Scuba diver killed in fatal shark attack?

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A scuba diver died April 12 after what may have been a shark attack in waters off KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The unidentified 68-year old man was diving with a charter group near Shelly Beach and Port Edward, but when the group surfaced, divers realized one man had disappeared. Private boats in the vicinity were notified of the missing diver and began searching the area. The National Sea Rescue Institute and Police Search Rescue were contacted at 1:45 p.m. and mobilized search vehicles. “The NSRI Shelly Beach sea rescue craft Caltex…

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Kayaker knocked into the water by a shark

A kayaker was knocked into the water by a shark off the coast near Durban, South Africa. Murray van Wyk was fishing with friends February 6 off Eastmoor Crescent Beach when he hooked a tuna fish, only to be quickly relieved of his catch and knocked off his kayak by an eager shark. His friend Owen McMillan had his camera on, and although he wasn’t close to van Wyk he filmed the event from a distance. “He was busy reeling in his catch, a tuna, and he saw a large…

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Great White Shark Attacks Surf Ski

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A shark believed to be a great white shark attacked a surf ski paddler in Cape Town, South Africa. Ben Swart was paddling with two friends in Keurbooms Lagoon at Plettenberg Bay December 19 around 7 a.m. when the shark apparently breached. The Local National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) released a statement that the 55-year-old was hit from below the water by an estimated 13-foot (4m) shark. The shark hit the board with such force Swart was knocked off his surf ski and into the air. He was uninjured in…

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Surf-ski bitten by shark

A surfski was bitten by a shark this morning in South Africa. A group of five local surf-skiers were enjoying a normal paddle in Plettenberg Bay this morning, when one of the members had a sudden encounter with a shark. Member Dave Mason’s ski was hit from behind by a large shark that began violently pushing the ski forward. The shark hit with such force that it knocked Mason into the water. After he attempted to climb back into the vessel, he realized his boat was actually sinking and that…

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Great White Shark Assessment with Dylan Irion

Have you ever wondered how great white shark populations are counted? I spoke with Dylan Irion who has been working with working with Oceans Research, a marine and terrestrial research and conservation organization based in South Africa, for six years.  He graduated with a BSc in General Biology from the University of Maryland, U.S. in 2008 and an MSc in Applied Marine Science (Zoology) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2013. He’s currently carrying out a new white shark population assessment that will encompass several areas of…

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Aquarium Shark Bites a Diver

Video has been released that shows the moment an aquarium shark bites a diver. The diver was attempting to do a routine checkup on the pregnant shark in a South African aquarium in 2012. The divers begin by administering drugs to the shark using a spear pole and administration vial. As the shark swims by the administration vial is forced into the shark’s skin around the dorsal fin. Divers then begin swimming in for a close-up medical checkup of the grey nurse shark. During the exam, the sharks body language appears…

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Shark Knocks Fisherman into the Water

A shark knocked a fisherman into the water in South Africa. Dev De Lange was fishing off the North coast of KwaZulu-Nata, when he hooked a large dorado aka mahi-mahi. Once he begins reeling in the fish he notices a ‘massive shark’ chasing his catch. He continues reeling in the mahi-mahi with the shark still in tow. Mr. De Lange begins to scream in panic while he tries to hit the line release on his reel as the shark rapidly approaches the small surf ski. One second later, a loud thump…

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Great White Shark Knocks Man Off His Boat and Into The Water

A great white shark knocked a man off his surf ski and into the water in South Africa on Saturday. Grant Wardell was fishing with his brother around 1300 yards off shore at Westbrook Beach when the incident occurred. The two were dragging live bait behind the surf skis. Mr. Wardell was paddling in front of his brother and turned to check on him. As he turned around he saw the great white rapidly approaching. “The shark leaped from the water and the force catapulted me off my paddle ski.”…

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Broken Jaws :Great white shark slams cage media goes crazy

A honey mooning couple went on a shark viewing adventure in South Africa when their cage was slammed by a great white shark.  The water was murky so as the shark was chasing the bait (which keep in mind was being drug toward the cage) the great white was going at full speed and ended up ramming into the cage. Now the news media has begun to sensationalize the video with titles like Great white shark attacks cage divers and tourists survive shark attack by inches.  The shark was lured…

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Shark bite in SA

A 42-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark Sunday. The man was surfing with a friend near Morris Reef, in Still Bay which is close to Mossel Bay, South Africa, when a suspected great white shark bit the unidentified man on the right thigh and leg.  The shark was estimated to be around 9 to 11 feet long. Two off-duty NSRI were surfing in the area and assisted the injured man into shore. They along with a member of the public provided first aid treatment and prepared the man for…

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