YouTube user Steve02988 has uploaded the above video which features a fisherman trying to get a very small shark to bite him. He succeeds in getting the shark to bite his finger and ear before releasing the shark back to the water. It should go without saying, but…kids, don’t try this at home.
YouTube user Nickaway recently posted the video above which shows a group effort to help return what is listed as a 12.5′ tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) back to the water. The video was shot next to Bob Hal Pier in Corpus Christi, Texas. According to the video description the shark was tagged and released from the beach. Based on the video footage, it looks like quite a bit of effort was needed to get the shark back out into the gulf.
Kudos to all of those involved in the release effort.
Delaware Online is reporting that an angler who caught and released a sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus) was cited and fined for “failing to release the fish in the water as quickly as possible.” The new rules require that protected species not be removed from the water.
Kevin Schultze ended up paying $269 in fines and court fees after landing the shark on the beach at Cape Henlopen, according to the report. Schultze took photos of the shark on the beach and then released. Despite the fact that the shark was released, under the new rules Schultze was fined for bring the shark up on the shore instead of releasing it in the water. He said he was unaware of the new rules but will “live and learn” from the fine.
A video of a kayaker catching a thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus) is making headlines. According to KABC-TV California fishermen Scotty Westgaard and David Saldamando “nearly turned out to be lunch for a hungry shark.” However, Saldamando told KABC that he was actually more worried about losing his fishing gear than getting bit by the hooked thresher shark. Westgaard and Saldamando did end up releasing the shark.
Thresher sharks are generally not considered to be a threat to humans, unless you believe the old story about a fisherman being decapitated by the whip-like tail of a thresher.
While this story originated as a local news piece, it has generated enough interest for BBC News to pick it up.
Delmarvanow.com is reporting that the 31st annual Ocean City Shark Tournament will give “more recognition” to fishermen who release their catches, in order to promote sustainable shark fishing. In addition to the increased rewards in the catch-and-release division, participants in the tournament will also be required to use circle hooks to reduce the chance of life-threatening injuries to the sharks, according to the report.
According to Mark Sampson, one of the tournament’s founders, fishermen will also be collecting data to assist researchers with various shark-related studies.