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Shark Missing Fins by herpamacderp Shark Missing Fins by herpamacderp
This is one seriously tough, BAMF. This shark was missing his dorsal and both pectoral fins, and it looks like the second dorsal was gone too, yet he was still swimming along like nothing was wrong. Seriously; what a badass. The only shark I've ever seen or even heard of who survived like that. You can see the original video this came from at Sportsman Altizer's youtube channel, www.youtube.com/user/Sportsman…. It was quite a dive.
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy…! That sand tiger either escaped a larger shark or someone cut off his fins off on purpose or by accident. 
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herpamacderp Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
Finning is getting to be a problem in Central America. Sharks are dwindling in numbers off Japan, so fishermen in CA are finning sharks and selling the "delicacy" (shark fins have lots of mercury in them) to Japanese restaurants and such. This guy probably suffered that fate and then escaped to the waters of North Carolina.
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
maybe. but i'm not sure they migrate over open water where food is scarce.
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herpamacderp Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
They actually do. Great whites will travel tens of thousands of miles in their lifetime, from the Americas to Asia and Africa. Sand Tiger Sharks, while common off NC, can show up around North America
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
North Carolina is in North America.
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herpamacderp Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
It is. Sharks go wherever they want, for the most part
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, but there really aren't any finners in American waters and i'm fairly sure that Sand Tigers don't cross the open water between continents. some species of Sand Tiger such as the Smalltooth Sand Tiger are even territorial.
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herpamacderp Featured By Owner Edited Feb 12, 2015
There is a shoreline that they can follow. But this is just what I was told when I told the boat captain what I saw and showed
him the video. I figured he knew more than I did : P
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asti-friend Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this shark is a true survivor. I bow to you hunter of the deep.
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28spike Featured By Owner Edited Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great capture!! I would be freaking out so much if I were you o _ o
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herpamacderp Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
If I didn't have a regulator in my mouth, I would have yelled at the sudden shark. :)
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I-si-u Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh man 0n0
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's awesome! o.o I never knew sharks could survive like that..
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herpamacderp Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Me neither, I thought it was a death sentence. It usually is, but I guess the big guys can survive. He was a good 10-12 feet.
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah :/ Good to see that some of them survive this though.

What sort of shark is he, a Sand Tiger? 
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herpamacderp Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Yep, off of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. If you dive, look up Olymous Dive Center. They're the guys who take you to those wrecks with the sharks and more. Regrettably, the weather didn't permit me to go to the U-352.
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh cool! :) I'll look it up soon, thanks for the info! 

What other larger fish have you seen in that area?
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herpamacderp Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
It was mostly sharks, but there were a ton of Tuna hunting on the wrecks.
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh cool! Big ones or juveniles? Tuna are pretty cool-looking fish..sleek as bullets..
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herpamacderp Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Big ones, a good hundred lb. probably. Fast, too, they chased the schools of bait fish all over and around the sharks.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Was this shark victimized by people looking to make shark fin soup?
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herpamacderp Featured By Owner Edited Jul 30, 2014
I followed him a little after that, getting video. Other than those stumps, not a scratch on him that I could see.
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herpamacderp Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Couldn't tell, but with how complete the removal of the fins was (no bits or really awkwardly shaped stumps), that was my first guess. Which is weird, since this was off of North Carolina.
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Rapid-Star Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow that's pretty amazing! I had thought that a shark used those for stability as it swam, guess this one adapted! 
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herpamacderp Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
He was big, too, like 10-12 feet long.
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Rapid-Star Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow that's a good sized shark! How deep were you when you saw him?
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herpamacderp Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
The max depth was about 90 feet, but he and about fifteen other big guys were just hanging out at about 60 ft, above the area of low visibility.
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Rapid-Star Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I see, sounds like a pretty cool sight to see!
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