Ever since Steven Spielberg unleashed Jaws onto the world back in 1975 Sharks have had a really bad press. Throw in the yearly world news hysteria of ‘Man gets eaten by shark on holiday’ and you have a climate of fear built up around the Shark that is massively undeserved.
For if you dig just a few inches under the worldwide annual mortality stats you’ll see some shocking comparisons that beg the question, who has the most to fear – Man or Shark?
A shark has been spotted jumping over a surfer at New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The moment was captured by Jacob Langston, a photographer for The Orlando Sentinel, while filming surfers riding waves.
Langston only noticed there was a shark in the water when he started editing the video, a few hours later. At the time, only a surfer is heard saying: “Dude! Did you see that?”
Experts believe this is a four-foot spinner shark, a very common specie in the Florida region. In most cases it does not pose a substantial danger to humans, as teeth are made for eating small fish rather than big mammals.
“They are pretty common at the inlet,” Langston told Yahoo. “People get photos of them all the time jumping out of the water. The surfers knew immediately what it was.” Source: SurferToday
“Soul Surfer”, the surf movie featuring the life and courage of Bethany Hamilton, is already atremendous success. The film tells the true history of a young surfer girl who has been attacked by a shark and struggles to make her dreams come true.
In the opening weekend, “Soul Surfer” reached the fourth place in the box office making more than $10 million dollars. The life story of Bethany Hamilton is almost religious because she believed everything was possible after losing one arm.
Faith, determination, passion for surfing and the will to win led Hamilton to a surfing national title, while competing at the highest level all over the world.
Anna Sophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt star in “Soul Surfer”, but the biopic aims to reach for other stars, like the values of love, family and health.
The surf movie has been accused of being a “too Christian”. Nevertheless, “Soul Surfer” will always be a film about the power and influence surfing has on young girls and boys.
Tears come and go and smiles will always prevail. Those who have had the opportunity to meet Bethany Hamilton will certainly tell how much they got inspirated by her aura and survival story. Source: SurferToday
South Africans have invented a electromagnetic shield that protects humans from the shark attacks. The idea has already been tested and saved lives.
The technology is based in a three dimensional electrical wave form that induces spasms in the sharks’ snouts, saving surfers and swimmers from severe injuries and deaths.
After the series attacks at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the local authorities have showed interest in buying devices to protect the tourists.
The shark shield does not interfere with the movement of ships and boats and can be safely used by anyone. There’s even a special device for surfers. It’s a compact light-weight unit designed specifically to be mounted on watercraft including surfboards and windsurf boards. Source: SurferToday
A 10-year-old bodyboarder was bitten by a shark at Crescent Beach, Florida, USA. Seth Shorten was attacked in his right foot. The shark’s tooth was found inside the wound by rescue personnel. Fortunately, the young bodyboarder did not suffer major injuries.
The scientists believe that the east coast of Florida isn’t more dangerous now than it was last year. Florida is known for having smaller sharks like the blacknose, spinner, sharpnose and blacktip. Source: http://surfertoday.com