Close Encounter: Shark spotted by Indian Ocean explorers
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Researchers in Ecuador say they have discovered a "nursery" of hammerhead sharks off the coast of the Galapagos Islands, a find that may help them track and protect the...
Surfer survives shark attack with no injuries
PACIFIC CITY, Ore. (AP) — A surfer survived a shark attack off the Oregon coast with only damage to his surf board.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Wednesday that 33-year-old Nathan...
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — After tagging four great white sharks off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, researchers say they hope to learn more about the creatures' movements throughout the year in...
HONOLULU (AP) — The rate of shark bites in Hawaii has been increasing slightly in recent years, but the risk remains extremely low — roughly 5-in-1 million — according to new...
MIAMI (AP) — The family and friends of a Canadian filmmaker and conservationist who died during a shark-filming excursion in the Florida Keys are releasing his final...
Florida man pleads guilty in shark-dragging video case
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty in connection to a video of a shark being dragged behind a speeding boat.
Michael Wenzel, 22, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of...
Florida Panhandle fishermen reel in great white shark
NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) — Fishermen in Florida's Panhandle made a rare catch: a 10-foot-long (3-meter-long) great white shark.
Thomas Thielman told reporters his fishing team took over an hour to...
After fatal shark attack, some complain of slow response
BOSTON (AP) — Unease is growing among surfers, fishermen and residents of touristy Cape Cod that officials are responding far too slowly after last summer's shark attacks, which included the...
Florida to ban dumping blood off beaches to lure sharks
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is preparing a new statewide ban on the practice by fishermen along the state's iconic beaches of dumping bloody fish guts into the ocean to lure sharks closer to...
Florida considers restrictions on shark fishing
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida may crackdown on shark fishing from the beach.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will vote Feb. 20 on a plan to limit the practice and protect swimmers.
The proposal would ban the spreading bloody fish parts in the water to attract sharks. Swimmers say the practice endangers them.
Surfer suffers wounds in apparent shark bite on Kauai
HANALEI, Hawaii (AP) — Officials in Hawaii say a surfer has been bitten by a shark off Hanalei.
A statement released by the Kauai Fire Department says a man was surfing off Hanalei on Monday when he was apparently bitten by a tiger shark.
The man sustained lacerations to his leg and was transported to a hospital.
Sharks drawn to warm waters by Israeli coastal power plant
HADERA, Israel (AP) — A giant power plant with billowing smoke may not look like the most natural habitat for sea life. But the hot water gushing from an industrial plant in Israel's northern city of Hadera has drawn schools of sharks that are increasingly endangered by overfishing in the Mediterranean Sea. Now the hotspot is also drawing tourists.
Significant drop in shark bites reported worldwide in 2018
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — University of Florida researchers say far fewer shark bites were reported worldwide last year.
According to the university's International Shark Attack File, 66 bites were documented in 2018, compared with 88 the previous year. That's 26 percent lower than the five-year average of 84 bites annually. Thirty-two bites happened in U.S. waters.
Four of last year's bites were fatal, roughly keeping with the average of six deaths worldwide each year.
Probation for fisherman who fatally shot great white shark
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a San Jose man has been sentenced to two years probation in the fatal shooting of a great white shark.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday that the Santa Cruz Superior Court also fined 41-year-old Vinh Pham $5,000 and ordered his firearm destroyed.
Researchers come face to face with huge great white shark
HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii.
Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and conservationist, told The Associated Press that she encountered the 20-foot (6-meter) shark Tuesday near a dead sperm whale off Oahu.
Shark researchers close encounter with great white
Divers swim with giant great white shark off Oahu’s coast
HONOLULU (AP) — Divers monitoring a rotting whale carcass off the shores of Oahu this week found themselves face-to-face with a massive great white shark, prompting state officials to warn recreational divers and snorkelers to stay out of the water near the dead sperm whale amid reports some people have climbed onto the carcass to take its teeth as souvenirs.
California surfer survives shark attack, gets 50 stitches
LOS OSOS, Calif. (AP) — A surfer suffered leg bites but survived a shark attack on California's Central Coast after kicking the massive fish away.
Nick Wapner, 19, was bitten on Tuesday morning while he was surfing with friends off Montana de Oro State Park, the Tribune of San Luis Obispo reported. The area is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles.
California surfer survives shark attack
Legal pot, gas explosions, shark attacks topped news in 2018
BOSTON (AP) — 2018 was a year of firsts in Massachusetts.
The first stores east of Colorado selling recreational marijuana opened to great buzz and fanfare. So did the state's first Las Vegas-style resort casino. For the first time, voters sent a black woman to Congress. And the commonwealth saw its first fatal shark attack on a person since 1936.
In the land of Jaws, a real-life shark debate
BOSTON (AP) — The seaside destination that gave the world Jaws is going through its own, real-life shark crisis.
Two shark attacks, including the nation's lone human fatality so far this year, have sparked months of debate on Cape Cod about how to respond before the start of the next beach season.
Japanese boat owners charged with helping smuggle shark fins
HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. prosecutors in Hawaii are accusing the owners and officers of a Japanese fishing boat of helping Indonesian fishermen smuggle nearly 1,000 shark fins, worth about $58,000 on the black market.
It's against U.S. law to remove the fins of sharks at sea. Prosecutors say the fishermen harvested fins from sharks that were still alive, then discarded their carcasses into the ocean. Fins are a pricey delicacy often used in soups
The Latest: 10 fishermen plead guilty in shark fin case
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on shark fin smuggling charges (all times local):
Ten Indonesian fishermen who were arrested in Hawaii and charged with attempting to smuggle shark fins have plead guilty to a lesser charge.
Dogfish harvest to stay same in ’19 as fishermen seek market
BOSTON (AP) — Federal ocean managers are allowing the same level of harvest of smooth dogfish, a small species of shark that members of the East Coast seafood industry have tried to find a market for.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the smooth dogfish quota will be a little less than 4 million pounds in 2019. That's the same as this year and the previous year.
Thresher shark washes ashore on Cape Cod beach
WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Massachusetts say a thresher shark has washed ashore on Cape Cod.
The Cape Cod Times reports the shark was found on a portion of tidal flats near Fox Island in Wellfleet over the weekend.
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10 Indonesian fishermen accused of shark fin smuggling
HONOLULU (AP) — Ten Indonesian fishermen arrested in Hawaii are accused of trying to smuggle nearly 1,000 shark fins from the U.S. to Indonesia.
They had been working on a Japanese-flagged boat and were headed home via Honolulu when airport security workers found shark fins in their luggage last week, according to court documents.
At least 962 shark finds were founded in 13 pieces of luggage. Some were from oceanic whitetip sharks, authorities said.
The Latest: Fishermen in shark fin case to be released
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Indonesian fishermen accused of trying to smuggle shark fins (all times local):
A U.S. judge is allowing 10 Indonesian fishermen arrested in Hawaii to be released while a case accusing them of trying to smuggle sharks fins is pending.
According to court documents, they had been working on a Japanese boat and were headed home via Honolulu when airport security workers found shark fins in their luggage.
Surfer fends off shark that bit his leg at Australian beach
SYDNEY (AP) — A man has used his surfboard to fend off a shark that bit him on his calf off an Australian beach two days after a fatal attack on the Great Barrier Reef.
The 43-year-old surfer was bitten Wednesday morning at Shelly Beach off Ballina in New South Wales state.
Man dies in 3rd shark attack off Australia island in 7 weeks
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A shark has killed a man in an island harbor on Australia's Great Barrier Reef where two tourists were mauled on consecutive days in September in a spate of attacks that has left authorities struggling to explain an apparent escalation in danger in an internationally-renowned vacation destination.
Researchers tag final great white shark in population study
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — Researchers studying the growing population of great white sharks off Cape Cod have completed a five-year effort to tag and track the powerful predators.
The Cape Cod Times reports Massachusetts state biologist Greg Skomal and his team tagged the last shark of the study off Provincetown last week.
Fishing boats encounter great whites noshing on dead whale
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Fishing boats off the East Coast recently encountered a rare sight: Two great whites feasting on a 50-foot dead whale.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that the whale was bloated and floating about nine miles from Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Sharkmobile grabs Delaware travelers’ attention
CLAYTON, Del. (AP) — The attention-getting dune buggy indicates otherwise, but he isn't a big beer drinker, beach nut or danger-seeking deep sea fisherman.
Art Wilson just likes being noticed while traveling with an attached 110-pound fiberglass shark atop his 1970 Volkswagen Beetle.
The regular trip south from his Clayton home to beach country via Del. 1 is always a memorable event.
Dogfish population declines off East Coast, as will harvest
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A small species of shark that is fished for food off the East Coast has declined slightly in population, and fishermen will be allowed to catch slightly less of it in the coming year.
Spiny dogfish are harvested off several Atlantic states, and they are especially popular in Europe. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says a recent assessment of the shark's population shows a decline in the number of spiny dogfish.
Family, friends remembering Cape Cod shark attack victim
WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — A remembrance is being held on the Cape Cod beach where a young man became Massachusetts' first shark attack fatality since 1936.
Family and friends of 26-year-old Arthur Medici planned a celebration of life for Saturday morning on Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet.
Medici, of Revere, died at a hospital on Sept. 15 after he was bitten while boogie boarding with a friend.
New Zealand surfer bitten on arm by shark, taken to hospital
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand surfer was attacked by a shark Friday and airlifted to a hospital after suffering moderate injuries.
The man was surfing at 6 p.m. at Baylys Beach about 100 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of Auckland when the attack happened, according to police.
The man, who is in his 20s, was in pain and bleeding after being bitten on his hand, elbow and mouth, according to the New Zealand Herald website, but was able to walk and talk.
DNA confirms a great white shark bit California boy
SAN DIEGO (AP) — DNA testing has revealed the shark that attacked a 13-year-old boy last month off a Southern California shore was a great white, according to a report.
Scientists gathered the shark's DNA by swabbing the wet suit Keane Webre-Hayes wore when he was bitten while diving for lobsters near Encinitas, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Wednesday.
Shark conservancy, town team to offer shark bite training
ORLEANS, Mass. (AP) — The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is teaming with a Massachusetts coastal town to provide first aid training for shark attacks.
Humpback whale calf rescued from net off Australian beach
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A whale calf has been freed after becoming tangled in a shark net off the Australian east coast.
Experts from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Sea World Gold Coast worked for almost two hours on Tuesday morning to untangle the humpback calf from a net about 500 meters (yards) off Greenmount Beach at Gold Coast city.
The nets are suspended from buoys to protect swimmers at Gold Coast beaches from shark attack.
Humpback whale calf rescued in Australia
13-year-old shark bite victim released from hospital
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 13-year-old boy who was attacked by a shark as he dived for lobster off the Southern California coast is out of the hospital.
KGTV-TV says Keane Webre-Hayes was released Thursday from Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. He suffered a bite Saturday that tore his back, shoulder, torso, face and ear.
Scientist studying white sharks finds another off Maine
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — A marine scientist who is studying whether white sharks are becoming more common in Maine waters say he has detected one of the big sharks for the third time in three years.
University of New England professor James Sulikowski says he learned last week that an acoustic receiver detected a 12-foot female white shark on Sept. 2 off Stratton Island. The island is about three miles off Old Orchard Beach in southern Maine.
Boy, 13, expected to recover from California shark attack
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 13-year-old boy was expected to recover after a shark attacked him while he dived for lobsters in Southern California, hospital officials said Sunday.
The teen, who was not identified, was in serious condition a day after he was bitten off the coast of Encinitas, a city north of San Diego, Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego said in a statement. He had been listed in critical but stable condition following surgery Saturday.
The Latest: Boy attacked by shark in California will recover
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on a shark attack in Southern California (all times local):
Hospital officials say a 13-year-old boy is expected to recover after being attacked by a shark while diving for lobsters in Southern California.
Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego says in a statement that the teen is in serious condition Sunday, a day after he was bitten off Encinitas, a city north of San Diego.
He had been listed in critical but stable condition following surgery Saturday.
Teen attacked by shark at Southern California beach
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 13-year-old boy skin diving for lobsters was attacked by a shark Saturday along the Southern California coast but was quickly pulled from the water by other divers and flown to a trauma center, authorities said.
The boy was in critical but stable condition more than nine hours later at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, spokesman Carlos Delgado said.
The boy underwent surgery but no other information about him, including his name, was released.
The Latest: California shark victim in critical condition
ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a shark attack at a Southern California beach (all times local):
A 13-year-old boy attacked by a shark along the Southern California coast is in critical but stable condition.
Spokesman Carlos Delgado of Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego released the boy's condition late Saturday afternoon, more than nine hours after the attack.
The boy underwent surgery but no other information, including his name, is being released.
Cape Cod town searches for answers after fatal shark bite
WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — A fatal shark attack has residents of a Cape Cod town discussing what can be done to prevent such tragedies in the future.
The Cape Cod Times reports that hundreds of people attended a community meeting in Wellfleet Thursday night, but there was little consensus on how to proceed in the future.