Why don’t I ever catch any fish?


A proper bloke, bit by a shark, stitches it up himself, then goes to the pub with his mates

I am in awe…not a sook for sure.

A New Zealand man has survived being attacked by a shark: driving it off with his knife, stitching his own wound onshore and going to the pub for a beer before heading to hospital.

Junior doctor James Grant was spearfishing with friends near Colac Bay at the base of the South Island on Saturday when he was attacked by what he believed was a sevengill shark.

The 24-year-old was in about 2m of murky water when he felt a tug on his leg, which he initially thought was a mate playing a trick on him.

?I looked behind to see who it was and got a bit of a shock,? he told Radio New Zealand.

He didn’t see the shark and had no idea how big it was. He thought it might have been about 20cm across the jaw.

However, he wasn’t scared.? Read more »

Shark fishing – Dog style


Interesting Shark Facts

Since it is Shark Week it is appropriate that we look at some interesting stuff about sharks…when will discovery have a Cow Week, they should cows kill more people every year than sharks and are far more vicious and nasty.

Anyway I digress…let’s look at sharks teeth. it seems they are pretty cool…perhaps we could get some genetic modification going to engineering this useful feature.

[S]harks, as a group, do have one evolutionary leg (fin?) up on us humans — one that has nothing to do with the terrifying sharpness of their enormous teeth and everything to do with the evolutionary resilience of those teeth.?Sharks, it turns out, can’t get cavities.? Read more »


The Great White killing machine

SPCA sides with the shark instead of dead man and cop

I wonder if the widow of the man attacked and killed by a shark this week has read the SST.

If so, she will have read these comments about the cop shooting the shark:

SPCA Auckland executive director Bob Kerridge said the outrage at the shooting was understandable. “I can understand the public concern about this and I share it.

“At least the shark was shot by a marksman a number of times, I presume it died fairly quickly. I hope it did.”

But most people understood the risks of swimming at sea, and killing a shark for its actions was unnecessary.? Read more »


A feared predator?

Everyone else, apart from perhaps krill, ?knows that harmless basking sharks are not feared predators. Everyone else except for the “decent journalists, trained and skilled“.

I’m fairly sure nobody is finning basking sharks either.



I wonder what the death rate is from basking sharks?? Read more »


Captain “Iceman” beaches shark with bare hands, kills it with a knife

Sky News reports

CapAn Icelandic fishing captain, known as “the Iceman”, wrestled?and killed?a 300kg shark to stop it attacking his crew, according to witnesses.

Captain Sigurdur Petursson was on a beach in Kuummiit, east Greenland, watching his crew processing a catch when he saw the shark swimming towards his men.

The skipper of the trawler Erik the Red, ran into the shallow water and grabbed the shark by its tail with his bare hands. ? Read more »

Whale Shark eats everything…net as well

? Boing Boing

Not just Whales are clever…so are Whale Sharks:

Clever whale sharks have figured out that fishing nets contain a lot of tasty fish. More importantly, they’ve figured out that they can suck those fish out of the net through holes in the net material.

The downside: When the sharks swim into fishing areas, looking for nets to suck, they can end up caught in the nets themselves. Conservation International took this video, showing why the sharks are hanging out around nets to begin with, as part of a series of videos documenting new net designs that can keep the fishies in and the whale sharks out.

Even sharks are afraid of Tony Abbott

Adolf said it first, but it still stands. Even sharks are afraid of Tony Abbott:

A SHARK has been sighted at a Sydney beach moments after Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott got out of the water.

Mr Abbott had just ended a press conference at Manly Beach today when the shark alarm was sounded and swimmers were ordered out of the water.

He had spent several minutes in the surf training with a group of young surf lifesavers.

A surfer saw the shark off the beach just before 10am.

Lifeguards sounded a warning siren and ordered everyone out of the water after confirming the sighting.