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.
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.
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.
June 10, 2012 |
Rarely has a film been so superfluous. The title of Syfy's silly diversion Jersey Shore Shark Attack really says it all. Jaws swallows JWoww. Bothering to actually watch this shabby spoof feels kind of redundant. Its one redeeming quality: It doesn't come within 100 miles of taking itself seriously. And the movie's easy, breezy, cheesy air can be rather winning. For about half an hour. Tops. You want the plot? You got it. It's Fourth of July weekend in the Jersey beach town of Seaside Heights.
March 1, 2012 |
THE CONFERENCE call, in which Danny Briere would explain his vulnerable position prior to being crunched by the Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic, with NHL dean of discipline Brendan Shanahan on the other end of the line, seemed inevitable. But it never came. Shanahan reviewed the video from Tuesday night's dangerous hit with 4 minutes, 52 seconds remaining in San Jose and decided that it wasn't worthy of a suspension, a league source informed the Daily News. The general consensus in the Department of Player Safety was that Briere knew Vlasic was coming and slowed down prior to getting hit, as his skates are obviously in a stopping motion.
April 8, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - For Bethany Hamilton, it's all about God and surfing. That's how it was when a shark ripped off her arm as she lolled on a surfboard off the shores of Kauai in 2003, and that's how it is now as the cinematic version of her story, "Soul Surfer," opens in theaters today. "He continues to just guide me and lead my every step, because even though the shark attack was scary and crazy, but I think all of this is just as hard to deal with, you know?" said the 21-year-old, who became an instant celebrity after the attack.
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.
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 10, 2010 |
If the Coast Guard had yelled "barracuda" before the July Fourth weekend, tourists, boaters and the news media might have responded with "Huh? What?" But a news release issued by the Coast Guard shortly before the holiday weekend yelled "shark" instead, and just like in "Jaws," there was a bit of a panic up and down the Northeast coast. The Coast Guard has since retracted all mention of sharks from that news release, which had included terrifying lines about a great white shark finding a "dangling hand inviting" or being unable to differentiate between "boater, paddler, and prey.