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Great white shark spotted off St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Jul.23, 2014 at 6:12 pm, under Shark Videos

Some lucky passengers aboard a Quoddy Link Marine whale-watching vessel were treated to a somewhat rare sighting of an adult white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) after heading out of St. Andrews harbor in New Brunswick, Canada. YouTube user Dave Hannett caught some brief footage of the shark, as seen in the video above. According to the video information, the shark was spotted about a mile out from the harbor.

White sharks are known to inhabit the Atlantic waters of coastal Canadian provinces, but sightings are fairly rare.

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White shark found dead reportedly choked on sea lion

Jul.17, 2014 at 11:39 am, under Shark News Stories

A 4m (13′) white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) that was found washed ashore in Western Australia had apparently died as the result of choking on a sea lion, according to Sky News. The 4m shark had no initial visible signs of injury or disease, according to the report. However, further examination revealed a sea lion lodged in the shark’s throat.

The shark was filmed off Coronation Beach by YouTube user CadMonkey two days before it washed ashore. As can be seen in the video, the shark appears to be in distress. Research scientist Rory McAuley told Sky News that the shark might have been trying to dislodge the obstruction.

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Is there a shark in Lake Ontario? Umm, no.

Jul.16, 2014 at 6:51 pm, under Shark Videos

A video purporting to showing some fishermen encountering a shark off Wolfe Island in Lake Ontario was recently posted to YouTube. The video has been making the social media rounds and drumming up all kinds of online arguing about the “shark” seen in the video. The video even drew concern from Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Bill Mauro. However, it would seem all the hype was for naught, unless you count the publicity it has generated for Shark Week 2014.

According to Canada’s Global News, it turns out that the video is actually part of the marketing campaign for Discovery’s upcoming week of shark programming and is nothing more than a PR stunt. According to a press release from Discovery, a ‘life-like’ prosthetic shark was used for the video.

Well played, Discovery. Well played, indeed.

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Video: Australian diver’s chance encounter with white shark

Jul.10, 2014 at 9:29 am, under Shark Videos

YouTube user Ian Banks had a chance encounter with a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) on Wednesday while diving Kingscliff Reef off New South Wales, Australia. As you can see in the video, the shark didn’t stick around long upon Banks’ approach. The video just goes to show that, unlike what we often see in major media, sometimes white sharks are more afraid of humans than vice-versa.

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Hooked white shark bites swimmer off Manhattan Beach

Jul.06, 2014 at 9:35 am, under Shark News Stories

The AP reports, that a long distance swimmer suffered injuries as the result of a bite from a sub-adult white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) of off Los Angeles County’s Manhattan Beach yesterday morning. According to an NBCLA report, the shark had been hooked by a fisherman on Manhattan Beach Pier and had been on the line for about a half-hour when a group of swimmers intersected the hooked shark’s path.

Steve Robles of Lomita, CA was bitten in the chest area and also suffered injuries to his right hand. A paddle-boarder helped Robles to the shore where he was treated by paramedics and transported to a nearby hospital. Thankfully, Robles injuries were not life-threatening, and he is currently recovering at home.

The fisherman told NBCLA that he was fishing for bat rays when he hooked the shark. He said he didn’t realize it was a white shark until after it had been on the line for 15 minutes. California law dictates that the line must be cut if a white shark is hooked, but he said the shark was close to a surfer when he recognized the species, and he didn’t want it to attack the surfer.

It should be noted that a white shark of this size, which was estimated at 7′ (about 2m) in length, does not typically feed on marine mammals or large prey items.

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