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Mysterious giant sharks may be everywhere

"They can be as big as great white sharks, but that's about as far as the comparison goes. Their maximum speed is a lethargic 1.7 miles per hour, many are almost blind, and they are happy to eat rotting carcasses. They may be common throughout the ocean, but you've probably never heard of them. Meet the Greenland shark." Here's video of an encounter with one.
posted by brundlefly on Oct 25, 2014 - 38 comments

"We lost our deposit."

Robot vs. Shark (not a made for SyFy movie)
posted by brundlefly on Aug 4, 2014 - 15 comments

Girls, Gills, and Great Whites

Last year, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy launched the Gills Club, a STEM project to jump start girls' interest in sharks and science. It's going swimmingly. For those who can't make it to club activities, Ocearch's Shark Tracker offers an opportunity to follow the travels of tagged sharks (previously). Gills Club blog.
posted by MonkeyToes on Jul 5, 2014 - 5 comments

Swimming with sharks

Hammerhead shark swarm in Mozambique
posted by roaring beast on Mar 6, 2014 - 20 comments

This Time It's Personal

With the Discovery Channel facing criticism, disgust, and outrage over its choice to feature a fake "documentary" to kick off its popular "Shark Week" programming series, we should not forget another selachimorphic disaster from 26 years ago: Jaws 4: The Revenge, which has the dubious distinction of a perfect 0% "fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes. The troupe at the bad movie podcast "How Did This Get Made?" (previously) skewered the film in an episode last year, but this week they just may have found the answer to their show's titular question by locating and interviewing the now-retired director of the film, Joseph Sargent. "We all lost sight of the absurdity of the premise," recollects Mr. Sargent, "which is that the shark is getting even."
posted by majorsteel on Aug 7, 2013 - 101 comments

Memes, memes, hedgehogs and sharks.

Richard Dawkins talks about memes. [SLYT, contains flashing images]
posted by zoo on Jun 25, 2013 - 47 comments

"You're gonna need a bigger boat."

A ship (and a shark) in a bottle. [via]
posted by brundlefly on Apr 9, 2013 - 16 comments

I Got That On Camera!

Shark steals fish off line (slytSHARK!)
posted by jtajta on Jul 11, 2012 - 60 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

dead shark

Here and here are examples of the remarkable tonic immobility in sharks.
posted by wilful on Mar 8, 2012 - 32 comments

How do I cut you? Let me count the ways.

You probably knew that much of the physical Internet consists of fiber optic cable. However, you probably didn't know just how many ways it can be broken. via
posted by fake on Aug 9, 2011 - 31 comments

Hugo, Strange

Wherever you go, H u- g o- hip po- potamus

The nightmarish and psychedelic 1976 children's movie Hugo the Hippo features a score of hippos who save the port of Zanzibar from "cap-wearing sharks decked out with biker jewelry", only to be massacred by the Sultan's greenish advisor (voiced by Paul Lynde), leaving poor Hugo an orphan. The soundtrack [flash player] includes songs by Burl Ives (as the titular hungry hippo), Jimmy and Marie Osmond, and the Ken Williams Quartet. There is no official DVD release, but the Hugo fansite has some options for obtaining the movie, and it's available on Youtube [links above]. The story is based on a real Hugo the Hippo, who terrorized farmers near Dar es Salaam: "Game workers dug a 7-ft. pit along Hugo's dinner trail, lowered a big wooden crate into it, covered the top with branches, and baited it with three succulent pumpkins, Hugo's favorite dessert." Gyorgi Peluce, the color designer responsible for The Simpson's unique hues, is a Hugo alumnus from the Hungarian animation company PannóniaFilm. Previously on AskMe: 1, 2
posted by benzenedream on Aug 9, 2011 - 19 comments

Just like the shiba inu puppies, but underwater

Ocean Voyager shark cam: As a tie-in with the upcoming Shark Week, Georgia Aquarium has set up a live webcam of the world's largest shark tank through August 7.
posted by rewil on Jul 15, 2011 - 9 comments

I like you. I think we can get along very nicely.

Evidence that great white sharks are peaceful creatures [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Jun 9, 2011 - 101 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

One Fish, Two Fish, LionFish SHARK.

Lionfish have invaded; several creative attempts have been made to eradicate the poisonous fish. Restaurants and the government are putting them on the menu, spear fishermen are organizing hunts, and more recently divers are training sharks to hunt them.
posted by Felex on Apr 5, 2011 - 50 comments

Unicorns and Pegusus and Sharks and Snakes oh my.

Claymation of the Roesch - Willi Schlage (Hamburg, 1910) chess game featuring fight scenes between the pieces. [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Mar 15, 2011 - 10 comments

Batteries and Sharks Not Included

Lasers 4, UAVs 0. It's easier to hit things at the speed of light. Raytheon tests a naval anti-aircraft laser, and you can watch it go at the link.
posted by Ella Fynoe on Jul 19, 2010 - 58 comments

DECAPITATED HORSE C-C-C-C-COMBOOOOOO

Flash Friday: remember Miami Shark? That awesome game where you played a shark and the shark totally destroyed everything in its path? The makers of that fine game have now given us Sydney Shark, and marsupials, parachutists, aliens, and a windsurfer looking suspiciously like John Kerry will never be the same again.
posted by mightygodking on Apr 23, 2010 - 24 comments

"it is an unusual shark in that it has a spiral dentition."

Meet Edestus Giganteus and Helicoprion. The Edestidae family of sharks had a single row of teeth in the upper and lower jaws, creating, in effect, a scissors. Helicoprion's teeth grew in a buzz-saw shaped whorl in the lower jaw! Both sharks are known only from their fossil teeth, leading to mystery and detective work. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Jan 27, 2010 - 10 comments

Meet the man who pats tiger sharks while sitting on a whale

The Shark Whisperer [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Dec 6, 2009 - 37 comments

Paging sharksmatter...?

You are a shark. You swim off the coast of Florida. You dive in and out of the water to smash boats, and you can pull jumbo jets out of the sky WITH YOUR TEETH. You are Miami Shark. Via Rockpapershotgun. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Oct 9, 2009 - 58 comments

Steve?

Alan! Alan! Alan! Alan! Alan!
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Aug 19, 2009 - 49 comments

The dangers sharks face are real

1/3 of open ocean shark species faces extinction, according to the IUCN. A recent report by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Shark Specialist group shows that nearly 1/3 of open ocean shark species face extinction. These sharks are essential to keeping ocean ecosystems in balance, and we've already seen some of the devastating effects of catastrophically decreased shark populations. Shark advocate Wolfgang Leander offers his thoughts on this crisis, and also provides the full text of an article about this IUCN report.
posted by WhySharksMatter on Jul 5, 2009 - 42 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

"real-world white sharks with GPS units attached to their fins"

In the Sharkrunners game , players control their ships, but the sharks are controlled by real-world white sharks with GPS units attached to their fins (...) every shark that players encounter corresponds to a real shark in the real world. via information aesthetics
posted by signal on Aug 4, 2007 - 9 comments

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back In The Water

Swim At Your Own Risk is "your daily dose of all things sharky" and other aquatic-creature-related news and pictures. [Note: some pics not safe for the squeamish]
posted by amyms on Jun 2, 2007 - 11 comments

The one that got away?

The one that got away? GIVE a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Give a world-famous English artist a fish, however, and he'll pickle it in formaldehyde, flog it to a South Korean art gallery for $5.7 million, and trouser the difference.. A controversial shark hunter learns of Damien Hirst adding value to "a freebie".
posted by bunglin jones on Jul 8, 2006 - 54 comments

Sharks are scary

Though JAWS scared the bejezus out of almost everybody and spread around the notion that sharks are grizzly agents of mindless revenge (this link possibly NSFW), they are, in fact, quite vulnerable to human activities (this doesn't make the prospect of being eaten alive while swimming any less scary). NOAA has some good fact sheets to help dispel what unreasonable fears you may have of these much maligned creatures, and if that doesn't do it, maybe this'll help.
posted by Pecinpah on Apr 20, 2006 - 20 comments

Do you think he heard that music?

Peter Benchley is now sleeping with the fishes.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Feb 12, 2006 - 31 comments

White Shark Released

White Shark Released from Monterey Bay Aquarium after six months in captivity. In the last week, aquarists noted several incidents of what they considered to be active hunting of other exhibit animals, and they became substantially more concerned about the well-being of the other fishes. She was not released because of any injury or health problem. At the time of her release, she was 6'-4" long and weighed 162 pounds.
posted by rodo on Mar 31, 2005 - 19 comments

dolphins protect human swimmers

dolphins protect human swimmers
"A pod of dolphins circled protectively round a group of New Zealand swimmers to fend off an attack by a great white shark, media reported on Tuesday."
posted by specialk420 on Nov 23, 2004 - 73 comments

Ocean tank & shark video cam

Ocean Tank and Shark Video Cam - take a aquatic break to explore the New England Aquarium's 200,000-gallon ocean tank, viewable from user-controlled cameras. The exhibit has more than 50 species of sea creatures from eels, sharks and barracuda, to turtles, stingrays and angelfish. You might catch a diver in the tank at feeding times. Viewable 9 am to 5 pm, EST.
posted by madamjujujive on Nov 4, 2003 - 12 comments

Once more into the...

Fantastic images of a Great White Shark breaching (leaving the surface of the water, like a whale or a dolphin would). Note - they apparently usually exhibit this behavior when they are killing/feeding, so those with delicate sensibilities shouldn't click.
posted by jonson on Sep 11, 2003 - 48 comments

Flipper or Jaws? You decide.

Dolphin or Shark? It's a question that has been brewing on surf boards (ha!) for months. After much armchair marine biology, the photographer posted the answer on his own site.
posted by mathowie on Jul 25, 2003 - 31 comments

Falling Coconuts Kill More People Than Shark Attacks

Falling Coconuts Kill More People Than Shark Attacks

Does anyone remember the media generated shark attack hysteria hype from last summer? It turns out that a lot more people get killed every year by falling coconuts. Ow!
posted by mark13 on May 25, 2002 - 21 comments

Figures show

Figures show shark attacks down in 2001. Before September 11, it was the "Season of the Shark." Perhaps we can forgive the newscasters their excess in this matter. Or may be it's another reason to make sure you get your news from multiple sources and different media--now, more than ever.
posted by piskycritters on Feb 22, 2002 - 10 comments

Barry White to Serenade Sharks:

Barry White to Serenade Sharks: Sharks are to be serenaded . . . at The National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham in an experiment to help them mate. His love songs and other romantic tunes will be pumped in to tanks containing dogfish, starry smooth hounds and tope. Just in time for Valentine's Day ;) Thanks again to the fabulous Nutlog.
posted by ryanshepard on Feb 10, 2002 - 8 comments

Why the media has no credibility....

Why the media has no credibility.... Read the title, then read the caption under the picture. Sigh....
posted by BGM on Oct 3, 2001 - 27 comments

The sharks are working up an appetite in the Gulf of Mexico -- but the real feeding frenzy is back on shore.
posted by jjg on Aug 20, 2001 - 6 comments

Do not pet the great white sharks while they're feeding.

Do not pet the great white sharks while they're feeding. Do not climb onto a whale carcass with your child while the great whites are ripping it to shreds. This is very similar to a thread I posted here but the idea of tourist shark interaction fascinates me.
posted by rdr on Jul 24, 2001 - 19 comments

Tourists swimming with the fishes...

Tourists swimming with the fishes... Ok, more accurately swimming with sharks. Summer is coming and with it my little coastal town is starting to endure the first surges of tourist crowds. With the changing of the seasons comes the eternal question, just what can you convince tourists to spend money on? I live in great white shark country so it's unlikely that this particular tourist activity will take off locally. However, we have had problems with commercial shark chummers in the past.
posted by rdr on Apr 15, 2001 - 8 comments

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