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Sharks Dined on a Swordfish. Then, 'Oh, My Gosh!'

Wreckfish seen swallowing shark in rare deep-sea footage

(Newser) - Researchers in pursuit of a World War II shipwreck have had to settle for observing a "once-in-a-lifetime event." The NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research team was using a remotely operated vehicle to explore 1,500 feet below the surface of the ocean off South Carolina when it spotted... More »

Dad's Drone Captured Good Old Beach Fun. Then, a 'Shadow'

Dan Watson says his drone picked up a shark swimming near 5 kids

(Newser) - Dan Watson hadn't originally planned to bring his drone to the beach, but he's now thankful he made the potentially lifesaving choice to do so. CBS News reports the professional photographer and dad of three was at Florida's New Smyrna Beach on June 23 with family and... More »

They Yelled to Warn Her About the Sharks. It Was Too Late

Jordan Lindsey, 21, was killed in the Bahamas Wednesday

(Newser) - Jordan Lindsey's parents say they yelled to warn her when they saw sharks approaching as she was snorkeling, but she didn't respond in time. The 21-year-old California woman was killed in a shark attack near Rose Island in the Bahamas Wednesday, ABC reports. Authorities believe three sharks were... More »

8-Year-Old Attacked by Shark Off North Carolina

It's the state's 3rd shark attack this month

(Newser) - A late-afternoon swim off Bald Head Island, North Carolina, turned terrifying for an 8-year-old boy Sunday when a shark chomped down on his leg. It's the third such attack in the state this month. Village Manager Chris McCall tells WECT that EMS got a call around 4pm after something... More »

A Shark Grabbed His Daughter. Then, 5 Punches

Paige Winter, 17, is alive thanks to her dad after shark attack off North Carolina

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl is lucky to be alive after a shark attack off North Carolina—and it looks like she has her dad to thank. Per the BBC , officials say Paige Winter, who was ambushed by the shark Sunday at Atlantic Beach, lost some fingers and her left leg all... More »

He Was Watching a Shark. Then a Swimmer Showed Up

Florida vacationer captures frightening video in Panama City Beach

(Newser) - A vacationer at a Florida resort watched for hours from his 28th floor balcony as what he thought might be a shark drifted through the murky waters of the beach below. It's when a swimmer at the Panama City Beach entered the picture that Stan Battles started recording—and... More »

Shark Kills Hawaii Swimmer

'His entire left leg from his knee down was just missing'

(Newser) - A 65-year-old man was killed Saturday morning in America's first fatal shark attack of 2019—and the first in Hawaii since 2015. Authorities say the visitor from California was attacked around 8:30am while swimming 60 yards off Maui's Kaanapali Beach, CNN reports. Witnesses say the man was... More »

Long Island Gets a First-Time Visitor

A Great White named Cabot drops by Long Island Sound

(Newser) - A 9-foot-long great white shark turned his nose into Long Island Sound en route from Delaware, marking a first for the ocean research group that tracks him. "Be advised! For the first time ever, we are tracking a white shark in the Long Island Sound," OCEARCH tweeted Monday... More »

Massive Great White Off SC Isn't Alone

Luna, Katharine among OCEARCH sharks pinging off East Coast

(Newser) - Think twice before dipping your toes off the Carolinas. OCEARCH is currently tracking at least eight great white sharks in that region, including a 15-foot female that's among the two largest sharks ever tagged by the nonprofit ocean research group. Luna—named for Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where the shark... More »

Off California, Something 'Like the Loch Ness Monster'

Basking sharks are making a comeback

(Newser) - Sharks as long as a small bus prowl at the water's surface, their mouths open wide in search of lunch. And the crowd goes wild. That's been the scene lately off the coast of Southern California, where gentle giant basking sharks have been turning up in numbers not... More »

Here Are the Odds of Getting Bitten by a Shark in Hawaii

About 5 in a million

(Newser) - 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—reports the AP . Recently published research that looked at 55 years of global data showed shark bites around the world are highly variable from year to year,... More »

This Might Be Great White Sharks' Biggest Advantage

Decoded genome sheds light on how they heal their own wounds, stay healthy

(Newser) - Scientists for the first time have decoded the genome of the great white shark, and the results show that humans have much to learn from the long-lived creatures. The sharks' genes seem especially suited to healing their own wounds and warding off illness, reports Wired . "These include DNA sequences... More »

Hawaiian Sharks May Soon Be a Lot Happier

If state officials manage to pass a shark-protection bill

(Newser) - Hawaiian lawmakers have introduced a new bill to protect any and all sharks from being killed in state waters—which, if it passes, will be the first law of its kind in America, the Guardian reports. Seems the bill was inspired by hundreds of support-letters and phone calls from around... More »

Scientists Ponder Ocean's Latest 'Anomaly'

There are fewer unprovoked shark attacks worldwide; researchers aren't quite sure why

(Newser) - Despite the massive media coverage when a shark attack happens, the worldwide number of such unprovoked attacks actually fell sharply in 2018: down to 66 from 2017's 88, reports Quartz ; the five-year average had been 84. Of those 66 attacks, four led to fatalities—a figure that's also... More »

She Swam With One of Biggest Sharks Ever Seen

In fact, it might be THE biggest ever

(Newser) - 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 AP that she encountered... More »

Kids Song 'as Infectious as Anthrax' Is Climbing the Charts

You'll be hearing 'Baby Shark' in your head all weekend now

(Newser) - If you're a fan of fins, or under the age of 5, you'll be pleased with one of the Billboard Hot 100's newest hits. Otherwise, you'll likely just be fascinated at how "Baby Shark," a children's song about sharks, is now making its... More »

Shark Kills Tourist on Great Barrier Reef

It was 3rd attack in area in 7 weeks

(Newser) - 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. The spate of attacks has left authorities struggling to explain an apparent escalation in danger in an internationally-renowned vacation destination, the AP reports. The... More »

Police Looking for Guy Who Skinny Dipped With Sharks

He was caught on video jumping naked into tank at Toronto aquarium

(Newser) - "I was scared I was going to witness the death of this guy": That's what one visitor had to say after a man decided to go skinny dipping with the sharks at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. The man stripped down and then went over a security barrier... More »

Meet the First Known Omnivorous Shark

Bonnetheads munch on seagrass, and new study finds it's not just incidental

(Newser) - Jaws would've been a lot less scary had Steven Spielberg replaced his great white villain with a bonnethead shark. It's "the first known omnivorous species of shark," says researcher Samantha Leigh, co-author of a new study that describes the hammerhead relative as a lover of seagrass.... More »

Guy Stumbles on Evidence of Mega-Shark That Ate Whales

Schoolteacher Philip Mullaly found the shark teeth in Australia

(Newser) - Imagine strolling down the beach and discovering a razor-sharp tooth from a shark twice the size of a Great White. Well, meet Philip Mullaly: "It was an awesome creature, it would have been terrifying to come across," the amateur fossil hunter and schoolteacher tells the New York Times... More »

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