Shark Cowboy Randall Jordan Guilty of breaking Florida Fish Feeding Law.
Guilty on all three counts.
– No jail time. 12 months probation.
– Total $1,500 fines.
– Must pay court costs $1,800.
– Community service.
– Investigation costs to be determined later.
The investigation costs share could be high. the State Attorney said during sentencing that they wanted to hurt Jordan in the pocket book which was his motivation for doing this shark feeding activity.
Feeding sharks to make a buck is not conservation. Commodifying predators and/or entrainment of sharks is not conservation. It is animal abuse.
We ask divers to boycott boats, captains, instructors, divers and businesses that break Florida law by feeding or baiting fish for amusement and to avoid shark education awareness scams, etc. Report violations of law to the FWC by calling the Wildlife Alert hotline at 1-888-404-3922. You can also text or email.
She is a fully finned female sand tiger that survived and all wounds are healed. Angler did not tag her because her girth made them believe she was carrying pups and to release asap. She was caught in Ocean City, MD in a spot 36 others were caught(no they were not finned) in the past month and a half, so shes cycling normal imo. She swam like a snake and was strong enough to knock angler over and break off swimming into surf.
-Caught 1\2 mile off Ocean City Inlet
-She was 91 inches from nose to what was left of lower caudal, 84 inches from nose to where caudal starts, estimated she would have been 100 inches if 3\4 of her caudal wasn’t gone.
-She was very “girthie” thought to have pups
-She swam like a snake. 3rd wave hit gills, he felt her pulsate and she exploded to right almost knocking him over.
– All wounds fully healed and he felt they were over a year old.
-Estimated at 300lbs
-He caught 36 total in same spot the past month and a half.
-His bait shop in Ocean City claimed its a normal occurrence with sandtigers in the area, when he showed them photos. They are caught yearly in that condition.
I believe this is the first ever documented full finning survivor. I do believe this might be species specific due to sand tigers gulping or holding air.
Photo Credits: E.L. Jehl.
Information Credits: Melissa Michaelson
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29th Shark killed on Drumline in Reunion IslandHelmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine, 15. September 2014
Shark Fishing Program in Reunion Island:
Two bull sharks and three tiger sharks harvested in less than a week,
already 29 large sharks killed since January.
Here are the historical accounts of shark attacks that happened on August 15
|1||15-Aug-2012||tourist from Germany||M||31||USA||Alabama||Gulf Shores||Wading or swimming||Lacerations to leg|
|2||15-Aug-2011||Rudy Varney||M||7||USA||South Carolina||Myrtle Beach – 4th Avenue North beach access||Playing||Abrasions to left hand|
|3||15-Aug-2007||Andrea Lynch||F||20||Night||USA||Florida||Sarasota Bay||Floating near boat||Many severe punctures wounds on Torso||Bull||72|
|4||15-Aug-2006||Richard Whitaker||M||South Africa||Western Cape Province||Danger Reef||Surfing||No Injury||180|
|5||15-Aug-2004||Randy Fry||M||50||16h00||USA||California||Kibesillah Mendocino County||Diving||Fatal –||White||204|
|6||15-Aug-2000||Jean Alain Goenvec||M||53||11h50||USA||Hawaii||Kanaha Beach Maui||Windsurfing||Left calf lacerated||Tiger||156|
|7||15-Aug-1998||Kevin Paffrath||M||28||16h30||Bahamas||Ambergris Cay||Spearfishing||Calf bitten||Caribbean||56|
|8||15-Aug-1997||Mike Jonatis||M||28||Mexico||Quintana Roo||Santa Rosa Cozumel||Scuba Diving||Fatal – arm & leg severed||Tiger||204|
|9||15-Aug-1997||Mac Lupold||M||33||Mexico||Quintana Roo||Santa Rosa Cozumel||Scuba Diving||Fatal –|
|10||15-Aug-1995||James Oatley||M||20||08h30||USA||Florida||Daytona Beach Volusia County||Wading||Thigh lacerated||72|
|11||15-Aug-1993||21 m sportfishing vessel Seabiscuit. Occupants: Captain Louie Abbott & 2 dozen anglers||11h30||USA||California||Between Santa Cruz Island and Santa Barbara||No injury to occupants; shark circled boat repeatedly then rammed the vessel 3 time||White||216|
|12||15-Aug-1993||Petra Rijoes||F||19||10h00||USA||North Carolina||Pamlico Sound||Raft||Severe lacerations to abdomen & thighs||Bull|
|13||15-Aug-1993||5.4 m boat||Australia||Western Australia||Off Rottnest Island||Fishing||No injury to occupants. Shark struck boat lifting the outboard motor||White||240|
|14||15-Aug-1987||Craig Rogers||M||40||07h30||USA||California||Tunitas Beach San Mateo County||Surfing||Fingers & surfboard injured||White||216|
|15||15-Aug-1983||Jill Redenbaugh||F||14||USA||Virginia||Virginia Beach Princess Anne County||Swimming||Foot bitten||Sand|
|16||15-Aug-1973||boy||M||17||USA||Virginia||False Cape||Shelling||Elbow bitten||Blacktip||66|
|17||15-Aug-1967||Sue Ferguson||F||19||16h00||BERMUDA||Floating||Foot abraded & lacerated|
|18||15-Aug-1959||Gary Seymour||M||21||USA||Florida||Panama City, Bay County||Diving||No Injury|
|19||15-Aug-1959||Lt. James C. Neal||M||26||USA||Florida||Panama City, Bay County||Scuba Diving||Fatal – disappeared dive gear & clothing found with teethmarks presumed taken by a shark||144|
|20||15-Aug-1956||Jose Luis Nufize Lago||M||13||USA||Puerto Rico||North coast||Skin diving||Fatal –|
|21||15-Aug-1956||Douglas Clarke||M||10||16h30||USA||California||Pismo Beach||Swimming||Lacerated thigh hand & shoulder||White||108|
|22||15-Aug-1899||Delano Wood||M||15||USA||Florida||Trout River, Panama Park||Swimming||Fatal –||120|