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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the basket ...

The Tsarina Of Tsocks (mefi's own) thinks you're gonna need a bigger foot! [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 2, 2014 - 13 comments

Shark Cats, portraits of terror

"It was a normal day when I grabbed my sketchpad and began to doodle. What came out was little scribbles of a horrible little creature: the Shark Cat. The initial design was based on the thresher shark. I found that the short face and extremely large eyes worked well with the cat aesthetic. However, as I kept sketching, I noticed that almost any shark species could be adapted." Shark Cats, portraits of terror, by concept artist/illustrator Brynn Metheney, who has more work on her Instagram account. (Not to be confused with the cat in a shark costume on a Roomba, previously).
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 23, 2014 - 17 comments

When Hook Jaw Strikes -- You Only Scream Once!

Hook Jaw. Hook Jaw, a blatant "Jaws" rip off in which a murderous shark was the hero, was perhaps the most notorious comic strip in the short-lived (and parentally despised) Action Comics (complete history here). Action was a direct influence and precursor to the legendary 2000AD, and Hook Jaw reads like a first draft to the magnificent (and recently reissued) Shako, about a rampaging killer bear who happens to be the hero of the story. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Jan 21, 2014 - 22 comments

MAN BITES SHARK!

It was, in his own words, "do or die." "Horton then rolled toward the beast, grabbed its fin with one hand and with the other hand... lit that fish up."
posted by ElGuapo on Oct 25, 2013 - 35 comments

Hemiscyllium halmahera

The Indonesian Walking Shark -- a new species of shark that walks on its fins rather than swims.
posted by DoubleLune on Aug 26, 2013 - 32 comments

Sharks on a Train

The MTA may not be investigating, but someone is. Perhaps they should try tweeting him?
posted by jacquilynne on Aug 9, 2013 - 27 comments

He's Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Hawaiian kayak fisherman almost catches a little more than he bargained for. SL more or less YT.
posted by mygothlaundry on Apr 11, 2013 - 26 comments

Shark Tooth Swords

Badass Shark Teeth Weapons Hint at Shadow Diversity Josh Drew and colleagues have published a report in PLOS ONE wherein he shows that the people of the Gilbert Islands make really cool weapons that can tell us about the shark biodiversity the used to exist. Original paper here
posted by cnanderson on Apr 4, 2013 - 15 comments

How I Got 10,000 Twitter Followers In A Week

Alastair Duncan, the creator of the popular Twitter account Star Trek & The City (previously), discusses his viral fame and interviews the creators of other popular Twitter parodies: Modern Day Seinfeld, Not Tilda Swinton and The Average Shark. The article also discusses Big Ben, Kim Kierkegaard and the hilarious fake Michael Haneke.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Mar 9, 2013 - 21 comments

“who’s managing our fisheries?”

Blood and Brains - can vampires survive a zombie apocalypse? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 9, 2013 - 7 comments

Don't Be Shellfish, Share the music!

Shrimp Glockenspiel - Prawn Xylophone SLYT. That is all.
posted by lalochezia on Feb 6, 2013 - 13 comments

The clean, fresh air of Scandinavia

The BBC explore the olfactory delights of rakfisk, "trout sprinkled with salt and fermented in water for up to a year." But is it as smelly as Surströmming, fermented Baltic Herring from neighboring Sweden, or as extreme as the Icelandic Hákarl, basking shark buried in a hole and fermented for several months and tasting "similar to very strong cheese slathered in ammonia"? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 2, 2012 - 52 comments

Handy Shark Tracker for Vacation Planning

Pick a shark and follow his/her course through the oceans of the world.
posted by mygothlaundry on Nov 6, 2012 - 39 comments

Octo-nom

Thieving octopus (SLVimeo, warning: banjo)
posted by zippy on Oct 1, 2012 - 58 comments

'Desperate residents turned to a renowned free-diver for a solution.'

"Local marine experts believed the problem could be solved only if it could be determined why the sharks were venturing so close to the beaches. This meant finding someone with the knowledge, expertise, and courage to spend an extended period of time in the water with the animals themselves, unraveling the mystery. They called Belgian Fred Buyle, the world's foremost shark tagger, a gifted free-diver able to hold his breath for seven minutes and swim to depths below 300 feet." Meet The Shark Whisperer [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 8, 2012 - 13 comments

The sinking of the USS Indianapolis

Over 350 US Navy ships were lost in combat during World War II. Only one of them resulted in the captain being court martialed. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on Jul 5, 2012 - 64 comments

He makes Jaws look like Flipper!

Here he comes... Super Shark! (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 29, 2012 - 20 comments

Gotta see the whole town, From Yonkers on down to the bay, in just one day.

In the spirit of Miami Shark and Sydney Shark comes the latest offering in the series: New York Shark.
posted by Smart Dalek on Mar 1, 2012 - 13 comments

The Turtle and the Shark

The Turtle and the Shark is one of Samoa's most cherished stories, and it has been animated beautifully by Ryan Woodward in the style of siapo, or Samoan tapa barkcloth. [more inside]
posted by barnacles on Jan 24, 2012 - 7 comments

Larry! Larry, you won't believe it!

When the town he loved could hardly sustain itself and he was struggling to make ends meet, Martin Brody needed a miracle. And he found one. SLVimeo
posted by TheDonF on Dec 22, 2011 - 4 comments

If you're looking for fun, you don't need a reason...

For all you fans of Karl Stefanovic - and we know you're out there - he's been at it again. This time, he had some help (SLYT)
posted by Pinback on Jul 14, 2011 - 12 comments

Cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark's in the water. Our shark.

"The shark not working was a godsend. It made me become more like Alfred Hitchcock than like Ray Harryhausen" - Steven Spielberg relives the filming of Jaws.
posted by Artw on Jun 7, 2011 - 51 comments

Toothy tubes of hunger.

Toothy tubes of hunger. SharkweekFilter. Good snaps.
posted by five fresh fish on Sep 4, 2010 - 18 comments

Le Fin du Fonz

In Defense of Jumping the Shark. The writer behind Fonzie's infamous, downfall-defining moment remains unrepentant. "More than three decades later, I still don't believe that the series 'jumped the shark' when Fonzie jumped the shark."
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese on Sep 4, 2010 - 111 comments

A Few Hundred People Turned to Bone.

"Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) is an extremely rare disease of the connective tissue. A mutation of the body's repair mechanism causes fibrous tissue (including muscle, tendon, and ligament) to be ossified when damaged. In many cases, injuries can cause joints to become permanently frozen in place. Surgical removal of the extra bone growths has been shown to cause the body to "repair" the affected area with more bone."^ Detailed in an article from The Atlantic, February 1998. Part 1. Part 2. [more inside]
posted by vapidave on Apr 7, 2010 - 18 comments

Stupid Pet Tricks

How to hypnotize a chicken (and for advanced hypnotizers only: the shark) (YT, annoying new age music)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Dec 23, 2009 - 26 comments

Gonna need a bigger boat

JAWS - The Manga! part 1 - part 2
posted by Artw on Dec 1, 2009 - 19 comments

Christ, What an Asshole

Google Introduces Google Showcase. "Discover new and interesting gadgets and themes as you browse iGoogle homepages created by world-renowned celebrities and thought leaders. Like what you see? Add stuff to your own homepage with just a click." Deepak Chopra. Ashton Kutcher. The Donald.
posted by LarryC on Jun 4, 2009 - 47 comments

Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus

From the greats of the silent era to the modern masterpieces of the 21st century, the medium of film has never truly achieved artistic perfection. Until today.
posted by Lord_Pall on May 12, 2009 - 90 comments

Stunning Underwater Photography

Stunning Underwater Photography A website filled with incredible underwater photography. Particularly impressive shots of a sardine bait ball being attacked by dolphins, sharks, whales and birds.
posted by srboisvert on Mar 29, 2009 - 19 comments

Great white shark dissection

Scientists at the Auckland Museum will be performing a necropsy of a great white Shark between 11am and 1pm New Zealand time on Thursday. Though they will be examining the contents of its gut, they will also, among other things, look at its sex organs (female) and jaw. The necropsy will be viewable on the web from 2pm NZ time (when's that?). [more inside]
posted by nthdegx on Jan 7, 2009 - 18 comments

More shark, less snark

Shark Virgin Birth! Praise Jawsus! (punchline stolen from Halcyon) Meanwhile, in Dubai, they're so rich they can focus their attention on Sammy the Shark, and a museum in Hawaii is trying to dispel fears raised by recent shark sightings with an exhibition titled "Megalodon: Largest Shark That Ever Lived". And if you always wanted a shark of your own, contact Big Al. Just remember the words of Alby Singer.
posted by wendell on Oct 10, 2008 - 12 comments

The great Great WHITE

Carcharodon megalodon: The greatest predator that ever lived
posted by hadjiboy on Mar 9, 2008 - 32 comments

Delectable damsels scattered all over the place

"Hello, and welcome to Mainly For Men (part 1, part 2). And, as the title implies, this is a programme, fellas, just for you." Yes, everything the BBC thought the red-blooded male back in the late 1960s would be interested in (ie women, cars and shark fishing). The result was so hideous it was never broadcast until a TV Hell themed night many years later. Possibly NSFW... some brief nudity ('artistic', naturally) and mild swearing. And rampant mind-blowing sexism.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Nov 29, 2007 - 85 comments

These Sharks Don't Look Fake.

Spectacular video of cage diving with Great White Sharks in Guadalupe, Mexico. More movies and pictures of the Great White Shark.
posted by Effigy2000 on Oct 21, 2007 - 13 comments

Sharks 4. Humans 165,000,000.

Rethink. The. Shark. [YouTube] The Save Our Seas Foundation [small Flash], a Swiss-based non-profit, joins the growing ranks of a world-wide movement to undo the damage caused by popular reports and gross misrepresentation by Hollywood of sharks as human-savoring sea monsters/killing machines. The fact of the matter is that the opposite is true: Current estimates give between 65 million to 165 million sharks being killed worldwide annually via unregulated catch - including 38 million to 70 million [PDF] for their fin alone, with untold numbers of butchered and bleeding-to-death sharks being cast back into the oceans to die slow and gruesome deaths. [more inside]
posted by humannaire on Jul 31, 2007 - 38 comments

Best. Fake. Shark. EVAH.

The year is 1978. A group of 12 year-olds have decided to make a Super 8 film of their own based on Jaws. Presenting... SHARK!
posted by miss lynnster on Apr 23, 2007 - 34 comments

Alas, A Darwin Award Eludes Him.

Man attacks Shark with his bare hands; blames vodka.
posted by Second Account For Making Jokey Comments on Feb 15, 2007 - 28 comments

One of the men said that it was the most delicious dish he had ever eaten.

Russian fisherman catch squeaking alien and eat it. Footage of the 100kg monster was also caught on camera phone (possibly nsfw page).
posted by premiumpolar on Feb 13, 2007 - 46 comments

Great White Sharks feeding on a whale carcass

Great White Sharks feeding on a whale carcass. Ever wanted to see what a dead whale looks like? Find it here. How about multiple great white sharks feeding on said carcass? Find it here. How about a mad scientist who climbs on said carcass? And films said sharks with fricken' lazer beams feeding on stinking whale carcass?
posted by KokuRyu on Feb 10, 2007 - 39 comments

Frilled Shark Destroys Everything You Love

Today, in Japan, divers swam with a live frilled shark. Let the abject terror commence (embedded video). What does it eat? OTHER SHARKS.
posted by nathancaswell on Jan 24, 2007 - 39 comments

Just when you thought it was safe to order the appetizer

OK, I’ve been a good American. I’ve done the turkey and stuffing routine for more than three decades now. But next year is gonna be different. Next year I shall celebrate Thanksgiving by flying out to Iceland, where I intend to harpoon a big ugly shark. My friends and I will then bury the bugger in a gravel pit. After several weeks, it’ll be good and rotten. Then we’ll hang the strips of meat up to dry. When it’s ready, we’ll slam down some shots of the local liquor and consume dainty little cubes of fermented shark flesh. We’ll finish the feast with pumpkin pie.
posted by jason's_planet on Dec 2, 2006 - 53 comments

Watching Jaws

Great White Shark Live on the Monterey Bay Aquarium webcam. This is the second time [mefi thread] they've kept a carcharodon carcharias in captivity. They hope to raise awareness of ocean conservation and the complexity of Great Whites. They are far from simple killing machines as the media often makes them out to be. They are also endangered despite legislation to protect them. Amazing creatures though [youtube].
posted by cal71 on Oct 16, 2006 - 40 comments

arrrr you ready for a goofball

Never mind jumping the shark, has Tom Green lost it? As if Freddy Got Fingered wasn't sad enough, the former Mr. Drew Barrymore is picking blogfights with bloggers!? Isn't it embarrassing enough to be a quasi-celeb with a blog, let alone use it to rally your fans into send hate-mail and threats to a little-known blogger? Or is this just another childish attempt to embarrass his parents?
posted by tsarfan on Sep 19, 2005 - 53 comments

Octopus vs. Shark

A giant octopus takes on a shark in a video like something from a horror movie (low-res version). Octopuses are remarkable creatures, and are much more intelligent than you may think, especially given some of the movies they've inspired.
posted by cerebus19 on Aug 8, 2005 - 80 comments

Big Ass Shark!

Giant Mako Shark Video
On Friday some fishheads in Pensacola, FL, cruising only 300 yards off the beach came up on a 10' mako shark that happened to be munching on what might have been (before it got munched) a world record tarpon. The video is almost 8 min. long and there are some good shots of the shark near the boat. It is also rich in loud, NSFW language. BTW, the mako is the only shark known to jump when hooked.
posted by wsg on Apr 24, 2005 - 27 comments

Shark Attack!

Randy vs. Shark The ongoing saga of Randy and his archnemesis Shark. The creation of demented humor, MSN messenger, and two bored co-workers.
posted by BradNelson on Feb 23, 2005 - 9 comments

Year Year Got Fish

Nian Nian You Yu ("nyen nyen yo yew") - translates to "Have abundance every year" or phonetically as "Year Year Got Fish." Tomorrow evening, over a billion people will be celebrating Lunar New Year's Eve with a Reunion Dinner. This involves family members coming together and for many, the ideal menu includes eating braised shark's fin soup. This is a perfect time to regale your friends and family with shark factoids and horror stories. True you mother won't appreciate when you point out to Auntie Mei how how around 100 million sharks are caught worldwide every year, mostly just for their fins, or that actually the dish is tasteless and people are just ordering it to show off their wealth. But surely it's better than one day having to say "Year Year Got No Fish."
posted by missbossy on Feb 7, 2005 - 14 comments

Remote Control Shark.

Remote control shark. No mention of attaching lasers. Yet.
posted by mecran01 on Jan 17, 2005 - 12 comments

Dear Mr. Shark, if we put you in an aquarium, please don't breach all up on me.

The Shark That Won't Be Caged: everyone knows the Carcharodon carcharias--usually by its popularized name The Great White Shark--but not many people have ever seen one, due to the fact that one has never survived for any significant length of time in captivity. Until recently, it was thought that the shark's sensitivity to electrical fields was the culprit, but an aquarium in Monterey Bay is out to prove that theory wrong (additional stories on attempt:1, 2). A previous, accidental capture of a Great White in a tuna net off the coast of South Australia suggests that it could be possible if the stress level can be kept low enough.
posted by The God Complex on Sep 30, 2003 - 14 comments

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