Archive for Sharks & Shark Tagging Adventures

Shark Attacked, Media Bites Rosie O’Donnell By Carl Safina

Sharks & Shark Tagging Adventures on January 17th, 2012 2 Comments

  Carl Safina prepares to release a mako shark he has just tagged. Photo: D. Nemerson A bit of a splash erupted on the Web yesterday in the form of photos showing a boat displaying two hammerheads. One was a shark. The other was the celebrity, Rosie O’Donnell. The Web quickly lit up with attacks […]

New Hope for Blowing the Cover on the Shark Fin Trade

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, News, Sharks & Shark Tagging Adventures on March 12th, 2010 3 Comments

Guest Blog By Demian D.F. Chapman Tens of millions of sharks are killed each year to satisfy the demand for the Asian delicacy shark fin soup, a level of fishing that is not sustainable for most shark species given that they reproduce more like mammals than other fish. Upcoming decisions to monitor global trade in […]

Making A Difference – Palau Creates World's First Shark Sanctuary

Climate Change, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Sharks & Shark Tagging Adventures on September 25th, 2009 6 Comments

Yesterday the Associated Press ran a story about the Western Pacific nation of Palau, who announced today at the United Nations its ban of shark fishing. Carl Safina reflects on how shark populations have plummeted over the years and that Palau is making groundbreaking efforts to reverse this tragic trend: I and everyone I’ve ever […]


PBS Television Show: "Saving the Ocean", Sharks & Shark Tagging Adventures on December 31st, 2007 4 Comments

 Our plan is to look at coral reef protection with a focus on sharks.  We’re going to spend a little time in Belize.  First we’ll go to a fish market, then to a protected atoll called Glover’s Reef.  We’ll be filming part of a pilot for a TV series called “Saving the Ocean, with Carl […]

Welcome to the Hotel Californshark – Day Eight

Sharks & Shark Tagging Adventures on July 11th, 2007 1 Comment

We’re headed in. Several of us stayed up until midnight last night, chumming for sharks and jigging for Humboldt Squid, and we caught exactly one of the former (a small Blue) and two of the latter. That might seem slow but the night was lovely and lots of small fish and a few smallish squid, […]

Welcome to the Hotel Californshark – Days 6 and 7

Sharks & Shark Tagging Adventures on July 11th, 2007 1 Comment

Makos in the north, baby Blue Sharks in the South. That’s part of the pattern we’re seeing. Yesterday morning, our first set—in 900 meters of water only about 15 miles from Santa Monica Bay—garnered a Shortfin Mako of about 200 pounds and a five-foot Blue Shark. The Mako—a tough customer—got outfitted with the two kinds […]

Welcome to the Hotel Californshark- Day Five

Sharks & Shark Tagging Adventures on July 9th, 2007 2 Comments

We’re now off Anacapa Island, under the first blue sky all week. Mainland mountains are just visible in the haze. Last night we spent a couple of hours jigging for Humboldt Squid and caught two “small” ones that were the largest squid I’ve ever seen alive. Today, no fewer than three of the Makos we […]

Welcome to the Hotel Californshark – Day Four

Sharks & Shark Tagging Adventures on July 9th, 2007 No Comments

DAY FOUR Just a few miles away, the high-rising shoulders of Catalina lost themselves in low-hanging overcast. The dawn sea looked pewter—moody and lovely. Fishing was excellent but catching was slow, to paraphrase an old joke. Our morning haul-back brought just two small Blue Sharks. We did see an Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola) and glimpsed […]

Welcome to the Hotel Californshark – Day Three

Sharks & Shark Tagging Adventures on July 6th, 2007 No Comments

The day dawned on a calm and overcast morning, my favorite sea weather, easier on the eyes than a million shards of sunlight shining like broken glass up from the water. We’ve moved to a spot about eight miles southeast of Catalina. Where we fish is pre-determined by a sampling regime, not necessarily because we’re […]

Welcome to the Hotel Californshark – Day Two

Sharks & Shark Tagging Adventures on July 5th, 2007 2 Comments

We’re still operating near San Clemente Island, between 5 and 10 miles from the shore. We’ve seen some Bottlenose Dolphins and distantly breaching whales. These waters between the islands and mainland, relatively sheltered as they are and well-lardered with small prey like mackerel and squids, serve as nursery to the sharks we seek. We set […]