Shark Awareness Day: 9 shark myths debunked
Myth: Sharks are hungry man-eaters looking for any chance to attack. Myth: Sharks are all the same. Fact: Shark species are incredibly diverse with very different sizes, shapes, habitats, diets and behaviors. There are approximately 500 shark species, but only three (white, tiger and bull) are responsible for the majority of all bites. Myth: Shark fins are flavorsome, nutritious and offer medicinal properties.wftv.com
PointsBet hopes to fuel U.S. expansion with $43 million acquisition of betting platform company
The sports betting company acquired Banach in a $43 million transaction on Monday. Banach is a business-to-business software company that creates sports betting platforms and algorithms, including in-play wagers. PointsBet also agreed to an equity deal with CNBC parent company NBCUniversal valued at $500 million. "When you think about in-play betting and the future of a sports broadcast, it's all about that in-game engagement. In-play betting and in-play bet stats integrated into the broadcast can not only make people watch more games but also extend the duration of their viewing."cnbc.com
Cool drone video shows blacktip shark migration off Singer Island
SINGER ISLAND, Fla. – You know sharks are always in the water off Florida beaches, but sometimes you might not know just how many are out there. Paul Dabill was out flying his drone on Wednesday and spotted what no beachgoer wants to hear: sharks. [TRENDING: Where school staff, child care workers can get the vaccine | 80th annual Daytona Beach Bike Week starts | When could Orange County could lift its mask mandate]AdJust off the coast of Singer Island in Palm Beach County, hundreds of blacktip sharks can be seen from the drone. According to Dabill, they were migrating blacktip sharks. Hopefully, you won’t think about this video the next time you go take a dip at a Florida beach.
Shining discovery: Glow-in-the-dark sharks found off New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND – Scientists have made a shining discovery in the waters off New Zealand. Researchers have identified three species of sharks that glow in the dark. The study, conducted by researchers in Belgium, was published in the journal “Frontier of Marine Science.” Scientists say it’s the first time bioluminescence has been observed in sharks. Experts say one species observed, the kitefin shark, is believed to be the largest vertebrate able to produce light. Scientists say they usually stay about 1,000 feet below the surface of the ocean.
A little 'Joy’ is being added to Sealife Orlando aquarium
ORLANDO, Fla – Officials at Sealife Orlando aquarium are counting down the days until they can release a new female zebra shark into one of the colorful and eye-popping exhibits. Curators at SEALIFE Orlando Aquarium feed their newest zebra shark, Joy (WKMG-TV)Zebra sharks are a species of carpet sharks that are described as having distinctive spotted markings on their bodies and long wavy tails. Indian ocean exhibit at SEALIFE Orlando Aquarium (WKMG-TV)Joy will be introduced into the Indian ocean exhibit which already features colorful tropical fish, stingrays and the aquarium’s famous loggerhead sea turtle, Ted. Sealife Orlando aquarium is open daily at ICON Park which is located along International Drive. Safety Protocols in place at SEALIFE Orlando Aquarium (WKMG-TV)Click here for tickets and information about the Sealife Orlando aquarium.
Sharks surround surfer off New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Surf’s up. Make sure your feet are, too. Lindsey Baldwin, of New Smyrna Beach, captured Go-Pro video of three sharks as she surfed off the beach of her hometown earlier this week. No one was injured. Baldwin said despite the scare, she returned to the surf about an hour later.
Florida shark attacks drop during coronavirus pandemic
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – The coronavirus pandemic had one silver lining this year: fewer shark attacks. Three unprovoked attacks resulted in deaths — two in Australia and one in California, up from last year’s total of two deaths. The ISAF experts already had been documenting an unusual decrease in shark bites in recent years. Last year’s 64 unprovoked attacks worldwide were a 22% drop from the most recent five-year average of 82 incidents annually. “The East Coast has been pretty quiet, and that’s where we pick up blacktips and the occasional bull shark,” Bowling said.
Sharks spotted close to shore as Miami-Dade beaches reopen
Miami beaches opened to the public Wednesday for the first time in 12 weeks. Unfortunately, sharks also got the memo about the reopening. This aerial video of the waters off Miami beach Wednesday show where sharks swam about 20 to 60 feet offshore. A total of four sharks were spotted, but they appear to be social distancing themselves from beachgoers. No word on if they’re using masks or hand sanitizer.
Video: Shark frenzy seen in shallow water at New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Sharks took over the shallow waters of a New Smyrna Beach inlet this week and a local beachgoer used his drone to get a birds-eye view. Jeremy Johnston said earlier this week he wasn’t in the water long before noticing a lot of sharks in ankle-deep water. Johnston said he stood on the beach for about 20 minutes because he was nervous to paddle out and surf by himself. Johnston’s video has since been viewed more than 13 thousand times. On Thursday, Johnston posted another video of himself surfing, the same day he captured the incredible video of the sharks.
"West Side Story": Behind the scenes of the 2020 revival
Ivo van HoveBut Ivo van Hove, a Tony Award-winning director, known for his cutting-edge productions, promised something new: a more raw and raging "West Side Story." Everything scares me about this," van Hove said with a laugh. Van Hove tapped choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, his friend and fellow Belgian, to design more contemporary, street influenced movement. That's-- that's 'West Side Story,'" Rudin said. "I was at the birth of this thing," van Hove said.cbsnews.com
1,400 pounds of shark fins seized at Florida port
MIAMI – Fourteen-hundred pounds of dried shark fins were seized at a Miami port, according to wildlife officials. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that the shipment of dried fins was believed to have originated in South America and was likely bound for Asia. The fins arrived in 18 different boxes. Conservation groups say tens of millions of sharks are killed each year by smugglers who cut the fins from live animals. They are often turned into shark fin soup, considered a Chinese delicacy.
6 great white sharks tracked off Florida’s coast
The waters off Florida’s coast are known to have sharks, but this news could keep you out of the water. Six great white sharks are being tracked off Florida’s coast, according to CNN. Ocearch, a nonprofit organization are responsible for tagging and tracking sharks all over the world, says six of its tagged great white sharks are currently off the coast of Florida. [RELATED: How Ocearch tags, tracks great white sharks off Florida’s coast]The agency’s tracking system indicated that four of the sharks can be found in the northeast area, while two more are in the southwest ocean region of Florida. Three of the six were tracked in one similar location off the coast of Jacksonville, where water temperatures are 65 to 67 degrees.
Mark Cuban: 'I don't need to unplug' from my cell phone or answering emails
"Shark Tank" investor Barbara Corcoran says she and the other Sharks are "fascinated" by Mark Cuban's ability to answer his texts and emails "the minute he gets" them. "I'll be three days behind in texts and thinking I'm pretty good because I'm keeping up," Corcoran told guest Cuban on her Nov. 19 podcast "888-Barbara." "I don't need to unplug for the most part," Cuban told Corcoran. And it's just like delete, delete, delete," Cuban said. Cuban told Corcoran he is able to balance family time and working out with his business, without unplugging from his phone.cnbc.com
'Shark Tank': Why Mark Cuban invested $250,000 in vegan pork rinds
Vegan pork rinds anyone? On Sunday's episode of "Shark Tank" on ABC, vegan pork rinds company Snacklins caught the attention of many of the Sharks. "They're made with real ingredients that a 6-year-old can pronounce: mushrooms, onions and yuca," Samy Kobrosly, founder of Snacklins said during the episode. A 1-ounce bag of Snacklins is 80 calories, about half the amount of regular pork rinds, which impressed the Sharks. Kobrosly initially asked the Sharks for a $250,000 investment in return for a 2.5% stake in the business, a $10 million valuation, which shocked the Sharks.cnbc.com