We're going to try something new here at The Fear Beneath - publishing some maybe-vaguely-shark-related links for your perusal - stuff that we don't feel is necessarily worthy of a full story, but still interesting for other reasons. Abalone divers in a perilous quest for a succulent snail - Los Angeles Times "In the summer of 1916... a dramatic weeklong series of shark … [Read more...]
USS Indianapolis Crewmember Recounts Harrowing Tale Of Survival
Though we're well aware of the incident, this is our first time reporting on the USS Indianapolis. We'll get there, in due time. In the meanwhile, enjoy this article from the Bristol Herald Courier... By Amy Hunter BRISTOL, TENNESSEE They had watched 63 of their comrades die, one by one, over three days. Some were killed in shark attacks, some succumbed to deadly … [Read more...]
LA Times’ Pete Thomas Covers Florida Shark Attack Epidemic
At The Fear Beneath one of our favorite blogs is Outposts, written by Pete Thomas. Pete covers hiking, surfing, fishing, and the great outdoors in Southern California; he's picked up on the Volusia County Shark Attacks with an article titled "Florida: Summer of the Shark II." We were (as always) delighted to see a mention of The Fear Beneath and our coverage of all the Volusia … [Read more...]
Zero Coverage of Volusia County Shark Attacks in 2008
Mark Lane asks the same questions we've been asking for weeks here at The Fear Beneath; with a record-tying 22 shark attacks in Volusia County this year, where is the media? Have they suspended their coverage of shark attacks as a public safety issue? When Volusia County sets the record for shark attacks in a single year, will the news media finally wake up? Mark points out … [Read more...]
Hawaiian Shark Activity: What’s The Explanation?
Sharks are suddenly more conspicuous at Hawaii's beaches - and there's no clear reason for increased sightings and attacks, experts claim. There is no denying it - sharks seem to be coming close to shore a lot lately. HAWAII By Dave Dondoneau For the past week, up to 15 large tiger sharks have lingered along five miles of the Big Island's Kohala Coast, near the Mauna … [Read more...]
Feeding Frenzy? Shark Attacks Rock Pacific Coastlines!
The news has been assaulted with tales of shark attacks over the past couple of weeks, from Oahu to Santa Barbara County to Volusia County and back to the Big Island (twice!). Activity seems to be unusually brisk - we are currently at a 'High' Alert Level, triggered by back-to-back shark attacks in Hawaii and California. Some speculate that there are more people in the … [Read more...]
Sharks Attack Two Surfers in Volusia County
The Volusia County Government has achieved an almost farcical inability to keep their beach users safe. The Beach Safety website has ZERO mention of the obvious dangers posed by sharks in Volusia County waters. The Fear Beneath never received a response from Volusia County Beach Safety Director Kevin Sweat - perhaps it's time to move up the chain of command if we want answers … [Read more...]
Environmentalists Urge Australia to Disuse Shark Nets
Shark nets are an often controversial method of preventing shark attack at popular beaches, but environmentalists decry the costs as outweighing the benefits. AUSTRALIA Environmentalists are calling on Australian authorities to stop using massive nets to keep sharks away from beaches. Officials say the nets, which will be erected Monday, have saved the lives of many … [Read more...]
Volusia County Beach Safety: No Comment?
After shark attack #18 in Volusia County this year, we called out the government in Volusia County and New Smyrna Beach. Now, after attack #19 and the fourth shark attack in New Smyrna Beach in thirteen days, we're requesting some accountability or at the least, an explanation. Is anything being done to address an issue that's clearly a problem? The following email was … [Read more...]
The Fear Beneath on the Independent Cover!
Our local weekly newspaper, The Santa Barbara Independent, inspired by the hard work we've been doing here at The Fear Beneath, has published a series of articles about sharks in the Santa Barbara Channel. The articles discuss the presence of sharks here, historically and in the present day, and provides some interesting information and perspectives. Further, and more … [Read more...]