28-Year-Old Surfer Bitten Three Times by Shark in New Zealand

New Zealand police report that a surfer was bitten by a shark on February 7th, 2014 off Porpoise Bay Beach near Curio Bay.

The 28-year-old victim was on his board approximately 50m from the beach when he was attacked Friday evening at around 8:20pm.  He sustained three bite wounds to his leg ranging from his calf to his thigh.

He was transported by helicopter to Southland Hospital were he was listed in stable condition.

Shark attack at Curio Bay, New Zealand

Following the attack, signs were put up in the vicinity of Porpoise Bay requesting people not enter the water until further notice from the Department of Conservation.

Several NZ news organizations are reporting that the shark involved was a great white (white pointer) but none have provided any source for the statement.

This marks the second shark incident in New Zealand waters this year.  Last month a spearfisherman sustained a shark bite near Garden Bay.  Read story here.

UPDTATE: 02/09/2014
• The surfer has been identified as Darren Mills, a British citizen.
• Experts believe it was a 9′ Great White  responsible for the attack.
Read more at the Daily Mail and Stuff.

Surfer Killed in Shark Attack at Gracetown Beach Western Australia

  • Lefthanders Beach following the shark attack – by ABC/Ruslan Kulski

    Shortly after 9:00am on Saturday November 23, 2013, 35-year-old Chris Boyd, a father of two, was killed by a great white shark while surfing at Lefthanders Beach near Gracetown, Western Australia.

    Gracetown – well known for its surfing and nearby wine production – is approximately 160 miles south of Perth.

    According to a report with ABC, the shark had made contact with another board before attacking the victim.

    The West Australian is reporting that a 3m (10 foot) great white was responsible and that the victim lost his left arm and part of his right leg in the attack. Police believe he died instantly.

    The beach was closed and the Department of Fisheries issued an imminent threat order dispatching officers to attempt to catch the shark.  No decision has been made at this point on whether the shark would be killed following any capture.

    This marks the third fatal shark attack in Gracetown in the last ten years.

    News Accounts:
    -Shark kills man, 35, at popular surfing spot in Western Australia – ABC
    -Fatal shark attack at Gracetown – The West Australian
    -Man killed in shark attack at Lefthanders Beach near Gracetown – Perth Now
    -Man dies following Gracetown shark attack – WA Today
    Shark kills male surfer at Gracetown Beach, Western Australia – news.com.au

    EDIT 11/24:
    – Queensland shark attack victim a ‘legend’ – Brisbane Times
    – Shark attack victim remembered as a family man – The New Zealand Herald
    – Gracetown surfers and business operators are demanding the Government start hunting and killing white pointers terrorising WA’s South West coast. – The West Australian.

Orca Kills Great White 30 Miles Off the San Francisco Coast

In 1997, a group of whale watchers off the San Francisco, California coast near the Farallon Islands witnessed an amazing event, a great white shark being killed by an orca.

Although various videos have been available of the event, National Geographic is currently airing a special called “A Night of Exploration: Killer Whale vs. Jaws” and they are showing the original footage in HD quality (see below) which is by far, better quality than any of the other videos out there.

The video is mixed with both above & below the water footage including some reenactment. Noteworthy time periods: Actual attack occurs at 2:02.  Actual underwater footage starts at 4:05.

Screenshot: Killer whale kills Great White

A point of interest not mentioned in the video is that following the attack, all the great whites disappeared from the area.

In a 2004 article by National Wildlife titled “Showdown at Sea,” they note that from September to December this rocky island attracts thousands of seals and sea lions which in turn brings about one of the world’s largest congregations of great white sharks. This annual ritual has been observed by researches since 1989.

But following the orca attack on October 4, 1997, all the great whites disappeared and did not return until the following year.  The seals and sea lions where present as normal and researches noted no other factors that would have driven away the great whites.

Orca consumes great white liver

This marked the first time researchers had not observed any great whites in the Farallon Islands area during this time frame.  Was it just a coincidence?  Apparently not, because in 2000 another orca in almost the same area of the 1997 attack was observed consuming a large piece of white flesh which was not believed to be from a mammal.  And just like in 1997, following this killer whale attack, no great whites were observed for the remainder of the season.

But most shocking about the 2000 attack is that approximately six months later, a tagged great white named Tipfin who frequented the Farallon Islands had his tag pop off which provided researcher Schulman-Janiger with a surprising minute-by-minute account of Tipfin’s movements immediately after the attack.

“On the hour of the attack, Tipfin abruptly dropped to 500 meters and headed west,” says Pyle. “He swam all the way to Hawaii.”  Coincidence?  You decide.