Do you have money? Buy 30 sharks

July 8, 2008 by Scuba Herald · Leave a Comment 

Sharks Dubai AquariumYou all know that at we hate when people just use money to buy wild marine life… but hey! We can’t change the world… so this is the news: Dubai Aquarium, one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world, will open to the public on August 28, 2008, alongside the mall opening. Developed by Emaar Malls Group, The Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping and entertainment destinations in the world and will feature over 1,200 retail stores and over 120 restaurants and cafes.

The Sand Tiger sharks form part of the 33,000 expected population of aquatic animals in Dubai Aquarium. Also known as Grey Nurse sharks, Sand Tiger sharks are large bodied animals, reaching up to 11 feet (3.5 metres). They are a docile, non-aggressive species. These sharks can grow up to 30,000 needle-like teeth in their lifetime which they use to grab small prey. They are found in warm or temperate waters throughout the world’s oceans, except the eastern Pacific and have a tendency towards shoreline habitats.

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South Africa: No Shark Diving Today

April 16, 2008 by Scuba Herald · Leave a Comment 

Shark-diving expeditions were canceled for a second day on Monday as the industry mourned the deaths of three foreign tourists in a boating accident near Gansbaai on Sunday. The three men were on board the 11-meter Shark Team when a wave described by witnesses as “massive” and “tsunami-like” overturned the catamaran about half a nautical mile off Kleinbaai.

Christopher Tallman, 34, from San Francisco, California, was retrieved from beneath the boat by divers.

He had a pulse when brought ashore, but could not be resuscitated.

Casey Scott LaJeunesse, 35, from the American state of Maine, and 37-year-old Kenneth Roque, from Moss, Norway, were pronounced dead when rescuers brought them ashore.

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Studying stress while diving with Sharks

September 12, 2007 by Scuba Herald · Leave a Comment 

The professor who investigates the psychobiology of stress is getting unwanted attention from the hungry leopard shark. The professor hovers under 20 feet of water. She clutches a container of delightfully stinky goodies — chopped shrimp, squid, krill — and is clearly the most popular gal in the 142,000-gallon tank.

This food is meant for the yellowtail and the sea bass — the Aquarium of the Pacific feeds sharks via poles from dry land, not wanting them to associate divers with food for obvious reasons — but this particular leopard shark is having none of it.

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Shark Attacks: In low… but we are still scared?

July 29, 2007 by Scuba Herald · Leave a Comment 

Fearful swimmers can breathe a little easier this summer knowing that the odds of being attacked by a shark are far less than their chances of being hit by a car, a boat or even lightning, according to statistics compiled by the Shark Research Center at the University of Florida. Twenty-three shark attacks have been reported so far this year, 15 of them in the United States, and all of them nonfatal, said George Burgess, director of the center, which tracks the details of shark attacks worldwide.

The most recent shark attack occurred last weekend near Bellow Beach in Hawaii, where Harvey Miller, 36, felt something grab his left leg while he was snorkeling. Miller, who was rescued from the ocean by an onlooker, survived the attack.

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