Sunday, March 22, 2009

First Recorded Cookie-Cutter Shark Attack on Living Human...

Fascinating! Ever heard of cookie-cutter sharks? I'd learned about them while doing research for a team reporting project in 7th grade at Aiea Jr. High School. We invaded the icthyology department at the Bishop Museum, the staff icthyologist there was great & we learned about a number of fish species we'd never heard of. I don't think I've ever seen them mentioned in print before. Here's the true story!

Time for another Jaws sequel?


bonnie said...

Note to those arriving after searching for "cookie-cutter shark attack": The link originally led to a Honolulu Star-Bulletin about a distance swim (possibly Oahu to Molokai) which had to be cut short when a cookie-cutter shark took the usual cookie-shaped chunk out of the swimmer. The Star-Bulletin has since merged completely with the Advertiser (the Sunday papers had been a joint production since the 70's), and old links like mine now just get bounced to the home page of the Star Advertiser.

I've given you the gist of the story, though, and one of these evenings I'll go see if I can track down the rest of the story. If I do, I'll update my link.

Thank you for visiting Frogma!

bonnie said...

3/28/2011 - After yet another visitor looking for this story, I've updated the link. It now goes to the blog Underwater Thrills: Swimming With Sharks, which has all the details of the story and a very good picture (slightly enlarged) of the peculiar dentition that gives the shark it's peculiar name.