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Category Archive for 'Close Calls' at Swim At Your Own Risk

Archive for the 'Close Calls' Category

Surfer Blocks Shark With Own Surfboard!


On Monday, September 7th, the California coastline was rattled by a shark attack at Surf Beach in Lompoc on the state’s central cost in northern Santa Barbara County. It was likely a 14-16 ft Great White Shark based on the bite marks left on the fins side of the victim’s surfboard.

The surfer, who has yet to be identified, was not injured in the attack and was probably saved by his own quick thinking, ingenuity and pure luck. As the shark circled him, he turned his surfboard around so that the side closest to the shark pointed fins first creating a makeshift spear. The shark grabbed the “spear” but then gave up and swam off.

This is the most recent incident in what’s been very busy season regarding shark encounters and sightings up and down the Pacific coast. This is also the first attack in California since the vicious, fatal attack on Dr. Dave Martin at Tabletops in Solana Beach this past April. Well, except for that incident in Catalina.

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Monster Seal Chases Surfer


A surfer was chased by a huge seal in Cornwall. Seals may not be sharks but they’ve got razor sharp teeth and this one looks bigger than the surfer!

Locals call them Krays, and they’ve been known to bite surfers who get too close.

Luckily, this man got away uninjured. The seal soon lost interest when a fishing boat came into the harbor.

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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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UPDATE: Video of Woman Surrounded by Sharks!


Here’s some video of the woman who suddenly realized she was surrounded by sharks. Too bad there’s no sound… I’m pretty sure there was some good screaming going on.

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Holy Hello! Swimmer Surrounded By Sharks!


A woman wading in the water at a Marina Del Ray beach in California had no idea she was surrounded by dozens of leopard sharks!

When she finally spotted the fins, she high-tailed it to shore. Phew!

The near miss was spotted by a news helicopter while doing its routine traffic updates for the Los Angeles television station KTLA.

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It Was Somebody’s Lucky Day…


Surfer Ben Vining felt like a sitting duck after a shark knocked him from his board at Byron Bay, AU on Saturday.

The 29-year-old had just spotted a pod of dolphins off the point when he noticed a large shadow below him.

At first he thought it was another dolphin but before he could get a second look there was a large bang and Vining was lifted up into the air.

He fell off his board into the water and when he looked back he saw a huge shark thrashing around.

A now board-less Vining had to wait like 15 seconds for a wave to come along and carry him to shore.

Count your blessings Ben.

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Aussie Surfer Gets Chased by Shark… Lives to Tell

A surfer was chased by a shark off a Warrnambool beach, in Australia yesterday and almost became lunchmeat.

The experienced 31-year-old surfer had paddled out to the back breakers, 150 metres off Levys Beach, west of Warrnambool, about 10.30am when an 8ft shark started chasing him. The shark came within inches of biting his foot, just missing it and biting his leg rope in half instead.

“It was the closest I’ve ever got to being munched. I had caught two waves and was heading out again when I spotted the shark circling about 30 metres away. It was about eight-foot long. Then it turned and made a beeline straight at me. I immediately paddled for shore as fast as I could. I felt a tug on the leg rope, but just kept going. I was freaking out.”

It wasn’t until he was safely back on the beach that he realised his leg rope had been bitten in two.

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Ryan Seacrest Got Bit By A Shark!


On his KIIS-FM radio show Monday, Ryan Seacrest said he decided to take a dip in the ocean over the weekend and apparently got bit by a shark.

Seacrest said he was “about eight feet out” when he felt something swim by him. He thought it was a stick but then it took a bite and swam off!

The American Idol co-host obviously wasn’t hurt too badly… he still went on the air to blab about it.

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Paddle Faster!!


A surfer in New Smyrna Beach was caught on tape kicking and paddling frantically after spotting a shark closing in on him. Coincidentally, just a few hours earlier, a boy was bitten by a shark in the same area.

A TV news helicopter spotted the surfer paddling in the water unaware that a shark was nearby.

Watch the video. The surfer eventually notices the shark and starts paddling for his life.

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Twelve Bites and Counting For New Smyrna


A 29-year-old surfer became New Smyrna Beach’s 12th victim so far this year when he was bitten on his left foot Thursday afternoon.

The surfer was sitting on his board with his feet dangling in the water when he was bit.

He swam ashore and was given first aid by a lifeguard.

That’s all I got on this one so far.

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