Tiger sharks

Posted on March 29, 2009 by

Man Wrestles Shark To Save Friend

A few divers were spear fishing for tuna in the Gulf of Mexico when a 12 foot tiger shark approached them. The encounter got heated when the shark began circling one of the divers. Sharks typically circle their prey to get a good look, and then close in if they decide they want to attack. As the tiger shark started to move in, the executive decision was made to attack it before it got any closer. Diver Craig Clasen wrestled the beast for two hours to protect his friend, spearing it seven times, and finishing it off with a knife.

tiger shark fight

“I wasn’t there to hunt the shark, it was a defensive move for me and I would do it again. Unfortunately it had to be done and its not something I was proud of. It was a situation that presented itself to us. This was one of those rare instances where we had to protect ourselves.

‘I have so much respect for sharks in general. With the amount of time that we spend out there we are exposed to so many potential risks.”

via Swim At Your Own Risk

Posted on October 6, 2005 by

Live Dogs Used as Shark Bait by Rich Douchebags

On a small volcanic island situated in Indian Ocean the some eccentric wealthy yacht owners go out fishing for Great White and Tiger sharks, but it seems that’s no longer good enough, or perhaps it never was. At least two dogs have been been recently found alive with huge double hooks through their snout and another through one of their legs. Luckily these two dogs were able to free themselves, somehow, from the fishing lines they were attached to and escape a grotesque and horrible fate. This is truly one of the most disgusting things I can ever imagine seeing. I have occasionally made passing comments and jokes about using kittens for Musky bait, but I would never actually do these things. All I can really say about the situation is that the punishment should fit the crime.

Dogs Used as Shark Bait

STRAY dogs are being skewered on hooks and dragged behind boats as live shark bait, The Sun can shockingly reveal.

The cruel practice takes place on French-controlled Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, where Prince William spent two holidays.

A six-month-old labrador pup was recently found ALIVE with a huge double hook through its snout – like the dog above – and another through a leg.

The pup was found in a coastal creek and is thought to have somehow freed itself from a fishing line.

But other dogs and kittens have been chomped up and swallowed by sharks.

The RSPCA plans to petition the French government, demanding an end to the hideous torture.

From Shannon via Infowars

UPDATE: Clive also pointed out some information on Snopes urban legend reference that says while the practice has happened in the past it is very rare and isolated to a few amateur, but perhaps still rich, douchebags. Snopes also has a letter written from the French Embassy to Washington D.C. that sheds a little bit clearer light on the whole situation.

Thank you for writing to us with your concerns. We too denounce the barbaric practices you refer to. Such acts are obviously illegal and will not be tolerated on French territory. But while we share your revulsion, we would like to emphasize that the practice of using live dogs or cats as shark bait is in fact exceptional and isolated. It was never widespread nor traditional, but introduced by ruthless individuals, and has been strictly banned for decades now.

And in good taste I removed the joking reference to Reunion Fishing Club.