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Boy, 6, Hooks Great White Shark Off Cape Cod

Texas family cut fishing line to free it

(Newser) - "We're going to need a bigger boat." That's what Lars White told his 6-year-old son, Blake, after the boy hooked a great white shark while fishing Saturday off Cape Cod, Mass., the AP reports. The Houston resident told the Cape Cod Times that the 10- to... 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 »

Great White Foils Marathon Swimmer Near His Goal

'It was hard, but a shark is a shark'

(Newser) - A great white shark thwarted a Northern California man's quest to become the first person to swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands. Corte Madera marathon swimmer Simon Dominguez was trying to swim about 28 miles when his teen daughter, in a support boat, spotted the... 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 »

Great White's Movements Leave Scientists Perplexed

You can follow Katharine, and Betsy, online

(Newser) - Two great white sharks, one of which weighs more than a ton, are swimming through the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas ... maybe. Both were tagged by researchers off Cape Cod in August, and you can follow the sharks' path at Ocearch.org , the Houston Chronicle reports. Every time they surface... More »

'Mystery Monster' Eats Great White Shark

Researchers baffled when 9-foot shark gets gobbled up

(Newser) - What wolfs down a 9-foot great white shark like a steak dinner? That's what plagued researchers who had tagged a great white in Australia and found the tag washed up on a nearby beach four months later, Australia's News Network reports. Tag data showed a sudden 1,902-foot... More »

Australia Captures 172 Sharks, 0 Great Whites

50 of biggest are killed

(Newser) - Australia killed 50 big sharks in the first test of its controversial shark cull program , though none were great whites—the type blamed for the attacks on swimmers that sparked the cull in the first place, reports ABC News of Australia . The government set baited hooks near seven beaches in... More »

Great White That Crossed Atlantic May Be Pregnant

Lydia has swum 19.4K miles in a year

(Newser) - A great white named Lydia recently made shark history: This weekend, she became the first of her kind known to have crossed from the western to the eastern Atlantic. That happened when she crossed a boundary known as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge . Days later, she's already making more headlines. Researcher... More »

World's Biggest Shark Slaughterhouse Exposed

China factory turns whale sharks into fish oil

(Newser) - Huge numbers of sharks from endangered species are being slaughtered and turned into products including health supplements at a giant slaughterhouse in China, a conservation group has discovered. Investigators from WildLifeRisk found that more than 600 whale sharks are slaughtered at the factory every year, along with large numbers of... More »

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