Sunday, September 6, 2015

Kayaker Bitten by Shark in Malibu, Airlifted From Beach
A video still of Saturday's Malibu shark victim 

The victim was a 25-year-old male and was taken to a hospital in Thousand Oaks.

A kayaker in Malibu was bitten by a shark on Saturday, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The attack occurred near Deer Creek Beach, and the victim was a 25-year-old male who was about a mile offshore, according to Ventura County Fire Capt. Ron Oatman.

Oatman told THR that the victim, who was with another kayaker at the time, was dangling his feet in the water when the bite occurred. The shark's bite caused a "pretty good lacertion to the top of the person's foot," and then the shark moved on, Oatman added.

The victim was transported by a nearby fishing boat to the beach before being taken to Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks for treatment.

The shark was a 10-foot hammerhead, and Malibu-area beaches remained open following the attack, according to CBS2.

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Sharks Love the Warm Waters of El Nino

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to visit beaches this Labor Day weekend, but the holiday comes amid an increase in shark sightings.

Biologists have spotted numerous great whites along the Atlantic coast this summer, including 23 great whites in a 10-mile stretch off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts Monday.

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Director Greg Skomal attributed the increased shark sightings to seal populations, which have been growing for decades – bringing the sharks further north, and closer to the shore, in search of food.

“Seals are riding along the shoreline, which of course draws the sharks in very, very close,” Skomal said.

“We’ve already seen as many sharks this year as we did last year,” he said, with more than a month to go in the monitoring period.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a nonprofit that raises awareness of the sharks and focuses on research and safety efforts, recently captured video showing a hungry great white leaping out of the water off of Cape Cod, trying to catch a seal.

More than 35 million Americans are expected to travel this Labor Day weekend, according to AAA Travel -– the highest travel volume since 2008. The uptick is attributed in large part to falling gas prices.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I'm a little late with this post. My computer has been inaccessible until now....

California State Parks is warning people to stay out of the water in Morro Bay following a shark attack.

State Parks official Lisa Remington said the attack happened just after 10:00 a.m. at the north end of Morro Strand. She said a shark bit a surfer's board, but the woman was able to swim back to shore uninjured.

Remington said an official with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services was nearby on the beach when the attack happened. He observed the bite mark on the surfboard and estimated the shark was a 6-foot-long sub-adult white.

He said he believed it was an investigative bite because juvenile sharks are still learning what to hunt for. If their bite doesn't lead them to food, they usually won't continue to attack.
Remington said the surfer quickly swam back to shore. State Parks called other surfers in the area out of the water.

State Parks is posting warning signs informing beach-goers about the attack. Those warnings will remain in effect for 72 hours.
Remington said State Parks can't close the beach, but they are recommending people stay out of the water.