An 11-year-old boy needed stitches after being bitten on his foot by a shark in the waters off central Florida.
Marine scientists from the University of Miami had a run-in with a rather infamous predator off the coast of the Keys on Monday.
Four high school baseball players visiting Florida on Spring Break have an amazing fish story to tell back home in Georgia: They hooked a 13-foot-long Great White shark while sportfishing.
On Tuesday the four teenagers were part of an excursion on the charter boat Hooked Up out of Fort Lauderdale. Captain Greg McCauley told CBS Station WFOR that the Great White, which he estimated to weigh between 800 and 1,000 pounds, took a bonito off a kite line about 180 feet from the Port Everglades Inlet — about a mile off shore.
Authorities credit sharks with helping to end a standoff between a stabbing suspect Paul Charles and law enforcement in Palm Beach, Fla.
I think my favorite of this is the crazy video feed from Simon McCormick. What’s with the poorly hung sheet and headphones on that Skype call?
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“It was like a slow steady pull, I mean great whites are not very fast sharks, so it was a slow, solid weight,” Maisano said. “He was anywhere from 16-18 feet [long] and it could have weighed from 2,500-4,000 pounds. That is what the experts are telling us.”
The fishermen said they had to let the shark go because they are a prohibited species. “You are not even allowed to bring it in the boat, you have to leave it in the water,” Maisano said. If a great white is killed, there could be a fine of $25,000-$40,000.
Shark season is back along Palm Beach and other sections of South Florida.
It normall starts around February, but began a little later this year. It could be because we had such a warm winter, or it could be other environmental reasons we don’t really know for sure.
They are definitely back though, in fact a crowd gathered at Midtown Beach Wednesday and people were seeing sharks swim right up to the shore.
Eddie Williams has his family visiting from Michigan and was amazed at the sight. “We never seen no sharks before in our entire life and now we seeing sharks at the beach, Crazy man!”
The crew that tagged Mary Lee is heading out near Jacksonville:
Brett McBride will spend the next 20 days or so from sunup to sundown looking for great white sharks who spend their winters off the coast of Jacksonville.
Without coves full of tasty seals or attractions such as that, the sharks not going to be easy to find, he said: The sharks are big but the ocean is far bigger.
So think of the shark as the proverbial needle in the haystack, said McBride, captain of the fishing operations on the 126-foot long Ocearch research vessel.
The news comes after beaches were shut down twice due to sharks.
On Monday afternoon, lifeguards shut down portions of Jensen Beach after a swimmer was suspected of being bitten by a shark.
The beach reopened Tuesday.
On Wednesday, county lifeguards shut down guarded sections of Hobe Sound and Jensen Beach after spotting sharks offshore.
The great shark migration peaks in February but we start to see some sharks swimming in now like these guys spotted just offshore by chopper 5.
“You start getting the spinner sharks and the black tips about now, especially around dusk they start coming out to feed.”
MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. - To prevent shark attacks along the coast of central Florida, a councilman is proposing a ban on chum — chopped up fish parts and blood that attracts sharks.
Shark bites are not uncommon on the coast, but Melbourne Beach City Councilman Rocco Maglio thinks this will prevent more sharks from coming into contact with people.
“I just want people to be safe,” he said.