Tagged dead sharks

Dozens of dead leopard sharks found in central California

According to a Mercury News report, about 50 dead leopard sharks (Triakis semifasciata) were found in Redwood Shores, California last month. California Department of Fish and Game necropsy results from one of the sharks indicated that the animal had suffered internal bleeding, but biologists have yet to determine the cause of the die-off of the animals.

In addition to the leopard sharks found in Redwood Shores, the Mercury News reports that hundreds of leopard sharks have washed up throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, according to Pelagic Shark Research Foundation.

You can check out the full story at MercuryNews.com.

11 sharks found dead on Florida beach

NBC-2.com is reporting that nine bonnethead and two blacktip sharks were found dead along Tigertail Beach in Florida. A stingray and catfish were also found in the area. According to the report, officials said it was unusual for multiple sharks to wash ashore, although no cause has been identified, yet. Water samples and tissue samples have been sent off for testing.

Warning: video contains images of dead sharks.

Dead sharks draw a crowd (just imagine what live ones could do)

Sharks lure a crowd, according to a recent article from the Pensacola News Journal about the “Outcast Mega Shark Tournament.” The article states that about a thousand “shark-crazed” fans attend the tournament to “see big sharks” among other reasons. Tournament director, Terry Holmes, says it’s the mystique associated with sharks that brings in the spectators…

“They’re dangerous. They eat people, and people like that.”

I’m hoping the part about people liking that sharks “eat people” was a misquote. It’s incredibly rare for a shark to eat a person. Even in the rare event of a shark attack on a human, a shark typically does not eat a person, nor would I expect other people to “like that” if they did.

The article also featured quotes from spectators who were there to see sharks “up close.” One spectator who witnessed the weigh-in of 399 lbs hammerhead was quoted as saying…

You know they’re out there in the waters, but you don’t ever really get to see them. They’re so magnificent, and you’re seeing ’em up close.”

Now, just imagine if you saw them up-close…and they were still alive. They really do look much more magnificent when they’re swimming around, than they do when their carcass is hoisted up in the air by its tail. The reality of it is that it’s simply not easy for most people to witness sharks in their natural environment, and many people have underlying fears of snorkeling, diving, or swimming with sharks. Unfortunately, the most readily-accessible option for some “shark fans” to see sharks is at a shark-fishing tournament.