December 1, 2005 |
It may be December, but it's never too late to close the book on a shark mystery. A quarter-century after a 15-year-old from Hatboro ran out of the surf in Ocean City, N.J., dripping blood, a renowned expert has ruled that Jeffrey Moffat's injury was the work of a shark. "The crescent-shaped wound is typical of a shark," George H. Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, said Monday. "The reality is there is not an awful lot else out there that can make that kind of a pattern.
September 5, 2001 |
You are hundreds of times more likely to be injured by a toilet - or a lightning strike - than by a shark. Ladders, buckets and paints, too, are far riskier to humans than killer sharks, according to researchers at the Florida Museum of Natural History. And although shark attacks are terrifying, bathers are in more danger from drowning after a heart attack or becoming paralyzed from diving into a sandbar, said John Morrissey, a shark expert at Long Island's Hofstra University.
August 15, 2001 |
A shark alert was issued by local authorities in Florida's Pasco County yesterday after hundreds of sharks were seen swimming in the Gulf of Mexico near a popular beach on the state's West coast. Swimmers and boaters were warned to avoid the area off the coast of New Port Richey, a few miles northwest of Tampa. Bull sharks, hammerheads and nurse sharks were among those spotted by sheriff's marine patrols in the shallow Gulf of Mexico waters off Pasco County, northwest of Tampa.
July 16, 2010 |
Sharks spotted off the Jersey Shore on Thursday morning prompted lifeguards to briefly close a beach on Barnegat Peninsula for the second day in a row. Three shark fins cut through the water about 9:30 a.m. near 10th Lane off Midway Beach in Ocean County, said Sgt. Nick Bruno of the Midway Beach beach patrol, who saw them. Swimming was banned for about an hour until the sharks moved south, he said. "Usually when they're in that close to shore they're either sick or dying," said Bruno, who believed they might have been five-foot sand sharks.
July 15, 2010 |
A group of sharks spotted off the Jersey Shore this morning prompted lifeguards to briefly close a beach on Barnegat Peninsula for the second day in a row. Three shark fins cut through the water about 9:30 a.m. near 10th Lane off Midway Beach, said Sgt. Nick Bruno who made the sighting. Swimming was banned for about an hour until the sharks moved south, he said. "Usually when they're in that close to shore they're either sick or dying," said Bruno, who believed they might be five-foot sand sharks.
July 30, 2010 |
A 5-foot sand shark spotted at the Jersey Shore this afternoon prompted lifeguards to briefly close a beach on the Barnegat Peninsula for the third time this month. Lifeguards in Seaside Park called bathers out of the water about 2:30 p.m. after the shark was seen swimming 10-feet off shore. Beach patrol officials followed the shark as it swam from the northern end of town to the south. Swimmers were allowed back in after the shark made its way out to sea, said a spokeswoman for Seaside Park Beach Control.
August 2, 2012 |
PARIS - French fishermen will be on the hunt soon for a vulnerable shark species off the coast of the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion - and will pocket government cash for their kills after a dramatic rise in deadly attacks pushed Paris to take unprecedented measures. Financial incentives will come into force as early as next week - and it has provoked an outcry from animal rights groups, who call it a legalized "extermination. " The sharks to be targeted are bull sharks, a large and aggressive species common in the Indian Ocean that is widely believed to be behind several recent attacks on people.
February 28, 2013 |
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - A shark possibly 14 feet long killed a swimmer near a popular New Zealand beach Wednesday, then disappeared after police trying to save the man fired gunshots at the enormous predator. Muriwai Beach near Auckland was closed after the fatal attack, one of only about a dozen in New Zealand in the last 180 years. Police recovered the body of Adam Strange, 46, a television and short-film director, the New Zealand Herald said. Strange won a Crystal Bear award for best short film at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, according to his company's website.
June 12, 2005 |
Beachgoers resumed their usual perches along the shore at Surf City yesterday, almost a week after a 17-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while surfing. Local residents and merchants snickered at the idea that a shark could deter swimming and surfing, but a few visitors were nervous about venturing far into the water. "We're laughing about it," said Tara Archer, 20, an employee at Broadway Pizza near the 18th Street beach, where the surfer was bitten. "A few visitors were a little concerned but I told them it's absolutely safe to go in the water.
August 8, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - After a quarter-century of dorsal fins and drinking games, Shark Week remains a strange and celebrated event. The annual Discovery Channel lineup, which attacks again Sunday, snared more than 26 million viewers last summer. The tradition began in 1988, when Discovery aired a week's worth of shark-oriented programming in hopes of drawing viewers in a slow summer week. It worked: According to Brooke Runnette, the network's executive producer for special projects, the series' 1988 premiere doubled Discovery's prime-time average, launching a 24-year streak of increasingly high yearly ratings.