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16-year-old boy attacked by a shark in North Carolina

Nick Arthur was jumping over waves on a sandbar about 25 feet offshore when he started screaming, his father told CNN.

“At first I thought he was screaming out of joy, and then I looked at him and saw the shark,” Tim Arthur said.

“He was screaming ‘Get it off me. Let me go’ and I jumped into action,” Arthur said.

Arthur said his daughter swam to shore while he and his son fought the shark. Arthur said he kicked the shark near its nose while Nick was hitting him with his hand. The shark let go of Nick’s thigh as it tried to nip at his hand, allowing Nick to swim free.

The attack occurred in the ocean near Vehicle Ramp 25, about 2½ miles south of the village of Salvo, according to the National Park Service.

The Arthur family were visiting Cape Hatteras National Seashore from their home in Oak Ridge, North Carolina, near Winston-Salem.

Nick received 17 stitches and had 40 teeth prints on his thigh.

Nick was taken to a hospital in nearby Nags Head where he was treated for his injuries, according to the National Park Service. He ended up with roughly 40 teeth prints on his thigh and received 17 stitches, his father said. He had to get stitches on his thumb and has teeth scrapes on his hand.

Though bruised and sore, Arthur said his son is good spirits and luckily, there seems to be no permanent damage. He said the incident hasn’t soured the family on swimming at the beach, but added they probably won’t go out as far in the future.

“You always think it’s not going to be you,” Arthur said.

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Shark Tank host Barbara Corcoran loses $400,000 in a scam

Corcoran said someone acting as her assistant sent an invoice to her bookkeeper earlier this week for a renovation payment. She told People that she had “no reason to be suspicious” about the email because she invests in real estate, so the bookkeeper wired $388,700 to the email address.

The problem was that the email address didn’t belong to her assistant. The scammer imitated her assistant’s email address and misspelled it with one letter. The mistake wasn’t caught until the bookkeeper emailed the assistant’s correct address for a follow-up.

Corcoran said the scammer has “disappeared,” and she acknowledged that she wouldn’t be getting her money back.

“I was upset at first, but then remembered it was only money,” Corcoran told the magazine.

Corcoran’s assistant Emily Burke told CNN Business that the “Shark Tank” star wouldn’t provide any additional comment “at the advisement of her attorneys until the authorities are done investigating.”

However, Corcoran tweeted: “Lesson learned: Be careful when you wire money!” with a link to a TMZ story.

In addition to being an investor and a judge on the hit ABC show, Corcoran formerly owned the global real estate agency that shares her name. She sold it for $66 million in 2001.

Corcoran fell for a phishing scam. It’s common, too: Nearly 30,000 people reported being a victim of that type of scam last year. Together they reported nearly $50 million in losses, according to the FBI’s 2018 Internet Crime Report.
Phishing attacks are common methods of stealing usernames, passwords and money. Hackers pretend to be a trustworthy source to convince you to share personal data. To be safe, it’s important to make sure the sender is authentic before clicking on a link. Google has rolled out security protections that warns people of potential unsafe emails.

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Nearly $1 million worth of shark fins seized by wildlife inspectors in Florida

About 1,400 pounds of shark fins were found hidden in 18 boxes on Monday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a news release.

The fins, which arrived at a Miami, Florida port entry late last month, have a commercial value estimated between $700,000 to $1 million, officials said.

It was believed to have come from South America, and was likely headed to Asia.

“The shipment violated the Lacey Act and included CITES listed species,” Gavin Shire, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chief of Public Affairs, told CNN. “We are limited to what we can say about this as it is an ongoing case.”

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) is an international agreement between governments aimed to protect wild animals and plants. As of October 2016, 12 species of sharks are included in Appendix II of CITES.

“The recent seizure of more than 1,000 pounds of shark fins in Miami from potentially protected species demonstrates why we need a federal shark fin ban,” said Ariana Spawn, an ocean advocate at the nonprofit advocacy group Oceana. She called on the Senate to pass the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (S.877), which aims to ban the trade of fins nationwide.

The impact of fin trading

Due to the shark fin soup trade, shark populations such as hammerhead and oceanic whitetip, have declined by more than 90%, a 2018 study in Marine Policy reported.

Nearly 60% of the world’s shark species are threatened and more than $1 million ton of sharks are caught each year, the study added.

The study said fin imports have doubled in Hong Kong since 1960, naming the city as the “world’s biggest shark trading hub.”

Shark fin soup is a traditional, often expensive, Chinese cuisine which has been served in restaurants worldwide.
The average price for shark fins are ($99 USD – 591/kg) in Hong Kong, and ($28 USD – 419/kg) in China, the wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic reported in 2016.

And on a smaller scale, a shark fin lunch at Chinese restaurants can cost around $80 Hong Kong dollars ($11 to $12 USD) and upscale places charge up to $1,200 Hong Kong dollars ($160 USD).

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California shark attack: Surfer survives attack near Santa Rosa Island

“This was the best possible outcome to a truly terrifying situation,” said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Benjamin McIntyre-Coble.

The victim’s friend notified the Coast Guard of the attack and put a tourniquet on the victim’s leg to “prevent further blood loss,” according to the Coast Guard.

“We are so grateful to the good Samaritan who jumped in to save this guy,” Petty Officer Mark Barney told CNN. “It’s not like the New Jersey shore where out there where you might have 100 people the beach. Santa Rosa Island is remote especially out there on the northwest side where he (the victim) was surfing.

“This could have gone in a different direction, but thankfully the good Samaritan was out there. They applied the tourniquet, which is crucial. You have to get a grip on the blood flow, and that good Samaritan had their head in the right place and did everything properly.”

A MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter was sent to rescue the man. A video shared by the USCG shows the surfer being hoisted from a boat wearing a wetsuit with a white tourniquet wrapped around his left thigh.

Santa Rosa Island is located 26 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara and is part of Channel Islands National Park.

The man was transported to Santa Barbara Airport where emergency medical technicians treated him, the Coast Guard said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was in stable condition, according to the Coast Guard and the Ventura County Fire Department.

“This individual was fortunate to be with a buddy who was able to communicate their position to the Coast Guard,” McIntyre-Coble said. “We are all happy that he will be able to be with his family in time for the holidays.”

According to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), there was only one confirmed unprovoked shark attack last year in California. Of the reported shark attacks from 2018, 53% occurred while surfing or while doing board sports.
The breed of shark was not identified. According to the ISAF, white sharks have made up 97% of shark attacks in California. Leopard, mako and blue sharks have attacked humans in California as well.

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Miss America 2019 will look more like ‘Shark Tank’ than a pageant

2018 Miss America Cara Mund places the crown on Miss New York Nia Franklin who is the newly crowned Miss America 2019.UPI

Drop the ­Vaseline and lipstick and bring a briefcase — welcome to Miss America 2.0.

When the Miss America competition airs on Dec. 19, it will look less like the beauty showcase of yesteryear and more like a 21st century reality-TV competition.

“I think we envision ‘Shark Tank’ with the [candidate] interaction,” newly minted Miss America Board Chair Shantel Krebs told The Post. “We are going to say those same things. ‘Tell us why you are the best.’ ‘We want to see your business plan.’ ‘Have you set metrics and goals?’ ”

The finals will air on NBC, which Krebs said will “showcase as a competition for a job to be a contractual employee of Miss America.”

They’ve kicked the word pageant to the curb in favor of competition, and contestants are now candidates.

One of the more striking changes is the location. The weeklong event has moved from its birthplace in Atlantic City, NJ, to Mohegan Sun in Conn­ecticut. And for the first time, the preliminary events will be livestreamed in a bid to engage a larger audience.

“We want to maintain the momentum we’ve had with 2.0,” added Krebs.

It’s been two years of seismic shifts for the Miss America Organization. In 2017, CEO Sam Haskell was ousted after e-mails disparaging contestants and former titleholders surfaced. Then former Fox News broadcaster and Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson and former journalist Regina Hopper took the reins, but the sisterhood was short-lived. In June 2018, they announced that they were changing the pageant to be more about achievement than aesthetics, including ditching the famed swimsuit and eveningwear portion. The move sparked outrage within the organization with former board member Jennifer Vaden Barth leading a lawsuit against Carlson, alleging she illegally seized power.

Shantel Krebs became the new chair of Miss America in June, replacing Gretchen Carlson.AP

The lawsuit was dropped, and in June Carlson quietly stepped down while Krebs, a former Miss South Dakota and SD secretary of state, was elected to the chair position and given the task of healing the heavily fractured institution.

“Success in an organization is compromise,” said Krebs, who is adding eveningwear back into the show, but with the exception that the women won’t be judged on their gowns.

“There will be several opportunities [for formalwear] whether it be during the opening number or on-stage interview. As Miss America, she might be required to wear eveningwear and we will get to see how they will carry themselves,” said Krebs. “Or she might be in a dress that reflects something appropriate for a TED Talk.”

When Krebs landed the gig, the former politician went on a listening tour and attended state competitions.

“Having been in the political arena, everything is local. I’ve been listening to our internal audience, and they are important to me as a chair. We are grateful to our local members and volunteers.”

Sources told The Post that last year’s pageant, where Nia Franklin was crowned, was incredibly tense. However, the past few months have been marked with a relative peace within the organization, and Krebs said the nearly 10,000-seat arena is almost sold out.

But an insider told The Post the former titleholders were still split in their allegiances. Miss America 2016 Betty Maxwell (née Cantrell) voiced her displeasure last week on industry site Pageant Planet’s Instagram page.

“There is nothing to celebrate about our beloved pageant dying before its 100th anniversary. It’s heartbreaking actually,” she wrote. “Hence why the majority of former Miss Americas will not be attending.”

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Whale shark spotted off the coast of Palm Beach

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla — An extremely rare shark sighting occurred Friday just a few miles off the coast of Palm Beach.

Visitors on board one of the Blue Heron Charter boats were able to capture video footage of a juvenile whale shark just feet away from where they were standing.

“It wasn’t scary at all. The animal is very docile, pretty beautiful, moved through the water real slow and brushed against the boat a few times,” said visitor Lenny Gombert.

Gombert was visiting from New York and in town celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife when he experienced what he calls a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I have to be thankful and have gratitude for being out there yesterday. It was my anniversary, 32 years married to my beautiful wife Sandy, and we are only here because my in-laws own a place here in Jupiter that we vacation at,” said Gombert.

Although whale sharks are said to be rare along the eastern coast of Florida, other species such as black tips, hammerheads, lemon and tiger sharks are some of the most common.

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