23 Jun '11, 2pm

Penny Palfrey Sets a New Ocean Swim Record...But Kills 3 Sharks In The Process : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

The photo above is of an Oceanic whitetip shark. It's populations have dropped by as much as 99% in some areas due to fishing for its fins as well as being caught as bycatch during commercial fishing operations for other species. It is known for being aggressive but can be driven off. The advice usually given to swimmers is if you see one, it's smart to get out of the water. But that isn't something a marathon swimmer is wont to do while trying to set a record. And that's why crew members decided the best way to deal with them when they came too close was to lure them away with some fish, snag the shark on a hook and line, and dispatch them with a machete, according to the Compass Cayman . In all, four sharks were spotted during the swim, and three were killed. The article states, " The sharks were six to eight feet long. One came within about four feet of a kayak manned b...

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