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Category Archive for 'Australia' at Swim At Your Own Risk

Archive for the 'Australia' Category

Man Dragged By Shark!


A surfer had a close call with a 9 ft shark yesterday in Australia.

51-year old John Morgan was trying his new paddleboard when he was nudged by a large shark off Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay.

Then the shark took off… dragging the man with it!

After being dragged for about 130 ft, the shark untangled itself and swam away. Phew!

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It’s Shark Season in South Africa!


The first Great White sharks of the season have been spotted near the shoreline in False Bay, South Africa and beachgoers are being urged to use caution when entering the water.

The City of Cape Town says Great White sharks are present in the coastal waters all year round and people should always be aware of the possibility of encountering them… but over the past five years, the period of mid-August to the end of November has recorded the highest numbers of “interactions” between Great White sharks and people.

People are being encouraged to use areas where shark spotters are on duty and to take the time to speak to the shark spotters on the day they visit the beach to find out about recent sightings and activity.

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Huge Tiger Shark Caught in Australia!


An angler caught what is believed to be the biggest tiger shark ever captured in Western Australian waters over the weekend.

The 12 ft shark weighed nearly 630 lbs.

It was caught during the Dampier Classic fishing competition and the event organizer, Dennis Brian-Smith, says the shark will not go to waste

The shark parts will be sent away for scientific research.

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The World’s Most Dangerous Beaches


Not to be confused with the world’s sharkiest beaches, Forbes has put together a list of the wold’s most dangerous beaches. I guess it’s not just the sharks we need to worry about…

1. Shark Attacks/Bites
New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Fla. (duh)
Runner Up: Hawaii

2. Pollution
Hacks Point Beach, Kent County, Md./
Beachwood Beach West, Ocean County, N.J.

3. Jellyfish Attacks
Northern Australia

4. Rip Current Drowning
Brevard County, Fla.
Runner Up: Volusia County, Fla.

5. Boating Accidents
Florida
Runner Up: California

6. Lightning
Florida
Runner up: Colorado (they have beaches?)

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Shark Attack Victim Speaks


Jason Cull says he plunged his fingers into the eye of the white pointer trying to free himself from its jaws after being bitten in the leg while swimming off Middleton Beach in Albany, Western Australia. 



The 37-year-old father-of-two underwent five hours of surgery at Albany Hospital yesterday to repair his left calf.

Reliving the ordeal from his hospital bed, Culls says he was just 250 feet from the beach during a 7.30am swim when the shark clamped its jaws around his left leg and dragged him under water.

The action was caught by Mark Bickerdike, who thought he was snapping an early morning picture of a dolphin. Think again, Mark.

As Jason Cull struggles to make his way to shore, two of his friends can be seen splashing the water to distract the 12 ft shark.

A wounded Mr Cull can be seen in the foreground being helped to shore by local surf lifesaver Joanne Lucas, who came to his rescue after he was bitten. 




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Man Survives Shark Attack Thanks to This Lady


An Albany man (Australia, not New York) was savaged by a 13 ft shark just off the town’s most popular beach and he owes his life to a local hero who swam to his rescue and helped bring him to shore before the shark could finish him off.

The shark took two chunks from 37-year-old Jason Cull’s left leg, leaving him flailing and yelling for help at Middleton Beach at 7.30am.

Local woman, Joanne Lucas, swam out and rescued him while the shark continued to cruise the area. Jason was taken to Albany Regional Hospital for surgery.

Authorities closed the beach and sent a plane to monitor the shark, along with a couple others that were sighted in the bay.

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Shark Attack Kills Teen!


A teenage boy died after being attacked by a shark at Lighthouse Beach in Ballina, Australia.

Emergency services were called about 8.15am and found the 16-year-old boy with shark bites to the leg.

The alarm was first raised by lifeguards at a tower on the beach, who saw the teen struggling.

The boy’s friend had found him floating unconscious in the water. He was pulled from the surf suffering heavy blood loss from severe lacerations to his upper and lower leg.

Police and Ambulance personnel were unable to revive the boy.

His body was taken by ambulance to Ballina Hospital.

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R.I.P. Val Plumwood

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Renowned Australian feminist and environmental activist Val Plumwood, who survived a horrific crocodile attack more than 20 years ago, was been killed by an apparent snake bite. Plumwood was 68 years old.

Plumwood, originally known as Val Routley, took her adopted surname from a variety of tree near her wilderness home.

Plumwood was attacked by a crocodile in a river in Australia’s northern Outback in 1985 and escaped with terrible wounds to her legs and groin after the croc dragged her underwater three times.

Her body was found Saturday in the octagonal stone house where she lived alone near Braidwood in New South Wales. It appears a snake bite killed her, but a coroner has yet to make an official statement.

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Shark Attacks on the Rise!

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… shark attacks are on the up.

According to experts, the number of worldwide shark attacks rose in 2007. However only one attack - in the South Pacific - was fatal.

The number of shark attacks increased from 63 in 2006 to 71 in 2007, continuing a gradual upswing during the past four years, said George Burgess, director of the university’s International Shark Attack File.

About half the world’s attacks typically occur in U.S. but the number was greater last year at 50 US attacks.

Australia was No2, with 12 attacks.

Florida’s Volusia County continued its dubious distinction as the world’s shark bite capital with 17 attacks, its highest yearly total since 2002.

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Talk About A Bad Day…

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A man was accidentally shot by a rescuer who was trying to free him from the jaws of a crocodile in northern Australia.

The victim, in his late 20s, was attacked by the croc while collecting crocodile eggs at a remote reptile farm. A coworker trying to save him fired two shots at the saltwater crocodile. One hit the croc, the other hit the victim. Bummer.

But the croc let go. The victim was flown to hospital by helicopter for emergency surgery for bite and bullet wounds.

He is currently in a stable condition.

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