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Inside the Quest for the Shark Repellent 'Holy Grail'

'It just consumed me'

(Newser) - "I have yet to see an anti-shark device that I, somebody who studies sharks and shark attacks, would plop down money for," ichthyologist George Burgess says. But that hasn't stopped shark experts and entrepreneurs from chasing the "holy grail" of a completely effective shark repellent, Outside... More »

'Biggest Scam of 2017': Phelps' Race Against a Great White

Fans didn't realize he'd be racing against computer-generated sharks, not real ones

(Newser) - It was supposed to be the event of the summer. Well, OK, an event of the summer—but Michael Phelps fans still had high hopes for the swimming champ's much-hyped race Sunday against a bunch of sharks. They didn't read the fine print, however, and People and the... More »

Michael Phelps' Next Opponent Has Never Heard of Him

Because it's a dang great white shark

(Newser) - Is he high ? Mashable reports Michael Phelps will race a great white shark for Discovery Channel's inescapable Shark Week. The mechanics of the race are unclear—Mashable is concerned the shark won't understand it's supposed to race the Olympian, not eat him—and a press release... More »

'There's a Shark in My Boat!' Fisherman Gets Big Surprise

The 440-pound visitor was nearly 9 feet long

(Newser) - An Australian fisherman was nearly the catch of the day when a great white shark leaped into his boat. Terry Selwood, 73, was moored off New South Wales on Saturday afternoon when the 440-pound, 9-foot uninvited guest landed in his 15-foot boat. "I caught a blur of something,"... More »

Washing Ashore in South Africa: Great Whites With No Livers

Researchers think orcas are killing them

(Newser) - Over four days in early May, three dead great white sharks washed ashore in South Africa—with their livers missing. Researchers with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust did necropsies and came to the conclusion that, based on the sharks' injuries, orcas likely killed them and ate their livers, the researchers... More »

Fans Freak as Famous Shark Returns to Florida

Welcome back, Katharine

(Newser) - One of the world's most famous sharks has returned to Florida to the delight of her 43,000 Twitter followers. The 14-foot-long great white, Katharine, tagged off Cape Cod by OCEARCH in 2013, stuck her dorsal fin out of the water Sunday long enough for her tracker to register... More »

Terrifying Video Shows Great White Shark Breaching Diver Cage

But videographer says shark was not attacking

(Newser) - Going scuba diving specifically to spot great white sharks maybe already didn't sound like a super safe idea, and after watching the terrifying video captured by a California man on vacation in Mexico, you may take it off your bucket list once and for all. The man captured the... More »

This Might Be the First Shark Caught Napping

The female shark floats through water, jaw slack, in an apparent nap

(Newser) - A Shark Week team with Discovery has just posted a YouTube video of what the channel calls "the first-ever footage of a great white shark napping." The narrator doesn't put it quite so definitively, but he does note that as the team observes the female shark's... More »

New Zealand Town Being 'Targeted' by Great Whites

Locals blame shark-diving companies nearby

(Newser) - The locals in the island community of Oban, New Zealand, are used to living with sharks in the general vicinity. But ever since businesses started offering shark cage-diving experiences in 2007, they say the animals have turned aggressive and begun attacking boats, reports the Guardian . Consider this quote from a... More »

Study Counts More Sharks Than Ever Along East Coast

And they're still not fully recovered from overfishing

(Newser) - Anyone still terrified of Jaws might want to stop reading now. The shark population on the East Coast is at its highest since scientists began counting the animals 29 years ago, according to a federal study, and scientists are high-finning, er, fiving, over the news. In just three years, shark... More »

Shark Kills Seal in Front of Beach-Goers

Cape Cod beach closes early after attack

(Newser) - Alarmed beach-goers watched a nature documentary play out in front of their eyes on Cape Cod this week when a shark bit into a seal and spit it onto Nauset Light Beach, the Boston Globe reports. The attack, which one lifeguard described as "an explosion of blood and water,... More »

This May Be the Biggest Great White Ever Filmed

Deep Blue is believed to be 20 feet long, 5K pounds

(Newser) - Don’t be surprised if this beast appears in your nightmares tonight. Shark expert Mauricio Hoyos Padilla has released footage of a massive, 20-foot-long great white shark that might just be the largest ever caught on camera, reports ABC News . Though Padilla says he first found the shark near Guadalupe... More »

Video: Beached Shark Gets a Life-Saving Tow

Good Samaritans save the day in Massachusetts

(Newser) - Not all the shark news this summer is bad news . When beachgoers in Chatham, Massachusetts, came across a beached great white, they staged a remarkable rescue. People tossed water on the shark to keep it alive, and soon the harbormaster showed up and towed it into the water, reports the... More »

'Most Famous' Great White Shark Back in Florida

Katharine the shark is an Internet hit

(Newser) - A 2,300-pound shark with her own Twitter account (bio: "Misunderstood girl just tryin' to get some fish") has reappeared a few miles off the coast of Florida, marking a winter homecoming. UPI calls Katharine "maybe the most famous shark on the Internet": She was tagged as... More »

Surfer Loses Hands to Shark

2 great whites killed after Western Australia attack

(Newser) - A 23-year-old surfer in Western Australia has lost both hands and one arm from the elbow down in a shark attack that has renewed debate on the state's controversial shark cull policy . A witness says Sean Pollard believed he had been attacked by two bronze whaler sharks in a... More »

Shark Kills Aussie Swimmer

Study finds attack victims almost always male

(Newser) - Despite what police say was the "extraordinary bravery" of a beachgoer, a 50-year-old man was killed in a shark attack in Byron Bay in eastern Australia today. The man's wife was watching from the shore as he was attacked and received severe leg injuries, reports the BBC . "... More »

Great White Attacks 2 Kayakers Off Mass. Coast

'It was petrifying,' says one woman after shark flipped their boats

(Newser) - Two women are alive after a very close encounter with a great white shark last night. Ida Parker and Kristin Orr had taken their kayaks out off the coast of Plymouth, Mass., to look for seals when a shark approached, flipped them, and took one of the kayaks in its... More »

Great White Surge Means Big Bucks for Cape Cod Town

Apparently Chatham tourists are not scared of Jaws

(Newser) - Don’t cue the Jaws theme song just yet. In Chatham, Mass., "cha-ching" is more appropriate. People are flocking to the classy Cape Cod town thanks to an increase in great white shark sightings, and local businesses are making lots of money off the phenomenon, the AP reports. T-shirts,... More »

Victim: Great White Shark Just 'Locked on My Chest'

Long distance swimmer in California is alive to tell the tale

(Newser) - We suppose that if one is going to get bitten by a great white shark, a baby one is the way to go. Long distance swimmer Steve Robles is not only alive to talk about it, he's in stable condition after being bit by a 7-foot juvenile great white... More »

East Coast Seeing More Great Whites

But, phew: no rise in shark attacks

(Newser) - If you live on the East Coast, it seems you have some new neighbors. The number of great white sharks in the area has grown to some 2,000, a major NOAA study finds. That's a "very healthy number," according to Nature World News , which advises readers... More »

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