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Date:    Mon, 6 Nov 2000 18:00:24 -0500
From:    "max H." <hook626@MEDIAONE.NET>
Subject: A fatal shark attack off Perth Australia first fatal attack in 30
         years.-brought to you by

Perth Australia,
Shark attack! One man is dead and another badly injured after the first fatal shark attack in the Perth area for more than 30 years.

The patrons at the Blue Duck cafe overlooking Perth's Cottesloe Beach were drinking coffee and having breakfast as the early morning swimmers splashed about just off shore.Kim Gamble, owner of the cafe - a favourite spot of the city's business and political elite - was doing his paperwork on the balcony.
Suddenly, as he and his customers watched in horror, a five-metre white pointer shark ploughed into a group of swimmers, tearing one man's leg off and leaving him to die, and then chasing one of his companions towards the beach.
"From the balcony I could see this huge shark - it was really huge," a shaken Mr Gamble said soon after the attack. "There was a whole sea of blood and it was pulling the person."
The first victim, 49-year-old Ken Crew, of Mosman Park, died soon after the shark savaged him in shallow water about 25 metres from the beach.
The white pointer then charged at one of his friends, Fremantle lawyer Mr Dirk Avery, who was only 10 metres from the shore when attacked.

Read the whole story and more in the NEWS section of


Max H

22 December 1999
The oceanographic research vessel "Discovery" returns to Southampton Oceanography Centre after a voyage to collect samples from the deep sea off the Cape Verde Islands, NE Atlantic.

9 July 1999
Proposal to include the Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus) on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Whale Shark   and Great White Shark
USA's submissions to the CITES conference to be held next April 2000 to the file section of Cornish Wildlife. Go to:

Aquaria:  Nick Dakin's Marine Aquaria Site (British)
Aquarium Net
Book Reviews 1997: Marine Life, Seas excluding British Isles:   Corals in the Mini-Reef Aquarium,  Desert Sea

British Aquatic Resource Centre
British Columbia (Canada)  Pacific Ocean photographs
British and International Gateway
British Marine Life Study Society
British Marine Life Study Society Aquaria Page

"A coral reef marine life education web site with 1000 fish, sharks and rays in a searchable database."
Email Messages to here (Andy Horton, BMLSS)
El Niño
ENN (Environmental) News

Fishing News Homepage
Gateway: Links to other sites
Gateway (America): Links to other sites
Planet Ark (Reuters)
Public Aquaria Database (UK)
Sea Horse Page
Sea Mammal Research Unit

South Australia   (Marine Life Society, South Australia)
West Yorkshire Marine Aquarist Group

Whales News (External Link)

This site includes a record of a Killer Whale attacking and killing a 3.3 metres long Great White Shark.

The animal has been identified as an Ormer.   But what species is it?

Click on images for a closer view
Haliotis are more difficult to identify if you include the possibility of non-European species.

Marine Aquarist Club   possibly defunct

27 Arlesey Road, Henlow, Beds, SG16 6DF.

Tel: 01462 815 788

UK membership £15. Marine Aquarium Journal and Marinews newsletter.
Marine Aquarist Club EMail (Andrew Reeve)

EMail: The West Yorkshire Marine Aquarist Group

( Formed 1980 )

            President: R. Musgrove. Secretary: R. Meeke. Treasurer: B. Temporal

            Honorary Members.

            Les Holliday, Les Melling, Dr. David Ford, Julian Sprung, Paul Davies, Roger Froggit,

            Jack Kent, Nick Dakin, Peter Moon, Peter Wilkens.

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Largest Coral  Head

The largest coral head that I've encountered (in the Solomon Islands) measured 18' tall and was approximately 160' in circumferance (probably larger but that's a very conservative estimate).  Assuming this coral was a cylinder of the same dimensions (51' diameter x 18' tall), and converting all the measurements to metric, gives a surface area of 4,566,014
square centimeters.  In Hawaii, I've estimated that Porites lobata has, on average, 71.40 coral polyps per square centimeter.  If the Solomons Porites coral had the same polyp density, then this coral head would have had a minimum of 326,013,439 polyps.
Bruce Carlson, Waikiki Aquarium


An Octopus with glowing suckers has been discovered 2,500 feet (762 meters) deep in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Maine. The specimen gives researchers a rare look at the evolution of bioluminescence. "To find such a clear example of an evolutionary transition gives us a rare glimpse into the evolutionary history of light production," said Edith Widder, a marine scientist at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, Florida.

from  ENN (Environmental) News

Six-gilled Shark

Hexanchus griseus

Len Nevell would like to hear of all captures and information not in the books, sources of further information, scientific papers etc.
Len Nevell EMail
BMLSS Shark Page


September 1998

A specimen of Latimeria was caught by a local fishermen off the island of Sulawesi (Celebes), Indonesia. The exact part of the large island is not known, but deep water occurs relatively close to the shore, going down to 5000 metres in the Celebes Basin. These depth are comparable to the depths off Comores, Indian Ocean (about 3500 metres) where the Coelacanth was previously recorded.

Plenty of pages on the web.

Try  Search method

June 99

Ocean Challenge (Challenger Society) Vol. 9 No. 1, 1998, states that the Celebes population may actually be more numerous than the original Comores population. They have been asigned different scientific names:

Comores:  L. chalumnae
Celbes:     L. manadoensis

Great White Shark

Carcharodon carcharias

The Australian Marine Conservation Society and the Humane Society International are lobbying the Federal Government of Australia to have the Great White Shark nominated for a CITES listing. (January 1997)

Shark Bay, Australia

Shark Bay is one of the most important wildlife sites on this planet (in the top 10). It is important for living stromatolites, representatives of ancient life forms in hypersaline waters, where turtles, dugongs, dolphins, manta-rays, live for part of the year, as well as the largest eelgrass bed in the world. It is therefore with great concern that Oil Exploration permits were granted in this World Heritage Area. The permits were granted outside the Shark Bay Marine Park boundary. (Information from BBC Wildlife [June 1997], including address to write to).

27 February 1997. An accident at Sydney Aquarium, Australia, resulted in a shark tank bursting and a number of visitors were injured by flying glass and not by the Reef Sharks that were flapping all over the floor. Information from Alec Hendry (Daily Express).
British Marine Life News 1998

El Niño

The term "la corriente de El Niño" was originally given to a warm current that replaced the cold Humbolt Current flowing up the Pacific coast of South America around Christmas. El Niño means "The Little Boy or Christ Child" in Spanish. The presence of this warm current had an adverse effect on marine wildlife especially the deprecation of the massive Anchovy shoals and the sea birds (in a bad year, as many as 20 million sea birds may perish) that prey on them. Research that began in the late 1950's discovered that at the same time extensive warming of the sea occurred over the whole of the tropical Pacific and this had implications for the whole of the climate in the southern hemisphere.  The El Niño phenomenon is now given to the ocean circulation changes that occur in the Pacific Ocean.

An El Niño year is one when the warming effect was particularly pronounced as in 1997-98, when in January 1998 the warm water extended far into the eastern Pacific. When there are unusually cold sea temperatures in the eastern Pacific early in the year, it is described as a La Niña year.
Further information can be found on the El Niño  Web Site,

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