ROTTNEST ISLAND, WESTERN AUSTRALIA: MAN SITS ON DEAD WHALE WHILE SHARKS CIRCLE IT!
WHAT WOULD HE HAVE DONE NEXT? SWIM WITH THE SHARKS? Or was his intention SUICIDE BY SHARK?
Boatie climbs onto whale carcass as sharks circle http://dlvr.it/7P1DF6
There were dramatic scenes in the ocean off Rottnest on Saturday when a man jumped off his boat and clambered onto the carcass of a humpback whale with at least five sharks nearby.
Tony Capelutti, from the Department of Fisheries Shark Response Unit, said there were a number of shark sightings and warnings throughout the day.
“Around lunchtime one of the reports stated that four tiger sharks and a white shark were feeding on the carcass of a humpback whale four nautical miles east of Rottnest,” he said.
A number of people in boats were in the vicinity watching the sharks feed when suddenly a man jumped out of his boat into the water and swam over the to carcass and climbed onto it.
A man rides the dead humpback whale off Rottnest. Image from Seven News.
The man sat on the carcass for a short time before men in another boat went over to him and took him off the carcass and delivered him back to his own boat.
Great white shark kills male surfer at Gracetown Beach, Western Australia
Gracetown is in Western Australia
Shark kills male surfer at Gracetown Beach, Western Australia
November 23, 2013
A SURFER killed in a shark attack in Western Australia has been described as an “absolute champion” who loved the ocean.
Chris Boyd, 35, a father-of-two originally from Queensland, was killed instantly when he was mauled by a great white shark while surfing at popular break “Umbies” off Gracetown, 270km south of Perth.
It is the the third time in the past decade the close-knit community of Gracetown, about 270km south of Perth, has been left reeling from the shock of a fatal shark attack.
Surfer Ryan Scanlon said he was about to paddle out into the water when he witnessed the attack.
Shark Attack Kills South Africa Snorkeller
Witnesses initially mistook the shark, which dragged its victim out into deep water, for two animals because of its size.
Emergency workers at Jeffreys Bay. Pic: Paul Van Jaarsveld/Twitter
A snorkeller has been killed by a shark at a world-famous surfing resort in South Africa.
The man’s body was recovered from Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape region after he was dragged into deep water by the shark.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said a volunteer rescue crew was dispatched at 11:30am local time after reports of the attack.
“On arrival on-scene remains of a body, believed to be those of an adult male, have been recovered from the water and handed into the care of the police and the forensic pathology services,” it said.
He was attacked in 2004 and survived. Now, in 2013, he is attacked by another shark!
Man attacked by a shark 180kms east of Esperance survived 2004 attack
- AAP, PerthNow
- October 09, 2013
SHARK attack victim Greg Pickering has undergone 10 hours of surgery and is in a stable condition after yesterday’s horrifying attack.
Mr Pickering – who survived an attack by a 1.5m bronze whaler in March 2004, while spearfishing with a friend about 9km off Cervantes – was working about 180km east of Esperance yesterday when he was attacked again, by what’s believed to be a great white shark.
It’s understood the 55-year-old suffered injuries to his head and face.
Fatal shark attacks are relatively rare in New Zealand. Fairfax reports 14 deaths since record-keeping began in the 1830s.
The shark was a great white, according to Russell Clark, a paramedic from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service, which responded to the emergency at the beach.
Swimmer killed in shark attack at New Zealand beach, authorities say
(CNN) — New Zealand police officers fired shots at a big shark on Wednesday as it was biting the body of a swimmer it had attacked and killed off a beach on the country’s west coast.
The shark — believed to be about 12-14 feet (3.7-4.3 meters) long — attacked a man in his 40s who was swimming 200 meters (220 yards) offshore near Muriwai Beach, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of central Auckland, New Zealand police said.
Police officers and life guards went out in inflatable boats and fired at the shark, which “rolled over and disappeared,” said Inspector Shawn Rutene.
April 01, 2012
Diver killed by shark off South-West beach
- by: Yasmine Phillips, Ashlee Mullany and Joe Spagnolo
- From: PerthNow
- March 31, 2012 4:55PM
Peter Kurmann with his two young sons. The young father was taken by a shark 1600m offshore while diving with his brother. Source: PerthNow
A 33-year-old father-of-two has become WA’s latest fatal shark attack victim after setting off for a morning dive with his brother earlier today.
Peter Kurmann, from Vasse, was diving about 1600m off Stratham Beach, within Geographe Bay south of Bunbury, when he was attacked by a shark, believed to be 4m long, shortly before 9.30am today.
His death has sent the tight-knit community into mourning as Mr Kurmann leaves behind his wife Debra, a respected Busselton councillor, and two young sons.
Mr Kurmann’s brother said his family had suffered a terrible loss and requested people respect their privacy.
“We have lost a son, a brother, a husband and a wonderful father,” he said. “Words cannot express how we feel at this time.”
Mr Kurmann’s death is the fourth fatal shark attack in WA waters since September last year.
The Department of Fisheries launched a search for the shark with aerial and water patrols today and it will likely help identify the species of the shark by analysing bite marks.
“The surviving brother has said he saw a large shark-like shape of around about four metres,” Tony Cappelluti, the department’s regional manager for the metropolitan area, said.
“We don’t know if he witnessed the attack. There was a boat not far from them and they came and provided assistance when called to.
“They didn’t see a shark and there have been no further sightings of a shark so there is no description of the species. We don’t know what the species is.”
Premier Colin Barnett said that a shoot to kill order was unlikely to be issued, because that would only happen if the shark was lurking around swimmers.
“Each situation is considered on its merit at the time,” he said.
Mr Barnett said culling sharks was not the answer but he believed restrictions on fishermen catching sharks should be reviewed.
“I think we should always keep that issue open,” he said.
“Many fishermen will say that they are seeing more sharks when they are out fishing. If the population is growing then I can’t see why the shark species can’t be fished, as it used to be.
“We have a research program going on now to actually try and understand the shark numbers.”
A WA Police spokeswoman said Mr Kurmann’s body was brought to shore at Port Geographe Marina, near Busselton.
She said he died from his injuries but his brother was not injured in the attack.
The Department of Fisheries launched an aerial patrol soon after the attack and the Department of Transport sent a vessell from Bunbury to search for the shark.
Stratham Beach has been closed today and will likely remain closed tomorrow.
Earlier this year, WA was rated the deadliest place in the world for fatal shark attacks in 2011 after the deaths of three men off the state’s coast in two months.
Bodyboarder Kyle Burden, 21, was killed near Bunker Bay in September, Bryn Martin, 64, disappeared while swimming off Cottesloe in October and American George Thomas Wainwright, 32, died after an attack while scuba diving off Rottnest Island, also in October.
Mr Barnett said he did not believe shark fatalities would deter West Australians from swimming at beaches.
“I don’t think West Australians will ever stop using and loving their beaches,” Mr Barnett said.
“But again I’d stress for swimmers who stay close in to the beach and aswim in areas that are managed through surf lifesaving they are not at risk.
“There is always a risk if you go outside those areas and particularly if you swim out to deep water.”
Keen Cowaramup diver Paul Donegan, 32, said the attack had sent chills down his spine because he was scuba diving near the location of the attack the day before.
“As soon as I heard this morning, it just made me feel sick,” Mr Donegan said.
“I don’t go surfing as much anymore because of it all but you’ve still got to have some fun. When you hear about it happening so frequently, it just makes you think twice.”
– With AAP
March 31, 2012
FATAL ATTACK: A diver has been killed by a shark in WA’s South-West. Picture: File Source: Supplied
A 33-YEAR-OLD man has been killed by a shark while diving off a WA beach this morning.
He was taken while diving with brother from a small open boat called Vampire, about 1.6km off Stratham Beach, between Bunbury and Busselton, shortly before 9.30am today.
A WA Police spokeswoman said his body was being taken to Port Geographe Marina, near Busselton.
Beaches in the area have been closed following the attack.
The shark was believed to be 4 metres long, but the species is unknown.
A police spokeswoman said the man’s brother was not harmed.
It’s believed the man’s mauled body was recovered from the water by his brother.
Experts from the Department of Fisheries have launched an investigation, which will include an examination of bite marks on the man’s body to determine what species of shark was involved in the attack. Today’s attack is the fourth fatal shark attack off the WA coast since September last year.
A Fisheries WA spokesman said an aerial patrol would be launched shortly to determine if the shark was still in the area.
A Department of Transport vessel, sent from Bunbury, is currently searching the waters.
Stratham Beach has been closed and police are in attendance. The victim has not been named by police.
Today, Premier Colin Barnett said he was concerned that there had been four fatal shark in attacks in WA during the past seven months.
He said he was being briefed and no shoot to kill order had been issued. He did not believe that would be likely because such an order would only be issued if the shark was posing an ongoing threat to people.
While the Premier said he did not support culling, he said there was a need to review the restrictions placed on fishermen catching sharks.
He urged West Australians to swim at supervised beaches.
More to come.
Recent fatal shark attacks in WA
Saturday, 22 October 2011: American George Thomas Wainwright, 32, died after an attack while scuba diving off Rottnest Island
Monday, 10 October 2011: Bryn Martin was likely taken by great white shark after he was last seen about 350m from the shore as he headed out to sea on his daily swim in front of the Indiana tea house.
Sunday, 4 September 2011: Kyle James Burden is killed while bodyboarding with friends at Bunker Bay, near Dunsborough.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010: Nick Edwards died after a shark attacked him while he was surfing near Gracetown.
Saturday, 27 December 2008: Fisherman Brian Guest is taken by a great white while snorkelling at Port Kennedy.
Saturday, 19 March 2005: Geoffrey Brazier is attacked by a 6m shark, believed to be a great white, as he snorkelled near the Abrolhos Islands, off Geraldton.
Saturday, 10 July 2004: Brad Smith attacked by a great white as he surfed near Gracetown.
Monday 6 November 2000: Swimmer Ken Crew is killed by a great white off Cottesloe.
Monday 20 January 1997: Windsurfer Werner Schonhofer is likely killed by a tiger shark in Geraldton.
Monday 11 September 1995: Abalone diver David Weir killed near Hopetoun in the South-West.
Sunday 21 November, 1993: Pearl diver Richard Bisley killed by a tiger shark off Roebuck Bay, Broome.
– With AAP
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Shark attacks Australian surfer
Last Updated: 21 hours 46 minutes ago
A surfer has been attacked by a shark at a beach on the central coast of the Australian state of New South Wales.
The shark bit the 28-year-old man while he was surfing at around 8pm (AEDT) Tuesday evening at North Avoca Beach.
NSW Ambulance says the man felt his arm go underneath the surfboard and immediately paddled back to shore to raise the alarm.
The man sustained a five-centimetre puncture wound to his right forearm and another puncture wound to his right wrist.
He was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Gosford Hospital in a stable condition.
Rick Parsons, president of the local Surf Lifesaving Club, said witnesses reported the shark was brown and about 1.8 metres long.
He said it could have been a bronze whaler, which was recently sighted at nearby Terrigal Beach.
He said the attack was extremely uncommon.
“I’ve never known of a shark attack on North Avoca and I’ve been involved with the surf club for the past 20 years,” he said.
A spokesman for Gosford Hospital said the surfer was in a satisfactory condition and that doctors were taking X-rays of his arm.
He may not even need stitches, he said.