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Australian swimmer killed by great white
in Sydney’s first deadly shark attack
since 1963

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 2/17/2022 3:13:10 PM

A swimmer on a Sydney beach in Australia died after being attacked Wednesday by what witnesses described as a 4 1/2-meter (15-foot) great white shark. “This person had suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of the attack and there was nothing paramedics could do when we arrived on scene,” New South Wales state Ambulance Inspector Lucky Phrachnanh said. It is the first fatal shark attack in Sydney since 1963. A witness, Kris Linto, said the swimmer was in the water when the shark “came and attacked him vertically.” “We heard a yell and then turned around, it looked like a


Sounds like a scene from JAWS.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DVC 2/17/2022 3:18:57 PM (No. 1074813)
I have always been surprised at people continuing to surf and swim in these truly shark infested waters around Australia. First in Sydney since '63, but seems like they are pretty common in other areas of Australia. IIRC many beaches have steel shark nets to keep them out. I lived in the Fla keys for a while in the 60s, and did a lot of diving there and in the Bahamas in the 90s, too. I have dove with sharks and lots of large barracuda, but when I saw sharks over 6 ft more than 'passing by' I got out of the water.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: GoodDeal 2/17/2022 3:28:22 PM (No. 1074830)
Of course the victim will be tested for Covid and if positive His death will be due to Covid.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Proud Texan 2/17/2022 3:33:50 PM (No. 1074836)
Shoulda took the the anti-shark vaccine. Just as or more effective than covid "vaccine".
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Hazymac 2/17/2022 3:43:59 PM (No. 1074841)
In winter 2004 a shrimp trawler less than ten miles from the Chamber of Commerce beaches of my west Florida county netted a 2,600 pound, 16-foot great white shark. Swimming in the ocean carries some risk. Around here, the bull shark, allegedly with the greatest natural level of testosterone in the animal kingdom, is the greatest threat to swimmers. I've seen one out of my bedroom window. (Really.) An eight footer. Could make short work of me. I stay out of the ocean and anything connected to it. If I go out, I'll take a boat.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Strike3 2/17/2022 4:23:11 PM (No. 1074865)
They talk about these events like the shark is some kind of criminal. (unprovoked attack) It's not an attack, the shark detects a slow easy meal in the water and takes advantage. It's Darwin's Law.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Schnapps 2/17/2022 4:38:32 PM (No. 1074876)
In the '60s shark spotters and nets were installed at popular Australian, South African and other beaches in the '60s when attacks were common. Maintenance was expensive and the shark PR people like Greenpeace declared many of them endangered and mostly harmless, so the nets are no longer there.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Omen55 2/17/2022 4:44:52 PM (No. 1074883)
Hopefully it was quick.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: DVC 2/17/2022 5:17:13 PM (No. 1074916)
Re #4, one of my college roommates went with a friend to do some offshore snorkeling, off of the Crystal River area, IIRC. They stopped the boat, he put on fins, mask and snorkel and hopped in to do a check of whether it was a good area. As the bubbles from his entry cleared, he saw a massive pointed snout right in front of him, reached out to push the great white was bigger than he thought, and therefore farther away, and he didn't reach it before it grabbed both arms to mid forearm and 'nibbled', then released him and swam away, leaving my friend seriously injured, all fingers non-operational. With extreme difficulty, he was helped back in the boat, Coast Guard called on Ch. 16, and a CG helo met them at a big ship pier, the nearest possible location. Towels served as temp bandages. He says the most fightening part was being strapped to a form fitting chicken wire lifting basket with fingers not working, and lifted the 25 ft from the 25 ft boat to the ship level pier before being loaded into the CG helo and flown to emergency surgery. Other than an impressive set of scars and hair raising story to tell, he's entirely over it, with his left little finger a bit impaired and both hands only about 90% of original strength. Yes, great whites inhabit all the world's warmer oceans. People are not normally on their diet, but a black wetsuited swimmer looks a lot like a seal, which IS on their diet. And even a "taste" is devastating. The guy in the boat said that from the swirls and fin size that he could see, it was about 15 ft long. Yikes! I still dive when I get a chance. But living in Kansas now, it's not so often.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Ruhn 2/17/2022 5:51:06 PM (No. 1074950)
At least he had his vaxx pass.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: formerNYer 2/17/2022 6:21:38 PM (No. 1074980)
Can tell the LSM is avoiding the Durham probe and the scamdemic is over, here come the shark stories. Zzzzz
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Catfur27 2/17/2022 6:24:46 PM (No. 1074986)
...thanks mostly to the media ( and the movie Jaws) people have a hugely exaggerated fear of sharks ... on average there are only about 6 fatal shark attacks in a given year....compared to 200 deaths/year by those friendly, cuddly , elephants
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Bluefindad 2/17/2022 9:28:18 PM (No. 1075152)
I've observed great white shark behavior many times while on fishing trips to Guadalupe Island. The island is about 200 miles south of San Diego and 100 miles at sea, in Mexican waters. For many years, it has been known as a premier site for observing great white sharks. Initially, the shark observations were incidental to the number one reason for going to the island - fishing for tuna and yellowtail. The sharks learned that the long-range fishing boats attracted and provided great munching material (in addition to the elephant seal colony on the island). On many occasions, I observed the sharks patrolling the waters around our boat. I learned that they were both magnificent and unpredictable. Often, we would observe the sharks cruising around the boat in the clear water - big ones, often between 12 and 16 feet long. They seemed lazy and uninterested. We would hook and land tuna and yellowtail without the shark's interference. But suddenly, it was like someone rang the dinner bell. The sharks began eating everything hooked! I saw a great white leap out of the water with a big yellowtail. I saw two sharks approach a hooked 100 pound yellowfin from opposite directions, each devouring half in one bite. I saw a great white slide down the length of the 100 foot boat, half our of the water with jaws wide open. They are awesome creatures! I used to watch 'Shark Week'. When they started showing people at Guadalupe Island who claimed to know enough about great white behavior to free dive with them I quit watching in disgust. No one should take these creature for granted. Rather, they do so at their own peril!
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Reply 13 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 2/17/2022 9:36:19 PM (No. 1075157)
I never go where I’m not the top predator! If around bears the Marlin .444 is always loaded ready for defense! I don’t hunt!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: mifla 2/18/2022 4:39:26 AM (No. 1075319)
As many have said in the past, when you walk into the ocean, you become part of the food chain.
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