Thursday, November 20, 2014

Resource - Shark Research Committee

Big Sur   —   On November 11, 2014 Jason White was surfing at San Carpoforo Beach, located about 20 miles North of Pico Creek, just below the Southern terminus of Big Sur at the mouth of San Carpoforo Creek.  It was 12:00 PM and he had been on the water one hour.

There was a patchy fog with light offshore winds and an estimated air temperature of 63 degrees Fahrenheit. The ocean was glassy with consistent 5 – 7 foot waves over a sandy ocean floor 15 feet deep.

Water visibility was about 25 feet with an estimated temperature of 61 degrees Fahrenheit. No marine mammals were observed in the area.

White reported;  “I was surfing alone, with no one in the water and only my little 18 year-old sister on the beach.  After about an hour of surfing, I looked to my left (South) down the beach and observed, about 20 yards away, a large dorsal fin coming straight at me.   A wave passed and lifted the shark a bit which made it visible to see in the clear water.   It was a Great White Shark 12 – 15 feet in length. 

I turned as calmly and fast as I could and luckily took the next wave in.  I didn't turn around to look at the shark but rather kept my eyes on the beach.   My little sister on the beach had seen the shark before I did in the water when it was about 40 yards from me. 

After I had noticed it and made the paddle in, she said it came within about 10 yards of me before I took off on the wave in.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rob Scott
In a world-first, the public is getting the chance to help monitor the movements of sharks off WA in an effort to reduce the number of attacks.

The Department of Fisheries has updated its Sharksmart website, which will digitally map all reported shark sightings from the public, surf lifesavers and other agencies.

"We want to give beachgoers the latest information so they can make informed decisions about their water use," Lisa Clack, manager of the department's shark response unit, said.

Previously, only the movements of tagged sharks were plotted on the website.

The new digital platform means within 90 seconds of a shark sighting being reported to water police, the exact time, location, species (if known) and size will be uploaded to the website.

Simultaneously, a tweet from Surf Life Saving WA with the same information will be generated and a text message sent to relevant authorities to decide whether the beach should be closed.

Chris Peck, from SLSWA, said the system meant warnings could be give seven to 10 minutes quicker than in the past.

"People can't say that I didn't have the information sooner," he said. "It's now their responsibility to make sure they check in regularly."

Ms Clack said the website would also map shark sightings in the river and whale carcasses.

The mobile and tablet-compatible website automatically updates.

Premier Colin Barnett said the website, which took 18 months to develop at a cost of $370,000, was "another tool which allows people, in a sense, to be empowered and make their own decisions about going to the beach".

Sightings from the community are unverified and though Fisheries admitted there was a risk the system could be abused, it hoped the technology would be embraced.

The updated shark activity map will be launched at noon today.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Dumbass Syndrome

Is this the most dangerous dare ever accepted? Watch the moment a man jumps from a boat on to a TIGER SHARK
  • The footage uploaded shows friends daring their mate to jump
  • He obliges after some encouragement and plunges into the water
  • The man appears to land directly on top the tiger shark
  • He scrambles back aboard but the shark is nowhere to be seen
Is this the most dangerous dare ever accepted? Watch the moment a man jumps from a boat on to a TIGER SHARK

For many swimmers, deliberately coming into close contact with a shark is the last thing on their to-do list when it comes to taking a dip in the ocean.

But for some - perhaps with questionable judgement -  that seems to be just the aim, thanks to a little encouragement from their friends.

Shocking footage has emerged of an Australian man appearing to launch himself off a boat and land directly on top of a tiger shark after being dared by his mate.  

Brett seems to land directly on top of the poor shark who happened to be swimming past
Brett seems to land directly on top of the poor shark who happened to be swimming past

The shark is nowhere in sight as the Australian splashes around in the ocean as he swims back towards the boat. 

Clearly spooked, Brett frantically scrambles aboard while his friends laugh manically, with one friend shouting: ''You f***ing missed it, before joking that the creature is coming for him.

The entire clip, uploaded to YouTube, goes for just under a minute and although it was shot in Australia the exact location is unclear.