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Bob D'Amico 01-25-2007 01:40 PM

Shark Attack, Down Under!
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Modern-day Jonah escapes jaws of killer shark

By Meraiah Foley

SYDNEY, Australia -- A diver who was almost swallowed alive by a 10-foot-long shark said yesterday a lead-lined vest prevented the animal from biting him in half and a chisel used for gathering shellfish allowed him to fend off the fish.

Eric Nerhus, 41, described Tuesday's terrifying attack by a shark, believed to be a great white, off the fishing town of Eden, about 250 miles south of Sydney.

Mr. Nerhus was working with his son and other divers collecting shellfish when the shark suddenly attacked him about 25 feet below the surface.

The shark grabbed Mr. Nerhus by the head, said fellow diver Dennis Luobikis, who witnessed the attack.

"Half my body was in its mouth," Mr. Nerhus told Australian television's Nine Network.

He said he fought desperately.

"I felt down to the eye socket with my two fingers and poked them into the socket," he said. "The shark reacted by opening its mouth and I just tried to wriggle out. It was still trying to bite me. It crushed my goggles into my nose and they fell into its mouth."

He said he managed to finally escape the shark's jaws after jabbing at its eye with a chisel he used to chip abalone from rocks and was still holding despite the attack.

Mr. Nerhus, who estimated he spent two minutes inside the shark's mouth, said his chest was protected from the shark's rows of teeth by a lead-lined vest used to weight him down in the water.

As he swam to the surface in a cloud of his own blood, Mr. Nerhus said he could still see the shark and feared it would attack again.

"It was just circling around my flippers, round and round in tight circles," he said. "The big, round, black eye, 5 inches wide, was staring straight into my face with just not one hint of fear, of any boat, or any human, or any other animal in the sea."

He was helped into his boat by his son and rushed to a hospital where he was being treated for severe cuts to his head, torso and left arm.

A specialist said the shark that attacked Mr. Nerhus probably mistook him for a seal, which are common in waters off southeastern Australia and attract sharks.

Scientists say there are an average of 15 shark attacks a year in Australian waters -- one of the highest rates in the world -- and on average just over one per year are fatal.

Plum Crazy 01-25-2007 05:32 PM

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Wow that guy was pretty lucky.
Cool pic, I have never seen one like it.
You can kinda see how a person could fit in there easily.:eek:

Frank N 01-27-2007 05:05 AM

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I HATE wading at night....

underdog 01-28-2007 01:48 PM

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Wow that's nuts

Fish Picker 01-28-2007 07:02 PM

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They have a air about them that is very hard to describe. A look , like ya I'm a Bad A$$ do you feel lucky ?

RobS 08-17-2011 03:23 PM

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pulling up a thread from the past... a rogue shark in Seychelles:

My Ian was so brave

Shark widow's tribute

BULLS are one of the sharks most dangerous to man.

But fatal attacks by any sharks are extremely rare - less than ten a year. There can be lots of reasons why they attack humans.

Swimming can attract an inquisitive shark. Another key trigger is spearfishing nearby.

A dead fish can draw in a shark. If there has been another attack recently, I would say it is not the same one.

It makes me wonder what is happening. Are fishermen discarding some of their catch nearby?

Brit’s terror with ‘submarine’ shark

A SURFER has told of a terrifying run-in with a Great White shark ‘as big as a submarine’

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THE widow of a Brit killed by a shark as he swam off their honeymoon island today paid an emotional tribute to her "brave husband".

Ian Redmond was attacked in shallow water 100ft from an idyllic beach in the Seychelles.
Bride Gemma, 27, was sunbathing and heard him shout "help, help" as the Bull shark savaged him.

Horror ... beach hit by the attack

Gemma, from Wigan, told how the tragedy came as they were "having so much fun" on their dream trip.
She said: "My husband and my best friend was tragically killed yesterday.
"I loved him so much and he was a very special husband, a thoughtful son and a devoted brother.
"He worked tirelessly to give us both a wonderful married life and home.
"We were having so much fun and we were so excited about our future together."

Video: Shark kills Brit honeymooner

BRIDE watches new husband attacked off idyllic Seychelles beach

Gemma added: "Myself, our families and our friends are devastated and shocked by what has happened.
"The loss of Ian has left a gaping hole in our hearts that will never be filled.
"He was always calm and collected, strong and brave, witty and intelligent, handsome and caring, a remarkable individual who will be deeply and sorely missed. We are privileged and proud to have shared our lives with him."

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She spoke as her parents, David and Coleta Houghton, and Ian's parents, Stephen and Corrine Redmond, were thought to have travelled to the island to support her.
Ian's dad Stephen told a newspaper: "It's devastating. The last time we saw them they were so happy."
The attack on 30-year-old Ian on Praslin Island was the second by a Bull shark in two weeks. Fishermen carried him to the beach in a dinghy but he died before paramedics could arrive.
A witness, also called Ian, said: "The swimmer was missing a huge chunk of flesh from his left leg, so much so that I could see the bone of his thigh. He was sickeningly pale, but still had his flippers on both feet.
"A woman ran over and started screaming. She said, 'That's my husband! We were just married'."

Attack ... Brit Ian Redmond was killed by a Bull shark

An islander said: "The man was swimming close to the beach. He began splashing and shouting. His arm was ripped off and parts of his torso were missing. There was a horrific amount of blood in the water. It was like Jaws."
Another witness said someone grabbed Gemma and kept her away from her mutilated husband.

He added: "The damage was too great. It was too horrific for her to see."
Beach restaurant boss Jeanne Vargiolu, 56, said Ian had lost one arm and had the flesh stripped off one leg.
He also had holes in his chest and stomach. She added: "All the meat on one leg was gone."
Bill Houghton, the bride's uncle, said yesterday: "Gemma is just devastated. They had a perfect wedding. Ian was a fantastic bloke."
The couple, who married on August 6, were at stunning Anse Lazio beach in the early evening — about 3pm UK time — when the shark attacked in shallow waters, 100ft from the shore.
The previous shark attack victim was a French diver.
A Seychelles tourism source said: "The latest bite marks are consistent with that of a Bull shark. It is probably the same rogue maneater."
Meanwhile, police spokesman Jean Toussaint said the first fatal shark attack was treated as a freak accident. But he said that search teams had now been sent out to find the animal.

RobS 08-17-2011 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Frank N (Post 231339)
I HATE wading at night....

you did read that story about the angler who was nabbed wading at night behind ocean city, right?

he didn't figure it was a bull shark though :eek: more likely a brown or sand tiger just "tasting his leg" I can post that too if ya want.

Joe 08-17-2011 08:08 PM

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Originally Posted by RobS (Post 2356738)
you did read that story about the angler who was nabbed wading at night behind ocean city, right?

he didn't figure it was a bull shark though :eek: more likely a brown or sand tiger just "tasting his leg" I can post that too if ya want.

Yup. Post it up.

Frank N 08-17-2011 08:12 PM

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Originally Posted by RobS (Post 2356738)
you did read that story about the angler who was nabbed wading at night behind ocean city, right?

he didn't figure it was a bull shark though :eek: more likely a brown or sand tiger just "tasting his leg" I can post that too if ya want.

I stay ankle deep at night....there are other places to fish

Jetty time next week!

RobS 08-17-2011 08:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Joe (Post 2356746)
Yup. Post it up.

here's where I posted details in Frank's forum:

here's the writeup from the press of ac:

Phaedra Laird ( - 7/28/11 05:44 pm
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EGG HARBOR TWP.--Two local fishing buddies got the scare of their lives when one believes he was bitten by a shark while fishing in the bay.

"Oh, s**t, shark!" Those were the words that sent them scrambling to get out of the water.

"It kinda all happened so fast," said Ryan Sherwood, whose buddy was bitten, "adrenaline kicks in, but really at that point, you're running for your life. It was pretty intense."

Ryan and his friend, Eric Aubrey were out waist-deep in the bay fishing by Egg Harbor Township late Monday night, when something seemed to be doing some fishing of its own. "Something just grabs my leg," explained Eric, "and I said what the hell is that?"
Judging by the marks left on his leg, the holes in the waders was wearing, and how big it was, Eric believes it was a shark that got curious and went in for a taste. "It was a freak incident, it was a test bite, obviously the thing was curious," he said, "I believe that the scratches I have on my leg were my own fault, because if I were to stay still, I really believe the fish would've just bit and let go."

"I saw and heard the noise, you can hear when a big fish moves and throws a lot of water," explained Ryan, who was standing by his buddy as it happened, "I saw the wake from it, I'd say probably 6-8 feet."

The guys were about 35-40 yards off the shore when it happened and Eric says it's a good thing he was wearing those waders, otherwise this story could've had a much different ending. "I really feel they actually protected me from getting any further gashes or slashes," he said.

The guys are used to being around big fish, but aren't sure what this one was. They think it could've been a brown shark, sand tiger, or dusky, all commonly found around here, but not known for biting humans. However, they're pretty positive it wasn't a bull shark. "If it was a bull shark, I probably wouldn't have a leg," said Eric.

Regardless of what it was, it wasn't enough to scare these guys away from fishing, although it does have them a little more conscious of what's around them in the water. "Just goes to show you that Mother Nature's in control," said Eric, "you're in their water, you know?"

"I'm not gonna stop fishing by any means," said Ryan, "but I'll think twice about actually walking in the water in my waders."

RobS 02-27-2013 09:56 AM

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New Shark attack in NZ:

Swimmer mauled to death by Great White Shark in front of hundreds of tourists on New Zealand beach as armed police opened fire on the animal at least 20 times

  • Adam Strange, 46, attacked at Muriwai beach near Auckland today
  • Shark up to 14ft long pulled him under the water
  • More sharks drawn to the attack as police fired shots in rescue attempt
Pio Mose, who was fishing off rocks beside the beach, described how he saw a ‘huge’ shark attack the lone swimmer 50 yards from where he was standing.
‘All of a sudden we saw the shark fin and next minute, boom, attack him and then blood everywhere on the water,' told
He told how the man appeared to struggle with the shark before it swam away – and then it, and others, came back.
Mr Mose called the police on his mobile while a friend ran to get help.

Police in inflatable rubber boats shoot at a shark off Muriwai Beach in New Zealand as they attempt to retrieve a body following a fatal shark attack

At least three sharks are believed to have been involved in the attack

‘He was still alive. He put his head up. We called him to swim over the rock to where we were.'
‘He raised his hand up and then while he was rising his hand up we saw another attack and pull him in the water.
‘He came back up. His head was on the water…then we notice he was already dead’
Mr Mosie said as blood spilled out over the water, more sharks started swimming around the area.
The fisherman and other anglers watched as the shark carried the man’s body out to sea.
‘It’s awful – it’s scary, like a nightmare to me. I was shaking, scared, panicked.’

Bob D'Amico 03-01-2013 11:19 PM

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That's just awful. I get the impression from the article that he was swimming in a regular public beach area. Maybe these sharks were rogues.

Anyway I have no plans to go swimming off of any New Zealand beach or any water at all in Australia unless it's a pool!

RobS 03-02-2013 07:09 AM

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Yeah and in fresh water you have to watch out for bull sharks ! :D

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