Recent Shark Records from the Mediterranean and European Region.

Notable Recent Records of Fifteen Shark Captures from the Mediterranean Sea and European Atlantic Ocean.

 
Helmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine,
13. April 2012

Species :

Basking shark: 1 specimen ( No. 1 ).
Bluntnose sixgill shark : 7 specimens ( No. 2, 7-11, 13 ).
Thresher shark: 7 specimens ( No. 3-6, 12, 14, 15 ).

Location:

Spain: 1 x thresher shark from Atlantic ( Specimen No. 5 ).

Croatia: 1 x thresher shark from Adriatic Sea ( Specimen No. 3 ).

Greece: 1 x thresher shark ( Specimen No. 14 ).

Turkey:

  • Sea of Marmara: 7 x sixgill sharks, 1 x thresher shark ( Specimen No. 2, 7-11, 13, 15 )
  • Dardanelles Strait: 1 x thresher shark ( Specimen No.12 )
  • Aegean Sea: 1 x thresher shark ( Specimen No. 6 )
  • Southern Coast: 1 x basking shark, 1 x thresher shark ( Specimen No. 1 and 4 )

Details on each specimen in descending chronological order :

Specimen No.1

Date: reported on 08. April 2012.

Location: Erdemli, Mersin Province, Turkey

Species: Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus)

Size: said to be 2,36 metres in length.

The juvenile specimen (male) was caught by an amateur fisherman about 50 metres
from shore in 1,5 metres of water.

Source and Photo Credit: ZAMAN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specimen No. 2

Date: reported on 02. April 2012.

Location: Tekirdağ Province, Turkey.

Species: Bluntnose sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus).

Size: said to be 5 metres in length and 1000 kg in weight.

The specimen was caught off the coast of Marmara Ereğlisi in the Sea of Marmara.
It was sold to a restaurant in Istanbul for 4000 Turkish lira ( ca. 2220,- US-Dollar ).

Source and Photo Credit: Haber Turk and Milliyet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specimen No. 3

Date: reported on 29. March 2012.

Location: Kornati Archipelago, Croatia.

Species: Common thresher shark ( Alopias vulpinus ).

Size: said to be 3.60 metres in length, 150 kg in weight.

Source and Photo Credit: PTC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specimen No. 4

Date: reported on 25. March 2012.

Location: Mersin, Turkey.

Species:  Thresher shark ( Alopias spp. ).

Size:  said to be 3 metres in length, 270 kg in weight.

Source and Photo Credit: Haber Turk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specimen No. 5

Date: reported on 22. March 2012.

Location: Santander, Region of Cantabria, Spain.

Species: Common thresher shark ( Alopias vulpinus ).

Size: said to be 2.10 metres in length.

Two divers claimed that they brought this specimen ashore with their bare hands.
The source is reporting that the two men found the shark ‘stuck in the sand’ and almost dead.

Source and Photo Credit: El Diario Montanes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specimen No. 6

Date: reported on 20. March 2012.

Location: Izmir Province, Turkey.

Species: Common thresher shark ( Alopias vulpinus ).

Size: said to be 4 metres in length.

Commercial fishermen captured this specimen off the coast of Aliağa in the Aegean Sea.

Source and Photo Credit: Haberler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specimens No. 7 – 11

Date: reported on 17. March 2012.

Location: Sea of Marmara, Turkey.

Species: five Bluntnose sixgill sharks (Hexanchus griseus).

Size: said to be up to 4 metres in length and 700 kg in weight.

These five sharks were displayed by a fishmonger in Beylikdüzü, a district in the suburbs of Istanbul.
According to the source, the specimens were caught by commercial anchovy fishermen and they
measured from ca. 1,5 metres to 4 metres in length.

Source and Photo Credit: Acun Medya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specimen No. 12

Date: reported on 17. March 2012.

Location: Çanakkale Province, Turkey.

Species: Common thresher shark ( Alopias vulpinus ).

Size: said to be 200 kg in weight.

The specimen was caught by commercial sardine fishermen in the waters of the Dardanelles, a narrow strait
connecting the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara. The shark was sold to a ‘luxury hotel’ in Istanbul.

Source and Photo Credit: Bursa Haber.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specimen No. 13

Date: reported on 17. March 2012.

Location: Istanbul Province, Turkey.

Species: Bluntnose sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus).

Size: said to be 3 metres in length, ca. 350 kg in weight.

The place of catch is located off Silivri in the Sea of Marmara.

Source and Photo Credit: Silivrimiz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specimen No. 14

Date: reported on 09. March 2012.

Location: Greece.

Species: Common thresher shark ( Alopias vulpinus ).

Size: ca. 250 kg in weight.

The photo was taken in front of a fishmonger’s shop in Ijmuiden, the Netherlands.
According to the source, the specimen had been caught in the waters of Greece
in the previous week (27. Feb to 04. March). There is a video of this shark on youtube (here).

Source and Photo Credit: RTVNH.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specimen No. 15

Date: reported on 02. March 2012.

Location: Balıkesir Province, Turkey.

Species: Common thresher shark ( Alopias vulpinus ).

Size: said to be 3 metres in length and 60 kg in weight.

The specimen was caught off the coast of Bandırma in the Sea of Marmara and sold to a fishmonger in Bursa.

Source and Photo Credit: bursadabugün.

 

 

 

17 Comments

  1. Justin

    Well done to all these wankers, hope you all rot in hell, such magnificent creatures, taken from their homes, and brutally murdered for money, well done wankers. my 3 year old could catch one of those, u guys are real hero’s

  2. Julie Wright

    No wonder I never see sharks whenever I dive in the Med.

  3. markus fankhauser

    Fine does bastards!!!!!!!!

  4. Just so sad…. 🙁 Why can’t they let these sharks stay in the sea instead so they will have time to reproduce..

  5. Rich

    The ignorance of these people just sickens me. Typical stupid machos showing off by killing sharks. 

  6. Janice

    My god what evil you people do. I hope if there is karma that you buggers come back as sharks and be hunted just like you hunt you cowards, cowards!!!

  7. It is incomprihensible that shark catchings are still allowed in the mediterranean! It is at it’s very tipping point from extreme overfishing by all the countries that surround it. Especially the shark populations have been depleted, with most species hardly seen or caught in decades. The marine eco-system is crashing. Soon all that will be left is slime and jellyfish.

  8. Lauren

    What a sad bunch of absolute and total wankers! Killing Thresher and Sixgills and then displaying them on bins!!… must be sooooo effing proud of yourselves with your “big catch” and smug smiles. Ignorant, horrible, scum. I am so angry right now.

  9. Angel

    That smile with a shark… That is a social problem that should be observed.
    The pride they carry, like they did something great.. Human nature is very interesting. Not one of those men in the pictures can swim if they know one of those sharks is around. Tham macho is in the pictures. A gentle, fragile woman or men can easily come and swim with the sharks. Their machoism is good for the dead sharks only.

  10. Mat

    Sick Fu****s leave the sharks alone!

  11. Too all the people hating on this: I bet your views would be WAY different if a shark killed one of your family members, u would want to see those evil F_ucks die. Monsters of the sea that kill surfers, swimmers, divers, turists and a lot more; should be dead. These monsters deserve to die for some of the things they have caused humans.

    • sDog

      What about the sheer damage Humans are doing to Animals?! Plant Life with de-forestation, our Environments with building more and more, pushing it all further into ever smaller space?! We have the opportunity and education combined with ability to prevent this unnecessary slaughter. I think it’s funny that the WWF logo is a Panda. One  (NOT ALL) of the biggest consumers of Shark Fin soup are China….although I must stress, not all. Huge fuss for Pandas but not Sharks. The waters are  their domain along with many others. We should all respect this and all do our part for Nature…its not difficult! 

  12. why take sharks away from there home,they may be dangerous but the will attack if you annoy them,LEAVE them alone do you want your chilren to grow up not knowing what sharks are they have beeen around for years now leave them alone and stop killing them there becoming exstint!

  13. amazing1974

    MMmmmM Thresher shark’s are super tasty.  Also, their actualy body (excluding the large tail) isn’t that large resulting in a low mercury content.  A very good entry level shark to feast on!!  

  14. English türk 2001

    So when your in the sea swimming and you see a shark and it takes a chunk out of you you won’t be saying how nice they are then of course they should be left alone they are living things like us nothing and no one deserves to die but they attack so many people each year so how are we meant to swim we will have to keep watching our backs when we should be free to have enjoyment with no worries. But if shark has bit a human and the human has survived to tell the story if we find that exact shark and matches description get revenge but don’t kill any living thing like i said everyone has the right to live.

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