Cristina Zenato is known as the ‘Shark Whisperer’

Inspired Stories 05/31/21, 23:17

Cristina Zenato has been a professional diver for about 25 years. Zenato is a member of the Explorers Club; her expertise in sharks is particularly relevant for the Caribbean Coral Sharks of the Bahamas. She has a natural capacity to use her touch to lull these eight-and-a-half-foot predators into ...

Father of teenage girl attacked by shark shares rescue story

U.S. 06/14/19, 15:38

The father of a 17-year-old girl who was attacked by a shark off the North Carolina coast earlier this month shared the dramatic story of how he rescued his daughter by punching the shark repeatedly until it let go.Charlie Winter was in the water near his daughter, Paige, when he ...

Sound barrier to chase seals, prevent shark attacks debated

U.S. 05/29/19, 13:18

A plan to develop an acoustic system to chase away seals in order to prevent shark attacks is the latest front in the debate about how Cape Cod should respond in the wake of last year's shark attacks.Deep Blue LLC presented the idea for an "invisible fence" to the Barnstable ...

After shark attacks, is Cape Cod ready for tourist season?

U.S. 05/24/19, 05:25

As Cape Cod's tourist season gets underway, there's uncertainty after two shark attacks — including Massachusetts' first fatal attack since 1936 — rattled beachgoers last year and sparked a still unresolved debate about how the vacation destination should respond.Among the questions on many minds this Memorial Day holiday weekend: Will ...

Study: More sharks bite people in Hawaii, but risk minuscule

Science 03/02/19, 20:38

The rate of shark bites in Hawaii has been increasing slightly in recent years, but the risk remains extremely low — roughly 5-in-1 million — according to new research.Recently published research that looked at 55 years of global data showed shark bites around the world are highly variable from year ...

Documentary released 2 years after filmmaker’s diving death

U.S. 03/01/19, 17:15

The family and friends of a Canadian filmmaker and conservationist who died during a shark-filming excursion in the Florida Keys are releasing his final documentary. "Sharkwater Extinction" made a limited theatrical release Friday. Sharkwater Productions says the DVD is set for release March 19, and the film will stream on Amazon ...

After fatal shark attack, some complain of slow response

U.S. 02/24/19, 12:14

Unease is growing among surfers, fishermen and residents of touristy Cape Cod that officials are responding far too slowly after last summer's shark attacks, which included the nation's lone human fatality of 2018. A long-awaited study looking at seal culling, shark barriers and other strategies is expected to launch soon, but ...

Sharks drawn to warm waters by Israeli coastal power plant

Asia & Pacific 01/31/19, 01:32

A giant power plant with billowing smoke may not look like the most natural habitat for sea life. But the hot water gushing from an industrial plant in Israel's northern city of Hadera has drawn schools of sharks that are increasingly endangered by overfishing in the Mediterranean Sea. Now the ...

Significant drop in shark bites reported worldwide in 2018

U.S. 01/28/19, 16:13

University of Florida researchers say far fewer shark bites were reported worldwide last year.According to the university's International Shark Attack File, 66 bites were documented in 2018, compared with 88 the previous year. That's 26 percent lower than the five-year average of 84 bites annually. Thirty-two bites happened in U.S. ...

Researchers come face to face with huge great white shark

U.S. 01/18/19, 12:59

Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii. Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and conservationist, told The Associated Press that she encountered ...

California surfer survives shark attack, gets 50 stitches

U.S. 01/10/19, 03:05

A surfer suffered leg bites but survived a shark attack on California's Central Coast after kicking the massive fish away. Nick Wapner, 19, was bitten on Tuesday morning while he was surfing with friends off Montana de Oro State Park, the Tribune of San Luis Obispo reported. The area is about ...

In the land of Jaws, a real-life shark debate

U.S. 12/21/18, 10:40

The seaside destination that gave the world Jaws is going through its own, real-life shark crisis.Two shark attacks, including the nation's lone human fatality so far this year, have sparked months of debate on Cape Cod about how to respond before the start of the next beach season.The question promises ...

Japanese boat owners charged with helping smuggle shark fins

U.S. 12/14/18, 14:11

U.S. prosecutors in Hawaii are accusing the owners and officers of a Japanese fishing boat of helping Indonesian fishermen smuggle nearly 1,000 shark fins, worth about $58,000 on the black market.Boat owners Hamada Suisan Co. Ltd. and JF Zengyoren, or Japan Fisheries Cooperatives in English, are charged with aiding and ...

13-year-old shark bite victim released from hospital

U.S. 10/04/18, 21:02

A 13-year-old boy who was attacked by a shark as he dived for lobster off the Southern California coast is out of the hospital.KGTV-TV says Keane Webre-Hayes was released Thursday from Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. He suffered a bite Saturday that tore his back, shoulder, torso, face and ...

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