October 24, 2011

Great White Shark     Photo: hermanusbackpackers/flickr

Texas Man Is Latest Great White Victim

Australians begin controversial shark hunt

On Saturday, a Texas man became the third fatal shark attack victim off the southwest coast of Australia in less than two months. George Thomas Wainwright, 32, was diving alone a few miles from the city of Perth when he was taken by a 10-foot long great white shark. The frequency of attacks has prompted authorities to take the extraodinary and controversial step of setting bait to hook and kill the great whites, an endangered species. There is little way of knowing which sharks were responsible without killing them and checking their stomach contents. "It sounds a little bit like taking revenge, and we're talking about an endangered species," said Barbara Weuringer, a University of Western Australia marine zoologist and shark researcher.

Read more at CBS News

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Bees     Photo: vagawi/Flickr

Bee Truck Overturns in Utah

Two hospitalized, millions of bees go free

A truck carrying 460 bee hives overturned on a Utah interstate on Sunday, hospitalizing the driver and his wife and setting loose millions bees. Officials are unsure how best to capture or disperse the bees. A police officer, news reporter, and at least one bystander were stung. The truck was carrying 25 million bees when it crashed.

Read more at The Salt Lake Tribune

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Lance Armstrong running     Photo: David Ortez/Flickr

Lance Crashes, Struggles at XTERRA Tri

Weiss takes men's title, Paterson women's

Days after telling reporters that he would be surprised to contend for victory at the XTERRA World Championships triathlon, Lance Armstrong attacked the swim and bike sections of Sunday's race in Maui before fading, crashing, and dropping from 2nd overall to 23rd by the finish, 10 minutes behind winner Michael Weiss of Australia. Great Britian's Leslie Paterson won the women's race despite a flat tire on the bike leg and a nasty fall less than a mile from the finish on the run. She overcame a six-minute deficit at the start of the 10K to defending champion Melanie McQuaid, who collapsed with likely heat exhaustion some 400 meters from the finish.

Read more at Slowtwitch.com

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Ted Ligety and Lindsey Vonn at the World Cup Finals in 2010     Photo: U.S. Ski Team/Flickr

Ligety, Vonn win GS Titles in Austria

Americans take wins in ski racing opener

American skiers Ted Ligety and Lindsey Vonn won giant slalom titles this weekend in the first race of the 2011-2012 World Cup ski season in Austria. Ligety is the defending World Cup giant slalom champion but says he is aiming for an overall World Cup victory. The win is Vonn's first World Cup GS title. The American team was familiar with the course after having lived and trained on-site at the Sölden ski area for two weeks.

Read more at The New York Times

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Everest Base Camp     Photo: ilkerender/flickr

Everest Reality TV Coming Next Spring

Base Camp documentary sparks spinoff

A new reality TV series from the creator of 40 Days at Base Camp will document the 2012 spring climbing season on Mount Everest. Diane Whelan, who calls Everest "a mountain theme park," will shoot the eight-part series in conjunction with Make Believe Media. The show is expected to air in December 2012.   

Read more at the Vancouver Sun

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