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July 9, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
The shark-chasing-kayaker story out of Cape Cod has caused some gasps and shudders, but here's something to consider: Shark experts believe the population of great whites may be growing. And as people make more use of the ocean, there is ample potential for interactions between humans and the world's largest predatory fish, scientists say. "We've learned a lot more about white shark behavior in the last 10 years based on advances in tracking technology," Chris Lowe, director of the Cal State Long Beach Shark Lab, said in an email to the Los Angeles Times on Monday morning.
February 26, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
After being brought back from the brink of extinction, sea otters are again in peril, with an unprecedented number of deaths along the California coast in the last year. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that 335 dead, sick or injured otters were found in 2011, a record high. "We're starting to see a perplexing trend suggesting increased shark attacks on sea otters," said Tim Tinker of the USGS' Western Ecological Research Center. Shark bites accounted for 15% of otter deaths in the late 1990s, but that percentage nearly doubled in 2010 and 2011, Tinker said.
February 9, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Shark attacks continued to decline in the United States last year, but worldwide fatalities doubled, jumping to their highest level since 1993, according to a report released Tuesday. Of the 75 shark attacks around the globe in 2011, a dozen were fatal, up from six the year before, according to the annual report by the International Shark Attack File, which is compiled by the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. The United States, with 29 shark attacks but no deaths, continued a decade-long decline in attacks, all the more notable because shark numbers have been slowly rebounding since the 1990s.
April 8, 2011 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Soul Surfer" begins like most other coming-of-age movie dramas. A young heroine, surfer girl Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb), sketches out the details of her sunny life in a quick voice-over. She lives on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, has a loving family and, from the moment she rode her first wave, knew she wanted to be a pro surfer. "It's my passion, my way of life," Bethany says with matter-of-fact conviction. We then see Bethany practicing her passion in the Pacific and next thing you know, she's slipping on a sundress and (wait a minute, what's this?
April 5, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The movie "Soul Surfer," which opens Friday, tells the true story of Hawaiian teen surfing star Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and overcame huge odds to get back on her surfboard and compete professionally. Hamilton's inspirational tale provided filmmakers a dramatic focal point for their $18-million movie, which was in large part made possible through the visual wizardry of a small Los Angeles effects company that has also managed to beat the odds amid a tough economy.
October 23, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins and Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Six-foot waves were breaking when Lucas Ransom and his longtime buddy Matthew Garcia arrived at Surf Beach west of Lompoc on Friday morning. No wind, glassy conditions ? they agreed it was going to be a great session for Garcia on his surfboard and Lucas on his beat-up red bodyboard. Before they plunged into the chilly waters, Ransom pulled out his cellphone. "You wouldn't believe these waves, Mom. I can't wait to get to them," he told Candace Ransom, who said have fun, call afterward.
October 8, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
Many surfers who ride waves at beaches in the Santa Monica Bay will tell you they don't think about sharks. But photos shot this week by a longtime local surfer have created a buzz about "Jaws" in the lineup. The photos, taken Saturday morning by Randy Wright, apparently show a large white shark jumping out of the waters off Sunset Beach near Pacific Palisades. "It was like, 'Oh my God,' " Wright said Wednesday. "I was really stoked. . . . It was definitely a fascinating experience."
A shark attacked and killed a French tourist diving in a remote site off Egypt's Red Sea coast in the first fatal shark attack in the Arab country since 2004, state media and a French Embassy official said. The woman's leg showed bite marks, and she probably bled to death, Egyptian state news agency MENA quoted a medical source as saying. Marsa Alam is a remote southern dive spot on the Red Sea coast frequented by tourists hoping to avoid the crowds at more popular sites on the Sinai peninsula.
May 3, 2009 | Christopher Sherman, Sherman writes for the Associated Press.
Allison, a green sea turtle with only one flipper, has been going around and around and around for most of her life. But swimming in tight circles is tough for a 5-year-old turtle whose life expectancy is about 150 years. Allison was set straight last month, when researchers outfitted her in a black neoprene suit with a carbon-fiber dorsal fin on the back that allows her to glide gracefully with other turtles. "That's a sea turtle doing what a sea turtle does," said Dave Cromwell, a worker who watched the turtle's new moves at Sea Turtle Inc., a Texas not-for-profit group that rehabilitates injured sea turtles.
March 1, 2009 | Reuters
A shark badly injured a teenage boy who was surfing with his father at a popular Sydney beach today, police said, the third shark attack in Australia's largest city in a month. The 15-year-old and his father were in the water off the northern beach of Avalon around dawn when the boy was attacked. "The father heard a scream and turned to see his son thrashing about in the water. Fortunately the shark swam away and the boy was helped to shore by his father," police said in a statement.
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