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When Shark Came, Surfer Remembered a Trick

Charlie Fry punched it in the nose, escaped

(Newser) - A novice surfer mastered a pro's move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws, per the AP . The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm. Fry, a... More »

More Holes in Story of 2 Women Lost at Sea

Shark experts say tiger sharks wouldn't ram a boat for hours

(Newser) - Two women from Hawaii who were rescued after being lost at sea are defending their account of the ordeal, even as the inconsistencies build. Tuesday brought news of their decision not to turn on the emergency beacon they had on board—they reportedly said they didn't do so because... More »

She Was Kayaking, Then a 'Big Bang'

Sarah Williams, her dad recount frightening experience in Australia

(Newser) - It was "everything you picture in the Jaws movie," minus the bloody death. A 15-year-old Australian teen relates her harrowing encounter with what's believed to have been a great white shark on Sunday. ABC reports Sarah Williams was fishing for squid in a kayak off the Normanville... More »

Battle of the Jaws: Study Finds Alligators Eat Sharks

Alligator experts thought James Nifong was kidding when he asked if it was possible

(Newser) - As far as research goes, it sounds pretty intense: pumping the stomachs of 500-plus alligators—"live and alert" ones at that. It was part of James Nifong's study on whether American alligators on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts eat sharks, and the answer might surprise you: yes. The... More »

He Allegedly Escaped Police, Then a Shark

Zachary Kingsbury faces a slew of charges

(Newser) - Had the man known he'd be so close to a shark, it's possible he would've stuck with facing the cops. Police in North Carolina say 20-year-old Zachary Kingsbury made a beeline for the ocean after officers allegedly found drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop in... More »

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 »

Found in Galapagos Reserve: Boat Carrying 6K Dead Sharks

20 Chinese crew members face jail time, fines

(Newser) - Crew members aboard a Chinese-flagged ship in the Galapagos Islands have been handed almost $6 million in fines plus jail time after what Quartz calls "likely one of the biggest seizures of illegal sharks in recent years." Investigators boarded the Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 in the Galapagos... More »

He Thought He Stepped on a Shell. Then He Saw a Shadow

Teen is SC island's 4th shark victim this summer

(Newser) - Researchers say a teen appears to have suffered a shark bite on South Carolina's Hilton Head Island. Linton Suttle, 13, tells the Island Packet that he was swimming Thursday near Sea Pines Beach Club when he felt a sharp pain in his foot. His parents used photos of comparable... More »

Video of Shark Being Dragged in Florida Draws Outrage

'One of most horrific things I have seen in 50 years of professional sport fishing'

(Newser) - The 11-second video , filmed recently in Florida, shows a shark bouncing up and down on the water as it's dragged behind a boat at high speeds. A group of men on the boat laugh and point at the animal. One of the men seems to imply the shark will... 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 »

Warning Issued From Helicopter: You Are Next to 15 Great Whites

Paddle-boarders were advised to leave water calmly in California

(Newser) - A sheriff's helicopter crew warned a group of paddle-boarders to get out of the ocean after spotting more than a dozen great white sharks along the Southern California coast. Video posted online by the Orange County Sheriff's Department shows a school of sharks swimming near several people in... More »

Father-Daughter Surf Outing Turns Tragic

Shark kills 17-year-old surfing with her dad in Australia

(Newser) - A teen surfing off the southern coast of Australia died Monday after she was attacked by a shark, the AP reports. ABC Australia says the 17-year-old was surfing with her dad near the Kelp Beds surfing break, off of Esperance, at the same beach where a surfer suffered serious injuries... More »

Shark Found in Middle of Australian Road

It was washed in by Cyclone Debbie

(Newser) - Emergency crews traipsing through the Australian town of Ayr after Cyclone Debbie made landfall came across a rather odd sight Thursday: a shark roadblock. The 5-foot-long bull shark, surrounded by little more than a puddle, had washed up on a road and died, reports the West Australian . And it wasn'... More »

After Years Without Mate, Shark Makes Her Own Babies

It's the first time a shark has switched from sexual to asexual reproduction

(Newser) - Australia's Reef HQ aquarium had hoped to scale back its shark breeding program. Its female sharks had other ideas. Over the course of six years, Leonie the zebra or leopard shark had produced more than two dozen offspring before she was separated from her mate in 2012. But in... 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 »

Fossil Fills in Big Blank About the Mysterious 'Ghost Shark'

It belongs to an early chimaera, not a shark

(Newser) - The chimaera, or so-called "ghost shark," is an elusive deep-water fish that has fascinated biologists for more than a century. Like its relative the shark, however, it's made of cartilage and thus rarely fossilizes, so little is known about its evolutionary past, reports Live Science . Now the... More »

Ghost of the Deep Caught on Film for First Time

The pointy-nosed blue chimaera is better known as a ghost shark

(Newser) - Scientists using a remotely operated vehicle for geologic research instead spotted a g-g-ghost. National Geographic reports researchers recorded what is likely the first-ever video of a pointy-nosed blue chimaera in the wild more than 6,500 feet underwater off the coast of California. They published their findings in Marine Biodiversity ... More »

Pacific Nation Creates Huge Shark Sanctuary

Kiribati says it is committed to saving them

(Newser) - The island nation of Kiribati has established a large shark sanctuary that will help ensure the creatures are protected across much of the central Pacific. Vice President Kourabi Nenem said at the sanctuary's launch on Friday that the nation was committed to protecting sharks from exploitation and overfishing, the... More »

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