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Shark attacks Australia surfer

2012-01-18 12:22

Sydney - An Australian surfer was seriously injured after being attacked by a shark north of Sydney on Wednesday, paramedics said.

The 44-year-old sustained deep lacerations to his leg when a shark bit him as he was surfing off Redhead Beach, near Newcastle, in the late afternoon, an ambulance service spokesperson said.

"He was bitten on the upper thigh and has got a large laceration on his leg," the spokesperson said.

"He's currently in a serious condition and will be transported to John Hunter Hospital."

He described it as a bull shark - a medium-sized species known for its aggression and tendency to attack humans - according to media reports.

It is the second shark attack in as many weeks in waters off Sydney, with another surfer bitten on the arm by a shark at North Avoca beach on January 4.

Another surfer had a lucky escape in December when a shark rammed his board and bit off a huge chunk but he dodged serious injury near Yamba, further north.

Sharks are a common feature of Australian waters but fatal attacks are rare, with just 27 people killed in the past 22 years.

Comments
  • Barry - 2012-01-18 13:06

    Hang on "known for its aggression and tendency to attack humans" The sea is shark territory. Any human that goes in the sea must accept the consequences. Sharks are born to hunt and kill. Period.

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-01-18 13:32

      Spot on Barry. You go in bush....the lion he get you (he made that way) You go in sea, the bull shark he get you. So don't blams lion and dont blame shark ...he just doing his job.

      Jano - 2012-01-18 13:32

      Well thats just stupid. It's like saying when you cross the road and get killed by a car, to say. It's your own fault...you know cars drive there. Cars are hard and fast!...Cyclists stay of the road...golfers shouldn't play with hard balls.....clearly your not a sports person.

      Bob - 2012-01-18 13:38

      Barry, don't get your point, humans are not alien to the sea, thats why we can swim and survive under water for up to 5 minutes, I think what you trying to say is Sharks are apex predators in the sea and as such are capable of attacking most anything that is in the sea, including us humans.

      Mr C - 2012-01-18 13:47

      Jano, that's exactly what he's saying. If you play in traffic, chances are you're going to get hit by a car, & yes, it will be your fault because you chose to play in the traffic. Come now, thought that was common sense. & Bob, just because we can swim doesnt mean we were meant to... its just something that we are capable of doing; same as we are capable of jumping off mountains, doesnt mean we should... :)

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-01-18 14:09

      The shark should be put down because it has become a man eater.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-01-18 14:34

      The sea and the beaches are also there for humans to enjoy. I don't accept the "surf/swim at your own peril" view. A lot can and has been done to protect humans and to allow them to enjoy the sea. This will hopefully continue.

      Bob - 2012-01-18 14:59

      MrC, I don't think we were meant to "jump off mountains" of course we are bult to swim, that doesn't mean it's always safe to do so, there are little sea creatures the size of your fingernail that can kill you in OZ waters, I am just saying there are sometimes risks involved and it's upto the individual to decide if he's prepared to take the risk, that said he has more chance of dying or getting seriously injured on the journey to the beach, but heh we all keep getting in vehicles.

      Grimett - 2012-01-18 15:05

      Japan has just led the way,they have an indoor "sea" without sharks.

      Jano - 2012-01-18 16:55

      @ E=MC2 Thats why sport people and people in general die unnatural deaths, because we choose to step out of our front door and live a bit. I guess you never leave the safety of your home. My point was not to say "it's your own fault" cause accidents happen, even in your own shower. I wonder what your explanation would be if WAR brakes out and people all around you die...cause people kill people. As a matter of fact...more people get killed by other people than sharks attacks. Statistics show that I'm more safer in the water while surfing than spending those 2 hours on land. I'm more likely to be killed by another human than a shark. So what do you say about that.....

  • sue.vandergaast - 2012-01-18 16:53

    and you still don't think it is all that chumming off the shark dive boats..... ban cage shark diving

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