Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Nightmare

This is the stuff of nightmares, folks! Seriously! My cousin Jen just told me about this little tidbit. It happened a few days ago in GALVESTON, TEXAS! For those of you not from TX, that's REALLY close to where I live!
Many of you know that I am phobic/fascinated with sharks - especially great white sharks! I've pasted the story below!
GALVESTON , TX
While the ocean vessel 'Dawn Raider' was commercially fishing for shrimp, this Great White was hooked in the mouth but only resisted slightly for 15 minutes
before it came up alongside the boat to have a look; long enough for one of the crew members to slip a rope a round it's tail !!! 'And that's when
things heated up!!
... 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 over the stern and the crew watched in horror as the shark would actually jump completely out of the water at times. This went on for an hour before the shark finally drowned. She weighed in at 1035 LBS. It is suspected she followed a weak El Nino current into local waters in search of food. Although mid 60 degree water is considered ideal for these sharks, the larger ones can tolerate water in the low 50s.

11 comments:

123checkoutthefamily said...

I'm with you Alona, I'm scared of the sharks. That thing is a nightmare!

mom said...

Are you going to be okay? Do you need me to come over there and hold your hand?

Kristal said...

You know that picture is from the movie jaws, and mythbusters proved that a shark can't pull a boat at 7 knots don't you...Ok I just made that up but I bet they did too. Cause seriously what shark in it's right mind would go anywhere near Texas, let alone Galveston?

Alona said...

Mom! That's a zinger! :)

=) Carly said...

that is sick and creepy. I only like sharks on the tv. Seeing pictures of them out of the water is NOT ok!!!!

Anonymous said...

The story's a fake. Galveston news even said so. This particular shark was caught off the shores of Nova Scotia. It's not even a great white. For someone who's so fascinated with sharks, I'd think you'd pick up on the fact that this is actually a large mako shark. The close up of the sharks head and mouth clearly show lower dentition that is narrow and pointed, which are characteristics of the Mako shark, unlike the broad, somewhat triangularly serrated teeth of a white shark. Duh!?!

Alona said...

Not nice, Adam. No more nice posts about you, Mr. Negativity.

Alona said...

I hate to admit it, but Adam's right. This was in Nova Scotia a few years ago. Darn pranksters! I'm actually relieved that this was not in Galveston. Check it out here: http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/yarmouth.asp

Anonymous said...

I don't know who that anonymous guy is, but he's funny!!!

Alona said...

Funny looking . . .

Anonymous said...

Very funny . . .