Thursday, August 21, 2014

talk about holding it together!

Adam Haling was attacked by a shark at Gnaraloo, Western Australia

20 hours ago August 21, 2014 12:08PM 

In hospital ... Adam Haling’s injuries from a shark attack. Picture: Courtesy Adam Haling

A MAN has told of the terrifying moment he was attacked by a shark while spearfishing off the coast of Western Australia, and then the 10 hours he travelled to get to a hospital.

In what was meant to be a relaxed spearfishing trip with mates, Adam Haling, 31, from Perth, headed into waters at Gnaraloo, off the coast of Western Australia, with with his friend Mick Slocombe on Saturday.

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Mr Haling had just speared a fish and was swimming back to shore in shallow waters no more than 2.5 metres deep, when a reef shark suddenly emerged from the water.

Haling told News Corp Australia the shark rammed him in the face, ripping off his snorkeling mask. The shock and impact of the shark hitting his face forced him to drop his catch of the day.

“I can remember it being right on my face, seeing the front of its mouth on my face,” he said.

“Its top jaw hit my mask, and the bottom jaw hit underneath my chin. As it came down it ripped my mask.”

Mr Haling said he then watched the shark circle him as he was holding his neck, where he had been bitten.

“I saw the fin do a big arc, and I thought, oh no...surely the shark realizes that I have dropped the fish. It was a bit like Jaws,” he said.

“It then took the fish I had and it was gone. I think it was chasing the fish I had in my hand, and at the last minute it hit me instead the fish.” 

Moments later, Haling said his first priority was to get himself and his friend out of the water.
Slocombe, 31, was still 100 to 200 meters away in the water, when Haling yelled out: “Shark. Help. We need to get out of here”.

“I was still holding my face together when I got Mick’s attention, and realized my whole body was covered in blood, and that I was in real danger with the amount of blood I was losing,” he said.

Haling then started running back to their car, before he realized he was losing too much blood and started feeling light headed.

“I then had to walk back to the car, I could feel my face was really loose, there was flapping skin, I knew it was an emergency. I realized I was really light in the head, I thought I’m in trouble here I might not make it to the car, I was thinking s**t, this could be it,“ he said.

Adam Haling in hospital. Picture: Courtesy Adam Haling

Slocombe followed Haling’s blood trail and then drove him back to a camp site at nearby Gnaraloo Station. But it was only the beginning of what became a 10-hour journey for treatment. Read more...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

the science behind our passion

Aposematic Signaling The Way Mother Nature Intended

In 1998 when Griff McConal first realized how the black striped graphic could benefit surfers and any kind of surf craft for that matter, he began endless research into the theory.  He soon came upon what scientists refer to as aposematic signaling or aposematic coloration definition.  What he found is astonishing and is what we have based our decals and Lycra suits on throughout the years.

I wanted to share some of that information with you here...enjoy!

The mimic octopus disguised as a lionfish

Newfound Octopus Impersonates Fish, Snakes
John Roach
for National Geographic News

September 21, 2001

Scientists have discovered what may be the ideal partner for a game of charades: A long-armed octopus that mimics poisonous creatures of the sea to avoid its predators. The clever creature is a brown octopus about two feet (60 centimeters) long that slithers along the muddy bottom of shallow, tropical estuaries where rivers spill into the sea. It was discovered so recently that it still doesn't have a scientific name, but scientists are intrigued by its uncanny ability to impersonate lion fish, soles, and banded sea snakes.

Octopuses are thought to be one of the most intelligent invertebrates and can change the color and texture of their skin to blend in with rocks, algae, or coral to avoid predators. But until now, an octopus with the ability to actually assume the appearance of another animal had never been observed.

"Having studied many octopus species in the wild, I am never surprised by the color and shape change capacities of these animals," said Mark Norman of the Melbourne Museum in Australia. "However, this animal stood out as it was the only one we've encountered that goes beyond camouflage to take on the guise of dangerous animals."

Norman and fellow researchers Julian Finn of the University of Tasmania in Australia and Tom Tregenza of the University of Leeds in England describe the octopus mimic in the September 7 issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. 
"This," Tregenza said, "is a rather dramatic animal."

Talented Impersonator
Mimicry is a fairly common survival strategy in nature. Certain flies, for example, assume the black and yellow stripes of bees as a warning to potential predators. But the adaptable octopus is the first known species that can assume multiple guises.

Each of the nine specimens that scientists saw during research dives off the coasts of Sulawesi and Bali in Indonesia impersonated more than one toxic species. The creatures they routinely mimicked were:

Lion fish. Just above the seafloor the octopus swims with its arms spread wide and trailing from its body, mimicking the lion fish and its poisonous fins. 

Sea snakes. Changing its color to imitate the yellow and black bands of the toxic sea snake, the octopus threads six of its arms into a hole and waves the other two arms in opposite directions so they look like two snakes.   read more....