Shark attacks fishing boat - report

2012-02-21 19:39

Cape Town - A great white shark attacked an inflatable fishing boat off Strandfontein in the Western Cape, IOL reported on Tuesday.

"I was less than an arm’s length away from the shark and all I could see were its giant rows of teeth," one of the passengers, Graham Claasen, was quoted as saying.

"It was horrific. I thought the boat would sink."

Claasen was one of five passengers and two owners aboard the boat, which was anchored about 2km out to sea when the shark attacked.

The crew were fishing for smooth hound sharks, which great whites prey on. One of the passengers had pulled a smooth hound onto the boat when the great white took hold of the side of the boat.

The damaged boat, with a gash of about half-a-metre long, drew much attention at Kalk Bay harbour on Monday. A number of the shark’s teeth were found in the hull.

The shark was estimated to be about 7m long and its teeth between 5cm and 6cm long.

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-02-21 19:45

    Going out to sea is more like walking in Cape Flats.

      Sean - 2012-02-21 20:26

      Nah , it`s safer on the boat !

      Fred - 2012-02-21 20:47

      Eek !!!! Fright, ek Se !!!!

      michel.pieterse - 2012-02-22 04:15

      Especially now with the shark also missing its front teeth

      eugenewilli - 2012-02-22 10:32

      jou maa se vis en chips!

      Perfume - 2012-02-22 10:44

      LMAO @eugenewill...ek het so lekker gelag

      eugenewilli - 2012-02-22 10:49

      @perfume, have to apologise, but that just came

  • John - 2012-02-21 19:56

    Brown pant moments..........

  • Ken - 2012-02-21 19:58

    Eish !

  • Adele - 2012-02-21 20:04

    Hmmmm 7m seems like a bit of a tik-fueled exaggeration

      lodewikusj - 2012-02-21 20:24

      rough but I like it!

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-21 20:59

      Adele.. no animosity intended but you've obviously never seen an adult Great White. That's why they call them "Great". I had the priveledge of seeing a dead one, washed up on Muizenberg beach.. it was over 8 yards long from snout to tail. They needed a Bulldozer to bury it.

      Tough - 2012-02-22 10:00

      Ask any of the Kalkbay fishermen if they've seen Spotty or the Submarine. They'll confirm that 7m is very realistic, albeit not often spotted

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-08-10 11:40

      I think what Adele is referring to is the fact that if a 7m shark attacked an inflatable dingy the result would likely be a sinking dingy.

  • mark.mccallum - 2012-02-21 20:08

    No Sympathy - in fact I totally condemn the fishing of the Hound sharks. Bet this was not a catch and release.

      Tough - 2012-02-22 10:05

      At R9 - R13/kg, why would they release...Greed would never allow them to do that

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-08-10 11:40

      Completely agree.

  • David - 2012-02-21 20:12

    We going to need a bigger boat

  • dozyfish - 2012-02-21 20:14

    Did you say an inflatable boat? Are you kidding me? And fishing for its food, I mean IT'S food? bwahaha no wonder it took a chunk out of your rubber ducky boat! Props to Whitey :)

  • pierre.brink - 2012-02-21 20:23

    7m???. Wikipedia states:"According to J. E. Randall, the largest white shark reliably measured was a 6.0 m (19.7 ft) individual reported from Ledge Point, Western Australia, in 1987."

      Nicola Killops - 2012-02-21 20:35

      A real 'fish story' if I ever heard one.

      Dreyer - 2012-02-21 20:45

      Wise ass,as if it is impossible to have bigger sharks

      Sean - 2012-02-21 21:02

      Hi Pierre, according to the oceanographic institute the biggest great white measured after being struck by a ship was 8.7m. So who is JE Randall? Sharks are still very unknown.

      Jafét Maclean - 2012-02-21 21:29


      Chris - 2012-02-22 08:49

      According to this they've seen a 7m great white in New Zealand before.

      Peter - 2012-02-22 09:50

      Google 'Submarine shark'. its a roughly 8m Great White, that travels between Australia and False Bay. It tossed a (if I remember correctly), a couple hundred kilo seal into the air by Kalk Bay harbour. There was a story sometime ago, that it had a smaller 3-5 meter shark that follows it, scavenging off whatever Submarine eats. Submarine can get picked up on radar, from Silvermine.

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-08-10 11:41

      I can vouch for Peters story

  • bartosz.solodkowski - 2012-02-21 20:52

    Haaaahahaa! serves 'em right what were they doing fishing for sharks anyway, making sharkfin soup?

      Rowen Van Eeden - 2012-02-21 21:17

      The texture of smooth hound shark meat is very similar to hake. In some countries they sell it as flake and chips as their hake stocks have collapsed.

  • damonfreemanza - 2012-02-21 21:12

    Must've fisherman from Blue Bulls country...

  • Marius - 2012-02-21 21:14

    Jaws. Its back.

      John - 2012-02-22 06:58

      Yesss...I was wating when this topic will turn racial. Well done made it!

      John - 2012-02-22 08:41

      @John.... huh... What you on about????? Take a sign

      willybegood - 2012-02-22 08:58

      @John... huh? BACK!!! So you read BLACK i assume... mampara!

  • Craig - 2012-02-21 21:52

    Disguise all politicians as hound sharks and send them off on a swimming trip!

      Perfume - 2012-02-22 10:49


  • Sean - 2012-02-22 06:46

    Could be the fishermen were Blou Bull supporters.

  • ian.klopper - 2012-02-22 08:13

    This is irresponsible reporting. the shark didnt "attack the boat" as you sensationalise. It went for a shark that they had caught. I also seriously question the shark being 7m in length. Get your reporting straight. I would also be very interested to see. Many rubber ducks are only rated to go 1 mile offshore. They report being 2 miles out. Hope they are licensed accordingly.

      Garth - 2012-02-22 10:56

      It did not read `rubber duck'! It read inflatable! Do some research.

  • Eric - 2012-02-22 08:24

    The shark did not attack the "boat". It followed its food and bit miss. If it wanted to attack the boat it would of wiped them out. Remember that sharks in false bay breach when chasing their food.

  • John - 2012-02-22 08:44

    7 Metres.... I think not. But I guess when the adrenalin rushes, and you have nothing to compare the size with, it looks like a bus

  • alison.kock - 2012-02-22 09:08

    On Sunday Shark Spotters issued a caution regards a large white shark reported behind Strandfontein tidal pool by a fisherman who broadcast it over the marine channel to boats in the vicinity and others on the marine channel. Shortly thereafter, the spotters heard over the radio about the white shark biting the rubber duck, apparently during an attempt to eat a hound shark that had just been caught by passengers on the duck. The duck was punctured, but luckily the skippers' were able to get it back to shore and all passengers were safe. False Bay has a long history of white sharks interacting with fishing boats, especially on the northern shores of False Bay. Hound sharks and other smaller shark species are common in the area and are a preferred prey of white sharks (especially in summer), so this is not surprising. The newspaper reports are that it was a 7 m shark. The largest confirmed white shark is a 6.1 m animal caught at Ledge Point, Western Australia, on March 22, 1984. The largest white shark we have seen in 8 years of research in False Bay is 5 m, and the average size is just over 3.5 m. White shark sightings are prone to exaggeration because of the girth of the sharks making them appear larger than they are. Regardless of the size of the white shark, small boats need to exercise caution when present in white shark habitat, especially when fishing for known prey items.

      alison.kock - 2012-02-22 09:15

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  • tonilindeque - 2012-02-22 09:25

    Thank you Alison for proper info, shame on you news 24, once again for a dumb time consult with a shark expert,(like Alison) people will still read your news if it is filled with fact....

  • Nicole - 2012-02-22 09:35

    I think they got the size wrong, we never see Great whites that size her in False Bay!

  • Daryl - 2012-02-22 10:14

    Typical news reporters... you are worse than bloody used car salesmen! This article is so skewed. But I suppose a more accurate headline like 'Medium sized white shark steals fisherman's catch and accidentally damages boat' wouldn't get as much attention.

  • Darren - 2012-02-22 10:19

    would love to have read Die Son version of this…

      tauhier.sylvester - 2012-02-22 19:57

      sharks steals vissermans se tanne

  • amanda - 2012-02-22 10:22

    @ Daryl. I agree that it is sensationalist reporting. Good grief everyone knows that in Summer the great whites hunt closer to the shores- and so what if their boat was attacked? Fishing is already so depleted in False Bay the poor great whites have very little left to feed on.

  • Perfume - 2012-02-22 10:45

    7m long shark - will comment later lmao

  • Paul - 2012-03-29 12:57

    @micheal.pieterse....hahahahaa ek le nou nog soos ek lag

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-13 17:40

    The poor Shark having to have lost its teeth what he doesn't know he's also loosing his status as one of the most feared "animals" the real sharks are on shore ...

  • Ashleigh - 2012-04-19 14:10

    7m Not a Chance. Maybe look up how big they get before writing rubbish.

  • Andries - 2012-04-19 14:59

    what were they catching smoothies for?? and nogal 7meters. not by us otherwise the jaws would be in my garage

  • Alan - 2012-04-20 13:22

    Missing teeth ! is now a bonifide "Capie-shark" !

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