Two shark attacks off the coast of the French Island of Reunion, located in the western Indian Ocean, have provoked the government to hire fishermen to hunt around 20 bull and tiger sharks in the area.
While the government is springing for an initial hunt in the interest of understanding the cause of these attacks, the future of management of this population of sharks is uncertain. The hunting of these species is currently legal, but the toxins in sharks’ flesh make them an unattractive catch.
Shark attacks were up in 2010 according to a report from from the International Shark Attack File from the University of Florida.
Seventy nine people were attacked by sharks worldwide in 2010 which was the highest number in a decade -- in 2009 there were only 63 shark attacks worldwide. Six people died in 2010 from sharks which was up from the 4.3 10-year average.
But scientists believe that the increase is not because shark populations are on the rise or because they are growing more aggressive. Experts say the increase in attacks is actually due to an increase in human populations and a growing interest in water recreation.
Anthony Smith is more than twice my age, was run over by a van two years ago, and must use a cane to walk, yet in the weeks to come will attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a raft constructed of PVC pipe. He’s doing this to prove that “…elderly people can do something interesting,” and that compared to him, I’m a wimp. OK, he’s also making the voyage to raise money for the charity WaterAid, which helps provide clean water to poor countries.
Apparently there’s not a lot to do in Yuma, Arizona.
That’s the only explanation I can come up with for why someone would throw odd fish, including a dead shark, into one of the city’s canals - aside from stupidity of course.
The first bout of fish dumping began back in September when authorities discovered some adult peacock bass in the Welton-Mohawk canal system near Yuma. As peacock bass aren’t native to Arizona, someone had to have put them there. Why, isn’t known. What is known is that if left in the canals peacock bass would eventually cause all sort of problems. As Officer Richard Myers of Arizona Game and Fish explained, the fish could "… have detrimental biological consequences to our aquatic ecosystem by introduction of a non-native fish species as well as bring unknown diseases and parasites in our waterways."
Before I left on my trip back in May, a friend suggested that I make sure to hit as many National Parks as I could along my way. At the time, I didn’t give it too much thought; I was too focused on the fish. Then, in Meeker, Colorado, I stayed with guide John Kobald. I was given a guest room that doubled as a library, and unable to sleep, perhaps because of some excitement at the prospect of big brown trout on the fly the next morning, I started flipping through a hardcover copy of a book entitled These Rare Lands, by Stan Jorstad. It was a visual journey through America’s national park system, and the images seemed almost surreal.
A UC Santa Barbara student was killed Friday by a large shark off Surf Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base. Lucas Ranson, 19, was bodyboarding Friday morning when a large shark took him under by his leg. His friends and other surfers helped him to shore but he bled to death before emergency medical help could arrive.
I can’t imagine having a fish puke a human body part on me but that’s exactly what happened to Humphrey Simmons this past weekend. Simmons and some friends were fishing in deep water roughly 38 miles from Nassau when Simmons hooked into the large shark. As Simmons wasn’t targeting sharks and didn’t particularly want to deal with one he asked his friend Stanley Bernard to get the boat’s shotgun. Bernard did and quickly put several rounds into the fish’s head when it surfaced.
The men then tied a rope around the shark’s tail and pulled it to the boat. Simmons explained, “We were going to cut the hook out of his mouth and let him go when he regurgitated a human foot — intact from the knee down.”
Written by Steve Harrigan, FOX News Channel correspondent who has been reporting live from Grand Isle, Louisiana on the BP Gulf Oil Spill: There was a two-foot high wall of sand about fifty feet from the water in Grand Isle, Louisiana when I arrived in early June. The beach is open, officials said, but the water is closed. An open beach without water in 90 degree heat. As the weeks went by the beach itself began to look less like a beach and more like an industrial park. Tents were set up and portable toilets were put out on the sand every 400 yards. You could tell everything was being done by a book of rules somewhere, however out of touch that book might be with facts on the ground. The port-a-potties outnumbered the cleanup workers, but there must be some rule about how many or how close they need to be to the workers.
According to the Associated Press, eighty-one-year-old Don Minnaert fell fifteen feet into the frigid waters of Hennepin Canal when he refused to cut his line against a monster bass.
Minnaert was actually targeting panfish last May 13 in his native Geneseo, Illinois when he tumbled into the canal. He had just hooked a small fish with his ultra light rig when a bass took his catch and plowed for deeper waters.