundation to study white shark site fidelity. Known for adventure, research, and education, Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions is the pioneering and premiere dive [...]
Here at NFN, we most often license stock footage for television programs, but occasionally it falls into to the hands of marketing creatives charged with a different brand of commercial production. This talking, texting, Australian sea lion happens to be a cute spokeswoman for Optus, a large mobile phone provider in Australia. The underwater footage [...]
Today marks the release of the 2011 International Shark Attack File report from the University of Florida. George Burgess, who is Curator of the ISAF and head of the Florida Program for Shark Research, highlights some of the statistics in a short YouTube video accompanying the official press release. UF report: 2011 shark attacks remain [...]