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Whale Shark, the Biggest Fish in the Sea, Surfaces Behind Fishing Boat Off Charleston. See the Video

Whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea, usually live in the tropics. About the size of a school bus, growing to 40 feet long and weighing in at 20 tons, they prefer warm water, migrating every spring to the continental shelf off central west Australia, where the Ningaloo Reef provides them with an abundant supply of plankton, their food of choice. So Michael Krivohlavek, 21, a mate for Daymaker Sport Fishing Charters out of Charleston, S.C., was surprised to see a whale shark surface behind his boat recently. The fishing boat was in 150 feet of water about 36…

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Record Number of Great White Sharks Swimming Off Cape Cod; Vacationing New York Doctor Survives Attack

Scientists say a record number of great white sharks have been swimming off Cape Cod this summer, and one attacked and severely injured a New York doctor who was swimming off Truro on vacation, the first attack on a human there in six years. Greg Skomal, a state marine biologist who’s been leading a five-year shark study, says his team spotted 149 great white sharks off Cape Cod just in July. That’s twice as many as they counted last year, according to the AP. The sharks also are moving closer to the beach. Skomal says this may be because his…

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More Sharks, and More Shark Attacks, in California. Now the State Is Trying To Figure Out What To Do

Last summer there were so many sharks along the California coast that the NBC station in Los Angeles called it the “summer of sightings.” Boaters, kayakers, surfers, divers and swimmers all reported seeing more sharks, including great white sharks, than ever before. And this year there are more than ever, so many, in fact, that the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach, the leading great white shark research organization, has run out of tags to identify them. The historic trend is stark: In the 1950s, there were 12 shark attacks in California waters. So far in the 2010s,…

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Fisherman Hooks 3,000-pound, 16-foot Great White Shark Off Hilton Head. “Holy ….!” See the Video

Chip Michalove, a charter fishing captain from Hilton Head, South Carolina, went out looking for great white sharks recently. He found more than he bargained for. At first, Michalove hooked a 10-foot great white, but it got away. He was going to call it a day, when he saw a giant 16-foot, 3,0000-pound great white swimming under his boat. With only one other person on board (two of his regular crewmen had taken the day off), Michalove called a nearby boat for help. The reinforced crew hooked the great white and brought it near the boat, as you can see…

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Meet the Greenland Shark: Slow, Ugly and Possibly 500 Years Old

The Greenland shark, which can grow to 18 feet, is slow, with stunted pectoral fins, and looks somewhat dim-witted, with a blunt snout and a gaping mouth. It has atrocious eating habits, ranging from fresh halibut (that’s the good news) to rotting polar bear carcasses. They can be found throughout the North Atlantic, but particularly in cold and dark Arctic waters. And they live forever. Well, not forever, but at least 400 years, and perhaps longer. Scientists speculate that some of the larger ones alive today could have been born before Columbus. There is no question that they are the…

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Humpback Whale Saves Diver from Shark: See Incredible Video

Here’s an incredible story – and video – about a 50,000-pound humpback whale protecting a diver in the South Pacific from a tiger shark by hiding her under his pectoral fin. “I wasn’t sure what the whale was up to when he approached me, and it didn’t stop pushing me around for over 10 minutes,” Nan Hauser, a 63-year-old biologist, told the Daily Mirror. Hauser was diving from a research vessel off Muri Beach, Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, when the whale started moving her away from the 15-foot shark. She didn’t see the shark, but the whale started pushing…

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Prehistoric Shark with 300 Teeth and Dating to the Dinosaur Age Found off Portugal

You definitely don’t want to go near this guy.  Look at those teeth, all 300 of them. And he’s been around a lot longer than we have; in fact, this frilled shark, recently caught off the coast of Portugal, has lived, largely unchanged, for 80 million years – since T Rex and his friends were roaming the planet. A deep-sea dweller, living between 390 and 4,200 feet below the surface, the frilled shark has a unique mouth, with more than 300 teeth in 25 rows, specifically designed “to trap squid, fish and other sharks,” according to The Portugal News.…

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926-Pound Shark Caught Off New Jersey Coast: A State Record

Six friends fishing offshore for the first time caught a 926-pound Mako shark in the Hudson Canyon, 100 miles off the New Jersey coast, last weekend, probably setting a new state record as the largest shark of any kind ever caught there. “It was a beast,” said Kevin Gerrity, the boat’s captain. The six were fishing on the Jenny Lee, a 44-foot Henriques charter boat out of Brielle, when they hooked something that took off like “a freight train.” They all took turns for 90 minutes trying to land the shark. The first time they got it to the boat…