Discovery Channel's 2019 Shark Week is upon us and what better way to ring in this annual television event than by turning your bath water into a scene reminiscent of a recent shark attack. Etsy shop BareBumShop makes and sells shark-head-shaped bath bombs ($5.99 each) that "bleed" red as they dissolve in water.
Watch (the accompanying "Baby Shark" music is a nice touch):
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Great Whites travel months to visit what The San Francsico Chronicle describes as a "shark lair" in the Pacific Ocean. Mystified scientists took a deeper look. Read the rest
Marine biologist Greg Skomal got quite a scare while doing shark research off the coast of Cape Cod. While standing out at the end of a research vessel's pulpit, a shark breached out of the ocean directly under him. He yelled, "Did you see that?! Did you see that?! It came right up and opened its mouth right at my feet!" Skomal works for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and was out filming sharks, using a GoPro camera attached to a long pole, for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
While out on research trips, we've seen white sharks breach and we've received multiple reports of breaching white sharks this year from fishermen and boaters. While encounters like this one are rare, this video shows that they’re certainly possible. White sharks are wild and unpredictable animals. This is a good reminder of the importance of not becoming complacent and always staying vigilant when in or on the water.
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Brynn Metheny is the undisputed master of mashing up cats and sharks into delightful creatures. Her original series was so popular, she created a sequel this year. Read the rest
A nurse shark bit a woman in Boca Raton, Florida, and did not want to let go. Doctors were able to separate the two, and the woman was released into the wild.
Via The Hamilton Spectator:
Paramedics in Boca Raton rushed a beachgoer to the hospital with a two-foot-long nurse shark clinging to her arm after efforts to disengage it failed.
Bob Lemons, spokesperson for the Boca Raton Fire Rescue, said the 23-year-old woman was already out of the water when rescuers reached the beach. The dead shark was hanging from her arm.
"She was sitting calmly, seemed to handle it pretty well," Lemons told USA Today. But rescuers could not get the shark to release the woman's arm, so they loaded woman and shark into the ambulance and headed for Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
"This was a unique situation for us," Lemons said. "I haven't heard of something like that with us before, and I've been here almost 30 years."
The woman was treated for her injuries and released.
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A crowd watches as a Great White Shark eats a seal off the coast of San Francisco Bay's Alcatraz Island.
Clearly, one young gentleman was seriously impressed!
Also, please note the videographer's creative choice in using a more artistic, less directly utilitarian camera aspect, to limit the impact of death.
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The kids of Riverdale have to take on a Sharknado: a storm that unites Betty and Veronica like never before and leaves Moose realizing that Reggie isn't that bad of guy.
The comic's special effects are more convincing than the movie's, I'll give it that.
Archie vs. Sharknado [Archie Comics]
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Sharkcano! National Geographic ocean engineer Brennan Phillips sent a camera into Kavachi, an active underwater volcano in the Solomon Islands. He was surprised to find species of sharks living in the volcanic plume. Read the rest
Fisherman Donnie Griggs captured the scene at North Carolina's Cape Lookout National Seashore. Below is a similar frenzy in the Bahamas. Read the rest