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Old December 3rd, 2013 #1
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Man killed in shark attack while fishing in Hawaii

By Carma Hassan and Jethro Mullen, CNN
Tue December 3, 2013

(CNN) -- A man fishing from a kayak off a Hawaiian island has died after being bitten by a shark, authorities said Monday. The incident was the latest in an alarming spate of shark attacks in the state this year.

The attack took place Monday morning half a mile off a point near Little Beach in Makena State Recreation Area on the island of Maui, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) said.

The victim's companion, who was also on a kayak, told the department that his friend was fishing for baitfish with artificial lures when a shark bit one of his feet, which was dangling over the edge of the boat.

Shark victim's foot dangled over boat

The man's companion, who was about 500 yards away when the attack took place, paddled over to him, tied a tourniquet to try to stem severe bleeding and called on a tour boat in the vicinity for help, authorities said.

The tour boat brought the man to shore, and he was then taken to the hospital. But authorities believe he died of his injuries during the boat journey, said Rod Antone of the Mayor's Office of the County of Maui.

The man was in his 40s, but authorities are unsure if he was a local resident or a tourist, Antone said. The identities of the man and his companion have
not been disclosed.

High number of shark incidents

"We offer our condolences to the family of the victim. Our thoughts and prayers are with them," said William J. Aila, Jr., the DLNR chairman.

Authorities say they have closed the waters off Makena State Recreation Area following the attack. Beaches in the area remain open, but the DLNR said people are advised to stay out of the water.

The area will reopen at noon Tuesday if no more sharks are seen in the vicinity, the department said.

The attack is the 13th shark incident reported in Hawaii so far this year, and the eighth on Maui, authorities said.

That's well above the state's average of four unprovoked shark attacks per year over the past 20 years. The 10 incidents reported in 2012 were unprecedented at the time, the DLNR said.

"We are not sure why these bites are occurring more frequently than normal, especially around Maui," Aila said. "That's why we are conducting a two-year study of shark behavior around Maui that may give us better insights."

Aila said that authorities hope and expect "that numbers of incidents will return to a more normal range in the near future."

In August, a German tourist died after being bitten by a shark while she was vacationing in Hawaii.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/02/us/haw...-shark-attack/
 
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Swimmer killed in shark attack at New Zealand beach

By Jethro Mullen, CNN
Wed February 27, 2013

(CNN) -- By the time police officers reached the swimmer floating off a New Zealand beach, it was already too late: a large shark was biting the lifeless body.

The attack took place off a popular beach west of Auckland on Wednesday afternoon, police said, as people gathered there to enjoy the summer sunshine.

The victim was a man in his 40s. He was swimming 200 meters (220 yards) offshore near Muriwai Beach, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) from central Auckland when the 12-to-14-foot shark struck.

"We saw him rolling around, there was blood everywhere on the water," Pio Mose, who was fishing nearby, told local broadcaster 3 News. Mose said he believed at least two other sharks had joined in the frenzy around the body after a few minutes.

The shark that attacked the swimmer was a great white, according to Russell Clark, a paramedic from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service, which responded to the emergency at the beach.

Police officers and life guards on the scene went out in inflatable boats. When they fired at the shark they saw by the body, it "rolled over and disappeared," said Inspector Shawn Rutene.

Following the death, police closed the beach and several others nearby. Auckland Council said it expected the area to remain closed for the next few days.

Shark attacks kill about 25 people a year worldwide, according to the New Zealand Department of Conservation. However, fatal attacks in the country's beaches have been rare.

There have been fewer than 20 shark attack deaths in more than 175 years in New Zealand, the agency said.

Twitter users expressed their condolences to the victim's family. Others worried about the risk of more attacks.

"Shark attack at Muriwai!!" exclaimed a user named Aaron Jeavons. "Won't be swimming there again!"

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/27/world/...ack/index.html
 
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German tourist, Jana Lutteropp, dies after losing her arm in Hawaii shark attack

By Amanda Watts and Greg Botelho, CNN
August 22, 2013

(CNN) -- A German tourist bitten by a shark while she was vacationing in Hawaii died Wednesday, a week after the attack, her family said.

Jana Lutteropp was remembered by her mother, Jutta Lutteropp, and sister, Julia Broeske, as "a very beautiful, strong young woman who was always laughing, and we will forever remember her that way."

"Jana fought hard to stay alive," her relatives said. "However, we are sad to say that she lost her fight today."

The woman, believed to be about 20 years old, was snorkeling about 50 yards off the Hawaiian island of Maui when a shark severed her right arm around 4:40 p.m. on August 14, authorities said. "The water was choppy with limited visibility" at the time, the county of Maui noted on its Facebook page.

Two male friends, who were nearby in the water, and a kayaker carried Lutteropp out of the water.

First responders found her unconscious and took her to Maui Medical Center, said Lee Mainaga of the Maui Fire Department said. She was initially listed in critical condition.

The incident spurred authorities to shut down beaches one mile on each side of where the attack happened. By noon the next day, Thursday, the beach reopened, according to the county.

Lutteropp had traveled to Hawaii after finishing her year as an au pair, according to Cultural Care Au Pair, the agency she'd worked with.

The agency said Wednesday, on its Facebook page, that Lutteropp died "surrounded by her family."

"Please join us in keeping them in your thoughts and prayers," Cultural Care said.
This shark attack is the fourth in Maui this year, with two happening on the same day in February, and the other in late July.

Four days after the Maui incident, in Pohoiki Bay on what's known as the Big Island, a gray shark bit a 16-year-old across both legs as he was surfing, CNN affiliate KHON reported.

While shark attacks have been on the uptick in recent years, according to the University of Florida, the fatality rate in the United States is just 2%.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/21/us/hawaii-shark-attack/
 
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Shark attack claims Brazilian teen's life

By Mariano Castillo, CNN
July 23, 2013

(CNN) -- As lifeguards approached to pull a drowning Brazilian teenager from the water, she suffered a second, fatal misfortune -- a shark attack.

Bruni Gobbi, 18, and a cousin were on the verge of drowning at Boa Viagem beach in the northeastern Brazil city of Recife on Monday, according to the local government's social defense secretariat.

Lifeguards responded immediately to try to save them, and in the midst of the rescue, a shark attacked Gobbi's left leg, the secretariat said.

Rescuers managed to move her to shore, and then to a hospital, but she died later that night, CNN affiliate Globo TV reported.

"The rescuers came in a matter of five minutes, but to us it felt like five years," Gobbi's cousin, Daniele Gobbi, told Globo TV.

Bruna Gobbi became the first woman to die from a shark attack in the coastal state of Pernambuco since record-keeping began in 1992, O Globo reported.

"We knew there were risks of an attack, but I didn't think that it would happen in the shallow (water), but in the deep," the cousin said.

Sharks have attacked 57 people off of Recife's coast since 1992, according to state data. Of those, 40% of the attacks happened at Boa Viagem beach.

"We speculate, based on the season and the conditions, that it was a bull shark," Rosangela Lessa, president of the agency that monitors shark attacks, told Globo TV.
The local government's security cameras captured the attack and rescue on video.

A lifeguard's Jet Ski-type craft can be seen approaching the stranded swimmers when a sudden flurry of movement creates a splash around Gobbi, followed by a pool of red around her.

An autopsy will be performed, Globo TV reported.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/23/world/...ack/index.html
 
Old December 27th, 2013 #5
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Killer para-piranhas go apeshit in christmas day massacre in argentina

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Old December 27th, 2013 #6
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We too have our fools down in South Africa. In this particular case the victim was dined on while he swam in some of the most shark-infested waters in the world. (they never believe it will happen to them) Now the bugger is shark-shit resting at the bottom of the sea:


Man Killed in South African Great White Shark Attack Named As Burgert van der Westhuizen

"A 74-year-old local man, Burgert van der Westhuizen, has been named as the swimmer who was bitten in half by a shark, believed to be a Great White, in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. Van der Westhuizen was an experienced open-water swimmer who regularly swam along the coastline of Jeffreys Bay. He was snorkelling in a popular surfing area at the Eastern Cape of South Africa on Friday, when he was attacked by a 12 ft shark and carried off into deeper waters. In a terrifying attack, the shark at first took several bites at van der Westhuizen, but was scared off by a surfer, Terry Olivier, who kayaked to the scene and beat the enormous creature away with his oar. But the shark was not deterred and came back for a second attempt and was only scared off from the body by rescue vehicles."
 
Old December 27th, 2013 #7
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Shit, with a name like Burger, you can hardly blame the shark.

My view of sharks comes from fishing. From standing on the bank of a farm pond and throwing various insects into the water. Watching them make a few hapless kicks and then get guzzled by a largemouth bass.

If you have an eye for humor that isn't funny, one can notice that sharks are made excuses for precisely the way nigs are. Oh, they didn't really mean it. Poverty and racism drove them to it. We're supposed to avoid actual shark behavior and attribute better motives to them. If we acted differently, they wouldn't bite us.

Here's the truth: sharks are sea niggers. They will eat any human if they're hungry and come across one. They've been found with license plates in their bellies, so I don't want hear any shit about how they're all persnickety like cats, and will only fine on delicious seals. Bullshit! As in Motel Hell, "Meat's meat, and sharkman's gotta eat."
 
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When I moved to Hawaii in 91, the big story circulating over there was about a teenage guy who had gone missing while boogie-boarding.
Later, a boogie-board was recovered near the place he had disappeared with a large shark bite in it.
Yikes!
I don't know if it was ever determined if the board was his or not, but the kid was never seen again.

My guess would be it was a Tiger.
 
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The ocean is not a playground.
 
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man-eating tiger on the loose in india

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8-Legged Nightmares? The World's 3 Deadliest Spiders
LiveScience.com By By Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer

Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of more people than spiders. The eight-legged beasts boast a menacing appearance, and some pack a deadly, poisonous bite.

Spiders form the largest part of the arachnid family, with about 40,000 different species of spiders crawling the planet. And about a dozen of these species are deadly enough to kill a human. We take you on a tour of three of the deadliest spiders in the world, which can lurk anywhere from a forest floor to your own backyard.

Brazilian wandering spider

The Brazilian wandering spider, or banana spider, has repeatedly ranked as the world's most venomous spider in "Guinness World Records." Fittingly, it belongs to the genus Phoneutria, which means "murderess" in Greek. [Creepy! Amazing Photos of Spiders]

The spider's bite is potent enough to kill a human within minutes if antidote isn't delivered. Even with antivenom, on rare occasions, the bite can still prove deadly. Just 6 micrograms of venom are enough to kill a 20-gram mouse, and the spider carries more than 10 times that amount of venom in reserve.

In addition, the spider's bite can cause a long, painful erection in men, scientists discovered in 2007. The venom boosts levels of nitric oxide, a chemical that increases blood flow, and some have considered using the venom in drugs for erectile dysfunction.

Found mostly in South America, the large brown spider, which sometimes sports a black spot on its belly, can reach up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) in body length, with a leg span of 5 to 6 inches (12 to 15 cm).

The spider has a trademark move, raising its two front legs in an intimidating pose when frightened. This pose reveals the arachnid's red-haired fangs. The "wandering" part of its name comes from the spider's hunting habits. Instead of using a web to catch prey, the Brazilian spider "wanders" around and hunts on the ground.

Black widow spider

The ominously named black widow is a shiny black spider, but the females have an even more ominous hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens, as if to say "time is running out." They earned the name "widow" because the females of many species eat the males after mating. Several species of black widow spiders exist, residing in temperate areas around the world. They are the most venomous spiders in North America. Before the antivenom was discovered, about 5 percent of black widow bites proved fatal.

These spiders like to lurk in woodpiles, sheds, outdoor furniture and chain-link fences, but they have a special predilection for old-fashioned outhouses. (Perhaps that's where these lyrics from the Australian country song about the black widow's cousin the redback spider come from: "There was a redback on the toilet seat/When I was there last night. I didn't see him in the dark/But boy, I felt his bite!") Fortunately, modern home plumbing and heating make such outhouse encounters rare.

Funnel web spider

The deadly Australian funnel web spiders owe their name to the conical webs these creatures use as burrows or prey traps. In fact, there are three different families of funnel web spiders, only some of which are dangerous to humans. The Hexathelidae family — the dangerous variety — includes about 40 species in Australia, such as the notorious Sydney funnel spider and its tree-dwelling cousins.

These spiders are usually black or brown; sport a shiny, hard, slightly hairy covering called a carapace on the front of their bodies; and range between 0.4 and 2 inches (1 to 5 cm) in body length. Nocturnal creatures, they prefer humid climates. Most live on the ground, but some dwell in trees. The bite can be life-threatening, especially in children, but is usually nonfatal if antivenom is administered.

So be careful of these little, leggy beasts. But if all these eight-legged horrors scare you, keep in mind that most deadly spiders are shy and attack only when threatened.
 
Old April 10th, 2014 #13
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Shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder to front Fearless series

April 8, 2014


Fearless ... shark attack victim, navy clearance diver Paul de Gelder at Collaroy Beach.

Former Australian Navy diver and shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder will front a new television series for Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios.

The studio is Microsoft's play into the on-demand TV market, and intended to compete with established players such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

The software giant announced a slate of new programming which will be launched across its video game platforms and mobile devices this year.

De Gelder will front a series titled Fearless, which "aims to inspire people to improve their lives," Microsoft said.

The 37-year-old former navy diver was attacked by a three-metre bull shark during a training exercise off Garden Island in New South Wales in 2009. He lost his right hand and his right leg.

Since the attack, de Gelder has become a motivational speaker. He also wrote a book, No Time For Fear.

"I've faced pretty much the worst that life can throw at me, and survived, and thrived," de Gelder wrote in an essay published by The Huffington Post in 2012.

"I know the human body can endure much more than we give it credit for, and with determination and the right attitude you can achieve anything you set your mind to."

Xbox Entertainment Studios also announced two other projects, a stop-motion animated series in the style of Robot Chicken from comedian Seth Green, and a sketch comedy from actor/writers Michael Cera and Sarah Silverman.

Microsoft has also become a co-producer of the British remake of the Swedish drama Humans, about humanoid robot servants hoping for freedom, and it is producing two television series connected to its billion-dollar Halo game franchise.

Microsoft will showcase the programs to advertisers an event in New York in early May intended to emulate the "upfronts", where commercial TV networks and cable channels court advertisers with new programming.

The digital "NewFronts" will also feature content from AOL, Google-owned YouTube, the online platform Hulu and Yahoo.

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/...408-36a27.html
 
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NSW shark attack: swimmers warned to stay out of the water at Tathra beach

Witnesses report seeing three- or four-metre shark before Christine Armstrong disappeared during her regular swim

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Shark victim Christine Armstrong with her husband Rob.

Swimmers have been warned to stay out of the water at a New South Wales tourist beach after a 62-year-old woman was killed by a shark during a regular morning swim.

Christine Armstrong, a member of the local surf lifesaving club, was with a swimming group at Tathra beach on the state’s south coast when she went missing on Thursday.

Emergency services said she had been killed swimming the 250 metres between Tathra wharf and Tathra beach about 8.20am.

Witnesses claim to have seen a three- to four-metre shark close to the surface, according to Bega District News. It is understood about five or six swimmers were doing their regular circuit when Armstrong separated from the group and turned back toward the wharf. She then disappeared.

Emergency services and surf lifesavers are searching the area, with reports that body parts have been discovered.

"She will be sadly missed by all who loved her, especially by Rob, her husband of 44 years," Armstrong's family said. "She has been swimming at Tathra beach for 14 years and was an experienced and committed member of the surf club. I'm sure the shark enjoyed snacking on her well aged but still succulent flesh." WTF?

Police and surf lifesavers asked the public to stay out of the water. Tathra has a population of only a few hundred and it is believed to be the first reported shark attack in the area.

"It struck me as surprising," a shark bite expert, Dr Chris Neff of the University of Sydney, said. "Tathra certainly doesn't have a history of shark attacks on the database."

The attack brings to 47 the number of people killed in NSW in the past 100 years, according to the Shark Attack File.

Dr Colin Simpfendorfer, a shark researcher at Queensland's James Cook University, said the shark was likely to have been a great white as they inhabit Australia's southern waters.

"If you swim in the ocean, there is a remote chance you will be bitten by a shark," he said. "There is no place that is particularly safe."

He was surprised the attack happened so close to shore as the swimmers were only 100 metres from the beach.

Bermagui Blue Balls swimming club’s president, Gary Pearse, often swims and dives in the area. "There is a resident great white,” he said. “I haven't seen it myself, but I know people who have. And there's also a lot of bronze whalers.”

Another local resident, Molly Carroll, described the scene in the fishing village, 20km south of Bega, as "eerie".

Inspector Jason Edmunds told the ABC that Rob Armstrong had been part of the group of five swimming with his wife when she turned back and was attacked. "He did see a shark he described as three or four metres long and it was very big but what type of shark I wouldn't speculate," the police officer said.

http://www.theguardian.com/environme...r-tathra-beach
 
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Missing diver’s body found with 'shark bites' south of Perth

Remains recovered of 38-year-old man who went missing from Dawesville area on Saturday while diving with friends

theguardian.com, Wednesday 2 April 2014

A diver found dead off the Western Australian coast may have been killed by a shark, police say, in what would be the first fatal attack since the state introduced its controversial shark baiting program.

Officers are investigating the death of the 38-year-old man, who went missing while diving with four other people on 29 March near Dawesville.

After a search spanning 300 square kilometres involving rescue boats and helicopters, police divers found the man’s body on Wednesday, with an initial examination indicating a shark bit him.

A police spokesman told Guardian Australia it was unclear whether the shark bite occurred before or after the man’s death and that his companions did not witness a shark attack.

“Further investigation and consultation with relevant experts will be undertaken,” WA police said. “The matter is being investigated by the coronial investigation unit and a report will be prepared for the coroner.”

The WA government introduced baited drumlines off the state’s coast in January. There are a total of 72 baited hooks, attached to the drumlines, placed 1km from the shore of popular beaches in Perth and south-west WA. Contractors shoot sharks measuring more than 3m long if they are found on the hooks.

The missing diver disappeared around 5km out from Dawesville channel, south of Perth. There are no drumlines in the channel.

The last fatal shark attack in WA occurred in November, when a surfer, Chris Boyd, died near Gracetown.

Seven people have died from shark attacks in the past three years in WA, which prompted the government to introduce the drumlines. Opponents claim the policy is cruel and counterproductive.

Natalie Banks, a Perth scuba diver and anti-shark cull campaigner, told Guardian Australia that drumlines were not the way to prevent fatal shark attacks.

“We don’t know if this was a shark attack at this time but it is interesting that it happened at a time when drumlines are in the water,” she said.

“We need proper programs in place to stop these incidents occurring. Why aren’t we putting money into surf life saving, shark spotting, tagging and tracking? We are seeing proof every day that drumlines don’t work.”

Across the country in southern New South Wales a swimmer was killed by a shark on Thursday. The woman, in her 60s, was swimming with a group near the coastal town of Tathra when she was taken by the shark around 100m from shore.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...rk-bites-perth
 
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Western Australia Seeks 3-Year Extension of Shark Cull as Great White Shark Roams Perth Beaches

By Reissa Su | April 9, 2014

Western Australia is seeking to extend its shark cull policy by three years. The state government has formally applied to continue setting up its 72 baited drumlines one kilometre off the coast of popular beaches. The state is asking for the shark cull to continue for three years between November 15 and April 30 beginning 2014.

The continuation of the shark cull will allow Western Australia to catch and kill any tiger, bull or great white shark longer than 3 metres caught. Sharks that meet the minimum size requirement are shot then dumped further out at sea.

According to Western Australia, the number of static drumlines in the water will not be greater than 60 at a time. The state keeps 12 drumlines in reserve in an event of shark attack. The application to the commonwealth for the extension follows after the Fisheries staff attempt to catch and kill a great white shark that has been swimming close to Perth beaches.

Reports said additional baited drumlines have been placed at Swanbourne beach to try and catch the roaming shark. The great white shark was first spotted 200 metres off Trigg beach. The shark moved to Scarborough beach then was also seen in City Beach and Floreat. The beaches were closed off for swimming when the shark was spotted.

Based on state figures released in March, the shark cull policy has caught 104 sharks which include 101 tiger sharks.

Western Australia Greens MP Lynn MacLaren was "appalled" by the state's application for extension. She said the government has not bothered to consider the alternatives presented to it.

Recent shark attacks in Australia

NSW police have found the goggles and the swimming cap believed to belong to Chris Armstrong who was taken by a shark in Australia's Tathra beach. Aside from the cap and goggles, authorities also found some human remains.

Chris Armstrong was swimming with five other friends off Tathra wharf when she was suddenly dragged by a shark. Dozens of emergency service personnel had been scouring the waters after his companions reported the incident.

On April 2, the body of a diver was recovered after he disappeared in Western Australia. Authorities said the remains showed evidence that the diver was bitten by a shark.

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/54729...m#.U0ale3TKcy0
 
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We've had bears in our yard, so now I always take a look out the window before heading outside. If one ever attacked, I suppose going for the eyes would be the best thing to do.
Nah, black bears only eat berries and grubs. They turn up their nose at humanflesh. Why take a chance on missing petting their furry, furry hair?
 
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We've had bears in our yard, so now I always take a look out the window before heading outside. If one ever attacked, I suppose going for the eyes would be the best thing to do.
I don't think you get much offense when you're playing with bears. Maybe panthers, but the bear is going to knock you down with one swipe and then bite the back of your skull and/or claw your face/scalp off. Curl up and protect your vitals is about it, I think. Once it's on you. Before that, I think you can bluff them. Stand still, try to appear big. They will make bluff runs. But if you run from them, that can trigger prey instincts.
 
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