"Air Jaws": Record-Breaking Shark Breach

It's amazing they can propel themselves that high out of water o_O
No joke.

Had to triple-take this. The claim is that it reached 15 feet above the surface. Crazy.

Efficient killing machines evolved over several millions of years, it was their planet long before it was ours.

Funny enough, I saw all four Jaws movies last month. :cool:
Yeah, they are absolutely remarkable. The stunning physics involved in their navigation/locomotion/etc, the extraordinary senses (e.g., detecting a drop of blood in the water from a quarter-mile away)...

Marveling from a distance is still my preference with these things. :)

Nice on the flicks. Think I saw two or three of them back in the day.
 

Hitman

Legend
That dude is funny.

The fish smoothies were nutty. Gotta do what ya gotta do. (y):)

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Imagine being an ocean-going creature in the day of megalodon, lol.





I remember studies sharks when I doing my first degree in zoology. We had couple of modules that crossed over with the marine biologists. You get this crazy adrenaline rush when you are close to them. Of course, not talking Great Whites here.
 

Hitman

Legend
5,000 pounds of mobile biological weaponry.

These things predate dinosaurs by more than 200 million years.

Other than humans, great whites have only the orca to fear.
Yes, the orcas are the real kings of the oceans. The actively hunt great whites and eat out their livers. Hit them from the side, flipping them upside down, the moment that happens, the shark is frozen, the orca then just kills it with ease. Interesting thing is, when great whites sense the blood of their own in the water, they flea at a rapid pace.

Once a great white was killed off the coast of California, the other great whites were so afraid that they kept on swimming until then reached Hawaii, and they refused to come back for months. The seal population just exploded on the california coast. LOL
 

socallefty

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One of my favorite activities on vacation is diving with sharks - have done it with bull sharks (best dive ever), blacktips and lemon sharks and would like to do it with tiger sharks and hammerheads in the future. Usually it‘s in clear tropical waters with great visibility over long distances and you have a coral reef behind and below you and there‘s no danger of being ambushed. I have friends who have done cage-diving with Great Whites and while I would like to do that, it is usually in cold water that’s not too clear and those don’t sound like the best places to vacation compared to coral reefs.

I love Shark Week - glad that National Geographic channel has started doing it too in addition to the Discovery Channel. Humans kill about 100 million sharks a year which is very bad for the health of oceans as we are removing the top natural predator in most ocean locales. In contrast, sharks kill less than ten people a year around the world. I don’t know why people have no fear of driving a car whereas they are scared of swimming in the ocean around sharks - the chance of being in a bad car accident is astronomical compared to being attacked by a shark.
 

Hitman

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One of my favorite activities on vacation is diving with sharks - have done it with bull sharks (best dive ever), blacktips and lemon sharks and would like to do it with tiger sharks and hammerheads in the future. Usually it‘s in clear tropical waters with great visibility over long distances and you have a coral reef behind and below you and there‘s no danger of being ambushed. I have friends who have done cage-diving with Great Whites and while I would like to do that, it is usually in cold water that’s not too clear and those don’t sound like the best places to vacation compared to coral reefs.

I love Shark Week - glad that National Geographic channel has started doing it too in addition to the Discovery Channel. Humans kill about 100 million sharks a year which is very bad for the health of oceans as we are removing the top natural predator in most ocean locales. In contrast, sharks kill less than ten people a year around the world. I don’t know why people have no fear of driving a car whereas they are scared of swimming in the ocean around sharks - the chance of being in a bad car accident is astronomical compared to being attacked by a shark.
Now you my friend are a true savage. Where did you go to do the shark dives?

Sharks don't even like eating us, we are too bony for them. They prefer things like seals.
 

socallefty

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Now you my friend are a true savage. Where did you go to do the shark dives?

Sharks don't even like eating us, we are too bony for them. They prefer things like seals.
Fiji and French Polynesia. The chance of a shark attacking a human in clear waters where they can see you clearly is pretty small unless you are a spear fisherman holding a dying or dead fish
 

socallefty

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Rangiroa and Fakarava for diving - mostly grey reef sharks and blacktips although some are lucky to see hammerheads. You can snorkel in shallow waters with sharks in Moorea and Bora Bora - blacktips and lemons. Fiji is awesome because they have many sites where you can dive with bull sharks and one of them Beqa Lagoon gets tiger sharks too - there are many videos on YouTube. I’d like to go to Tiger Beach in the Bahamas some days as it is “the” place to dive with Tiger sharks and Hammerheads.
 
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Hitman

Legend
Rangiroa and Fakarava for diving - mostly grey reef sharks and blacktips although some are lucky to see hammerheads. You can snorkel in shallow waters with sharks in Moorea and Bora Bora - blacktops and lemons. Fiji is awesome because they have many sites where you can dive with bull sharks and one of them Beqa Lagoon gets tiger sharks too - there are many videos on YouTube. I’d like to go to Tiger Beach in the Bahamas some days as it is “the” place to dive with Tiger sharks and Hammerheads.
That is really great stuff. (y)

I am planning with the Mrs on heading to Tahiti at some point soon once everything steadily returns to some level of normal, will most likely island hop to Bora Bora at least during that visit. I haven't done a shark dive myself the way you have, though I wouldn't let the other half know I am even thinking such a thing, or she'll never want to go. LOL
 

socallefty

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Moorea is just a ferry ride from Tahiti and hopefully you can get her to snorkel with sharks if she doesn’t want to dive - you can snorkel with a lot of stingrays in the same spot where you get the blacktips and they are beautiful too. You’ll have to fly to get to Bora Bora from Tahiti - it has spots where you can snorkel (or dive) with manta rays, eagle rays (they swim in large packs in formation) and if you’re lucky, humpback whales also. Manta rays are 15 to 18 feet wide and the most graceful animals you can see in nature - watching them swim is like watching underwater ballet.
 

Hitman

Legend
Moorea is just a ferry ride from Tahiti and hopefully you can get her to snorkel with sharks if she doesn’t want to dive - you can snorkel with a lot of stingrays in the same spot where you get the blacktips and they are beautiful too. You’ll have to fly to get to Bora Bora from Tahiti - it has spots where you can snorkel (or dive) with manta rays, eagle rays (they swim in large packs in formation) and if you’re lucky, humpback whales also. Manta rays are 15 to 18 feet wide and the most graceful animals you can see in nature - watching them swim is like watching underwater ballet.
I'd probably only mention it once we're there, and kind of just innocently suggest it. ;)

I've done snorkelling in Hawaii and saw lot of stingrays and such, but we didn't get any sharks in that area. I would love to see the mantas. Humpbacks would just be the cream of the crop though. I think after a few days of relaxing, I'll coax her into trying something a little adventurous.
 

socallefty

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Well, I’ve been to more than 45 countries as I travel a lot for work also. In addition, I’ve lived on three continents and so have vacationed in many spots around the world. I live in Orange County and our vacations either are to food/wine (Michelin star tourism) hotspots or revolve around snorkel/dive activities. The world is big with so many beautiful island nations and coral reefs that I rarely go to the same island more than once - much more fun to keep exploring new places.

You should get your wife to watch the marine life programs (Blue planet for instance) on Discovery and National Geographic (Shark Week instead of Jaws) and get her to fall in love with the underwater world so that she is curious when on vacation. It is like being on a different planet when you are snorkeling or diving in a coral reef and it makes you forget about the mundane issues of everyday life - if you can see huge marine animals in their natural state, even better. Bora Bora is surrounded by a huge lagoon as the reef is miles offshore and you’ll see “Fifty Shades of Blue” if you go sailing around the lagoon - truly unique.
 

Hitman

Legend
Well, I’ve been to more than 45 countries as I travel a lot for work also. In addition, I’ve lived on three continents and so have vacationed in many spots around the world. I live in Orange County and our vacations either are to food/wine (Michelin star tourism) hotspots or revolve around snorkel/dive activities. The world is big with so many beautiful island nations and coral reefs that I rarely go to the same island more than once - much more fun to keep exploring new places.
You're from Orange County? Whoa, I'm originally from Fountain Valley. :) (y)

I have travelled the world a lot also, been to numerous countries and all six continents. I was a competitive natural amateur bodybuilder, but was fortunate enough to travel the world to compete. Caught the bug after that and did many other things, especially nature related. I'm based now in Europe. Really good to meet someone from so close to home.

You should get your wife to watch the marine life programs (Blue planet for instance) on Discovery and National Geographic (Shark Week instead of Jaws) and get her to fall in love with the underwater world so that she is curious when on vacation. It is like being on a different planet when you are snorkeling or diving in a coral reef and it makes you forget about the mundane issues of everyday life - if you can see huge marine animals in their natural state, even better. Bora Bora is surrounded by a huge lagoon as the reef is miles offshore and you’ll see “Fifty Shades of Blue” if you go sailing around the lagoon - truly unique.
I'll certainly try. She likes animals, but prefers her feet to be firmly on solid ground. She's never done anything like this before, so I will probably slowly coax her into at least trying to get into the water and see how she takes it. She already knows that if the trip goes ahead like we have talked about, then there is no doubt she will have an episode with the water, kind of impossible not to.

Yes, I heard about the Bora Bora lagoon, one of the reasons why I would certainly not want to miss out on visiting it, when we get to Tahiti. Thanks for the advise!
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
Well, I’ve been to more than 45 countries as I travel a lot for work also. In addition, I’ve lived on three continents and so have vacationed in many spots around the world. I live in Orange County and our vacations either are to food/wine (Michelin star tourism) hotspots or revolve around snorkel/dive activities. The world is big with so many beautiful island nations and coral reefs that I rarely go to the same island more than once - much more fun to keep exploring new places.

You should get your wife to watch the marine life programs (Blue planet for instance) on Discovery and National Geographic (Shark Week instead of Jaws) and get her to fall in love with the underwater world so that she is curious when on vacation. It is like being on a different planet when you are snorkeling or diving in a coral reef and it makes you forget about the mundane issues of everyday life - if you can see huge marine animals in their natural state, even better. Bora Bora is surrounded by a huge lagoon as the reef is miles offshore and you’ll see “Fifty Shades of Blue” if you go sailing around the lagoon - truly unique.
According to my quick count, I’ve only been to 45 countries. So you have me beat!
 
Mercy, mercy me. :oops:

In the vein of actual monsters that inhabited our fair Earth...

The "terror crocodile" is in the news again.

Deinosuchus, which terrorized the planet between 82 and 73 million years ago, is believed to have had a bite force that exceeded that of the famed Tyrannosaurus rex, with teeth the size of bananas.

The below artistic rendering is to scale.

 

Sudacafan

Talk Tennis Guru
So funny that the most serious global fight with a serial killer we are in now, which has disrupted our world, is against a thing that is billions times smaller and it isn’t even considered a living organism.
 
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socallefty

Hall of Fame
Mosquitoes are the most deadly creatures we should be afraid of - they spread diseases like malaria especially in developing countries and kill one million people annually every year. Even bees (stings causing allergies), dogs (bites from stray dogs causing rabies in developing countries, bites by pets of young kids in developed countries), cows (kicks in farm accidents), hippos (in rivers in Africa) kill a lot more people every year than sharks, spiders, snakes and other creatures that people have a much more irrational fear of.
 
Another day, another monster. *yawn*

Weighing in at 2,500 lbs and measuring 42 ft in length, it's...

TITANOBOA!!!!!!

This behemoth dates to around 58 to 60 MYA and consumed boulders.

 
@FedFosterWallace - A photo of me walking on the sea floor surrounded by tropical fish. :) (y) I have to be honest, I did wonder if something a little larger might be lurking near by LOL :censored:

Walking on the sea floor = cool! Guess all that weight was necessary to keep you anchored.

My deep sea explorations thus far have included... wait for it... snorkeling. 8-B

Had a blast with it, though. This was in the Keys.
 

Hitman

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Walking on the sea floor = cool! Guess all that weight was necessary to keep you anchored.

My deep sea explorations thus far have included... wait for it... snorkeling. 8-B

Had a blast with it, though. This was in the Keys.
Well, yes, the most important thing we were taught was to breathe slowly and deeply, especially as we begin to submerge.

Snorkeling is what I normally do too! Simple, straight forward, and can do it in shallow waters, that's what I did off the coast of the Hawaiian islands. And as you know, no real training is required, you can stand in the water if you want, you don't even need to swim, which is what I want my other half to at least try when we go to the South Pacific.

Never did it in the Keys, though wish I could have. :)
 
Well, yes, the most important thing we were taught was to breathe slowly and deeply, especially as we begin to submerge.

Snorkeling is what I normally do too! Simple, straight forward, and can do it in shallow waters, that's what I did off the coast of the Hawaiian islands. And as you know, no real training is required, you can stand in the water if you want, you don't even need to swim, which is what I want my other half to at least try when we go to the South Pacific.

Never did it in the Keys, though wish I could have. :)
Amazing how key breathing is as a control mechanism.

Yep, yep. Minimalist appeal to a lot of the best things, IMO.

She can do it. People can overcome any fear.
 

Hitman

Legend
Amazing how key breathing is as a control mechanism.

Yep, yep. Minimalist appeal to a lot of the best things, IMO.

She can do it. People can overcome any fear.
Yes, it's all about the breathing. Everything else is a lot more easier if you get that breathing in control.

I would like her to at least try, even if it means just standing in shallow water and just putting her head into the water, if she wants to do more, then maybe we can swim a little while we snorkel.
 

Hitman

Legend
You got it.

Fossilized megalodon tooth. 5" specimen apparently.

These things were just beyond description, lol.

You know there was this wild theory that the Meg could still be in the Marianna Trench. Of course pretty much all Marine Biologists are convinced it died out several million years ago as the smaller sharks like the tiger sharks and great whites, along with the toothed whales like the sperm whales and orcas like killer whales started to emerge. Aparently one of the key things that influenced it was North and South America joined blocking off the currents, and schools of fish and marine mammals that would have moved from the Atlantic to the Pacific, where these beasts were mainly found. They kind of just got too big and couldn't eat enough to sustain themselves.
 

tonylg

Hall of Fame
Epic stuff. Surfing off the Gold Coast?
Yeah, whales were off Coolangatta (Gold Coast). See them a lot this time of year, but these were really close. Had a dolphin virtually swim between my legs at Noosa (Sunshine Coast). Was an epic week.

That video is off Double Island Point (Sunshine Coast, just south of Fraser Island).
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Good to know some of you actually studied and had experience concerning sharks.
Marine Bio buddette was amazed by Shark behavior in Oahu. She graduated from UCSC and read about Al Gidding's bite article that mentioned me in the water. I was near the surface.
 

Hitman

Legend
Yeah, whales were off Coolangatta (Gold Coast). See them a lot this time of year, but these were really close. Had a dolphin virtually swim between my legs at Noosa (Sunshine Coast). Was an epic week.

That video is off Double Island Point (Sunshine Coast, just south of Fraser Island).
Last time I was in Australia was Jan 2015, I was up around the Gold Coast quite a bit. Spent about three weeks looking around, incredible views.
 
Good to know some of you actually studied and had experience concerning sharks.
Marine Bio buddette was amazed by Shark behavior in Oahu. She graduated from UCSC and read about Al Gidding's bite article that mentioned me in the water. I was near the surface.
The Fightin' Banana Slugs! (y):cool:
 

tonylg

Hall of Fame
Last time I was in Australia was Jan 2015, I up around the Gold Coast quite a bit. Spent about three weeks looking around, incredible views.
Southern end of the Goldy is nice, but it's been decades since I went to Surfers Paradise. Sunshine Coast is beautiful. The further north you go, the better it gets.

Keep getting told by people from overseas how spoiled we are. I know it's true, but still think water temps below 25C are borderline :-D

Won't stop me from heading up here though:
Disclaimer: It's a nice video, but longest wave ever?


Note the coloured sand cliffs on the shore. It's a 20 minute drive down that beach to the shops and pub. It's spectacular. Fraser Island is about half an hour up the beach to the north. Noosa is just over an hour down the beach on the other side of the headland. That dive site I posted above is just offshore. Back on topic, sharks everywhere .. hundreds of the suckers! It's not that unusual to have one land in the boat just chasing fish.

Most of them understand that people are friends, not food.
 
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