Friday, September 26, 2014

Shark Ahoy!





Man Versus Sea: South Africa’s Shark Spotters

Monwabisi “Monwa” Sikweyiya has spent almost every day for the past eight years on the cliffs overlooking Muizenberg Beach, just outside of Cape Town in South Africa. The former surfer and his co-workers take five-hour shifts at a time looking for one thing: great white sharks.

Man Versus Sea: South Africa’s Shark Spotters
Keeping an eye out. (Photo: Andrew Rothschild)
For years, even before the movie “Jaws,” the giant predators have fascinated (and terrified) people, and for shark enthusiasts and researchers, this beach is one of the places to go cage diving and fishing for great white sharks.

“There are lots of seals and penguins here, and that is their diet,” Sikweyiya said. “So they come to these beaches to feed.”

But the area is also perfect for surfing. And the two simply do not mix, at least not if you want to keep all of your limbs.

Sikweyiya used to be a surfing lifeguard, but he started with Shark Spotters in 2006 after a particularly bad shark attack on a fellow surfer.

“The guy lost his leg. I knew something had to be done,” he said. Now, he and a rotating team of men and women keep watch from the cliffs, where they spend mind-numbing hours staring at the water, looking for shark-shaped shadows.  Read More...
 
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They can spot sharks from these cliffs. (Photo: Andrew Rothschild)  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Get The Net!

The terrifying moment a drone captures a massive shark circling unsuspecting surfers as they sit waiting for a wave with legs dangling in the water 

  • Footage was shot at Killcare Beach on the NSW Central Coast on Friday

  • Drone pilot Tom Caska captured the moment a great white started following a sea of fish just 50 metres off the shore

  • Mr Caska's brother Andrew was just metres from the shark but had no idea of his close call until he saw the drone footage


By Emily Crane for Daily Mail Australia

Published: 18:12 EST, 21 September 2014 | Updated: 05:28 EST, 22 September 2014 
 
Paddling directly towards a great white shark would be a surfer's worst nightmare. 

But these two paddle boarders were completely unaware of the potential dangers lurking just metres from them when they took to the surf on the NSW Central Coast last Friday.

Footage shot by drone pilot Tom Caska captured the moment a huge shark started following a sea of fish 50 metres off the shore at Killcare Beach.
Mr Caska's brother Andrew was on  the red three-metre long paddle board (top) when the shark started circling, but was completely unaware of his close call until he saw the footage
Mr Caska's brother Andrew was on the red three-metre long paddle board (top) when the shark started circling, but was completely unaware of his close call until he saw the footage

Drone pilot Tom Caska captured the moment a huge shark started following a sea of fish 50 metres off the shore at Killcare Beach on the NSW Central Coast last Friday
Drone pilot Tom Caska captured the moment a huge shark started following a sea of fish 50 metres off the shore at Killcare Beach on the NSW Central Coast last Friday

Mr Caska said his brother was paddling over a wave and only saw 'a bit of a swirl', but no sign of the shark. 
'Came in after that big school of fish. Must be careful in the water this time of year as the whites migrate south again,' he wrote. 

It comes after a 50-year-old man was killed after a suspected great white attacked him at Byron Bay earlier this month. 

Paul Wilcox was swimming 15-metres from shore on the main beach when a shark mauled his leg.






Thursday, September 18, 2014

Live Shark Tracking Map

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FishTrack has recently implemented a tagging program to better understand the behaviors and migratory patterns of Shortfin Mako sharks off the California coast.

 

 

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