Catching and releasing a shark usually involves an angler removing a hook or cutting the line and watching the shark swim away. This bold angler outside of Lee County, Fla., decided he wanted to assure that the exhausted 300-pound predator he had just caught could swim away safely.
Seeing that the bull shark was struggling, the fisherman jumped overboard and wrapped his arms around the lower half of its body, helping the shark regain some energy. It appeared to work.
Bull sharks are considered by many to be among the most dangerous sharks in the world. This one could have attacked even in its exhausted state, but this angler decided to risk his life to make sure the shark could swim away safely.
Christian Mercurio of Randolph, N.J. got his leg and foot badly chomped by a 6-to-8-foot bull shark last week while fishing in waist-deep swells in Sanibel, Fla.
Brown said the shark made contact with a surfer’s surfboard. The surfer, a 10-year-old boy, was not injured was able to escape after unhooking his leash, according to the Post and Courier.
Colleen Malone was bitten on the foot June 25 while visiting Jacksonville, Fla. The 19-year-old college student says she was standing in about four feet of water about 40 feet from shore when she saw two fins. She started swimming away and says she was bitten on the foot by what appeared to be a bull shark about three feet long. Doctors sewed up her foot with about 50 stitches and are treating her with antibiotics.
Phil Bloom, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Natural Resource, says the account is patently untrue. No one from the DNR has even heard of a shark making it up the Wabash, let alone responded to a recent sighting.
“They have received no calls regarding a bull shark,” Bloom said.
When a fisherman caught a bull shark recently off the Florida Keys, he came across an unlikely surprise: One of the shark’s live fetuses had two heads.
The fisherman kept the odd specimen, and shared it with scientists, who described it in a study published online today (March 25) in the Journal of Fish Biology. It’s one of the very few examples of a two-headed shark ever recorded — there about six instances in published reports — and the first time this has been seen in a bull shark, said Michael Wagner, a study co-author and researcher at Michigan State University.
In Playa del Carmen, some conservation efforts have focused on stopping one man: Humberto Anduze Trujillo from nearby Puerto Morelos. Anduze is the only active shark fisherman in the area, according to the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fishing (CONAPESCA), but critics say his fishing alone is tangibly affecting the local bull shark population. Photos in which he poses proudly next to his day’s catch have spread over the Internet in recent months, enraging many.
He swam into a dry dock, got stuck, and was killed when it was pumped dry.
Think golf’s too boring a game? Then get down to Australia, slick, and play the Carbrook Golf Club in Queensland. The water hazard there features up to 30 real live sharks.
The sharks were thought to be a myth for many years, but as you can see, that’s no myth. Club officials speculate that the bull sharks, some of which are estimated at up to 10 feet long, washed into the lake during a flood in the early 1990s.
Relative to their body size, bull sharks bite harder than other, larger predatory sharks.
A study of their jaws and jaw muscles has shown that adult bull sharks can bite with a maximum force equivalent to 6,000N.
Maria Habegger of the University of South Florida in Tampa, US and colleagues in the US and Germany examined bite forces produced by 13 species of shark and their close relatives.