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This Mako was hooked in the mouth, only fought slightly for 15
minutes, came up along side of the boat to have a look, long enough
for one of the crew to put a rope around it tail!!! That's when the
s**t hit the fan!!

The shark took off towing the 42 foot fishing boat backwards through
the water at about 7 Knots. Just like in JAWS. The boat was taking on
water, the Shark would jump completely out of the water at times. This
went on for an hour before the Shark actually drowned. He weighed in
at 1035 LBS.




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Well, the photos look real enough to me, but I'm just a little confused by the story - how does a shark drown? Did it drown in its own blood? If so, why didn't they say that? Maybe I'm just being dense again, I dunno. It's late and I'm tired, so I'm going to stop rambling now.

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Sharks need to be moving forward in order to get water over their gills. Their gills do not move like other fish's gills. So if they can't go forward they, in effect, can't breath and drown.

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I guess it got exausted from draging the boat after a while and couldn't keep going.
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Well the story and pictures has hit a lot of surfing, fishing, and scuba websites.

According to this one here the shark was caught by Bernard Tedford, Jamie Doucette, Terry Bullerwell and Donovan Cunningham during something called the Yarmouth Nova Scotia Shark Scramble in August 2004.

However I can't find anything on any actual news site, including the CBC which is rather odd.

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The shark scramble occurs every year. CBC doesn't often cover it in any detail, so it's not surprising you wouldn't find any information on their site.
I remember hearing about a large shark on the radio, but I didn't pay too much attention.

I'm not a fan of the shark scrambles. I see no point in going around and killing all of those animals just to see who caught the largest one.

That fog reminds me of a nice summer day...

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Poor shark. [Frown]

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What did they do with the meat? Mako is a delicious fish.

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Like Zero, this is my area of the world, and I don't recall hearing this shark story from last year's scramble. The mens' names are right for the Yarmouth area, however, and maybe this feat didn't make the news here because it seems unusually cruel - at least, to me.
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quote:
Originally posted by kjbrasda:
Sharks need to be moving forward in order to get water over their gills. Their gills do not move like other fish's gills. So if they can't go forward they, in effect, can't breath and drown.

This has been disputed many times in the scientifical community. It's mostly accepted now that sharks actually have a second ventilation system based on respiratory pumping of water, which they use at rest.

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quote:
Originally posted by Syllavus:
Poor shark. [Frown]

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A site about how this became a a story of a great white of BC linky

And the DFO website with info about the shark derby and pictures of the mako linky

and this from http://www.newenglandsharks.com/shortfin.htm :

"Excerpt from an e- mail from one of the crew.

Hi. It took about 45 minutes to get the shark to the stern. In hindsight it
was too fast - as we were using 200 lb. test (braided line). It was
pandemonium getting the ropes on it but it didn't tow the boat. We got two small head straps on it first, and tied them off. Seconds after we got a larger rope around her midsection, she broke both head ropes and the leader all at the same time. "

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I agree with Syllavus - poor shark.

And did any UK snopesters think this was referring ot Great Yarmouth? The Nova Scotia bit didn't come up on the title I saw!

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Arrhh, take that shark out of Yarmouth. Ye don't know where it's been.

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YOMANK Brad!!

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Who says January 24th can't be happy?

Thanks, Ghost!

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Brad, YOMANK! I have Mocha all over my desk, but it was worth it. [lol]

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I am so happy to see that a number of snopesters are knowledgeable about sharks. I'm envious of those who have been in the water with these awesome fish. I have terrible luck in my scores of reef dives for seeing sharks. I want to see them so much it infuriates me. Oh, I've seen plenty of nurse (none large) and horn sharks just laying on the bottom like they are dead. I've been on dives where others have seen swimming sharks in my general vicinity and I learn of this after the dive on the boat. I've been struck by this bad luck on numerous dives in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Grand Cayman. Boo hoo!

I'm very impressed with the size and beauty of the mako shark in the OP article. But I was very skeptical of one element of the story that accompanied it. We were told that a rope was put around the shark's tail and that it then began to tow the boat. That ain't makin any sense. Sharks use their tails for propulsion. If you attach a rope to the tail (presumably located at the base where the tail joins the body - called the caudal peduncle), the shark loses its ability to propel itself forward when the rope becomes taught. Or at least, it loses much of its ability to convert side-to-side movements of its tail into forward propulsion. Are you following me?

I was not skeptical of the general story itself, only of this specific part. Who wrote that bit about the shark towing the boat?

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Poor shark...but...I would LOVE to catch one. What a rush!

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quote:
Originally posted by Cabus:
quote:
Originally posted by kjbrasda:
Sharks need to be moving forward in order to get water over their gills. Their gills do not move like other fish's gills. So if they can't go forward they, in effect, can't breath and drown.

This has been disputed many times in the scientifical community. It's mostly accepted now that sharks actually have a second ventilation system based on respiratory pumping of water, which they use at rest.
Wow, I didn't know that (obviously [Razz] ) I'm gonna have to look into that. ^_^ thanks [Smile]

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