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Great White Shark Necropsied Live Online This Thursday

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  1. Route 66

    Route 66 Active Member

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    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article5456148.ece

    Forget Jaws, this great white shark operation is real

    A penguin, a seal, or even a human hand – what would you expect to find in the stomach of a great white shark?

    Scientists in New Zealand are about to discover just that when they perform a necropsy on a 10ft great white shark –believed to be the first of its kind, conducted in front of about 1,000 members of the public and streamed live online.

    The shark will be dissected and its organs investigated during the necropsy at Auckland Museum this Thursday where scientists hope the operation will help add to their limited knowledge of one of the ocean’s least known about animals.

    “It’s very exciting, we’ve never done anything like this in front of the public before,” Tom Trnski, marine curator at Auckland Museum, told Times Online.

    “It’s a rare opportunity for us. Little is known about the life history of these apex predators of the ocean, and we hope to learn more about the shark’s recent past before it came into the harbour.”

    Mr Trnski will join Clinton Duffy, a shark researcher with the NZ department of Conservation to perform the two-hour long necropsy – which is similar to an autopsy but whose purpose is for research, not to discover the cause of death.

    Unlike the famous scene in the shark horror film Jaws where Richard Dreyfuss cuts open a menacing great white to discover a car licence plate and a crushed tin, the NZ scientists hope to find objects of the (previously) living marine variety.

    “We’re interested in the gut content to see what the shark has eaten – it could be anything from seals, penguins, fish or even whale blubber,” Mr Trnski said, adding that the female’s reproductive organs will also be investigated.

    “We’re certainly hoping not to find any human bits inside, but you never know.”

    The shark, an adolescent female which measures 10ft and weighs 660 pounds, was accidentally caught by a local fisherman after it had become entangled in a gill net in Auckland’s Kaipara Harbour on Monday last week.

    Attracted by the large schools of trevally, the large shark had actually been caught alive the previous day and released by the fisherman, only for it to return to its death in the net.

    The scientists will dissect the shark in an open amphitheatre at the Auckland Museum and examine its stomach content, measure its internal organs and record all their findings for international shark research.

    The operation will watched by an estimated 1000 people at the museum and streamed live on its website (www.aucklandmuseum.com) to be viewed by millions more.

    The shark’s carcass will be disposed of by the conservation department, while the museum plans to keep its jaws for display and tissue and DNA samples for future research.

    Great white sharks are a protected species in both New Zealand and Australia (where they are most commonly found), because of their dwindling populations. However they may be killed by authorities if they kill or are a threat to human life.

    The dissection of this shark comes after weeks of recent shark sightings around New Zealand and Australia.

    Last month 51-year-old Brian Guest went missing while snorkelling off a beach in Western Australia just after a 14ft great white shark was seen thrashing about in the water where he disappeared. No trace of him has since been found.

    And just last weekend thousands of beachgoers had to evacuate the water at four beaches in Sydney’s east after shark alarms were set off. A helicopter spotted two hammerhead sharks feeding on squid near where swimmers were bathing, but no-one was injured.
  2. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    great whites are such an amazing beast. the reason i hate the oceans
  3. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    Ill have to check this out. Sharks have been a rabid interest of mine since I was a little kid.

    Amazing creatures.

    I watched Bitten on DSC the other night. They had a story of a guy getting hit in Monteray CA. by a Great White. The shark hit him like a truck from below, but he was still able to hold onto his board. The shark then came back and hit him again but this time got most of his body (all 6'2 230 lbs) into its mouth. The shark nearly fileted his back/mucles from his body. Then the shark let him go. He crawled back onto his board and started to swim in. He was in obvious shock and the water was full of blood. He mentioned he thought the shark left, because the water was so calm except for his screaming. The shark came back again and this time grabbed his right leg dragging him under. His entire right leg was down the gullet of the shark. His hands were mutilated from hitting the shark so he started kicking the shark in its belly. The shark then let go of him again.

    By this time his buddy had made it to him and helped him back onto his board and they turned toward shore and were then fortunate to catch a small wave which took them in.

    It took over 500 staples and stitches to put him back together.
  4. DMOB

    DMOB Member

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    I totally agree, I love watching shark week and the other shows. Perfect killing machine. Kind of like Dalllll, oh wait a minute never mind.:eek::
  5. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    [IMG]

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    You talking to me?
  6. Route 66

    Route 66 Active Member

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    No one should have to die by a shark attack. I feel bad for all those that have.
  7. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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  8. DEZBRYANT x88x

    DEZBRYANT x88x Caps8Cowboys41

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    thanks man most deff intersted now..

    even they are my number 3 fear!!
  9. EveryoneElse

    EveryoneElse Active Member

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    I agree, but I 've never heard of a shark going to someones house and attacking them......

    I will never understand why people put themselves in that situation.
  10. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Never heard of knock knock...who is it...LANDSHARK!
  11. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    :laugh2:


    CandyGram.


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  12. Rampage

    Rampage Benched

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    isn't 10 feet 660 pounds smal for a great white shark? I thought they were bigger.
  13. Route 66

    Route 66 Active Member

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    True. Unless you are overboard or your vessel sunk.
  14. Route 66

    Route 66 Active Member

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    Yes, I think they can double that.
  15. DMOB

    DMOB Member

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    Oh yeah, they have been measured up around 20ft and 5000 lbs.
  16. Aikmaniac

    Aikmaniac Well-Known Member

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    My favorite animal by far.

    Just the perfect eating machine...besides Rosie O'Donnell.
  17. EveryoneElse

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    Yeah, that would suck.

    I have an extreme fear of the ocean.

    I used to go deep sea fishing with my dad, and to this day, although I've never had a bad experience, I sometimes have dreams where I am wading in the middle of the ocean and I can't see land.

    I would not get out of a boat in the ocean for any amount of time, for any amount of money.
  18. Aikmaniac

    Aikmaniac Well-Known Member

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  19. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    That Tiger shark cut open by Matt Hooper in Jaws was supposedly 12 foot long. Must have gone at least 1000 lbs,maybe more.
  20. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    It's a Juvenile

    They grow much larger.

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