Big Shark News: Mexico Bans Great White Cage-Diving

Am I surprised by THIS MOVE? A little bit, to be honest. “Shark Tourism” = Big American Dollars for Mexico and thrills for those who dream of encountering gigantic Great Whites gliding through the briny off Guadaloupe Island each year. Even so, “hurrah” to Mexican environmental authorities. Shark Week TV ratings may be impacted, but the proliferation of sightseeing companies and tours devoted to cage-diving is an almost grotesque intrusion upon fragile Great White Shark ecosystems and these splendid animals do not need to associate humans with the food sources used to attract them to caged underwater voyeurs.

Some longtime, responsible entrepreneurs will lose their livelihoods, and that is not a thing to celebrate at all, but here’s hoping that at least some of them will retain sustainable privileges when it comes to assisting scientists who continue to study and document the activities of the majestic predators that continue to frequent such beautifully eerie waters. I presume that scientific explorations and cage-dives will still be allowed. All in all, this is a good thing for the sharks and could be a good thing for certain tour guides—winnowing-out the less-responsible enterprises and bolstering those companies best-equipped to aid researchers in their quest for knowledge about My Favorite Denizen O’ the Deep.

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Has Mother Nature Foods Inc. Produced Its First “Sharksicle”?

SEEMS SO. Connoisseurs of frozen treats, however, claim that the new item’s flavor profile has a “slightly unpleasant bite to it.”

Thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your animatronic waitresses.

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Sizzlin’ Hot Publishing Trends for 2023?

Look no further. FORBES gazes into the crystal ball and conjures-up a few visions. Have a PEEK at the ever-morphing landscape of (mostly) crap.

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Rounding-Up The Usual Suspects

Wide Open Country has compiled quite an assemblage of varmints for their latest treatment of the ongoing “outlaw” country music phenomenon that ostensibly began in the late 1960s and hit critical mass in 1975 and 1976 with the rise of million-selling crossover artists like Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Jessi Colter. The so-called “movement” gave the appearance of fading not too long after that watershed, slipping beneath the heavy surface currents of “countrypolitan” sounds (think Barbara Mandrell, the Urban Cowboy craze, etc.) but, in fact, the genuine musical renegades have continued to ply their wares to this day. Music fans, have a gander.

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Give the Salty a Trophy, Already

These sorts of hypothetical match-ups between predatory animals are witheringly stupid, but there’s no way a Nile Crocodile is ever going to get the best of a Saltwater Crocodile of roughly equal weight and measure. Moreover, they are never, ever going to “face off” to prove the matter of superiority unless some terminally bored, zillionaire Sheikh from Dubai imports one of each species and lets them go-at-it in a luxury pool just to get his jollies while some slave hand-feeds him figs. People obsess over the weirdest, goriest things. I’m beginning to think that humans are a mistake of natural selection, mutative evolution.

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Why Not? Southern Food Can Be Delicious

The Great White Sharks like a few hush-puppies with their grits, too, APPARENTLY.

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Cintra Wilson Kicks Ass, As Usual

One of our treasured and far too underrated American writers—a real dame, like they used to make ‘em in days when the Going Got Tough and the Tough Needed to Get Going even faster than they were Going already. Legend of her own books, articles, from the New York Times to Salon (which she basically helped ESTABLISH) to MTV cult-hit shows. Nobody writes better than Wilson when she’s on her game, and I got the proof … HER LATEST.

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I Want to See One of These Bad-Ass Spiders in Real Life Before I Die (Hopefully Not Due to Its Bite)

I’ll never forget the moment: I was wandering around a mall in Santa Rosa, California in 1995, checking out the wares in some sort of adventure-themed shop dedicated to books and toys and games and other gewgaws centered upon wildlife and exotic outdoor exploration. I want to say that it was some sort of zoological version of Sharper Image, but my memory banks are fading and I never saw such a boutique again, anywhere, so the business model itself could not have lasted very long.

The store was probably best-described as something that you’d find at the end of your tour of the late Aussie Steve Irwin’s jungle park or whatever the hell his brood continues to operate Down Under. A kind of gift shop for the intrepid admirer of strange animals and other biological oddities and beasties of the natural world.

Anyhow, in this store in Santa Rosa, they sold a large, blow-up plastic model of a Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria species) in full “attack mode”—its front legs raised high and its fangs spread wide in preparation to jump on you and deliver one of its neurologically devastating Bites of Horror. I had never seen or heard of such a bad-ass spider in my young life and, upon reading (on the tag) that the Brazilian Wandering Spider was the most venomous and aggressive arachnid ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH, I was duly obsessed for … well, forever.

Long story short: this spider-nerd did not have enough money on himself at the time to buy the blow-up version of the Brazilian Wandering Spider, so I spent the next 25 years studying every article and scientific paper I could pertaining to this dangerous denizen of the South American tropics. Of course, my investigative efforts in this regard were helped greatly by the ensuing advent of Google and YouTube and 9 Zillion cable-TV channels devoted to adrenalin-junkie explorer dudes wandering the wilds and poking sticks at poisonous creatures for ratings.

The Brazilian Wandering Spider is TROUBLE. Its venom is, milligram for milligram, more toxic than that of a rattlesnake, much less any other “problematic” spider on the globe. In one chilling example from Brazil, a scientist documented an instance in which just one of these spiders killed two young children sleeping in the same bed. The spider had become entangled beneath the kids’ bedsheet and, after biting one, it bit the other child as both thrashed about in the darkness, screaming in pain. The poor kids were both dead in an hour.

If a tragic tale like that doesn’t make your hair stand on end, nothing will. But it will also add to the fascination-level of a mind like mine, e.g. how and why do spiders of this genus develop such particularly lethal venoms during the process of evolution, over millions of years, especially when mammals like us are obviously not on their menu. These big arachnids eat jungle-bugs and, maybe, the occasional hapless mouse or lizard or small bird.

There are plenty of documented stories about Brazilian Wandering Spiders chasing people all around their houses—these large spiders do not run away when confronted; on the contrary, they run AFTER you. One poor woman in Sao Paolo tried to defend herself by bashing the spider with a broom. The spider simply jumped onto the broom, scuttled up the entire handle and bit her in the hand before the stunned soul had the presence of mind to drop the thing.

Another individual, a farmer, came upon his three large dogs barking and “playing” with a single Brazilian Wandering Spider in full “attack display” in his front yard one day. Two of the dogs were dead by the end of the afternoon and the third barely survived.

Perhaps one of the most astonishing hallmarks of the bite of the Brazilian Wandering Spider is that their excruciatingly painful bites—the venom is comprised of a cocktail of pain-generating proteins and peptides high in serotonin—almost always result in an unexpected side-effect in male mammals: agonizing, long-lasting erections. Yep.

Needless to say, major pharmaceutical companies are already experimenting with the venom of the Brazilian Wandering Spider with the intent to create new, better drugs to treat erectile dysfunction in men because, well, there simply aren’t enough humans populating the world and we need more raging boners on planet Earth.

Whatever the case, these spiders are the stuff of nightmares and obsessions, at least for a Curious Joe like me, who has been demanding “Why, why why?” and “How, how, how?” ever since I was old enough to be slapped into silence.

Click on the link in the text above to learn (and see) more about this fascinating inhabitant of our tropical rain forests and cities below the Equator. For my part, I’d like to actually see one of these creatures in real life—from a safe distance or behind protective glass or something—at least once in my life. If that makes me weird, then you ain’t telling me anything I don’t already know. Hmmpph!

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Chinese Food Blogger Fined Big Bucks for Preparing & Eating Great White Shark Meat!

But did she feel ravenously hungry again twenty minutes AFTER SHE ATE IT? That’s what I want to know.

Don’t go swimmin’ near the Farallon Islands, girlfriend. One of the Big Sisters is bound to have heard about your little stunt.

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Tragic Nibble Launches 2023 Great White Shark Hit-List

There are a number of things that seem a tad fishy (no pun intended) about THIS HORRIFIC NEWS story. If the poor guy was 50 feet beneath the surface collecting mollusks, then how did his buddies up on the boat see him attacked by a shark, much less be able to gauge the Great White’s considerable length at 19ft? (Visibility from any ocean’s surface—even on the clearest day—does not allow for a clear perspective of anything beyond ten or fifteen feet, at best.) As for the boat captain’s chillingly clinical remarks about the shark’s “impressive” decapitation-skills, I am going to presume that something was lost in the translation from Spanish to English. Yeah, uh huh.

At all events, it appears a most unfortunate man has lost his life by “desperate diving” to put food on his family table, even though the waters off that particular portion of Mexico are notorious for increased Great White Shark activity during this particular time of the year and many area divers have suffered financially, avoiding the coastal waters for that very reason. Desperation is a dangerous game, folks, no matter how one approaches it.

Well, we can be certain that the poor fellow didn’t feel a thing, if a behemoth 19ft female Great White Shark took his head off on the first pass. For a shark of that size, such a move would be nothing more than a brief nibble, a “gumming”—it would require more effort for one of us to pop a ripe grape off a cluster with our lips.

RIP, Mr. Lopez, Mexican Mollusk Diver. You died in the bosom of Mother Ocean earning an honest living, which is more than can be said for many men in your otherwise beautiful part of the world.

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Agent-turns-Editor at Solaris

This seems to be an accelerating trend in publishing, particularly in Sci-Fi/Fantasy and YA genres. Read about it HERE.

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That’s a Helluva Lot of Cat Chow

One simply has to SEE IT AND READ ABOUT IT to experience the toothsome and curious melange of schadenfreude/enthrallment … laced with with a soupçon of existential seemliness.

Was this a case wherein an epitome of gluttonous human arrogance and indolence received its just desserts? Hmmm. You be the judge. I, for one, cannot seem to summon a tear for that [clearly undernourished] “hunter” and, instead, find myself cheering for the Mighty Puss that delivered the coup-de-claw on our blob of gras.

It seems entirely plausible that this exemplary homo sapien may have perished in the midst of an event he greatly enjoyed—a FEEDING. (If so, one must applaud the universe and its little ironies, doled-out in precious increments, as they are, from time to time.)

Humans: I do declare that I despair.

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