Shark Stories

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yorkessurfer started the topic in Monday, 29 Oct 2012 at 12:11am

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!

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Friday, 7 Oct 2022 at 5:57pm
donweather wrote:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-07/suspected-shark-attack-in-port-he...

Bull or tiger attack whilst spearing you’d imagine. Heavy.

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simba Monday, 17 Oct 2022 at 2:00pm

amazing perspective of whites and humans....almost feel warm and fuzzy inside.......

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JaJake Monday, 24 Oct 2022 at 12:58pm

I got to watch a small shark hunt in the wild while it was below a walkway. The speed was impressive but what startled me was that is did a giant swooping U-turn to attack its prey from behind after it stalked for a bit. It freaked me out to see it not just attacking but using strategy.

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goofyfoot Monday, 24 Oct 2022 at 1:16pm
simba wrote:

amazing perspective of whites and humans....almost feel warm and fuzzy inside.......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpkuR4UuXVs

Great footage simba

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udo Monday, 24 Oct 2022 at 5:20pm
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san Guine Tuesday, 1 Nov 2022 at 10:14am
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DudeSweetDudeSweet Tuesday, 1 Nov 2022 at 10:25am
san Guine wrote:

Ah...cognitive heuristics, that explains it???
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-01/shark-attack-why-surfers-are-not-...

As soon as it’s obvious that someone is pointedly trying to reframe the relationship between humans and sharks by resolutely saying “bite” instead of “attack” , irrespective of circumstance, then that person’s opinion is negated.

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udo Tuesday, 22 Nov 2022 at 7:59pm
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udo Friday, 9 Dec 2022 at 7:13pm

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