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Experts have long suspected that thresher sharks use their tails as hunting weapons, but it was never actually seen until 2010, when fishermen witnessed them lash out at some chum. A new study published in PLoS One, however, contains first-time footage of one of the three known species of threshers — specifically Alopias pelagicus, a 10-foot-long predator that isn’t normally a threat to humans — swimming hard and fast into dense schools of sardines just off the coast of Philippines, and swinging its rear fin like a morning star.

Surfer attacked by 15-foot tiger shark on Big Island

KHON2 has learned that Paul Santos, 43, was attacked by a 15-foot tiger shark about 200 yards off shore of Kiholo Bay.


According to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Santos was bit on the right forearm and sustained knee injuries.

Out of Australia today comes another incredible story about a surfer who was out minding his own business on the waves when out of nowhere came a shark! It’s usually the surfers you hear about getting attacked, because they are among the few with the guts enough to be out that far in the ocean where god knows what is lurking … and the guts to know exactly what to do if that happens. The 29-year-old survivor of this recent shark attack could have lost a lot more than a few fingers and some bite-marked shaped flesh if he had not done what he did out there off Macquarie, north of Sydney.

(Source: thestir.cafemom.com)


The Maui News - South Maui waters were reopened to swimmers around noon Saturday, Dec. 1, after an area off Halama Street in Kihei was kept off limits following a shark attack on the previous morning, according to Maui County spokesman Rod Antone.

The Maui News - South Maui waters were reopened to swimmers around noon Saturday, Dec. 1, after an area off Halama Street in Kihei was kept off limits following a shark attack on the previous morning, according to Maui County spokesman Rod Antone.

'I could see its left eye and part of its sort of face and head,' Tom Kennedy said after coming face-to-face with a presumed tiger shark.

'I could see its left eye and part of its sort of face and head,' Tom Kennedy said after coming face-to-face with a presumed tiger shark.

Shark attacks surfer off Kauai

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Kauai Police Department says a shark attacked a surfer Wednesday afternoon at Pakala’s surf spot on the west side of the island.

According to police the a 60-year-old man identified by friends only as “Lorrin” from Kalaheo was attacked by a shark while surfing with two friends at a west side surf break known as “Pakala’s.”

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. — A 14-year-old surfer was paddling in at dusk Monday when he felt something hit his foot.
Kai Rittgers saw a tannish-gray blur in the water near his surfboard.
"It was like this sharp little pain, then I kind of sat up really quick and saw it was a shark," Kai said. The boy said he shook his left foot, which left the 2- to 3-foot shark "squirming around on the board" for a few seconds.
MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. — A 14-year-old surfer was paddling in at dusk Monday when he felt something hit his foot.

Kai Rittgers saw a tannish-gray blur in the water near his surfboard.

"It was like this sharp little pain, then I kind of sat up really quick and saw it was a shark," Kai said. The boy said he shook his left foot, which left the 2- to 3-foot shark "squirming around on the board" for a few seconds.

Follow up on a couple of recent shark attacks in California.

(Source: mercurynews.com)

Shark attacks diver's haul of fish off Makena

MAKENA — People were told not to enter nearshore waters off Makena Wednesday afternoon after a diver reported an 8-foot Galapagos shark had tried to eat fish he had caught and held on a line trailing behind him, a Maui County news release said.