If this isn't your first time using the Internet, you've probably seen the photo of a great white shark leaping after a diver who's halfway up a helicopter ladder.
That picture (see below) is a fake. Sorry guys.
However, Jamie Condliffe on the Gizmodo blog has found a helicopter/shark photo (pictured left) that's apparently real: "Originally captured way back in 1996, this images was recently picked from the U.S. National Archives in honor of Shark Week. The original caption read: 'A soldier grips the rope ladder extended from the rear of a helicopter as a shark fin passes in the water close below.' "
We've posted some crazy whale videos on the Newshound blog before, but usually those videos involve the aggressive killer whale, not the more docile humpback. These divers almost went the way of Jonah when two humpbacks busted the surface going after baitfish. According to the video, which was published July 20, the divers were near Souza Rock off the coast of Central California.
In a strange and unfortunate accident, a California angler died on Friday after falling overboard while fighting a striped marlin.
Fred Talmage of Pacific Palisades was fishing just beyond Gordo Banks near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He hooked a striped marlin and went over the side of the 22-foot panga during the fight. A crewman struggled to bring Talmage back on board, but was unable to because of the man's size.
Henry Liebman caught this mammoth shortraker on June 21 while fishing out of Sitka, Alaska. Liebman's rockfish weighed just over 39 pounds topping the old state record by about half a pound, according to the Sitka Sentinel (the IGFA lists the world record at 35 pounds). But what's most impressive about this fish is its age: it's two centuries old.
It was the type of nightmare born from far too many viewings of "Jaws." Except this happened while the anglers were wide-awake.
A group of fishermen were 30 miles southeast of Atlantic City on Sunday when they encountered a great white shark. The men watched for 10 horrific/fascinating minutes as the estimated 14-foot most-feared maneater circled their boat.
A plus 700-pound bluefin tuna caught off Boynton Beach earlier this week could get the anglers who caught it “canned.”
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA Fisheries spokeswoman Kim Amendola confirmed that the fish has been confiscated by law enforcement and that her agency is investigating the fishy business surrounding the tuna in cooperation with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
An angler reeling in a halibut had his fish stolen from right under him—by a killer whale. The fish was almost at the surface when the orca appeared and chomped its tail. Then the whale closed in and made off with the halibut.
A German angler more than fulfilled his wife’s request that he bring home some halibut this week when he pulled a 427-pound halibut from the Barents Sea, off the coast of Norway.
Christian Johannsen, 45, of North Friesland, Germany, was fishing with friends when he hooked into something big. Four hours later and with the help of two buddies, he landed what turned out to be an eight-foot long, 427-pound goliath of a halibut.
“Every fisher dreams about this, it’s like winning the lottery,” Johannsen told The Local.
Johannsen’s fish is a monster but it's still pretty far from the world record: a 540-pound halibut was caught off the Norwegian coast.
Instead it was enjoyed as fish tacos on a Baja beach.
Last week, angler Kevin Shiotani landed an amberjack near Cerralvo Island in the Sea of Cortez after a grueling 25-minute battle that most of the Tailhunter International Sportfishing crew estimated to weigh at least 135 pounds, according to Pete Thomas Outdoors. Had the fish been officially weighed it might have threatened the International Game Fish Association all-tackle world record amberjack caught off Japan in 2010. That fish weighed a whopping 156 pounds.
Word is that no one on the boat was thinking record at the time of the catch.