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Shark Populations Have Collapsed Since 1970

They're down by 71% globally, researchers say

(Newser) - Scientists have known for decades that individual shark species are declining, but a new study drawing on 57 global datasets underscores just how dramatically worldwide populations have collapsed in the past half century. Globally, the abundance of oceanic sharks and rays dropped more than 70% between 1970 and 2018, according...

These Baby Sharks Were Anything but Cute

Megalodons were born more than 6 feet long, and they were cannibals

(Newser) - You'd need a whole new song to describe these baby sharks, and it wouldn't be cute. Scientists studying long-extinct megalodons estimate they were born 6.5 feet long, reports the Guardian . And one reason they emerged so large was that they likely snacked on their unhatched siblings while...

Teen Killed in Rare Fatal Shark Attack in New Zealand

(Newser) - A young woman has died in what is thought to be New Zealand's first fatal shark attack since 2013. Kaelah Marlow, 19, was swimming with friends at Waihi Beach on North Island on Thursday when she was attacked by what one onlooker described as a great white shark, reports...

Man Comes Home 'Bleeding to Death' After Shark Attack

911 caller said Florida 39-year-old was 'bleeding to death'

(Newser) - A Florida shark attack victim was apparently "bleeding to death" after walking out of the water and back to his house on Tuesday. A woman at the home called 911 to report that a man had been bitten on his arm and hand while swimming off Siesta Key. She...

Surfer Dies After Hawaii Shark Attack

56-year-old man died in hospital after surgery

(Newser) - A Hawaiian surfer has died after a shark attack in West Maui, in which the shark took a massive bite out of the man's surfboard. Robin Warren, 56, had paddled out into Honolua Bay when he was attacked just before 8am Tuesday, per Hawaii News Now . He was taken...

Man Explains What Great-White Attack Felt Like

Surfer had to paddle to shore then walk 1K feet for help

(Newser) - Dion Lynch says it felt like "being hit by a truck." ABC reports he was sitting on his board in the waters off Kangaroo Island, and turned to the left to see what had barreled into him—and saw the shark as it let go. It was a...

'What on Earth Is Going On' With Australia's Shark Attacks?

The year's 8 fatalities thus far is most since 1929

(Newser) - "What on earth is going on?" That's the question shark experts have been asking about Australia, which on Sunday suffered its 8th fatal shark attack . The only deadlier year on record was 1929 and its nine shark-related deaths. And most years don't come close, with the annual...

Australia's Deadly Shark Streak Continues

55-year-old man is 8th casualty in deadliest year since 1929

(Newser) - Australia is having a run deadly enough to make one think twice about going to the beach, with a 55-year-old man becoming the eighth shark fatality of the year in an attack Sunday at Cable Beach, on the Indian Ocean coast. The man was attacked by an unknown species of...

Off California Coast, It's a Shark Baby Boom

But people are 'not on the menu,' researcher says

(Newser) - Baby sharks are thriving off the coast of California, researchers say—and when they go hunt, they're a lot more interested in stingrays than people. Chris Lowe, director of the shark lab at California State University, Long Beach, says he's tagged 38 juvenile great white sharks so far...

Snorkeling Adventure in Egypt Turns Bloody for Boy, 12

Ukrainian tourist, guide each lost a limb in rare shark attack

(Newser) - A 12-year-old Ukrainian tourist and his Egyptian guide have each lost a limb in a rare Red Sea shark attack. The boy was snorkeling with his mother and guide in Ras Mohammed National Park near the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday when a 6-foot-long oceanic whitetip shark attacked,...

Aussie Surfer Believed Dead in Shark Attack

Police are searching for him, though witnesses say he couldn't have survived

(Newser) - A surfer is believed to have died off the south coast of Western Australia after numerous witnesses saw him attacked by a shark. Police are searching for the local man who suffered a "serious shark bite" while surfing at Kelp Beds Beach in Wylie Bay near Esperance just before...

Surfer Felt 'a Bit Weird.' Then He Saw the Footage

Drone captures Bull shark almost touching Matt Wilkinson

(Newser) - When Matt Wilkinson saw the footage, he could only put his head in his hands. He had heard a splash as he paddled his surfboard off the coast of Ballina in northern New South Wales, Australia, on Wednesday. "[I] looked around and couldn't see anything,” the world...

Long-Lived Great White Given a Fitting Name

'Queen of the Ocean' is tagged and released off Nova Scotia

(Newser) - We may be losing our link to one great white shark, but we have another, much larger one to fascinate us in Katherine's place. Off the east coast of Canada, OCEARCH, the nonprofit that tracks marine life, has just tagged a female great white measuring just over 17 feet...

'Without Hesitation,' Pregnant Woman Takes on Shark

Margot Dukes Eddy jumped into Florida waters when she saw husband getting attacked

(Newser) - An Atlanta couple's vacation in the Florida Keys took a terrifying turn last weekend, ending with a surprising rescue. Per the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Andrew Eddy was on a private boat with his pregnant wife, Margot Dukes Eddy, and her family Sunday morning at Sombrero Reef...

Witness: Shark Attack Victim Never Had a Chance

Tiger shark found caught in netting after deadly Gold Coast attack

(Newser) - The victim in the first fatal shark attack on Australia's Gold Coast since 1958 was so badly injured that rescuers had no chance of saving him, witnesses say. Jade Parker, who helped lifeguards bring 46-year-old Nick Slater to Greenmount beach, says his fellow surfer was attacked in waist-deep water...

Surfer Killed by Shark at Beach Protected by Net

Fatal attack is a rarity off Australia's Gold Coast

(Newser) - A shark fatally mauled a surfer on Tuesday on Australia’s Gold Coast city tourist strip in a rare attack off a beach protected by shark netting, officials said. The man, aged in his 50s, was brought to shore by fellow surfers and lifeguards at popular Greenmount Beach with leg...

Shark Attacks Woman, and Husband Is Not Having It

Australian man jumps onto shark from his surfboard, fends it off

(Newser) - A shark attacked a woman surfing in Australia, but things would have been much worse had her husband not managed quite a feat. Here is how a rescue official in New South Wales describes it: “This fella paddled over and jumped off his board onto the shark and hit...

Shark That Killed Woman in Maine Was Great White

Researcher identified shark through tooth fragment

(Newser) - Authorities in Maine said Tuesday the shark that killed a woman in a rare attack off the state's coast was a great white, the same type of shark that served as the inspiration for the movie Jaws. The shark bite killed Julie Dimperio Holowach, 63, of New York City,...

Shark Grabs 10-Year-Old Off Boat During Fishing Trip

Boy in stable condition after incident in waters off Tasmania

(Newser) - A 10-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after a shark yanked him from a boat off the Australian coast. Authorities say the boy was on a 20-foot vessel fishing with his dad and two other people Friday about 3 miles from the shores of Tasmania when the shark emerged...

Cape Cod Warns About Getting Back in the Water

They say great white sharks are coming close to shore

(Newser) - Cape Cod's beaches and towns may be quieter because of the coronavirus pandemic, but officials are reminding visitors ahead of the July 4th holiday that the famous Massachusetts getaway remains a popular destination for other summertime travelers: great white sharks. Cape Cod National Seashore Chief Ranger Leslie Reynolds warned...

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