Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fox saves shark

Photo of Andrew. Mark & Matthias attempting to cut plastic strapping from 'Strappy' 28/9/10 (Source: )

Many thanks and congratulations to Andrew Fox (Rodney Fox Jnr) who has rescued many sharks that have been caught up in fishing lines. In September, he was also able to cut some heavy plastic strapping from a 2½m-long male white pointer nick-named ‘Strappy’. The shark was very appreciative of his new-found freedom from the strapping. If you’d like to sponsor Strappy and receive a picture and bio of him, with all proceeds going to the work of the Fox Shark Research Foundation, visit . Visit for further details.

Shark attack website

Dramatisation of a shark attack?
(Source: )

When I wrote my blog “Military and NSW government adopting high-tech new methods to prevent a repeat of last summer's spate of shark attacks” last year (2009), Ricky Peterson commented “Nice post. Shark is very dangerous. We should beware of fatal shark attacks. You can find sharks in New Smyrna Beach in Florida, Oahu beach, Hawaii beach. Though floating shark nets are available on some beaches, but it is of little help. For more details refer Shark Attacks ( )

Shark attack prevention humour

A humourous look at shark attack prevention can be found at

Oceanic white-tip swimming with large No. of pilot fish

Photo by Picture Media (Source: )

This photo of an oceanic white-tip shark (swimming with about 10% of the world's population of pilot fish in the Red Sea in Egypt) on page 1 & 3 of The Advertiser newspaper 30/12, can be found at

More on 'Strappy'

Photo of 'Strappy' taken from .

Silly me! I just rediscovered that the story of 'Strappy' the white pointer shark was also reported on page 42 in the December issue of Dive Log magazine. I'm not sure that it can still be seen at for much longer. The January issue should be showing any day now. By the way, people can join Mares in sponsoring 'Strappy' through the Rodney Fox Foundation -

Monday, December 27, 2010

"Strappy" - white pointer shark

Photo taken by Andrew Fox (Source: )

Read about "Strapppy", the white pointer shark, at .

Friday, December 17, 2010

Oceanic whitetip sharks

Photo of young oceanic whitetip shark (taken by Julien Stein, Marine Photobank)

The oceanic whitetip shark, Carcharhinus longimanus is a completely different species to the whitetip reef shark, Triaenodon obesus. It can be found in tropical and warm temperate seas. It is a large open water shark and, although usually encountered over deep water, they do sometimes come close to shore. They tend to have quite a varied diet due to the sparse distribution of prey in the open ocean, They have a preference for bony fish but are also frequently associated with mammal carrion such as whale carcasses. Feeding on the occasional whale carcass might be sufficient to keep them going for a while. They tend to be very bold & inquisitive and may investigate any potential food source when meals are scarce. (Source: )

Red Sea Shark Attacks in Perspective

Photo by Johanlantz at en.wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0]

Some 5 shark attack incidents occurred at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh between 30/11 & 5/12/10. Such incidents are rare in the area, so why have so many attacks occurred in such a short space of time? James Lea puts the attacks in to perspective in Red Sea Shark Attacks in Perspective at