A few interesting stories on shark attacks and near misses on the Shark Shield report so I thought I would start this thread. Don't want to trivialize the subject as people have had their lives taken or changed forever by what can happen. I thought it might serve as an educational purpose by hearing others experiences so we may all learn from them and hopefully avoid it happening to us.
One of them was a mate of mine named Hazey.
He had been surfing at Castles, a notoriously sharky wave in the bay at Cactus.
Several hundred metres offshore the wave breaks before reforming into Inside Castles making a long left with several sections. The wave has been the scene of several attacks and near misses over the years including the local known as "Sharkbait" who had been attacked more than once.
Gerry Lopez is another who came very close to being attacked out there and vowed to never surf Cactus again after his near miss.
Well Hazey was surfing out the back with another bloke named Steve when out of the blue he was launched into the air still on his board by a huge force from below.
A shark had rammed him with a direct hit straight up into the air! In a moment it was gone but soon returned to the stunned Hazey and started biting him and his board. Hazey instinctively put his arms out to protect himself but both his arms ended up in its mouth. As the jaws closed down his arms could have easily been severed, but several teeth on the sharks lower jaw had become dislodged and imbedded in the board leaving his upper arms with massive injuries, but the vital inner arms where major arteries run were not majorly damaged. This probably saved his life.
By this time Steve had reacted and in a rush of adrenalin and pure ballsy courage he threw himself onto the sharks back and started gouging at the sharks eyeballs, eventually feeling one pop and the shark departed.
Steve got the two surfboards together and got himself and Hazey on and started the long paddle to shore.
Then they were both thrown into the air as the shark rammed them a third time before disappearing again. They continued to make their way closer to shore and the shark nudged them again. Steve told me he thought he really must of pissed it off when he popped its eye.
Finally they we're just a metre from shore when the shark made its fifth and final appearance. It beelined towards them and the shore while they stood in waist deep water with their boards. The sharks mouth was just rapidly opening and closing like one of those wind up sets of false teeth. The boys separated and put their hands on either side of it's body and held it on a 90 degree angle to the beach as they made the final steps to the safety of the sand.
Hazey was rushed to Ceduna hospital and then flown to Adelaide for micro surgery on his shredded arms.
Steve ended up receiving a bravery award and they both sold their story to 60 minutes and made $50,000 each out of it!
It was quite a story!
Good post tubeshooter you've calmed my nerves a bit. I am a paranoid schizophrenic so my thoughts arent always true especially since im on diet pills and havent slept in three days.
Ive got shark eyes on all my oz boards , first time i went surfing with them was at cudgen just up from salt where there was a fatal attack months earlier. I was alone and padded out to a empty right hander . Just as I sat up on my board after getting out the back 2 dolphins surfaced about 2 meters from me and my heart skipped a beat . Not sure if they saw the eyes and were coming to check me out or what lol I was very happy when after about 6 waves 2 other guys paddled out . Yesterday sitting wide off greenmount with bait fish and birds diving was a bit uncomfortable.
Groundswell are you on those fuckn Duromine
3 days is no gd mate your gonna bring on an episode - Stop taking those things now would you !
And no mull either !!
Ok udo i will do that.
Hey GS Udo is on the money take care bloke.
Udo, that dead cow link is pretty appropriate for the Mid North Coast now. Have been hundreds of dead cows on the floodplains from the Manning to the Macleay but must be 100s more washed out to sea in the recent floods.https://www.portnews.com.au/story/7182278/huge-stock-losses-for-sufferin...
i focus and udo i took 4 10mg zyprexas last night had a small meal and slept for 8 hours so alls good.
im still taking the duramine because im dropping weight fast but one at 400 am and thats it untill 6pm when i dump 40mg of olanzapine which mean im hungry enough to eat a small meal.which makes me sleepy enough for 8 hours of sleep.
Back to that shark theory i had i still think if we strip the ocean of fish everywhere sharks will attack humans imo. its sharky around here in Kalbarri but no one has been attacked because theres plenty of fish and sharks seem to avoid people here.
Evo, Happy, and Supa- thanks for response. Any opinion and/or info is welcome and valued. (and yep, Evo, we seppos are most definitely a weird bunch. Stat speaking, i'm prob more at risk in lot with the men than in water with The Man, lol.)