The captain of the ship that appeared in the video, an irascible lifelong Keys shark fisherman named Peter Boehm, says he fired McLaughlin, whom New Times couldn't reach for comment. "The video is a bunch of crap. It's not what I'm about. I run a legitimate business here."

But Boehm, who some scientists criticize for being far too aggressive with sharks, admits the shotgun blasts are typical. "What do you think happens?" he asks. "How is that any different than a slaughterhouse? Do you eat meat? How do you expect us to fish for a living? Animals have to be killed. As far as shooting sharks, there is no other way to really handle them."

The Giant Stride — a white, double-decker, 42-foot dive boat — rumbles along six miles southeast of Islamorada's Bud n' Mary's Marina. In the stern, a slight man with frizzy hair and freckles addresses a gaggle of high school kids. Dressed in matching neon-orange Crocs and University of Miami hat, Neil Hammerschlag smears sunscreen on his pale skin as he speaks about disappearing sharks and the fragile ecosystems where they dwell.

Anthony Segrich with his “chum bucket,” recovering after he was attacked by a female bull shark.
Michael E. Miller
Anthony Segrich with his “chum bucket,” recovering after he was attacked by a female bull shark.
Anthony Segrich's leg after the attack.
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Anthony Segrich's leg after the attack.

As the boat chugs toward a bright-orange buoy, the students crowd into the stern and a ghostly outline forms in the waters below. For five minutes, a crew member reels in a heavy line until finally the water erupts and a six-and-a-half-foot sandbar shark bursts through the surface as if gasping for air.

Hammerschlag and two other team members swiftly slide the shark onto the boat, where it whips its powerful tail against a crew member's leg. The scientist straddles it like an aquatic cowboy, thrusting his small hands down onto the convulsing creature's head to keep it from turning and attacking. "A sandbar!" he shouts, referring to the species of shark. "Hi-yo!"

He is the nemesis of shark killers such as Boehm and McLaughlin. The founder of UM's R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program, Hammerschlag makes it his mission to catch, examine, and tag as many sharks as possible. He and his colleagues not only track the creatures — they recently traced one all the way to New Jersey — but also check levels of mercury and other toxins the sharks have absorbed from atop the food chain.

Hammerschlag goes out tagging twice a week in the Keys. He begins every expedition aboard the Giant Stride with an explanation to ten or so students about why he has devoted his life to saving sharks. It's a sort of prayer before holy shark communion.

"One hundred million sharks are killed every year," he begins today. "That's 270,000 a day. The problem with that is they can't reproduce fast enough to deal with that kind of overfishing... In the last 50 years, 90 percent of the world's sharks have disappeared, mainly to make soup — shark fin soup." His voice is tinged with anger. "It has no taste, no nutritional value. But in China it's like caviar: a status symbol."

Hammerschlag has loved the torpedo-like predators since he was a child living in South Africa. Born in Johannesburg, he vacationed with his electrical-engineer father and beautician mother in Durban on the western edge of the Indian Ocean. Instead of playing on the beach, Hammerschlag stayed on the dock and watched fishermen slit open the massive sharks they had caught. He was enthralled.

When he was 7, his family moved to Toronto, where Hammerschlag grew up. But he remained fascinated by sharks. At age 15, he persuaded his parents to send him to the Bahamas, where he went on his virgin shark dive.

"I was scared," he admits. "But I was the first one in the water." After attending college in Toronto, Hammerschlag moved to Miami to study marine science at UM. A master's degree quickly became a Ph.D. and then a teaching position. He met his wife, a pretty Swiss blonde named Caroline Peyer, on a dive trip. Since they were married two years go, Caroline has become a shark researcher too. The couple plans to name their children for different varieties of the species.

Hammerschlag has made headlines around the world for his research on sharks. In 2009, he published a paper about the hunting strategies of great whites. While watching sharks devour Cape fur seals, he realized the attacks weren't as random as commonly thought. Instead, older sharks acted like underwater assassins, learning the best hiding spots and carefully positioning themselves deep enough to develop the speed necessary to hit the surface and catch unsuspecting seals.

Last year Hammerschlag hosted a "Summit at Sea" for celebrities including Sir Richard Branson. Also in 2010, he received death threats after defending the bull sharks that devoured 38-year-old Stephen Schafer while kiteboarding near Stuart. Though there were 11-inch chunks torn from Schafer's thighs and buttocks, Hammerschlag told newspapers that "deadly shark attacks are very rare" and the fish "usually don't bite people unless provoked."

"I wince every time there is an attack," he says now. "It's never good, for sharks or for people."

Hammerschlag's efforts to protect sharks have also made him enemies among local shark fishermen, including Boehm. Last year the shark hunter unexpectedly phoned Hammerschlag to say he had found a shark tag belonging to the scientist. Then Boehm asked him how much he would pay for it, Hammerschlag says.

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Lou
Lou

What a waste of life. These people have no respect for our wildlife. Shame on you all. Sharks need our protection...they should not be hunted, they should be able to live in their natural habitat without being disturbed. Shark v's Gun ....not a fair battle. Pathetic. I only hope the government enforce a full shark hunting ban asap.

Michael Wind
Michael Wind

people are killing all the fish,sharks will eat people,mostly pollution from ships,just think how much garbage has been dumped by cruise ship,soon people will be swimming in garbage...

James
James

Camouflage suit Dive Tank Scooter. I'd bit him too.

ariel
ariel

pretty sad, actually! if you had left the shark alone, as it should have been, none of this would have happened.

don
don

Pretty lame to just shoot anything that cant defend itself very lame

Villavecesnatalia
Villavecesnatalia

SHAME ON THOSE FISHERMANS I HOPE THEY PAY WITH THERE LIFES! Those that hurt animals will hurt humans

Seanu
Seanu

Having been born and raised in Jupiter, and still residing here to date, I absolutely loved this story. Knowing many of the commercial boys in town, and being an avid fisherman myself, I concur that there is now an increase in the population of sharks.... at least locally. Sometimes I find it difficult to bring in a whole fish to the boat, once it's been hooked. Especially when jigging the bottom. However, the sharks migrate just like all other species. They come and go in seasons. Like the local Snook population, which was devastated by recently harsh weather conditions, all species will recover in time. That does not give us the right to tear the population of these species back down once they have recovered. A shark's personality does not change because it feels dominant in quantity. A person that feels confident in this theory has watched way too many shark flicks. The sharks are the top tier of this very fragile ocean food chain, and we must continue to respect them. Without them, ALL other species of fish will aggressively die off. So, if you like Cobia, Kingfish, Sailfish, Marlin, Pompano, Triple-Tail, and the many other profitable species which you sell on the market.... take the time to respect the shark. Without the shark, the fishing will cease completely... and so will the human life. I have been a spear-fisherman for over 20 years. If you see a shark, and are still willing to risk that perfect shot.... don't blame the shark that bites your dumb ass. Anthony, I'm sorry that you got bit. I wish you the very best. However, try to view this incident in a shark's perspective..... Like you while spearing that Cobia, the shark was just taking an available meal. Unfortunately, you became tangled in that green cloud of blood, and the shark got confused. I have come very close to being attacked before, but I have never bit. I have considered myself lucky on a few occasions. I can't imagine your pain. You seem very wise and very strong minded. Use your knowledge of this incident to further understand the shark, not show retaliation against this amazing species. I wish you well, and wish you great spearing in the near future.Take Care,Sean

CHEVY15TH
CHEVY15TH

THESE CREATURES WHERE HERE LONG BEFORE HUMANS ,AND DESERVE RESPECT AND THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN THE HABITATE THAT BELONGS TO THEM, WE ARE INVADING THIER HABITATE AND THERE WILL A PRICE TO PAY. I SURE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THOSE GUYS TAT THINK THAT THERE BAD ASS BY SHOOTING A ANIMAL THAT HAS DONE NOTHING BUT DO WHAT IT HAS DONE WITHOUT PEOPLE USEING ITS WATERS AND ACTING LIKE THIER THE ONLY ONES THAT DESERVE RESPECT. NO WONDER WE AS A WHOLE , WONDER WHAT WILL BE THE HUMANRACE DEMISE,ITS THOSE SAME GUYS WHO SAY THEY ARE DOING THE WRONG THING FOR ALL THERE SO CALLED RIGHT REASONS,IF THIS IS NORMAL, IM GLAD IM NOT.

Jack99
Jack99

I believe that your happiness about being non-normal abides on solid gorund.

On Time Backhoe
On Time Backhoe

HEY MIKE...CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE... THIS HAS BEEN ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE PAPER NOW FOR 8 DAYS...

Jack99
Jack99

It cracks me up the way eco-elitists and predator-worshippers just assume sharks would not be assholes if they were human.

Joe
Joe

Sad. Dumbass fisherman kills what he doesn't eat.

J Copeland22
J Copeland22

why do you kill if you dont eat it ????????return

GMAN
GMAN

This guy that kills these sharks is really a serial killer he probabely has many human bodies buried about any where he has traveled throughout his life. someone who apparently takes pleasure in his cowardly acts,as these sharks are in their natural element(he belongs on land in a jail for homicidal maniacs) is covering up his actual past time(murder) The police should actually follow up on this guy . the may solve some previously unsolved murders!!!

Rasmf
Rasmf

what comes around goes around.... he will get his.

Edward
Edward

Portrait of an ugly human being. He goes out and kills things just because he doesn't like them and it gives him a thrill. Ugly, ugly, ugly.

Kent
Kent

After reading Michael Miller’s article Snuffed, I take issue with his assertion that shark populations are rebounding when in fact they are not. First and by way of background, I suffered a very similar if not identical injury to Anthony Segrich while engaging in the exact same activity he was at the time I got hit. Ten years ago, I was spear fishing in a remote area off of Grand Bahama Island, when I got hit by what was determined to be an 8 foot bull shark. I lost most of my left calf in the incident and had to be airlifted to Jackson’s Ryder Trauma Center where I also had to go through painful skin grafting and weeks of rehab. This however is where our similarities end. According to the article, it appears that Mr. Segrich views these animals as little more than a nuisance and insists that shark fishing bans need to be lifted, presumably so as to reduce his risk of having another run in when he returns to spear fishing. What he apparently doesn’t understand is that our shark populations are largely migratory and just because he sees a lot more in an area that he hunts regularly doesn’t mean their populations are rebounding. Bull sharks in particular are highly opportunistic and territorial and tend to hang around areas where fishing activity occurs, which may certainly give him the impression that shark populations remain healthy. Also, when you consider it takes a shark almost ten years to reach sexual maturity and only one or two pups on average that survive a litter, the seasonal closures he is referring to do little to actually sustain our coastal shark populations.

Since my accident, I have given up spear fishing, not because I don’t enjoy fresh fish on the dinner table, but because in the last ten years, I have seen a drastic decline in our marine environment, including the disappearance of most of our larger fish species, including grouper, snapper and sharks. Instead, I have taken up underwater video and photography and actually spend a lot of time in the water filming and photographing sharks, which is getting harder and harder to do by virtue of the fact that sharks are getting fished out at unsustainable rates. I have also endeavored to learn as much about these animals and try to educate people as to the realities of what these creatures are about and the pressure they are under, largely as a result of our own ignorance and stupidity. Incidents involving people and sharks are nothing more than accidents, which to a large extent are entirely preventable if we just exercise a little common sense and respect the fact that sharks play a vital role in the environment as the top end of the ocean’s food chain. As a result of their dwindling population in many parts of the world, huge imbalances are taking place at alarming rates underwater, resulting in unsustainable proliferations of certain fish and other marine species and disappearances of others.

Notra99
Notra99

Sharks are in their element Never saw one chase a person down the street Damn humans are every where theres no place where animals can be left alone

Ernesto
Ernesto

Don't be silly sharks are dangerouis animals whenever i get a chance I kill them

Rb
Rb

I'm embarrassed for you, Ernesto. Apparently, you haven't learned to think before you speak.

You raise a good point. Sharks are dangerous animals. So are dogs. And dogs kill many more people than sharks do. Do you kill dogs also "whenever you get a chance"?

Bkdiver
Bkdiver

Amazing how ignorance prevails when it comes to sharks... particularly from those who have no actual source of reference but what they get from the media

Alexis.
Alexis.

You act like the sharks search to eat people.. newsflash, he was in deep water spearing fishing. Sharks eat fish and watch for easy pray all day long. They saw an opportunity and took it. He was just in the way and around the blood. It was stupid for him to even do that. He should know how sharks behave if he wants to fish. As far as the the shark fishermen, they're idiots. Sharks help keep the oceans ecosystem in check. Sharks are fearful creatures and should be feared, but they are also beautiful creatures that have been around for millions of years. They are the perfect predator and they are something to admired from a far.

fact101
fact101

Sharks eat people sometimes, and people eat sharks. Seems fair to me. That said, over-fishing is a very bad thing, no matter what the species (excluding invasives).

Pinocho
Pinocho

I know very well that you have never been spearfishing sharks deserve to die I don't think we need them

Grant Nathan
Grant Nathan

Whats wrong with you lot. This film is sick! First of all they ate killing endangered animals second shark attacks ate very very rare and spear fishing is like walking through an area where lions are with a dead zebra strapped to your back. These guys should be locked up!

phantom
phantom

Wow You are really an ignorant fool. You know, we don't need you either. Maybe you deserve to die also.

WashingtonCoverUp
WashingtonCoverUp

WASHINGTON IS MAKING UP ALL THE NEWS FOR THE MEDIA TO REPORT ON

Here are FBI MOST WANTED TERRORISTS and their online aliases. Some are wanted for U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya & Indonesia. Do these two places ring any bells?

Search Google Images for;Mark Joyner Simpleology-Seif Al Adel (Sarah Palin’s book Palinology) John Ferrero-Ramadan ShallahYaro Starak-Umar PatekArmand Morin-Noordin M Top (said to be killed in Indonesia and now removed from the FBI’s list)(Like the death of Osama "story")Michael Filsaime-Ali Sayyid Muhamed Mustafa al-BakriDr. Mani Sivasubramanian-Ammar Mansour BouslimTed Ciuba-Abdul Rahman Yasin

Many get rich quick scams serve as product placement for new cutting edge internet technologies, and logos, some sold through Clickbank. The people appearing in testimonials are part of the expansion of this organization and are often pitching other high priced products and services. They all link to one another through their marketing strategies and ability to optimize in search rankings.

Between the aliases the use, and the way in which they speak about things, everything they do has double meaning. Their faces in Google image search is similar to the picture book of symbols mentioned in The Da Vinci Code movie. Here is a code of look a likes pitching all sorts of stuff who are interconnected;

Selling a program on making millions online is Professor James Bradley who looks like the Pentagon bomber Bill Ayers.

Jay Conrad Levinson is behind a number of “guerilla” marketing and advertising books. He looks like George Soros, who’s last name is a (palin)drome. Soros has been credited for collapsing a number of nation’s currencies. George Soros has been quoted several times regarding his views on a New World Order.

The Super Affiliate Handbook is sold by someone who looks like Jill Biden, her name is Rosalind Gardner. Some appear to represent people, more in how they pose, rather then a direct look alike. Stephen Pierce appears to represent radical Van Jones, Brett McFall-Austan Goolsbee, John Childers-Andy Stern, and Jay Abraham as Ayman al-Zawahri, just to name a few.

Problem with your Google Adwords PPC ads and can’t get a straight answer? You could try Yanik Silver who looks a lot like Sergei Brin, but he probably won’t know. He sells 33 Days to Online Profits (prophets.) Why not try Perry Marshall, who looks like Obama’s priest Reverend Pfleger? He sells The Definitive Guide To Google Adwords, infringing upon Google’s trademark.

Many more can be found at Lorrie Morgan Ferrero’s Red-Hot-Copy blog such as; 72 Virgin Records Richard Branson, & White House Party Crashers the Salahi’s with Valerie Jarrett’s daughter.

The Rich Jerk sent out emails promoting Stompernet in Atlanta Georgia. The staff included Brad Fallon, an airline pilot, and Eben Pagan selling a seminar "Get Altitude". 3 days after reporting this code to the FBI, Delta in Atlanta canceled a large number of flights due to “safety reasons.” In the Youtube videos related to the Rich Jerk, it appears that Mark Cuban is the Rich Jerk. He’s the billionaire who owns the Dallas Maverick’s basketball team. Think O'bomber or Barrac-uda Palin would play for him? Another guy seen on Youtube claiming to be Robert Johnson Rich Jerk, is Tony Rezko.

Obama announced his run for office on Oprah Winfrey’s show. Have you ever noticed that Oprah’s friend Gayle King looks like Whitney Houston? Think that her name could be a code, Whit_ney White-Hous_ton House?

It appears the internet marketing experts controlled the comments, the headlines, and the finance of the last election online with the highest ranking site in Google search, Youtube.

In my strongest opinion this is the last piece of the puzzle, Osama Bin Laden is also a spokesperson, and a look-a-like. Osama represents Obama/Biden (Bi)n La(den.)

CODE CRACKED AND CONSPIRACY EXPOSED!http://www.washingtonian.com/b...

COPY AND PASTE THIS TO ALL POLITICAL NEWS SITES

Captsky2005
Captsky2005

Then the same for all the Wall st. people.

Captsky2005
Captsky2005

I guess you have never seen a slaughterhouse? Enjoy your burger.

Jovan Rodriguez
Jovan Rodriguez

The shark did not back away to savor the taste! it backed away because it did not like the taste of human blood.

i love sharks!
i love sharks!

The people that found the identity of the caveman shooting the sharks are those from TGSCI and it was because of THEIR hard work and diligence that this guy's name came to be and it was THEY who called the FWC and reported him. Get your facts right man.Also, to all of the people in this article minus Neil; i hope a shark devours you. You're no good to mankind.

Jack99
Jack99

And you are obviously the greatest thing since sliced bread. Perhaps we could clone you and have a whole planet-full of shark-lovers. For the lovely sharks to eat...

martes
martes

spearfishing, especially when sharks are around, and then surprised when a shark attacks ? Thats being foolish.

Isaza20
Isaza20

I am a spearfisher and nature enthuciast! They just wants those sharks for their jaws. The caught them, take off the jaws and throw them back to the ocean! There has to be a way this kind of inhumane practice be controlled or banned

Captsky2005
Captsky2005

You ever hear of shark fin soup or shark meat dumbass.

Neilhammersghlag
Neilhammersghlag

This article is extremely sensationalized in every way and does not paint a good picture of fisherman or scientists..

I think this article portrays a battle between scientists and fisherman. I don't believe this to be entirely true, especially in my case. I work side by side fisherman in the Florida Keys who help me with my research given their years of experience.

Mike Newman (discussed in the article) is a good example where a shark commercial fisherman now uses his knowledge to support shark conservation research.I don't think this was depicted properly in the article.

My only objection was to the extremely disturbing and destructive shark killing activities portrayed in the Shark XXX video - http://www.work-sucks.be/Priva...

I have bee in contact with the gentleman who runs the operation, who says he was not aware of the activities on the video and has since fired the former employee after the video surfaced.

Regarding the article, my opinion is that every sentence is an effort to sensationalize the issues and as a result generate further animosity among fisherman, shark attack victims and scientists.

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag

Paul
Paul

what were those guys thinking, spearfishing when they could SEE the sharks?!

Kcee
Kcee

fucking idiots. Their punishment should be exactly what they are doing to those poor sharks. All for profit...

jack99
jack99

What's even worse is gardeners -- no class at all. They plant seed, and deliberately grow helpless plants and then EAT them just as they mature. And then they BRAG about it. They shouldn't be allowed outside. There's tons of food in the store, no need to be so cruel.

Kcee101
Kcee101

they plant seed... We need to preserve nature including sharks which are an essential part of our ecosystem. We can grow and cultivate plants and eat them anytime we like, yes of course... its actually very convenient that we have the option of picking a few from a million seeds and grow them at will. Same thing cant be said about sharks. their numbers are actually declining thanks in part to shark finning, fishing, uneducated ignorant bafoons like yourself and just plain cruelty.

Jack99
Jack99

1) "Buffoon", not "bafoon" -- it really kills the effect when a self-righteous wannabe elitist trys to demonstrate superiority, but can't spell.2) Maintaining a viable predator population is one thing, worshipping a predator (or any animal) is something else entirely.3) Shark-worshipper = human-hater.

NELLY
NELLY

The Shark should have ate them Both.Phreaking idiots,leave the phreaking animals alone.

On Time Backhoe
On Time Backhoe

Hey Michael Nice Video... from On Time Back Hoe & tell the Capt I said hello

Lockuptherednecks
Lockuptherednecks

Morons. Would you take the salmon from a grizzly bear's mouth? Would you try to wrestle with a lion eating a gazelle? You are too stupid to realize the consequences of your actions. Fish belong in the sea and rednecks belong far away in the woods where they won't taint society with their idiotic ways. Why doesn't somebody pass a law to protect us from imbeciles. "There ain't no shortage, I can tell you that much."

Darrell36m
Darrell36m

shark, thinking ; hmm he tasted different than that rag head a few weeks ago....

 

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