Shipwrecked man saved by shark


This video is called Sharks in Deep Trouble.

From the Huffington Post in the USA:

Toakai Teitoi, Kiribati Fisherman Who Was Lost At Sea For 15 Weeks, Credits Shark For Saving His Life

Posted: 09/17/2012 4:03 pm Updated: 09/17/2012 4:21 pm

A Kiribati fisherman and father of six who spent about three and a half months adrift at sea in a wooden boat has credited a shark with saving his life, AFP reports.

Toakai Teitoi drifted in the central Pacific for 15 weeks before he was rescued by a Marshall Islands fishing vessel last week. The fisherman has since claimed that a 6-and-a-half foot shark is the hero that led him to safety.

According to AFP, Teitoi said he had woken up on the afternoon of Sept. 11 to “see the shark circling the boat and bumping the hull.”

“He was guiding me to a fishing boat. I looked up and there was the stern of a ship and I could see crew with binoculars looking at me,” Teitoi said. Having captured “[Teitoi’s] attention,” the shark reportedly then swam away, AFP adds.

According to Australia’s Herald Sun, Teitoi’s troubles began in the Kiribati capital of Tarawa in late May, where the fisherman was attending a ceremony during which he was sworn in as a policeman.

After the ceremony, Teitoi and his 52-year-old brother-in-law set off on what was supposed to be a 2-hour sea journey back to their home island of Maiana. However, after the pair fell asleep on the boat, they woke to find that they had drifted out of sight of land and soon ran out of fuel.

“We had food, but the problem was we had nothing to drink,” Teitoi explained, according to the Sun.

Teitoi managed to survive by subsisting on fish and rainwater, the Bangkok Post reports. His brother-in-law’s health failed, however, and he died of dehydration on July 4. “I left him there overnight and slept next to him like at a funeral”, Teitoi told AFP.

Teitoi says his seafaring days are now behind him. “I’ll never go by boat again. I’m taking a plane,” he said.

$5 Million Investment Gives Vital Boost to Pacific Islands’ World Heritage Site in Kiribati: here.

New marine animal species discovered in Hawaii


This 2013 video is called Hawaii Sea Creatures.

By Laura Hastings:

A recent survey conducted in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) Marine National Monument has uncovered a trove of new species.

Researchers working on the ‘Census of Coral Reefs’ project set out in October 2006 to explore the waters around the French Frigate Shoals, a group of atolls in the NWHI National Monument.

New species of purple sea stars, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, reef brachiopods, coral, and sea squirts were among those documented by the team.

More marine life, in Singapore, here.

Extinct brachiopods: here.

And here.

The tiny Pacific islands nation of Kiribati declared the world’s largest marine protected area Thursday—a California-sized ocean wilderness that includes pristine reefs and eight coral atolls teeming with fish and birds. The Phoenix Islands Protected Area, or PIPA, lies about halfway between Hawaii and Fiji: here.

Kiribati, a small nation consisting of 33 Pacific island atolls, is forecast to be among the first countries swamped by rising sea levels. Nevertheless, the country recently made an astounding commitment: it closed over 150,000 square miles of its territory to fishing, an activity that accounts for nearly half the government’s tax revenue. What moved the tiny country to take this monumental action? President Anote Tong, says Kiribati (“Kir-ee-bas”) is sending a message to the world: “We need to make sacrifices to provide a future for our children and grandchildren”: here.