Just in time for Shark Week comes the strange story of Pete Wentz's shark selfie. The image above, a photoshopped image of Wentz 'taking a selfie' while being pursued by a Great White, reportedly comes from a year's old Tumblr post that was then turned into a bogus news story about a man, "James Crowlett," a 34-year-old insurance salesman from Oregon, who died attempting to take the selfie to end all selfies. Wentz even got into the silly spirit of things by tweeting out the news story with the caption, "Rest in Pete." Sadly, many were fooled by this digital sleight of hand and believed the "shark attack selfie" was, in fact, real. So in case anyone is wondering, Pete Wentz is alive. The rule of three does not apply here.
Are you a "Shark Week" fan? Do Great White attacks and megalodon sightings make you tingle with anticipation? That may be just what Discovery Channel wants and, according to a new video, they don't achieve it with accuracy.
Vox is here to distinguish between the massive sharks long thought extinct (they are) and "real" footage of shark attacks which never occurred, and get to the root of the cultural phenomenon that is "Shark Week."
Sink your teeth in, AFTER THE JUMP...
Since the public interest seems to turn to sharks this time of year, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute shared a video they shot last year from a submersible SharkCam they were using to film Great White Sharks which will make you hope you never look like a SharkCam or seal while on your beach vacation.
In 2013, a team from the Oceanographic Systems Lab at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution took a specially equipped REMUS "SharkCam" underwater vehicle to Guadalupe Island in Mexico to film great white sharks in the wild. The captured more than they bargained for.
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The weekend's biggest shark story took place on July 4 in Manhattan Beach, California, where a distance swimmer was attacked by a Great White shark which had become agitated after struggling at the end of a fisherman's line for more than 40 minutes.
Steven Robles was bitten by the seven-foot shark which he then pried from his body.
Robles talks about the incident with KTLA, AFTER THE JUMP...
New Jersey fisherman Steve Clark was fishing near 28-mile wreck, a World War II shipwreck off of Cape May, NJ on June 21 when a 16-foot Great White Shark swam up to his boat and ripped off the chum bag.
"He's taking our chum bag! He's taking our chum bag!", one of the boaters screams.
"You bastard!", another yells. "He ripped our chum bag right off."
"Was it worth it though," asks the most sensible passenger, who sounds a bit like Kristen Wiig and was obviously thinking of the YouTube cash that could be hauled in.
Watch the incredible video, AFTER THE JUMP...
A two-meter shark closely followed British distance swimmer Adam Walker during his 8 hour, 36 minute swim through the Cook Strait separating New Zealand’s north and south islands this week.
Luckily, a pod of nearby swimming dolphins surrounded him, and the shark took off, says Walker. The dolphins even swam close enough to Walker for them to brush up against his body.
Said Walker on land: "I’d like to think they were protecting me and guiding me home. This swim will stay with me forever."
Walker is planning to be the first British swimmer to swim seven oceans. He is doing it to raise money for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. In the past Walker has also successfully swum across the English Channel, the Molokai Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar, the Catalina Channel, and the Tsugaru Channel.
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