25 July 2011

Great white shark breaches water and lands in research vessel

Looking like a bad scene out of the old school movie, “Jaws,” a nine foot, half ton shark leaped out of the waters off of South Africa recently and landed in a research boat smashing instruments and scaring crew members who were standing nearby. Scientists from Oceans Research were doing a population study on Great Whites Monday when the carnivore jumped out of the chum filled water and launched itself into the boat.

Crew members were unable to push it back into the water because of its size and weight so they kept it wet with water from a hose until help could arrive.

“Next thing I know I hear a splash, and see a white shark breach out of the water from [the] side of the boat hovering, literally, over the crew member who was chumming [throwing food bait] on the port side," said Dorien Schroder, team leader, to the Cape Times.

After an hour, rescue workers arrived with a crane and ropes and were able to return the fish to the water. Ironically, an Australian study conducted last month found that the music of AC/DC (specifically “Back in Black”) calmed great white sharks though the study was criticized for lack of serious scientific data. Regardless of its validity, perhaps a it’s better future approach than chum, huh, guys?

Kathryn Lorusso
Kathryn is a former journalist and English teacher who now counsels and mediates teenage drama on a daily basis in the Dallas, Ft. Worth metroplex. Time away from school is spent cooking up new macrobiotic/vegan specialties, writing various blogs and newsletters and taking as many bikram yoga classes as possible.

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