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04-09-2008, 04:35 AM
does your shoreline encounter sharks and or shark attacks ? we had this one yesterday (not that far south of my area) and there was one north last year, both kids died.

Shark attack: police hail teen's brave rescue bid

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Police are amazed at the bravery of a young surfer who plunged into blood-clouded surf in a vain attempt to save his mate from a killer shark off northern NSW this morning.
The survivor, 16, has been treated for shock and released from a Ballina hospital after dragging his dying friend to shore moments after he was savaged off the town's Lighthouse Beach.
The mauled teenager, bitten on the legs and body, died on the beach from massive blood loss.
His friend told lifesavers the sea turned red after the attack by a large shark.
Police said they would consider nominating his friend for a medal for his "exceptional" bravery.
Surfers 'took advantage of teacher stop-work'
Detective Inspector Steve Clark said the teenagers, both from Wollongbar, west of Ballina, had taken advantage of a teacher stop-work meeting to go bodyboarding off Ballina's Lighthouse Beach when the shark struck about 8am.
"At that time one of them has left the water and gone to the shore, at which point he has looked back and seen his friend in distress,'' Detective Inspector Clark said.
"He has re-entered the water and started paddling out to his friend.''
As he paddled out, the boy saw a "large, dark shadow'' moving away from his friend.
"Despite seeing that, he's still gone to his friend, retrieved him, brought him back to the shore and attempted to revive him,'' Detective Inspector Clark said.
'Extreme act of bravery'
"It was an extreme act of bravery to re-enter the water and he's still gone in to retrieve his friend. It's exceptional.''
Earlier, the boy told lifesavers the sea turned red within moments of the attack.
Surf Life Saving NSW spokesman Stephen Leahy said the friend had described the moments immediately after the attack.
"One boy indicated to his mate that he was in trouble and his mate went over and as he approached him he saw the water was beginning to turn red,'' Mr Leahy said.
The boy went for help at a nearby beach tower, where lifeguards raised the alarm.
'Nothing we could do'
"The boy was dragged up out of the water and onto the sand. Shortly after emergency services arrived but there was nothing we could do to save that boy's life,'' Mr Leahy said.
Mr Leahy also indicated that the shark was very large.
The dead boy was taken to Ballina Hospital.
"We've closed all the beaches in the Ballina Shire," Mr Leahy said.

The shark had not been seen since the attack and crews were out looking for it, he said.
The manager at the nearby Ballina Beach Resort, Sharon, said today's morning's attack came a fortnight after a group of bull sharks were seen off in Ballina.
Bull sharks seen in river
"About two weeks ago there was an article in the local newspaper that said five bull sharks were seen in the river," she said
"I've been here for 23 years and in the last few years there's been quite a few sightings."
She said this was the first shark death in Ballina that she had heard of.
Surfers' websites say Lighthouse Beach, just north of the Richmond River estuary, is popular, but they warn of the danger from sharks.
Shark Attack Response Plan
Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald has expressed his condolences to the family and says his department will now do all it can to help in the investigation.

"The State Government has initiated the Shark Attack Response Plan, with a (Department of Primary Industries) scientist on the way to Ballina to assist police and the coroner with their investigations," Mr Macdonald said in a statement.
"This is a tragedy.
"It brings home to us that, sadly, there are no 100 % guarantees when we venture into our waterways."
Today's attack comes a little over a year after 26-year-old boogie boarder Matthew McIntosh was bitten on the leg by a shark at nearby Shelly Beach.
'Massive jolt, blood everywhere'
"The boogie boarder didn't even see the shark," Charlie Wood told The Sun-Herald directly after last year's attack.
"He felt this massive jolt on his leg and looked down to see blood everywhere.
"He yelled out and everyone got out of the water as they dragged him onto the rocks."
Mr McIntosh underwent microsurgery on his leg and foot and made a full recovery.
NSW worst for shark attacks

This morning's attacks means NSW is now home to the most recorded fatal shark attacks in Australian history.
Until today NSW and Queensland had been even at 72 fatal attacks each, the Australian Shark Attack File, run by Taronga Zoo, reported.
The last fatal shark attack in NSW was in 1993 at Byron Bay. The first recorded fatal shark attack in Australia was also in northern NSW, in 1791, when an indigenous woman was killed.

There have been 254 shark attacks in NSW since recording began, with a total of 693 across the country, the Shark Attack File states.
Of these 192 have been fatal.

Surfing website wannasurf.com notes the area as a popular surf spot, but states sharks are among its dangers.


04-09-2008, 04:48 AM
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04-09-2008, 04:55 AM
Damn, im lucky I dont live near any ocean, im terrified of sharks.

The Hound
04-09-2008, 05:14 AM
i think most of the shark attacks here in NSW come from remote coast lines north and south ... very rarely - infact i can only remember one sighting - do you get sharks at manly, cronulla, maroubra, bronte etc ...

i thought adelaide had the most shark attacks ??

04-09-2008, 07:53 AM
maybe ? we had one on north strady last year

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04-09-2008, 04:40 PM
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04-09-2008, 05:11 PM
I can't wait for Shark Week! Oh yeah!


04-10-2008, 01:48 AM
no one answered the question, i doubt you get em in europe but what about the states, you get shark attacks there ? i know south africa has a few

Dirty Knowledge
04-10-2008, 02:00 AM
You must not know about Florida...

What about GATOR or CROC attacks? I'd guess that Australia has Florida beat in that..but I'uno..peep this:

Human deaths from shark attacks hit 20-year low last year

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fatal shark attacks worldwide dipped to their lowest levels in two decades in 2007 with the sole casualty involving a swimmer vacationing in the South Pacific, according to the latest statistics from the University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu/).

Except for 1987, when there were no fatalities, the last year a single human death occurred from a shark attack was in 1985, said George Burgess (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/gallery/photographer/GeorgeBurgess.htm), director of the International Shark Attack File (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Sharks/ISAF/ISAF.htm) housed at UF’s Florida Museum of Natural History (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/). By comparison, there were four deaths each in 2005 and 2006, and seven in 2004.

“It’s quite spectacular that for the hundreds of millions of people worldwide spending hundreds of millions of hours in the water in activities that are often very provocative to sharks, such as surfing, there is only one incident resulting in a fatality,” he said. “The danger of a shark attack stays in the forefront of our psyches because of it being drilled into our brain for the last 30 years by the popular media, movies, books and television, but in reality the chances of dying from one are infinitesimal.”

Advances in medical treatment, greater attention to beach safety practices and increased public awareness about the danger of shark attacks are all likely reasons the fatality rate so far for the 21st century, at 7.6 percent, has been lower than the 12.3 percent recorded for the 1990s, Burgess said.

The number of shark attacks overall increased from 63 in 2006 to 71 in 2007, continuing a gradual upswing during the past four years, he said.
“One would expect there to be more shark attacks each year than the previous year simply because there are more people entering the water,” he said. “For baby boomers and earlier generations, going to the beach was basically an exercise in working on your suntan where a swim often meant a quick dunking. Today people are engaged in surfing, diving, boogie boarding and other aquatic activities that put them much closer to sharks.”

Occasionally, the number of attacks may drop in a particular year because of changes in meteorological or oceanographic conditions that affect water temperature and salinity, such as the frequency of hurricanes and tropical storms, Burgess said. But scientists don’t put too much stock in these year-to-year fluctuations, preferring to look at long-term trends, he said.

Traditionally, about half of the world’s attacks occur in United States mainland and Hawaiian waters, but the proportion was greater in 2007, Burgess said. Last year’s total of 50 attacks returned to 2000 and 2001 levels of 53 and 50, respectively, after dropping from 30 to 40 for each year between 2003 and 2006, he said.

Elsewhere, there were 12 attacks in Australia, up from seven in 2006 and 10 in 2005, but down slightly from the 13 attacks recorded in 2004. There were two attacks each last year in South Africa and New Caledonia, with single incidents reported in Fiji, Ecuador, Mexico and New Zealand.

There also was an upswing in attacks along the Florida coast, jumping from 23 in 2006 to 32 in 2007. There has been a gradual increase in human-shark skirmishes in the Sunshine State since they dropped from 37 in 2000 to an 11-year-low of 12 in 2004, he said.

Within Florida, Volusia County continued its dubious distinction as the world’s shark bite capital with 17 incidents, its highest yearly total since 2002, Burgess said. Attractive waves off New Smyrna Beach on the central Atlantic coast are popular with surfers, he said.

Additional U.S. attacks were recorded in Hawaii — seven — marking a five-year-high, along with South Carolina, five; California, three; North Carolina, two; and Texas, one.

Fifty-six percent of the 2007 victims were surfers and windsurfers; followed by swimmers and waders, 38 percent; and divers and snorkelers, 6 percent.

Last year’s Sept. 30 fatal attack involved a 23-year-old woman from France who was snorkeling off the Loyalty Islands archipelago in French New Caledonia and became separated from a friend, Burgess said. She was a nurse who had just finished a hospital contract in Noumea and was taking a brief vacation before flying home, he said.

“We advise not getting yourself isolated because there is safety in numbers,” he said. “Sharks, like all predators, tend to go after solitary individuals, the weak and the infirm, and are less likely to attack people or fish in groups.”

Last year had few spectacular attacks or heartwarming rescue stories, Burgess said. “It was mostly minor injuries,” he said. “There weren’t too many made-for-movie moments.”

04-10-2008, 02:08 AM
rofl! u just reminded me about a croc attack (we dont call them gators down here) last week, some abo chick was swimming in a creek (croc infested) asking to be attacked, then a croc grabbed her and her husband jumped to her defense, got on the crocs back, and started jabbing at its eyes and let the chick go, was funny cause in all the tv interviews they were non-shelon (<-- i cant spell well) about it. hahahaha lol.

i will see if i can find some info on it

04-10-2008, 09:00 AM
Crocodiles kick ass!