Surfer attacked by shark near Ballina

Swellnet Dispatch

A man has been left with a gash on his leg after being attacked by a shark on the NSW far north coast.

The 43-year-old local was bitten at Shelly Beach, near Ballina, about 7:10am today.

It is understood he fought the shark off with his surfboard and was able to paddle to shore.

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The man took himself to Ballina Hospital and has since been transferred to Lismore Base Hospital.

The Surf Lifesaving duty officer in the region, Jimmy Keogh, said beaches in the area would be closed for 24 hours, at the request of police.

"You are looking at all the beaches from South Ballina beach through to Lennox Head, so we are just advising people to follow directions by lifeguards and lifesavers and police on the beach," he said.

Mr Keogh said the man's injuries were not life threatening.

More to come.

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 at 10:10am

Hope the guy is alright.

Typical spring slop. N-NE winds with cold, green upwelled turbid inshore ocean.

High tide at 9am, day before the new moon.

I paddled in the other day feeling a very weird sharky vibe. But it's hard to separate that from paranoia these days.

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shoredump commented Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 at 12:32pm

Good work FR, nice data logging. Good luck in the coming months, hope this isn’t the beginning of yet another cluster

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Lanky Dean commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 12:29am

Free ride ,
Do what you do , keep sane, keep safe!

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Booka78 commented Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 at 1:36pm

Heard on the radio this morn the water temp today was back down to 19 i.e. more like winter when the majority of other attacks in this region have happened, scary stuff

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 at 3:38pm

Not sure about majority mate.

Paul Cox: September. fatal.
Tadashi Nakahara: February. Fatal.
Matt Lee: July.
Sam Morgan: November.

Other attacks in Sep/Oct.

And spring upwelling events bring the coolest inshore water temps of the year to this region.

Personally, I can't see a connection with water temps and attacks.

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 at 1:40pm

Ballina's rusted on /x/[B'EA,CH''CLOSE'D]x\ Sign warns off crocodiles.
[Info update]
*Shark measured around 5ft long(1.5m)
*Drumlines in operation & baited...3.5m GW caught the other day!
*Around 8-10...Drone flyovers/day
*Surfer paddled himself in... where friends then helped

Here's what the Sharks had to say...
"Ballina Breakfast Menu never changes!"... "Afternoon Tea at Cids !" Yep!

Upfront! I'm Terribly sorry for my sick Joke ! (method to my madness)
Not ideal but a blunt way to highlight & target alternate grouped attack times.

Example being East Coast Surfers surf at breakfast ! (Local breakfast time attacks)
Whitsunday's swimmers swim after lunch towards Tea Time! (Local arvo'Tea time attacks)
Meaning Humans/Sharks are creatures of habit. Which species surrenders their magic hour!
Perhaps all ends up swimmingly, surfing party waves at local WSL pet shark wave pool.

I sincerely wish all victims a speedy path to recovery {R.I.P} Dr Daniel ...

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indo-dreaming commented Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 at 5:16pm

Are those sharks nets still in or out?

Wasn't there a trial there or something with shark nets?

Please Stunet just give me that ignore button for Crypto (Herc, uplift or whatever other names he has used)

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lostdoggy commented Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 at 5:57pm

They did the shark net trial twice.
2 x 6 months. 2016/2017 2017/2018.
Removed for whale season May-October,

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 at 5:46pm

Northern River Shark Alarms (Part 1) Magic Hour
*Shark Attacks by Season~ Northern Rivers (10 years) Nov- 2008 > Nov- 2018

Spring : Sept~ 3/Oct~ 4/Nov~1
Summer: Dec~1/Jan~2/Feb~2
Autumn: March~ 2/April~1/May~1
Winter: June~(0)/July~6/Aug~(0) Last June attack was 1993/Aug was 2008 < of 10 yr line]
Safe to go wave hunting in June... give Whale run both north/South a wide berth

*Shark attacks by Time Of Day
Pretty much all attacks occurred 7:30 am - 10:30 am (Typical busy morning surf session)
Attacks on Lone surfer are less & occur during pre breaky.(less crowded lines earlier)
Most attacks occur during post breaky brunch (Busiest lineup Mid morn) Bigger menu!
After lunch maybe as a snack same as end of day high tea occasionally.(See Cids' above)
Almost never in wind chopped empty mid arvo' lineups.
Note: Sharks don't surf slops they're only after your wave of the day!

*Water Conditions
Check seasons for Temps
Murky water for solo Victims
Clear Water for Packed Lineups
Note : Shark is really messin' with your mind (Never ever can feel safe!)

*Tides
Most attacks are witnessed in clear waist deep shallower water (Mid-out going tide)
Solo attacks in more fuller murky Higher Tides. Again...Go ask Shark!

*Take Out Number!
Sharks weirdly cruise past an outer bank crew unnoticed then strike first inside line victim.
We know this because witnesses often come from each side of victim. (Very telling)

If outer Top Dog was always taken none would care & crew would whistle for more sharks!
No shark problem at our Local break! (Right!) Keep feeding snakes to the Shark Godz.

Can you handle the real truth! Tune in to Part 2 (Somebody put something in my drink)

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 at 6:58pm

Northern River Shark Alarms (Part 2) Somebody put something in my drink!
Why Ballina & Why now at this point of time.
I'm prepared to give it a pretty good guess. In the back of your minds you all know why.

Richmond River seems massive & most natural in it's own way so what seems out of place.
Well you're not meant to see the dirty secret as it lies in the water itself.

Farmers/Scientists/Sharks & Dolphins all Know it! (High levels of Nitrogen + Phosphorous)

Farmers soil depletes oxygen driving the fish down stream to choke the river mouth.

Only 37% of Richmond R. Dolphin reside or birth up river as to nearby Clarence River 60%
Interestingly 42% Dolphin will likely visit Richmond River mouth as to 14% Clarence Mouth.
Fair to assume similar for Sharks & other marine life.

River is so Polluted by farmers that fish & dolphin can only survive at river mouth.

Surfers here know that is an invite for Sharks! If that was the secret I could end now! Sorry!

[FACTCHECK]
* 80% of Shark attacks occur near Ocean Outfalls
*Sharks are drawn to polluted Water
* Polluted ocean Outfalls are a Win Win for Sharks.
Richmond River Ticks every box for Sharks!

Yeah! It just get's worse I know!
(Pause) What if you don't wanna know this scary secret? End Here!

Richmond River is the Holy Grail for Sharks. Ok! But why more so than mentioned?
Sharks go thru 30,000 Teeth in a Lifetime! They need Phosphorous for that winning smile.
Phosphorous is said to be key ingredient to support a population. No teeth no dinner!

Richmond River is a phosphorous resort. Incredibly Poor Report Card is a winner for Sharks
You guessed it! Our local Farmers actually grow shark Teeth. Friends with benefits!
Sharks book out Ballina Surf camp leave with a free pair of #1 Oz Farmer's dentures!
Seems as though they can even try before they buy. Ouch!

You want proof...Have you ever seen a farmer get bitten by a shark?

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-24/richmond-river/6646864

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ronfitz54 commented Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 at 7:37pm

interesting theory,but why are the attacks at shelly beach and not north wall???
how safe are the surf schools at the bridge
Would dredging the bar help eg getting all the pollutants out faster and further.
A lot of pro fisherman reckon dredging the bar,would increase water flow clean the river and alleviate a lot of the flood problem,faster water flow

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lostdoggy commented Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 at 7:46pm

Cooper Allan, Matt Lee, Sam
Morgan at Nth wall/lighthouse.

Tadashi, this one - Shelly beach.

Fatal one in 2008 was at the wall I think.

Think there's been a few bumps at Trestles too.

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 at 7:58pm

ABC news saying juvenile white after DPI examined board and bite.

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ronfitz54 commented Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 at 7:59pm

forgotten about Matt,yeah the young guy on the bodyboard.Hadnt heard about trestles ,heard a few close encounters at Black head

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adsi commented Monday, 12 Nov 2018 at 6:20pm

Thought black head was trestles ?

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tubeshooter commented Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 at 8:26pm

November is traditionally a month that ranks high for sub-adult juvenile whites to start getting cheeky. The CSIRO has much research and many graphs that show this. The question that still remains to me is ,,Is there a nursery further north than Port Stephens?

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simba commented Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 at 8:31pm

Wouldn't be surprised tubeshooter if there was a nursery around ...wait for it...Shark Bay at woody head and including Evans head.Theres been heaps of juvis tagged around that area .

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truebluebasher commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 1:49am

Ballina's Phosphorous levels are made worse by Airport & Racetrack being close to mouth.
Airport detergent run off flows North Creek direct to Mouth
Racetrack Fertilizer run off flows North Creek direct to Mouth
Mosaic patchwork of up river farms supplies the rest.

Town leaders are well aware of the runoff less so of Sharks craving for the Phosphorous.
To be fair, there is some headway on this issue. Don't quote me on that!

I have referred to Cid Harbour Attacks ! Most unusual natural phenomena the day before.
Nearby Fisherman of 30 years Ron Brennan's boat was swarmed by a 1000 sharks.
Hammerhead/Bull Sharks/Black Tip/Tiger Sharks all biting each other in a feeding frenzy.

Feedy frenzy of 1,000 Pay wall sharks fighting over story! Here's a free generic link..
https://www.pressreader.com/australia/the-west-australian/20180922/28174...

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 10 Nov 2018 at 6:59pm

TBB maybe there is something to this. Mum tells me stories of tiger sharks way up the Maroochy River at their cane farm, which ended at its banks. She never has been really keen on swimming...

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groovie commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 6:37am

I lived @ Ballina for several years during the late 70's early 80's. The only place we ever seen GWsharks was south wall & no one was attacked but we moved pretty quickly when we spotted one! Not so many whales back then but now there are many more whales & GWsharks. Seems to me there is a relationship between the # of whales & GWsharks. Photos of latest attack @ Shelly beach suggest an investigative bite by the juvenile white! Speedy recovery brother you are a lucky surfer to survive a GWshark investigation! To my mind drum lines seem to be the best solution here! the data shows that 90% of GWsharks tagged & released leave the area after this experience!

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FrazP commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 8:18am

Groovie, you mention 90% of tagged GW's leave the area and I recall reading similar a few times.

It's interesting the research shows this as it's also pretty clear from SharkSmart that tagged sharks are being picked up by the locators, which means at some stage they are returning to the beaches. I wonder if those tagged sharks are returning to the same areas or others, and if they are returning, how long they stayed away for.

It also appears that GW's are regularly picked up by the locators at Ballina, Forster, Evans, Port and even Crescent, to name a few . Some almost daily. It would be interesting to understand if it is the same shark/s hanging around the same area, or different sharks simply moving by. I can't find any information about this, but if it's different sharks than places like Forster must be a serious attraction.

Another question I have is whether or not the locators have picked up a tagged shark in the area of an attack or close encounter, and has that shark been in the area in more than one interaction.

Nothing like a mid north coast back beach for a few quiet peaks. Far more nervous now though.

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Craig commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 8:24am

Funny as it is, it's more on my mind up around the MNC and NC than when I go back home to South Oz..

And most times we've tried to look out for some, we've seen one or two, but only small guys.

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Dan K commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 11:19am

Forster is the new Stockton mate!
Just yesterday a guy in town posted a clip of a 2m white buzzing around their boat in crystal clear water a fair way up Wallis Lake.

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Lanky Dean commented Sunday, 11 Nov 2018 at 10:54am

Foster will never be Stockton .....
There has always been sharks around.

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Dan K commented Sunday, 11 Nov 2018 at 4:51pm

Yeah you're right.....geographically speaking it is impossible, besides we've got heaps more whites.

It was tongue in cheek mate.

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Blowin commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 8:59am

Maybe some of the tagged sharks are caught conventionally rather than hanging off a drum line for a couple of hours first and that’s why they’re not as traumatised so they return more freely ?

Pure guessing there.

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Craig commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 11:27am

Nuts Dan K. Here's that video guys..

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Dan K commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 11:33am

I just tagged you in another one Craig, much better clip of a white cruising behind the Rockpool net in Tuncurry at start of October.

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truebluebasher commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 1:01pm

My apologies for not linking basis of my Ballina shark epicentre tall story...
Locals can best tailor more astute findings with same research.
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*World Shark populations are dependent on Phosphorous Link:

https://www.howitworksdaily.com/all-about-sharks/

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*Dolphin populations of Richmond/Clarence Rivers (Link 1/2008)+(Link 2/2016)

https://www.farnorthcoaster.com.au/news/2548/its-official-for-dolphins-t...

https://www.northernstar.com.au/news/dolphins-spotted-in-river-at-mullum...

___________________________________________________________________________
Richmond River Phosphorous attracting Sharks...(re: same as above Link)

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-24/richmond-river/6646864

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 1:25pm

ABC says juvenile white: The shark was later identified as a 2.6m white shark.

Lifeguard spokesperson says drum lines were out at the time.

Not so sure about that. Normally contractor heads out the bar at 7am and sets/baits the gear.

Attack occurred just before 7am, so it's very doubtful drum lines were in effect.

Drum lines set early this morning and it looks like old mate was still sniffing around.

DPI advise 2.88m White Shark tagged and released from SMART drumline at SHELLY BEACH BALLINA, East Ballina at 07:39 am on 8 Nov 2018.

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Craig commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 1:48pm

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 10 Nov 2018 at 7:07pm

Anyone else notice the gap between the rockwall and the net? Is that to give them a sporting chance?

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Dan K commented Sunday, 11 Nov 2018 at 4:54pm

hahahahaha!
A few years back two little hammerheads got in and freaked everyone out so a guy went in in a tinny and herded them out as if he was on horseback....was very amusing

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Dan K commented Sunday, 11 Nov 2018 at 4:54pm

hahahahaha!
A few years back two little hammerheads got in and freaked everyone out so a guy went in in a tinny and herded them out as if he was on horseback....was very amusing

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simba commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 1:52pm

All seems a bit secretive with the amount of info given out,when they started this tagging the sharks were given a number but it got to a stage where it was obvious that theres shit loads more than they thought so now the public dont know how many have been tagged or which ones are hanging around ....As for Sending drones up well the water colour down here at the moment is zero so probably not much better on the northern side of the Richmond in a southerly,so that would be a waste of time......i know send the fukking mayor out ,who voted him in?

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Blowin commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 2:03pm

Every time you see a large shark and remain safe is a privilege, I reckon. Such incredible creatures.

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simba commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 2:15pm

Depends on where you see a large shark is whether it is a privilege or not......but in a few years theres going to be a lot of large white sharks around which is very daunting.

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Blowin commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 2:44pm

I saw 2 in 5 minutes from a north coast nsw headland earlier this year , one large the other even bigger . There must be a few around.

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simba commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 2:57pm

Yeah very common for whites to hunt in pairs.......anyway you might have heard about this incdent in W.A a while ago.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/wa-teen-spears-shark-that-killed-friend

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Blowin commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 3:24pm

I’d heard about that attack . Only one pointer involved though. A mate who knows someone related to the incident reckons that one of the lads had a GoPro attached to his gun and there was some pretty horrific footage recorded.

That’s just a story I heard , maybe not true. It would be hard enough to sit through as an impartial observer , let alone a relative of those involved. Hopefully it stays off the internet.

No doubt pointers hang in small numbers when it suits them . Brad Smith was accosted by a pair at Gracetown a few years ago. Scientists acted surprised then too.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2004-07-11/shark-involved-in-fatal-attack-mo...

Haven’t they ever seen a whale carcass being eaten by a few pointers ? You could watch a few of them swim around you from a cage in SA so I don’t know where they get their solo only theory from.

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simba commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 4:26pm

Heres Sean Pollards story,scrolling down he describes how a second one came at him so its very common for whites to hunt in pairs and hunt to kill and eat.

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wa/esperance-shark-attack-survivor-sean...

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Spuddups commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 4:36pm

Probably a dumb question, but how come there never seem to be any shark attacks on the Gold Coast?

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Robo commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 4:54pm

Nets

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 5:24pm

nets and drumlines.

there have been people bitten by bull sharks in the canals. Not sure when the last one was.

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Lanky Dean commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 12:53am

Could be mistaken,
there was a fatal attack by a bull shark in the canals about fifteen years ago. A person who swam daily in the canals was taken (story was in the local paper. )
They couldn't figure out how the bull shark made it to that location. It was inside the gates. They realised it swam through the gates in its youth and stayed.
Bob Purcell RIP.

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truebluebasher commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 5:31pm

Whitsundays Shark attacks fall either side of a major Hamilton Island Event.
PGA Golf Course needs bucketloads of Fertilizer to get that Lush green look.
Resort Airport needs to be spick 'n' span for A1 High Flyers.
Readers can decide how much Phosphorous is washed off the island daily in the lead up!
Reckon they're not gonna go with XXXX light!

Cid Harbour is first landfall out from Hamilton Island on North Ebbing Tide.
Repulse Bay is first landfall in from Hamilton Island on South Rising Tide.

[3 Shark Attacks] < Tide Out < (Super phosphate Island/s) > Tide in > [1,000 Sharks]
Local experts say never in their lifetimes have these linked shark events Occurred before.
Eerily similar to bundled Ballina Attacks & both on east coast at same time.
What are the odds of that naturally occurring. Perhaps a third party had a hand in it?

All victims swam in waters directly tided with adjacent Airports & Golf Courses.
Say for example Both Golf Courses were using the same #1 Superphosphate fertilizer.
Say perhaps both Airports used the same #1 Superphosphate detergent.

Let's say the fisherman's tall story rings true of 1,000 piranha sharks goin' mental.
Did the high flying Golf Corps really spike the Great White's drink?
Are we allowed to sample run off waters without legal action if only to rule it out!
Just how big do our Zombie Great Whites gotta get!
We've all seen this movie play out many times and know how it ends! Nothing to see here!

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dandob commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 5:43pm

If you actually wrote in a way that people could understand basher you might be worth listening to, but when I see your name I just scroll past because I can't be bothered deciphering all of the puuri? speak.

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saltyone commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 10:32pm

TBB dont change who you are and your style -you rock my friend! You are no dummy that's for sure! you combine wit with accurate and interesting observations and facts and are not herd mentality .. refreshing. I'm going to read up some more on those links..

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I focus commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 5:36pm

Remember it being mention that attacks in WA only happened in water temp below 20 degrees c never checked the veracity of the claims. Attacks have happened here in most months of the year so doubt full.

The whites do switch on to attack mode when food is around that has come up plenty of times

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kaiser commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 5:43pm

2003. 84 yr old Bob Purcell killed while swimming in Burleigh Lake by a bull shark

Last bite was a dude at Nobby's in 2012 who I think basically landed on a bull shark after departing a wave.

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tubeshooter commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 8:08pm

As for whites on the Goldy ? beats me why they don't hammer that place. But it's mostly tigers and bulls there, Given the booming whale population and the need for them to rest in inshore regions ,and the number of carcasses that will be drifting in near shore regions that have died from natural causes or shark attacks,,, I think it's only a matter of time. Whites have attacked at Fingal, only a stones throw away.

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truebluebasher commented Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 at 10:46pm

Gold Coast has plenty enough Attacks! [No Vacancy] for Ballina sharks!
860km of shark infested waters runs 25 km back up river from the seaway.

All Text/News/online files...confined to Year/*Fatality/Locale simply for Comments format.
Should Spuddups or Swellnetonians wish more detail then simply leave a comment.

Exclusive to Swellnet readers ...(Concise Gold Coast Shark Attacks + complimentary X Files)

(Main File 1) Attacks in Surf + Rivers + Canals North of Tweed River To Pimpama River

28/12/1889 *Narrowneck

(No local News)Details are laboured for City News. 1929 South Coast Bulletin begins.....
Interesting read that sharks weren't an issue even rare prior to farm site run offs.

15/4/1934 Currumbin+ 13/3/1935 Pimpama + 5/1/1936 *Main Beach + 27/10/1937 **Kirra

15/1/1940 Surfers Paradise

25/11/1950 Burleigh Heads + 16/12/1950 *Pacific Beach + 31/12/1950 Kirra
13/12/1953 Palm Bch + 23/11/1958 *S'Pdse + 22/11/1959 **S'Pdse + 28/11/1959 N'Burleigh

4/2/1962 Greenmount + 20/4/1962 Nobbys + 14/11/1963 Mermaid Bch + 18/11/1967 S'Pdse

22/12/1972 Currumbin + 7/2/1975 Currumbin + 25/11/1976 *Southport Bar
26/4/1976 Tallebudbera + 16/5/1977 *Southport

2/11/1989 Mermaid Waters (10 y/old Boy was considered 1st canal attack) Post Seaway!
https://www.nfsa.gov.au/collection/curated/shark-attack

9/4/1990 Greenmount + 28/10/1990 Greenmount + 28/10/1990 Mermaid Waters
28/11/1990 Nerang River + 19/1/1991 Mermaid Waters + 28/2/1997 Carrara Ski Gardens

30/3/2000 Main Beach + 16/12/2002 * Miami Lake + 8/2/2003 *Burleigh Lake (re: kaiser)
7/4/2008 Coolangatta + 27/11/2008 Coolangatta (Off Shore)

2/1/2012 Duranbah + 20/3/2012 Nobbys (re: kaiser)
24/5/2014 Chevron Island... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUFlEu8yOFM

(X File 2) Fake Attacks? Alternate title (Mad Hueys Shark cage)...Sorry that was in NSW!
2008 Cooly/Greenmount attack was questioned but Grom swears it was the real deal.

2012 Nobbys Grom launched aerial attack on poor shark. Beat Mick to the Punch.(Listen in!)
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-20/shark-attacks-surfer-on-gold-coas...

This next one is so suss one almost buys it hook line & sinker...Cry! Cry! You decide!
14/10/2015 Surfers Paradise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyPlApiKaNA

(X File 3) Theme Parks (Shark feeding...Ouch!)
1975 Marineland
1975 Tweed Aquarium

(X File 4) Municipal Swimming Encounters + sightings
15/7/2011 Evandale Lake (Shark Sighting > Drain Lake)

15/11/2016 Tallebudgera Dolphin trapped in Swim Enclosure
https://www.facebook.com/9NewsGoldCoast/videos/dolhpin-rescue/1015397642...

29/4/2018 Tipplers Straddie Shark trapped in Swim enclosure
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1679170/Shark-spotted-cruis...

(X File 5)Lakes
2000's Lake Orr (Sharks caught inside weir) Signs now prohibit swimming.
Fishermen warn Sharks exist inside lock systems
15/6/2010 Coomera Lake (Shark caught)
4/12/2015 Palm Beach Lake Not connected to Currumbin Creek (Sharks caught)

(X File 6) Animals attacked by Sharks (No dates) Usually rescued by Seaworld
Whales
Seals
Dolphins
Sharks
Dogs

GCCC canal homes/Hi rise/ signs/Patrolled Swimming+ Qld's #1 established shark control.
Sup's/Hire craft/netting + drum lines + cams + Fishos + Oz Busiest waterway all patrol...
and soon as you turn your back to the shore...SSSSHARK!

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crg commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 7:19pm

A little anecdote from this attack TBB..."28/11/1990 Nerang River".
Attack was on a mate of mine named Michael...we were checking the surf near Northcliffe surf club that day and it was small and light NE onshore but surfable. We were umming and aahing about hitting it but a swimmer came in with some nasty bluebottle stings and we decided to flag it. His famous last words were..."I'm going for some swimming training in the river where it's safer..."

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 10 Nov 2018 at 3:53pm

Concise Gold Coast Shark Attacks...(continued)

(Main File 1) > updated >

30/1/2015 Surfers Paradise (Riverside) Rowing scull damage
20/7/2016 The Spit (offshore)

(Main File 1) < Backdated <
15/12/2007 Stradbroke Island
6/4/1990 Greenmount (Surfboard bite)

(Main File 1) < alt/dated >
27 or 28/10/1990 Mermaid Waters
27/1 or 11/2008 Coolangatta (Offshore)
7 or 17/4/2008 Coolangatta

crg your mate's attack was savage... for your read only..(details locked in linked files)

(Swellnet Gold Coast Shark attack file) represents most complete chronology. (research file)
Sourced from all over + Credit to following excellent detailed Shark attack Files.
Simply cross-reference selected Swellnet file date for Names/Age/Shark type/Injuries/Event

[WARNING] Content may Alarm...

https://www.goldcoastaustralia.com/gold-coast-shark-attacks.html

http://www.sharkattackdata.com/place/australia/queensland

https://www.planetdeadly.com/shark-attacks/attack-5786

Gold Coast Shark Control Program (North & South)

https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/72588/gold-coast-...

https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/62412/gold-coast-...

Gold Coast Canal System Shark Map

https://openi.nlm.nih.gov/detailedresult.php?img=PMC3500329_pone.0049796...

(Bonus locked X File) Mystery Shark

https://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/lifestyle/cool-waters-seen-an-uncom...

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haggis commented Saturday, 10 Nov 2018 at 6:51pm

Great research TBB. Very thorough.

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 10 Nov 2018 at 7:18pm

Second that.

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simba commented Saturday, 10 Nov 2018 at 8:04pm

yeah 3rd that ttb....amazing when looking at the stats for the goldy how many were in november.
https://www.goldcoastaustralia.com/gold-coast-shark-attacks.html

simba

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 10 Nov 2018 at 9:15pm

Can't be proud of those stats but if the crew are happy. Thank crg for ttb Double Dipping!
simba dives straight in ... saving me all that work of wading thru the seasons again.
I thought with NSW seasonal twist, some bright spark would up the game. Too good simba!
Even better compliment haggis ever greatful velocityjohnno & simba...Great Crew!

PS: Unfinished business! Come the day i'll have another crack at those early years. Again!
Regional Qld/Victoria NEWS reported on shark attacks/drownings more than local news?
Oddly the same for many in these here links. In turn City folk go ape over Croc Headlines!

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innatube commented Sunday, 11 Nov 2018 at 3:02pm

Another one at Pyramids WA this morning. Fark!

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Spuddups commented Sunday, 11 Nov 2018 at 3:13pm

The last shark attack on a surfer in NZ was over forty years ago. Seems odd to me since surely there are plenty of sharks over here. My local spot is right next to a big seal colony. In thirty years I've never seen a shark. In fact I've only once seen a shark over three foot long in NZ and that was over twenty years ago in Taranaki.

The local divers round here see Great Whites from time to time, but for some reason they don't bother anyone. It's a mystery to me. Anyone have any ideas?

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udo commented Sunday, 11 Nov 2018 at 4:05pm

9 non fatal attacks on surfers in last 10 yrs ?

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simba commented Sunday, 11 Nov 2018 at 4:17pm
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velocityjohnno commented Sunday, 11 Nov 2018 at 4:44pm

For Spuddups: Hypothesis: they learn the behaviour. A new generation grows up, becomes juvenile, gets interested. Many get taken out by other sharks, gillnets, or they are bycatch. Those that survive learn to recognise people in the water. Some attempt to attack. Then they see cage divers, etc, and associate people with chum in the water and heightened aggression?
Do you have GWS cage diving or tourism in NZ? Do they hang around tuna pens there?

& TBB - Pyramids in Mandurah - outlet of Peel inlet (artificial) - lots of farmland east of the inlet, many encounters. Maybe a bit of phosphate in the water? It does get eutrophication and low oxygen levels in tributary rivers. Have heard stories of submarine sized ones transiting the cut under the bridge/behind a boat. Have heard of ones getting interested in relatives pulling blue manna crab pots...

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 11 Nov 2018 at 7:43pm

velocityjohnno (Tick)

Answer: Blood & Bone fertilizer is really Yummy & high in Phosphorous .
Old School Fishermen Berley recipe .(Bruce! C'mon boy!)
*Cheaper than Tuna Oil
*Brings all the boys to the yard... (This link spells it out loud)

https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1038486-is-blood-and-bone-available...

I reckon we found the secret herbs & spices that Sharks love best!

Dose your Island or River front Golf Course with this Yummy recipe....
* Just Add some rain
* Golf Course sprinklers running day & night for upcoming Pro Tournament i'll do the trick!
* Wait for the outgoing tide.
* Dip Toes or throw the children overboard.

What do you reckon Ron? ...(It was just carnage! "1,000 Sharks eating each other...")
WSL Pro Surf 'n' Turf Comp will sort out out the big boys & give the caddies a workout.

Save room for mystery phosphorous degreaser shot that spikes fav' fishy milkshake.
That's right! I reckon we're supersizing...Alarming it is!

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 11 Nov 2018 at 11:12pm

The Sharks favourite phosphorous milkshake flavour is Salty Brine .
This combo forms the basis of "Green Cleaning Agents" used to swash Planes & Runway.

Much was made of the murky cloudy waters of Cid Bay. (We all note that as being unusual)

Both Ballina + Cid Bay multiple attack sites tide directly with Airports & Golf Courses.
'Runoff' most likely contains a berley of Shark delicacies.
* Brine (Salt) x 2
* Phosphorous x 2
* Blood & Bone
* Meat based extracts
* Sugarcane (Mainstay) = 40% of FRP load (Filterable reactive Phosphorous)

Note: Hamilton Island practice Phosphate Free house cleaning.
Silt Traps + State of the Art Recycling & (A level) Sewerage Outfall

No mention is made of Airport or neighbouring Dent Island Golf Course
Flyover suggests Tailing or treatment Dams... flanking Airport.
Golf Course run off possibly runs more free than neighbouring built Hamilton Island?

(A first Step!) No harm in sharing cross border water test results at both tragic scenes.

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 11 Nov 2018 at 11:57pm

Plan B is to farm Oysters & plant Sea Grass/Mangroves to absorb the Phosphorous.
Inside word is to reintroduce oysters to clean up fouled rivers.(Not sure as to eating them?)
Better Report Card for Richmond River + break Sharks habit ...sounds like a Win! Win!
Dolphins darting fish up river...Seagulls Singing...Tea & Scones with Richmond Princess.
Rivermouth shark gang gets bored & start circling Brunswick River or Tweed.(Best I got!)

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truebluebasher commented Monday, 12 Nov 2018 at 9:38am

Further digging unlocks yet another mystery ingredient.
Fair to inform that Airports may or may not still use FFFP. (Film Forming Fluoro 'Protein')

Reason being it can be the lesser of two evils. eg:(Consider: Marine Park Airport choices...)
a) Synthetic Foam that bleaches the coral
b) Protein Foam that attracts sharks
c) Whip up a batch of PFAS : [WARNING] GC WSR Cooly creek/N'Kirra [BEACH CLOSED]

WH GBR Authority is cool with sharks but less keen on bleached coral.
Boss has little to no choice as Coral attracts Guests and Sharks deter them. (Tough call)

Yeah! That gross firefighting foamy stuff is derived from 'concentrated Animal Protein'
Link: Monkey's would swim out to the ships that cargo the brew.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Firefighting_foam

FFFP Ingredients: Animal(OX-PIG-GOAT-Blood/horn & hoof/fish/feathers...
Imagine adding this chaser to the Sharks sweet'n'sour, blood 'n'bone Thickshake...
Beef/bird flavoured Fish... coated in a phosphorous batter...Now imagine you're Bruce!
Unlike human junk food Bruce's buffet grows healthier teeth...Ron: "Table for 1,000 Bruce!"
Gonna need a bigger net!

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Spuddups commented Monday, 12 Nov 2018 at 6:31pm

Plenty of Phosphates in the water in NZ, but no real issues with shark attacks. Something to consider.

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Jamyardy commented Tuesday, 13 Nov 2018 at 1:12am

No phosphates in the water around the SW of WA but plenty of attacks.

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freeride76 commented Monday, 12 Nov 2018 at 1:46pm

Thats weird.

The white shark they caught the day after the Shelly beach attack has been disappeared from the DPI SharkSmart Twitter feed.

Wonder why?

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simba commented Monday, 12 Nov 2018 at 1:56pm

How so?

simba

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freeride76 commented Monday, 12 Nov 2018 at 1:57pm

It was on the shark smart twitter feed and now it's not.

Could you check ?

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simba commented Monday, 12 Nov 2018 at 2:19pm

still there on the 7th.when it was tagged..no other pings for ballina since

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freeride76 commented Monday, 12 Nov 2018 at 2:23pm

Still there on your twitter feed?

Because it has disappeared from mine.

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Blowin commented Monday, 12 Nov 2018 at 1:53pm

Ballina is the new Area 51

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freeride76 commented Monday, 12 Nov 2018 at 1:55pm

I have no truck with conspiracy but I can't think of any logical reason why they would remove it from the twitter feed.

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truebluebasher commented Monday, 12 Nov 2018 at 6:42pm

East Coast Airports as whole were moving away from PFAS.
2 Brisbane leaks into Moreton Bay Marine Park + Gold Coast leak into WSR the end of an era.

*Qantas compensated Moreton Bay Commercial Fishermen
*Prawn Farmers +Brisbane Airport suing Oz Aviation
*Gold Coast now the first to install onsite WTS Water Treatment System.

Anyhow all Oz/Coastal Airports are fast switching to new safer organic brew "Solberg RF6"
2014 Ballina & Hamilton Island(coincidentally)had already switched to new fishy brew.

Solberg RF6 (Ingredients)
*Blue Gill Bream (U.S.)
*Gold Fish (Asia)
*Water Fleas (Fish Food)
*Green Algae (Primary Fish Food)
Firey's runoff smells like a new Continental Breaky for Bruce !

Note: Both Qld's biggest Airports released their last chem batches into WSR & Marine Park.
None no how much is sloshed but 22,000 ltrs was lost by Qantas from Bne Airport.
Cooly Ck + Groundwater is still off limits & 2 court cases pending .
Qld Govt' say...Cooking Moreton Bay prawns for 3-4 mins will kill the 'PFAS' white spot virus.

Lawyers 'd sniff out Solberg RF6 faster than a 1,000 sharks if there's a whiff about Cid Bay.
Airports shut down our beaches so they can feed their pet sharks ... Give Bruce a kiss!

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tubeshooter commented Monday, 12 Nov 2018 at 6:58pm

I believe a nudist swimmer was attacked at a Port Stephens beach recently, though only a bit of a touch up. I think it happened in the early hours at or around when a whale carcass was being removed from a very nearby beach.

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