The Shark attack thread

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  1. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    well seeing as they are now a common occurence i thought i should start a thread about it.. even if to just keep people planning coastal holidays aware of whats happening..

    here is the latest 6 Sept 2011
    Saffa on Shark Death
     
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    hectic man!
     
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    ya so many shark attacks you shouldn't come to the coast for holidays;) promise im not trying to keep the beach for myself
     
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    There was a shark attack last week of June of Rocky bay, just south of Durban. American photographer who filmed the sardine run. Anybody know if he made it? Or what was the outcome?
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    wounds were not fatal.. so it sounds like he made it..

    This is the story from the above link:


    Shark Bite on KwaZulu Natal South Coast

    We received the following press release issued by Blue Wilderness regarding yesterday's shark bite at Rocky Bay

    The KZN South Coast diving community was devastated this morning (28 June) with the bite by a large Dusky shark on an Advanced SCUBA diver who was on a dive within the Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected Area (MPA). Although the injuries sustained by the diver were not fatal, the incident was nevertheless quite serious with the diver being evacuated by air. The diver is now in a stable condition following surgery at Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban.

    Netcare911 Spokesperson Chris Botha commended the Blue Wilderness team for their exemplary handling of the situation, commenting that “this young man owes his life to the well trained Blue Wilderness staff who managed to stop the blood flow so quickly.” Ryan and Clare Daly (Blue Wilderness), Peter Bauer (rescue diver) and Alistair Louw (local skipper) were all on hand to assist with the medical care that saved the diver’s life, and all kept a cool head in a very stressful situation.

    Speaking about the incident, Mark Addison of Blue Wilderness said that "after over 23 years in the diving industry, and 15 years in the shark diving industry, this has been the first time we have had an encounter such as this at Aliwal Shoal. Taking all that we have observed and learnt over the last two decades, there is no way that one could have known that that this individual animal would break all of the rules. However, the young diver is our main concern right now and our thoughts go out to him and his family during this difficult time. Anyone who comes into our environment is considered to be a member of our family and we are very close to the diver and deeply saddened by today’s events.”

    The bite occurred when a large Dusky shark bit at the diver’s fins in what is most likely a case of mistaken identity. The SCUBA diver was wearing split fins with black and grey stripes, and to the shark this may have looked like a small shoal of fish.

    According to Addison, “having swum with sharks on thousands of occasions, I can testify that isolated freak accidents such as this rarely occur. Although there are more large Dusky sharks around than usual at the moment due to the presence of sardines, there is no reason for them to have any more interest in us than they normally do, and this was really unfortunate”.

    These large Dusky sharks generally live offshore, but come closer to shore during this time of the year as they follow the massive shoals of sardines that are making their way up the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal coastlines. Dusky sharks are listed on the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List as “near threatened” and are one of the most vulnerable of the shark species to exploitation because it reproduces so slowly and at such a late age.

    The diver was part of a team of interns who have been diving with Blue Wilderness for almost a month. “The interns are well-versed with the nature of these animals, these guys are competent divers and are passionate about sharks – that’s why they travelled around the globe to join us during the sardine run. They have been making a valuable contribution to furthering our understanding of these sharks at the Aliwal Shoal MPA” said Mark Addison.
     
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    Hopefully this shouldn't discourage people from continuing protecting the sharks:support:...................:blush:
     
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    between free diving spearfishing and scuba I have spent a lot of time in the sea I am still convinced you have to watch out more for the dolphins
     
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    wait till you surfing and you have 200 odd coming straight for you and you have to duckdive through them.. it gets pretty intense
     
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    I had about a hundred one day swim up to me at speed and tern away inches before me quite intimidating they are huge as well. The part they they generally stick out the water when swimming is just the tip of the iceberg.
    Felt like I was geting mugged by a gang fortunately I hadent shot anything yet so I didnt loose anything. I have mates who the same thing has hapened to but while most of the dolphins were keeping him busy the rest were stealing his fish
     
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    There is a show on discovery called when dolphins attack
     
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    i've heard a few horror stories as well about dolphins and divers getting too close to pods with nursing females... they can get rather vicious!
     
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    Yip, they dont call them the wolves of the sea for nothing
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    A mate of mine had to duckdive through them and a baby one breached and landed on him, dislocated his arm and broke his board.. you can search for the article in the GO insert in our local newspaper it was in there about 3-4 years ago..

    to this day when he sees them coming around the point he its on the inside untill they pass by...
     
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    i have had more dolphins take speared fish from me than sharks... up north they just follow the divers around and wait till they shoot and then come and steal a quick easy chow.
     
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    Think this thread's name must be changed to the Dolphin attach thread or the Sea attack thread.:whistling:

    Damn are dolphins really that evil?
     
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    BWHAHAHAHAAA

    I think a lot of people are tired of sharks being made out to be the bad guys... as long as people are aware of what they are doing when they enter the ocean then they should not play the blame game.
    Like how you are aware when you get in your car that it could be the last decision you make whether it is your fault or not.
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    well the sea is full of predators, every species in the sea hunts for another of some sort..
     
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    Too true hey
     
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    Maybe this is going off topic -
    In my opinion the amount of innocent sharks killed by ignorant people is sickening for fishing purposes like long lining or revenge killing like in the old days.
    Don't let me get started on de-finning sharks too
    Killing sharks ruins ecosystems that our whole planet relies on and more importantly local subsistence fishing villages and effects more people than the number of people or effected by the 10 or so fatal and 60 or so non fatal attacks per year...

    There are far more dangerous animals out there in the bush and ocean and even more dangerous people...

    More people drown in the ocean from lack of knowledge than from sharks.

    Just my opinion.
     
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    agreed I still feel safer swimming with sharks than walking through the streets of Durban sharks are much more predictable than ppl once you know there tells
     
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