Friday, October 29, 2010
While some of the shark diving operators have finished for the season we're still going strong and our divers, many who booked last year at this time, cannot wait to get the adventure going.
We'll post more trip reports from shark divers as they come in. 2010 was a record text book season both in terms of sightings (double digit days) and operational safety and success.
Kudos to Martin Graf and his entire back deck team for many hours of hard work, and an amazing season so far, cannot wait until Novembers trips!
Sharks are disappearing from our oceans at an alarming rate. Therefore, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, The Humane Society of the United States, and various other organizations have teamed up with the Shark-Free Marina Initiative (SFMI) for a singular, historic purpose: to reduce worldwide shark mortality. SFMI certifies sport fishing and resort marinas as ‘Shark-Free’ thereby prohibiting any shark from being landed at their dock.
“SFMI works directly with the recreational and commercial fishing community to send a clear message,” says Luke Tipple, Managing Director and SFMI founder. “As shark populations are decimated on a global scale we as a species are obligated to pay attention and reduce our wasteful destruction of these incredibly important animals.”
Some very important and influential celebrity spokespeople are also teaming up with SFMI. Fashion photographer and America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker feels strongly that we all have to speak out for sharks. “There are many good fishermen out there who respect the oceans and know that in order to preserve their way of life for future generations we all need to be more aware of our actions and the results they may cause.”
Slash, legendary guitarist and founding member of Guns & Roses and Velvet Revolver adds, “It is important to me as a father and concerned human being, that we do all we can to address the wasteful destruction of these amazing and important animals. We must ensure that sharks are around for future generations.”
Other stars to support the initiative include Alec Baldwin, Elizabeth Berkley and Bill Maher. To read what they have to say, click here.
Shark-Free Marinas has a message that is being heard worldwide. Tipple summarizes “Shark overfishing is a serious problem which threatens the very health of our oceans. It’s time to take a stand and set an example of sensible conservation that can be globally respected and repeated. There is a solution, and it starts at our marinas.”
Find out more at www.SharkFreeMarinas.com
While the odds of you ever being attacked by a great white shark are astronomical, there are some things you can do to avoid a shark attack.
Patric Douglas' Shark Diver cage diving company has been observing great white sharks at Guadalupe Island and elsewhere since 2002.
Douglas offers some advice for beachgoers trying to avoid a close encounter with this predator.
"You have to give the sharks the mornings," Douglas said.
In fact, give them the mornings and the ocean at dusk. Douglas explains that the vast majority of attacks take place when the sun is at such an angle where the shark has trouble identifying prey. They see a silhouette of a human on a surfboard, mistake him for their usual prey, and attack. You are far less likely to be attacked when the shark can see you clearly.
Avoid areas known for great whites and don't swim with shark food. Swimming in areas where there have been shark sightings or swimming with sea lions and elephant seals only increases your chance of being attacked.
About a year ago, Dr. Peter Hoffman of Hermosa Beach saw a sea lion come roaring out of the surf in Hermosa Beach. While many of the beachgoers were frightened by the pinniped, Hoffman had it right when he said, "I'm more afraid of what chased the sea lion out of the water."
The nature of great white shark attacks is the ambush. No living victim of a great white shark attack saw it coming. Even though it appears that when a great white attacks a human it is a mistake, the attack is so violent and brutal that death frequently occurs.
Douglas says the more you learn about these creatures, the more you will appreciate them.
Douglas will be on Philip Friedman Outdoors Radio Friday October 29th at 5 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com for an entire hour discussing quite a bit more about great white sharks.
Low angle shot of group of fishermen on the quayside. Children watch. C/U of man lying down on the quayside having a sleep with his hat over his eyes. He has a fishing rod by his legs. M/S of men and women leaning over a sea wall - some fish. C/U of man reeling in what is probably a big fish. M/S of the fish - shark - which he is reeling in. C/U of a penguin standing on a rock. M/S of crowd admiring the man's catch. It is a hammerhead shark which writhes on the ground. Looks pretty bloody. A dog sniffs around it and tries to bite its tail.
Hat Tip - Team Rebel Fishing Blog.
Today's land based shark fishing is 99% catch, tag, and release.
This was not always the case and this week the TRS blog launched a multi-part expose on land based shark fishing roots.
The Demons of Durban Part Two
The anglers would load up their newly acquired whale meat and head southward on the railway that lead to the end of Durban's south jetty, with hopes of taming these beasts that constantly patrolled the harbor. But the tackle and techniques these anglers choose to use were somewhat primitive, even for the day and age they were stalking these sharks. The tackle which was most commonly used to try to tame these giants from the rock laden jetty typically consisted of a wooden Scarborough reel, with rods constructed from locally grown bamboo. These outfits usually held anywhere from 600-800 meters of Flax line, which was then proceeded by a 30 meter length of wire or cable trace, that normally would have a dog chain link somewhere along the leader that was closer to the bait and homemade sinker. To deploy these baits off the jetty and into the shipping channel, one angler would typically hold the rod, while another angler would strip anywhere from 20-40 meters of line off the spool of the Scarborough reel, and lie it flat on the surface of the jetty.
Complete Post and Video.
David produced a clear and incisive understanding of shark chumming and baiting.
His Op-Ed, from a non industry member, made David a rare commodity.
Rarer still as David has gone on to follow his ultimate dream, "From Office to Ocean," one mans voyage into the world of sharks and conservation.
David is, like so many within our community, following his dream with no funds, having gone deeply into debt to produce the following teaser. Like his Op-Ed it shows a depth of understanding and natural filmmakers talent that cannot be ignored.
This is great stuff, and deserving of funding. We support it and will support David as he continues forward. Raw talent needs help and in the end sharks ultimately benefit.
Thanks to Da Shark for the follow up.