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

Archive for the 'Sightings' Category

Uh, Close Call Euro Surf-Dude!


According to the Telegraph, Fergal Smith, 21, was surfing two miles off the coast of Perth, Western Australia when a shark came within a few feet of him!

On vacation from Ireland, Fergal was totally unaware of his brush with death until local photographer Phil Gallagher showed him the picture.

Contributors to Australia’s Surfing Life magazine even awarded the Irishman the “Euro surf-dude of the month” award.

The surfer had seen a grey shape in the wave but thought it was just a rock. Think again, Fergal. Since 1876 Great White sharks have been responsible for 65 deaths and 242 recorded non-fatal attacks worldwide. Australia has had the most fatal Great White attacks in the world with 27 deaths.

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Great White Seen Munching on Sea Lion in the Bu!


According to the Shark Research Committee, On September 21, Gina S. and her husband were walking along the beach between Pepperdine University and Paradise Cove near Malibu at around 5 PM when they saw a sea lion being chomped on by a great white shark.

While strolling along the beach, they stopped to watch the sea lion when suddenly the huge head of a Great White Shark surfaced and took a giant bite out of it. (The shark was dark grey and at least 10-12 feet in length with a dorsal fin 12-16 inches high.) After the first bite, there was a bunch of splashing and then… quietness. Neither the shark nor the sea lion were seen again.

In other words, if you’re planning on being in the area… watch your backs!

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Dead Whale Attracting Sharks to Aussie Beach


Officials are warning people to stay out of the water at Sorrento Beach in Perth, Australia as sharks have been seen circling the carcass of a dead whale.

The 45 ft whale, thought to be a humpback, drifted onto the beach last night… but I’m pretty sure the sharks are still hanging out.

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Two More Shark Sightings in Hawaii!


Two more reported shark sightings on Oahu’s Windward side… the first closed Waimanalo Beach Park when someone saw a 15-foot tiger shark in the water.

Then, on Sunday afternoon, someone reported a six to eight foot shark at Lanikai. They couldn’t confirm the sighting so the beach is still open.

This comes after a busy week of sightings and one attack.

In what state experts call the biggest influx of sharks they’ve seen in a long time, beaches from Hapuna to Waialea bay closed for six straight days. They reopened but signs stayed posted Friday.

…and last Tuesday, Todd Murashige was bitten on his right leg while surfing Crouching Lions.

…and on Thursday, a 10-to-12 foot tiger shark off Laniakeas and Chuns Reef had lifeguards pulling people out of the water. No one there was hurt.

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More Hawaii Beaches Closed…


More beaches were closed on the windward side of Oahu yesterday while officials investigate reports of a body in the water off of Bellows beach and a large shark exhibiting aggressive behavior near Kailua Beach.

Lifeguards, police and the fire department were originally called out at about 3:30 p.m. because of a report of intestinal remains found near Kailua Beach. Ew.

While investigating the report, officials noticed a large shark behaving aggressively and called the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to close the beach, Cheplic said.

No body had been found as of early yesterday evening.

Signs have been posted from Kailua Beach Park to Bellows warning people to stay out of the water.

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Tiger Shark Closes Hawaii Beaches


Hawaii officials closed Hapuna and Wailea beaches this afternoon after a 12-foot tiger shart was seen about 30 yards off shore.

Anyone planning to visit beaches in the South Kohala area better watch their backs.

Officials are monitoring the water for shark activity and will re-evaluate the closure tomorrow morning.

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New Jersey Swimmers Beware: That Dolphin Might Be A Shark!


Wildlife officials are warning people against getting too close to a family of dolphins that have been hanging out in two New Jersey rivers, saying sharks have also been known to frequent the area.

Bull sharks, which have a pretty bad rep for attacking humans, have been known to swim in the same section of the Navesink River where the 15 wayward dolphins have been staying, said Bob Schoelkopf, co-director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine.

“In that area are bull sharks that go in there quite frequently,” he said. “You never know what you might be looking at; it could be a dolphin or it could be a shark.”

Wildlife officials have been concerned about the increasing number of boaters and jetskiers getting too close to the dolphins, which have been in the area since June. Federal regulations require that boaters stay at least 50 yards away from the dolphins; harassing them is punishable by a $10,000 fine.

Schoelkopf said it might have been a shark that one man recently tried chasing after seeing something big break the surface of the water; the man’s wife later reported the encounter. Schoelkopf said the animal probably WAS NOT A DOLPHIN because it never resurfaced, which dolphins must do regularly to breathe.

He also said quite a few injured seals were found in the area with wounds from shark attacks.

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Shark Washes Up On UK Beach


A 6ft blue shark was found washed up on a Devon beach on Saturday.

Apparently blue sharks are seasonal visitors to UK waters. Just so you know…

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UPDATE: Here’s some vid…

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Another Shark Sighting at Stinson Beach… No Swimming This Weekend!


Another shark sighting will keep people out of the waters at Stinson Beach through at least Labor Day.

Last weekend, a surfer spotted an 8 to 10 ft shark — possibly a great white — about 125 yards offshore. Then another shark was sighted Thursday evening around 6:30pm.

Sightings typically prompt an automatic three-day water closing, as sharks generally spend several days feeding in an area.

Officials originally said the waters of Stinson Beach would remain off-limits until Friday, but now they’ve extended the closure through the holiday weekend.

If there are no more sightings over the weekend, the beach will be re-opened Tuesday morning.

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Shark Shuts Down Hawaii Beach


Kee Beach on Kauai has been closed following a shark sighting Thursday afternoon.

Ocean safety officials say a six to seven foot shark was spotted in the lagoon.

Warning signs are posted in the area. Officials say the beach will be closed until at least Friday morning.

Happy surfing!

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