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Old 27th May 2008, 21:24   #1 (permalink)
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Sharks in Turkey!!

I've just got back from Altinkum after 10 days of sunshine, swimming and diving off boats.
The sea was quite warm for the time of year too and crystal clear
I went snorkeling and saw different species of fish...
Then to my horror I've just been reading that beaches have been closed in Bodrum and Marmaris because of sharks
Here's the report........
Beaches closed in Turkey: sharks attacked seashore



"For the first time over several tens of years, a big number of sharks appeared at the western seashore of Turkey. The state of emergency forced local resorts to correct their programs, according to RBC.

A particularly unpleasant situation takes place at Bodrum and Marmaris, which have been popular among tourists. Tens of beaches were closed there, with red flags marking the ban to swim.

According to the information of local rescuers, the sharks have provoked a real panic among tourists. Authorities are trying to calm people down, explaining that the sharks of this species attack people very rarely, and the situation is not as bad as it seems.

At present, scientists have not discovered as yet why sharks appeared at the Aegean Sea shores, where they have not appeared for over 30 years."

Does anyone know what sort of sharks they are and if they will fancy me for dinner!!!
Here's the link to the original article
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Old 27th May 2008, 21:26   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Sharks in Turkey!!

I think they are probably Bull Sharks - and no, I am not being funny
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Old 27th May 2008, 22:55   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Sharks in Turkey!!

There are between 47 and 53 species of shark in the mediterranean. 16 of these are over 3mtrs and 15 are potentially dangerous. And yes the list does include the Great White.

Here is the full list

Order HEXANCHIFORMES:- Cowsharks
Family HEXANCHIDAE :- Six-gill and seven-gill sharks
No. Common Name

01. Sharpnose seven-gill shark
02. Bluntnose six-gill shark
03. Sharpnose six-gill shark
Order SQUALIFORMES :- Dogfish sharks
Family ECHINORHINIDAE : Bramble sharks

04. Bramble shark
Family SQUALIDAE : Dogfish sharks
05. Gulper shark
06. Little gulper shark
07. Portuguese dogfish
08. Kitefin shark
09. Velvet-belly
10. Little sleeper shark
11. Piked dogfish
12. Cookiecutter shark
Family OXYNOTIDAE : Roughsharks
14. Angular roughshark
Order SQUATINIFORMES, Angelsharks
Family SQUATINIDAE : Angelsharks

15. Angelshark
16. Sawback angelshark
17. Smoothback angelshark
Order LAMNIFORMES ;- Mackerel sharks
Family ODONTASPIDIDAE : Sandtiger sharks

18. Sandtiger or grey nurse shark
19. Smalltooth sandtiger
Family CETORHINIDAE : Basking Sharks
20. Basking shark
Family LAMNIDAE : White, Mako and Mackerel sharks
21. Great white shark
22. Shortfin mako
23. Longfin mako
24. Porbeagle
Family ALOPIIDAE : Thresher sharks
25. Thresher shark
26. Bigeye thresher shark
Order CARCHARHINIFORMES :- Ground sharks
Family SCYLIORHINIDAE : Catsharks

27. Blackmouth catshark
28. Smallspotted catshark
29. Nursehound
Family HEMIGALEIDAE : Weasel sharks
30. Atlantic weasel shark (possible)
Family LEPTOCHARIIDAE : Barbeled houndsharks
31. Barbeled houndshark (possible)
Family TRIAKIDAE : Houndsharks
32. Schoolshark or tope
33. Starry smoothhound
34. Smoothhound
35. Blackspot smoothhound
Family CARCHARHINIDAE : Requiem sharks
36. Spinner shark
37. Silky shark
38. Copper shark
39. Blacktip shark
40. Blacktip reef shark
41. Dusky shark
42. Bignose shark
43. Sandbar shark
44. Blue shark
45. Oceanic whitetip shark (possible)
46. Bull shark (possible)
47. Tiger shark (possible)
48. Milk shark (possible)
Family SPHYRNIDAE : Hammerhead sharks
49. Scalloped hammerhead
50. Smooth hammerhead
51. Smalleye hammerhead
52. Whitefin hammerhead
53. Great hammerhead

Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously though there were only 60 reported attacks on boats or people between 1899 and 2000 so the risks are very small.
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Re: Sharks in Turkey!!

ok v6cod ...thats a hell of a list...but which are the bad dudes
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Re: Sharks in Turkey!!

I think you will find most of the sharks in Turkiye are on land.
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Old 27th May 2008, 23:53   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Sharks in Turkey!!

The ones that bite!
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Re: Sharks in Turkey!!

If you see one just tickel its underbelly and it will become very placid. Sharks are so misunderstood, its peoples ignorance that cause them to attack. Now where have i heard that one before.
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Re: Sharks in Turkey!!

Quote:
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ok v6cod ...thats a hell of a list...but which are the bad dudes
As far as i'm concerned, numbers 1 - 53
I think i'll stick to the pool.
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Re: Sharks in Turkey!!

Hi all

What type of sharks did you say ??

Surely all the emlaks have not gone for a swim at the same time !!!

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Re: Sharks in Turkey!!

Don't know about sharks, but I saw dolphins last week coming back from Kos. Now THAT was a lovely sight. I was told that dolphins and sharks never swim in the same water, don't know how true that is?
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