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Great White Shark Attacks Aussie Bait Boat; 'It was Bloody Huge'

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ADELAIDE, Australia -- ROBERT Hogg, his son James and a friend have had a terrifying brush with a 4m Great White Shark.rnThe trio were enjoying a "relaxing day in the boat" last week at Middle Beach, about 40km north of Adelaide, when a shark launched out of the water about 3.30pm and tore into a bait bag attached to their 5.4m fibreglass boat.

On the first day of summer weekday shark patrols, the alarm was sounded to get swimmers out of the water at Aldinga's Silver Sands Beach after a huge shark was seen just 100m off shore yesterday.

Mr Hogg described his run-in with the great white as "a bit of a shock".

"We felt a bit of a jerk and then the boat sort of started pulling sideways," Mr Hogg said.

"It was bloody huge.

"I unknotted the burley bag and tried to hold on to it.

"Then the shark showed himself at the back of the boat and had a bit of a taste test."

Mr Hogg said the shark swam around behind the boat for about 10 minutes before swimming off.

"I was a bit worried when the boat was being dragged," he said.

"It did no real harm – just took a bite out of the hydrofoil at the bottom of the motor."

Two sharks were seen yesterday during the first University of South Australia and SES shark patrol flight, in which graduate pilots will notch up flying hours while protecting beachgoers.

UniSA civil aviation head Steve Thatcher said he hoped the new patrols would help avoid Great White attacks.


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   comment# 1   - Moose · Ferndown, England · Dec 19, 2006 @ 2:26am

I would like to agree with you. We need to learn to show much more humility before nature.
   comment# 2   - Brian · Milford, MI · Dec 29, 2006 @ 11:23am

Moose, great white sharks attack humans whenever they get the chance, notice how no one can dive with a white shark without a cage, they are man-eating machines that wont stop at anything
   comment# 3   - Deuce · Canada · Jan 20, 2007 @ 8:11pm

Deuce...that's the most absurd thing I have ever read. Great white sharks are very curious creatures. They feel things out with their mouths. It is actually possible to "free dive" with great whites, it's been done before, there are more and more being learned about these creatures all the time. For instance, if you dive well below the surface and don't appear to be "prey" that is one way to avoid being attacked while observing these amazing creatures up close. It's people "fleeing" when they see them that trigger their instincts, turning human into prey. "notice how no one can dive with a white shark without a cage" look it up, it's been done. They are not man eating machines.
   comment# 4   - Criddler · United States · Jan 25, 2007 @ 6:04am

a great white shark does not attack humans whenever they get a chance, you should start watching animal planet and see how experienced divers actually swim outside the shark cage with the great whites. it is impossible for a shark to know something is edible until they bite it, that is why they bite onto things such as boats.
   comment# 5   - christina · madison NJ · Jan 26, 2007 @ 11:37am

excuse me moose mate but you dont know what you are talking about. sharks, particurly great whites are a very serious problem in australia, in recent times weve had several shark attacks, some fatal. your right when we enter their world we need to have respect and the ocean would not be complete withought them. however we also need to show some serious caution buddy, the facts are a human can appear just like a seal or large fish to a big shark, and they dont have logic, if it looks like food it will eat it! furthermore living in england, it seems you are the ignorant one on this topic. and yes ive also seen those bbc documentaries, you are more likely to be struck by lightning twice.... more people die of vending machine falling on them or pig attacks etc... that doesnt mean it cant and doesnt happen, back to my point, it is necesary to take precautions when a shark is known to be in the area, regardless of the likelihood of an attack, number one priority is the protection of lives.
   comment# 6   - dom · australia · Feb 12, 2007 @ 3:38am

I'm afraid Dom is right. The White is now protected here in NZ. However, if you have ever been in the water (in a cage) with them you will understand their 'curiousity' when they ram you. We've had horrific attacks in Auz & NZ. The fact is..a great white is a dangerous predator and if hungry will have a go at you. All textbook-stuff means nothing. If you are in water and shark in the water thats a great risk you take. No amount of wishful thinking will save you if a white decides a full-on attack. Only an less than intelligent person would go swimming near seal-colonies & the like which are well-known as a favourite 'white' food. Over the years there have been some enormous whites caught here in NZ, particularly the south island. Whites are incredibly intelligent creatures and I don't condone their death but for those responsible for unprovoked attacks..those sharks should be hunted down. Ask 'survivors' what they think?
   comment# 7   - Stevo · New Zealand · Mar 3, 2007 @ 11:38am

This is to deuce , you must be very ingorant and you need not to put your comments in on something you apparently know noting about, go buy yourself an animal planet or national geographic magazine and try to learn more about these magnificent creature, or better yet why don't you go swimming at dusk where the great white's feed and see if they attack you!!!!
   comment# 8   - shark girl · USA · Mar 4, 2007 @ 12:46pm

Dom, you say that great whites are a 'serious problem' in Aus. how many people have been killed by cars in Aus compared to Great Whites? Which is the more serious problem ? Do you advocate the culling of motorists?
   comment# 9   - Pete M · Yorkshire ,England · Mar 5, 2007 @ 4:45am

These statistics are very misleading and innacurrate. You are much more likely to die by lightning because we are land dwellers and lightning kills people while on land. It is a unfair comparrison, much like saying a great white has never killed anyone on land. The more accurate question would be, who has a greater chance of dying, a man playing golf in the rain during a thunderstorm or a man swimming with a great great white? I'll swim with the whitey.
   comment# 10   - Ric Powers · Weat Palm Beach Florida · Mar 5, 2007 @ 7:23pm

To Pete M. LOL!! Maybe 'culling' of drivers is not a bad idea!!Especially drunk-drivers!! We can all talk of stats but the fact remains that if we take the risk of going into a shark's domain then we increase the risk of ourselves becoming a statistic! Down 'hereunder' we do have major problems with shark attacks.. as dom was saying from Auz. Another fact is that 'larger' sharks are coming in closer so maybe we need to be seriously questioning the activities of major fisheries companies? The only easy answer is STAY OUT OF THE WATER!! You've obviously never been in the water with a large white? They are a beautiful creature BUT one to be extremely aware of!! No statistics will ever save your life! A point to ponder..nearly all white attacks are from below and on a 'moving' object. So..we must resemble live 'prey'?Swim in the pool!!
   comment# 11   - Stevo · New Zealand · Mar 6, 2007 @ 9:54am

Deuce. The shark was after the feed bag not the people. And think about this. If sharks were really after people there would be over 100 deaths a day because of sharks because we enter their domain every single day without care. You have a 10 thousand times chance of being killed from a bee sting than being attacked by a shark. Unless your stupid enough to grab ones tail when you find one. But then your just a moron. And Carcharodon carcharias is only doing what comes natural to him. which is eating, breathing and living. So lay off the sharks. Besides sharks don't have hands and if you actually read articles most great white attacks are grab and release because they are testing and feeling with their mouth.
   comment# 12   - Robert Halliday · Cheboygan, USA · Mar 6, 2007 @ 12:36pm

Great whites have three main types of attack the first is the 'hit n run' where the shark will ram into you usually causing lacerations and broken bones and then if you are lucky will leave you alone...the second is the 'smash n grab where the shark will ram and take a bite out of you causing serious injury and even death.. These two attacks are used to suss out wat you are and whether or not you taste good and can be eaten and the arguement of mistaken identity can be employed but with the third and most deadly attack the 'stealth attack' the shark will stalk you from below and launch into vertical charge with the sole intent to kill and consume its target, now if the shark could tell the difference between a seal and a surfer or swimmer why would it attack in such a way that almost insures a fatality? why not use one of the other two attacks? because they cant tell the difference and you ARE in danger when in the water no matter what
   comment# 13   - BEN · AUS · Mar 6, 2007 @ 10:04pm

If we were meant to live in water we would still have fins. Fact is, we crept out of the water billions of years ago to get away from it! We are the intruders into the sharks' domain, and whether one attacks for food or defence is irrelevent - the sea is their domain, and has been for millions of years. When we enter the domain of birds to fly we accept the risk of crashing, so if you wish to expose yourself to danger then accept the associated risk - it's not the shark's fault. Note the following statistics of average annual death rates in Australia (from Stevens & Paxton) Crocodile Attacks 0.7 Shark Attacks 1 Lightning Strikes 1.7 Bee Stings 1.8 Scuba Diving Accidents 8 Drownings/Submersions 306 Motor Vehicle Accidents 2979 Shark attack appears to be insignificant in the great scheme of things. I realise that it's traumatic being attacked by a shark - it's equally traumatic being in a car accident. But that's my choice, and I have to live with it.
   comment# 14   - Graeme H · Dublin, Ireland · Mar 7, 2007 @ 8:31am

I have always been frightened by sharks but the great white shark is the most interesting species i've ever seen. With my dad we go fishing in the atlantis off the coast of Australlia every year. And almost every time we see a great white shark. I was scared but at the same time felt calm (Because i was currently soiling myself because one of them swam up to our boat).
   comment# 15   - Katie Long · oswego,USA · Mar 8, 2007 @ 8:37am

As well as being in awe of these creatures I would always be extremely cautious if swimming in the areas mentioned above, Ive studied their behaviour for a few years now and would be in no doubt of the dangers involved in swimming in specific areas at specific times. Away from the obvious of not going into the water, shark-attacks are pretty much outwith your control as opposed to say lightning strikes " on a golf course when its raining and a thunder storm " or road fatalities that may involve not wearing a seat-belt.
   comment# 16   - steve · glasgow, scotland · Mar 10, 2007 @ 5:25pm

First: A bait bag hung out? ( A bit of the DUH!!?!). Did any of it fall/drip into the water? Remember their sense of smell. Second: Sharks do bite metal (cages and boat/motors/props (electrical). And...They taste with their teeth. Both attracks the animal. Something (Just the surface)a diver must know about before venturing into their realm. In any case, Many boaters know enough to shoot them selves in the foot. A bit of a shock hu?
   comment# 17   - Carlos · Yuma arizona, USA · Mar 15, 2007 @ 3:57pm

when i was on holiday in the seychelles with my family i met a few boys and we went swimming in the sea we were out pretty far that i couldnt sea the shore anymore. one of the boys shouted shark and i saw something swimming towards me but i just froze with shok and fear luckily it swam straight past me but i felt its skin glide past my leg it gave me shivers xxxx well beter get some homework done lolxx wish you all the best jodie age 14xx
   comment# 18   - blonde godess · spain · Mar 19, 2007 @ 11:59am

Do you think, ric, that the loss of lives due to one incident, if not as great as the loss of lives to another is in-significant, or not serious? No, the fact that more people die from car accidents than that of shark atacks does not make *shark attack* any less serious, considering road deaths are a completely un-related topic. Also did i ever voice my opinion on the 'culling' of sharks in our waters? I believe i didn't, i just stated *necesary precautions* must be made, this does not mean anything but as it reads, do not jump to conclusions it can get you into trouble. I think it is unanimously agreed upon by particpants in this forum, Sharks= Dangerous, but wonderful, very exciting and beatiful creature, fantastic to study, however precautions are a necesary take when sharks are involved, stop beating around the bush, in search of contreversy. I stick by my previous comment and as to the culling of motorists... that is another story. Dom, 15 melbourne.
   comment# 19   - dom · Melbourne, Australia · Mar 20, 2007 @ 3:42am

I don't think that sharks know that they are not supposed to eat people. If we are in the ocean we are part of the food chain. I get a really sick feeling when I see sharks killed to make shark fin soup, or killed just for the fun of it. the worst predator on earth is man.
   comment# 20   - Toni · Portland,Or USA · Mar 27, 2007 @ 2:20pm

I think fear of predators is built in the brain of us humans and animals alike. That is why most people are more scared of being eaten by a shark, than being run over by a car, which is more possible. Our very late ancestors were more often eaten by predators than run over by cars. Maybe in a few thousand years, our way of thinking will change as we adapt. Fact is, I'm scat scared of any fish which is at least half my size, and which comes from behind my back while I'm swimming.
   comment# 21   - Leonard Tonna · Mellieha, Malta · Apr 9, 2007 @ 2:59pm

sharks are intelligent creatures and we need to respect their way of live
   comment# 22   - Laura · Radcliffe · Apr 13, 2007 @ 6:20am

Essentially sharks will continue to chase their usual prey items. And as previously mentioned being naturally inquisitive and having no hands to inquire with a bite is the usual method. This unfortunately is not going to be good for you, it being a giant predator with large teeth. It is our own business whether we swim in the sea, and we accept the risks. We can't hold individual sharks responsible for attacks on humans. We can all shout about stats, bees, lightning etc.. think on this my friends. Imagine if I were to go jogging/cycling or some other leisure activity in a safari park, how long do you think I would last before a lion took an interest? or worse a hippo or elephant. I know its a strange comparison but i think we can all agree, I would be thought to be quite a fool, and if I was consumed, people would probably say, what the hell was he doing there in the first place? As a pro diver and spear fisherman, I will continue to enjoy the water, but i know i am always looking over my shoulder, and scat myself when i think a shark might be nearby. I know i am in danger, but that's my call.
   comment# 23   - Dave W · UK · Apr 13, 2007 @ 6:23am

Just a word of advice, I would start carrying something to protect yourself. They are going to start looking for new food sources. The scripture's tell us that man will die by animal attacks, and they are on the rise, big time. Do a thorough research and see for yourself. End times people, we are living in them more so than at any other time in the world. Start paying attention to the whole world picture, research it and you will find it. Once you collect enough of the World Information, check out the book of revelation. Don't shun this message until you prove it. Volcanos are errupting, earthquakes, animal attacks, WAR..and UFO's. Check it out.
   comment# 24   - LJB · USA · Apr 13, 2007 @ 8:16am

JANUARY 7 Sarah Whiley, 21, had her arms bitten off by what was thought to be a group of bull sharks off Amity Point, North Stradbroke Island, in the first fatal shark attack at any of Queensland's 84 designated coastal swimming spots. take a look at all the shark category on this website, count the amount of attacks if u like. Now all you ppl stop telling me that sharks dont mean to attack people, and all that mistaken identity. Humans eat sheep and other meats, sometimes we wont mind a nice fat steak if we can get one. Just the same a shark will eat what it can eat, if it is hungry.
   comment# 25   - dom · melb, australia · Apr 15, 2007 @ 1:31pm

I've been reading everyones blogs and found them very interesting and educational. I was wondering if anyone knows what you could do to enhance survival if put into a situation where a shark is a few feet away from you in the water. When is the general feeding time for sharks or is it random, and is there anything that can make you more susceptible to a shark attack?
   comment# 26   - John · Ocean County NJ · Apr 16, 2007 @ 11:04am

i witnessed a white attack in 01, surfing WA. it was surreal, i couldnt believe what was happening in the water and the surfer died back on shore as a result, in my opion he was lucky to make it too the shore...i want to protect the ocean and its enviroment as i live to surf. but as a 21yr old in the water every day and have seen numerous other sharks but whites are NOT alike... and anyone who defends them havent walked in my shoes. they are fearless and will attack for any reason possible...we will never know their logic. i value human life over whites and i think they need to be culled in numbers so no more lives are lost.
   comment# 27   - ed · australia WA · Apr 17, 2007 @ 5:13am

....swimming with the sharks makes you an expert....get an education
   comment# 28   - good american commen sense · greenbelt, md · Apr 18, 2007 @ 8:51am

ok i have read some of these post and i see that there are some people here that need to do some real home work we as people are not to smart we cry and moan every time a wild animal attacks use they are wild we talk and can under stand each other so why do you want to kill something that has no clue what we are doing me, i watch the shows on tv to learn about this animals look at what happened to steve irwin and he was some one that study animals and there way of life i love great white sharks. never seen one up close and would love to and even take the chance to enter there world its a dream i have and like to fulfill one day the closest i ever came was when i was younger and around the time jaws first was on tv and they had a ten foot great white on display at seaworld in ohio that they claim was real and on ice and telling the horror of this beast and how fearful and deadly this monster was well i found out a few years later it was a fake shark and made of plastic this is one of the wonders of man that make something fake be so deadly and had poeple scared of it well im 43 years old now and i still want to learn more on this animal and see it up close i have seen and read all i can on it and i think its one hell of animal and i thank the people who study them so i can learn more about it and yes i live near the coast and have seen a couple shakes in the water and yes i know that this is there world out there and have a brain not to mess with them
   comment# 29   - mike szczechowski · miami florida · Apr 22, 2007 @ 8:47am

i love it how everyone is posting comments from around the world and i see most of the aussies are in favour of the idea that whites are very dangerous and do attack humans on puspose...i guess if anyone wants to really learn about whites get off ur computers and head to the countries that actually have them and talk to the people who have actully been in the water with them better yet get in there yourself...then form your own opinion otherwsie your just telling me "joe blows" opinon from the book or webpage u read.
   comment# 30   - ed · australia WA · Apr 22, 2007 @ 11:14pm

Re: "ED'S" comment: You know, Australia is not the only country with a few beaches here and there that contain sharks. There are comments from people in Florida or other locations near an ocean who have the sense to know that there is a risk in swimming in an ocean where there may or may not be a shark present. The only thing I gather from the comments made by Aussies with the idea that "sharks attack humans on purpose", is that they lack common sense. If you don't want to be mistaken for shark dinner, stay out of the ocean. Swim in a pool. Not so hard, is it?
   comment# 31   - Tanya · I'm From Texas - what country are YOU from? · Apr 25, 2007 @ 7:09pm

that must have been one of the most scariest things you have been through. i would have screamed and maybe even fall off the boat. THAT WOULD NOT BE GOOD! THE SHARK WOULD EAT ME!! AHHHH!!!! Well good luck with life. C YA!!!!
   comment# 32   - Bosseda · Montreal · Apr 26, 2007 @ 1:06pm

Comparisons involving lighting-strikes, car accidents, etc. - to shark attacks - are patently absurd! Of course you have a far greater chance of being killed in a car accident than by a shark attack -- the overwhelming vast majority of people spend a far greater time on the highways than in the ocean! If the masses of people spent more time in the water everyday than on the highways, the case would be made that driving is safe and automobile accidents are rare. And we would hear: "You have a greater chance of being attacked by a shark than being involved in an automobile accident!" White Sharks, simply put, are: Dangerous. And while you're caught-up with the magnificence of the Shark on the National Geographic episode, don't think that some yokel is down in the cage all by himself and just decides to leave the cage and go frolicking with the White. There's an army of folks in the water with him -- at the ready. You just don't see that on the film. BTW -- I have a greater chance of getting carpal tunnel from typing on my keyboard than being attacked by a shark!
   comment# 33   - Taboga · United States · Jun 5, 2007 @ 2:42pm

Wow Taboga. You are a voice of reason and wisdom. Duh. It's as simple as this. If you dont want your limbs ripped off by a shark, stay out of the ocean. You wanna go swimming? Swim in a pool. It's called common sense.
   comment# 34   - Tanya · I'm from Texas · Jun 9, 2007 @ 12:52pm

I listened to the many for advise. There's nothing like confronting a great white and all logic goes away; you're at their mercy!! To tell someone to stay out the water is useless. Let them test it; Like my friend whose body was never recovered from the 'down under country', he'll never get to use that common sense again. By the way, common sense is not common !
   comment# 35   - Adelowo A · Lagos, Nigeria · Jun 11, 2007 @ 11:04am

NEWSFLASH!!!Sharks eat whatever they can, tigers will kill you , lions often eat people, grizzly bears will eat you too have you seen the grizzly diaries one ate a man who said they wouldn't hurt him and then ate his girlfriend. The shark expert told us we had nothing to worry about around bull sharks as long as you behaved properly then one bit his calf off his leg as he stood still amongst them. Any endangered species should have some protection, but give me a break,, telling me it's not the animals fault when it attacks and eats someone. Mistaken idenity, no ,you just looked like food and when they don't attack it's most likely becuase their intimidated or not sure they won't be injured doing so.I hunt and fish, but I also like to hike in the north west mountains and snorkel in the carribean if I get attacked I did put myself in that sitution but vice versus when I'm hunting or fishing, salu
   comment# 36   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 15, 2007 @ 10:26pm

You people are funny. I can possibly imagine talking like this at a party after you've had a few beers, but to sit at a computer and argue like you are in nothing short of absurd. Vince
   comment# 37   - Vincent Vega · Australia · Jun 20, 2007 @ 7:06am

Hey Vinnie thanks for chiming in, I guess your part of the absurdity. Or are you not at a computer .
   comment# 38   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 20, 2007 @ 9:25am

I've been fishing and boating for as long as I can remember. I've seen alot of wild animals. Key word'WILD'. These sharks are meat eaters, you and me are meat. What else is there to say? I do agree that killing these animals 'just because'is wrong.But in order to protect them we also don't have to go telling people that thay are not killing machines,thay are. We are killing machines, beef, fish, chicken you name it. These fish need to eat and thay will eat just about anything. We can protect these fish. But we dont need to lie to get the point across
   comment# 39   - Rick j Steele · Miami,Fl · Jun 21, 2007 @ 8:11am

rick good point ive only been to the ocean 1 but i now a lot about sharks great whites will eat about any thing that looks and feels and tastes like its usual food one white even ate a licens plate once but if you move around a lot, have something shiny on you, you increase your chances of being attacked.
   comment# 40   - brian · missouri,usa · Jun 22, 2007 @ 4:28am

firstly thanks to the oz lads i guess the sharks effect you most lads most. i'd hate to see the sharks killed just for safety measure but with the current global warming effecting water temps over here its got me thinking. we had are first great white spotted off cornwall last year which is on the tip of the gulf stream. i'm a keen surfer un till now all we have to worry about here is getting a cold how the lads down under relax out surfing il never know is there any way of stop the attacks without a cull
   comment# 41   - taff · wales · Jul 3, 2007 @ 2:35pm

Oh, so many opinions! I was swimming the day a kid got taken by a Great White off of West Beach here in Adelaide. He was surfing about 200m from shore. West Beach is just past Glenelg where the Patawalonga catchment pours into the sea. Snapper and other schools of fish come in to feed from the HUMAN waste flowing into the ocean, the sharks follow. It was a case of wrong place, wrong time. Our government bought back a number of commercial fishing licences and the local fish stocks have increased and the sightings have been less frequent so close to shore. It was tragic that this high school boy was eaten, I was scared out of my senses having been swimming however I recognise that I happen to live near the Great White Sharks breeding Ground. The Gulf of St Vincent has been the sharks domain for a long time before we were here and will be long after we are gone, if we don't destroy their habitat first. I choose to stay out of the water, if I do go in I don't go far. Because, yes, people get eaten regularly where I am from caution and common sense is needed and perhaps a little bit of luck. Sharks are an essential part of the eco system, to maintain biodiverstiy and if humans interfere too much in that system the system fails. I think the question is, is it ever a necessity for humans to enter the water? I will worry about the problem of the Great White shark when they learn fly. As top of the food chain, I think it is the human ego that is most in danger.
   comment# 42   - Emma · Adelaide Australia · Jul 3, 2007 @ 5:34pm

sharks eat meat. humans are meat. if they are hungry they will eat you.
   comment# 43   - max · london · Jul 4, 2007 @ 1:03pm

I wouldn't be too concerned with the sharks, you can at least see them! I would be more worried about the box jellyfish! They don't bite and only one sting will more than likely kill you in a very painful way!
   comment# 44   - Fred Popovich · Cocoa, Florida USA · Jul 12, 2007 @ 6:04am

just recently a girl had be ripped to threads by a great white shark just off strandbroke island in the middle of the of my family friends saw this girl and was horrifyed by what had accidents have nothing to do with this topic...nothing on land has to do with this topic....the people that are saying that great white sharks are beautiful are weird....its like saying that a serial murder is beautiful...I'm sorry but that just pathetic that some of you guys love sharks.......
   comment# 45   - ellie · australia · Jul 16, 2007 @ 6:22am

I was attacked by a Great White once. I was paddling of the Shore at Blackpool when i spotted something dark circling me i first thought it was a Scuba diver then before i knew it i was dragged under. I looked into its black lifeless eyes and thought my time is over i then punched it on the nose and then it swam off taking my bucket with him. I will NEVER enter water again, not even Ryll Sun Centre in Wales.
   comment# 46   - Lucky · North West England · Jul 16, 2007 @ 1:13pm

i think that we should simply put up safety nets where swimmers/surfers venture most. This way, we would be safe and the sharks would also have their respective space. I reckon you people who saw people getting carried off and everything was just at the wrong place in the wrong time. Sharks are a part of the food chain and any major changes would be disastrous. After we cull sharks, why dont we cull everything else that poses a remote danger to human beings. Bye bye crocodiles, bees, lions, leopards etc. There is a 15 million-1 chance for you to be killed by a shark. I reckon all you people out there who want to cull the sharks are totally selfish and foolish. Go everyone who want to leave the sharks alone! Besides, it was human intervention that caused the extinction of many other animals.
   comment# 47   - Silver · Australia · Jul 19, 2007 @ 3:32am

What human intervention caused the extinction of what other animals? Nets aren't a bad idea in some instances but I think there's been quite a few shark deaths contributed to these nets also there not feasible everywhere and would cost alot of tax payers money they probably would not be willing to part with. I don't believe in culling sharks, africanized bees here in the southern states wouldn't be such a bad idea though.
   comment# 48   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Jul 22, 2007 @ 8:02pm

I have enjoyed reading everyone’s, comments. Laughed at some and read and reread others. I am a commercial diver along with 4 others in Beaufort, SC. We clean the hulls of boats at the local marinas, in black water. A lot of these marinas have party boats that in the afternoon come in and clean their catch. Believe me, I constantly think of the possibility if jaws hiding under a boat or dock and is gonna get me. Some days the visibility is less then 6 inches so basically you’re diving by brail. Who knows, he may be there watching me. Anyway, I thankfully have not had that meeting, yet. One thing we like to do here is dive in the local saltwater rivers and look for megalodon shark teeth, they say for every inch of tooth its 10’ of shark. We have found some 5-7 inches, that’s a 50’ to 70’ shark. That, may make you think twice about diving if they were still around. Regardless, we are inviting ourselves in THEIR world, the same thing happens when you go into a jungle, (lions, tigers, bears oh my). It’s just a matter of using your head and diving or swimming safe. People have been attacked, I hate using that word, bitten even in the shallows. Take care and be safe….oh, and by the way, “Shark Week” is on the Discovery Channel this week, maybe we all can get some education on these magnificent creatures.
   comment# 49   - Kym · Beaufort, SC · Jul 29, 2007 @ 10:32am

In all my years of studying sharks and their behavior I have come to realize that human ignorance is the main reason that sharks are killed for no reason and that if people would understand that we are in their environment and that we are the strangers in the water. We are in their home not the other way around. Sharks have survived for millions of years unchanged by time and they are at the top of the food chain and we are not suitable food for them but we are easy targets when we are among them. Sharks are in no way mindless killers that they are made out to be but we have given them a bad rap and for that reason thousands of sharks are killed for no reason at all and that is a real shame for the animal and for its survival. Sharks balance out the ecosystem and are necessary for the survival of all mankind and we need to make sure that they are protected by all costs and understand that we are in their world not other way around and we have to respect that they are doing what they have done for millions of years and that is survive at all costs. They don't want to eat us but when we make ourselves targets in the water then we run the risk of being bitten and due to the size of the animals its easy for them to kill us in a test bite when they are not meaning to attack but we are frail in comparison to the size of some of the species of sharks. I hope that further education will make people realize that sharks are needed to balance out the ecosystem and need to be protected
   comment# 50   - William Sykes · Richmond, United States · Jul 29, 2007 @ 11:53pm

Not all sharks need to be protected! I believe that some sharks are showing a change in their behavior also. For instance sharks off the coast of southern florida gather by the hundreds at the sound of a boat motor due to their feeding by tourist groups. This is a learned behavior, associating boats and people with free meals.
   comment# 51   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Jul 30, 2007 @ 6:27pm

wow. that picture is cool and for the people on the boat scary. i believe if that shark was near me i definetely could not escape. that shark is huge. i don't think i am going back into the ocean past my knee caps from seeing this picture and the movies jaws 1-4. that shark is scary!!!!!
   comment# 52   - lil' liz · ohio · Aug 12, 2007 @ 7:08am

I think sharks are magnificent animals that deserve respect and understanding. It has been proven in many documentaries, of which I have seen with my own eyes. I feel that we should be cautious and leave the investigations to the experts. I am a huge great white fan, but am also aware that it would be best if I observe them from a distance. Wow, think of all the dangerous humans we have out there. I respect those that go out on these ventures, so that we may have a better understanding. Pay close attention, those out there that are not getting the point. The experts are not inviting you into the water with them, merely sharing some great facts that they have discovered along their journeys!
   comment# 53   - Bo Galas · Florida · Aug 13, 2007 @ 10:53am

I'm going diving with great whites this year without a cage and i will bet my life on it that i will come back alive and unbitten! Ignorant people should base their views on facts rather than a low budget jaws film.
   comment# 54   - Richard Briggs · London, UK · Aug 15, 2007 @ 6:22am

I wish you well Richard. I believe doing something like that is like playing russian roulet. You might be fine or you might be a scooby snack. Where are you planning this dive with Great whites without a cage? And what are the facts that you are referring to? Here are a few facts that I'm aware of Great whites are Large predators,there is a lot we don't know about them which makes them unpredictable ,They eat large prey like seals, sea lions etc, they prefer prey with lots of fat content but have eaten HUMANS and they explore with there teeth so to be examined by one to see if your worth eating even though they might not want to can kill you. I HOPE you have a wonderful adventure and come back with all your limbs intact and hundreds of great pictures and stories to tell!!!Keep on fishing it's great family sport, thats safe
   comment# 55   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Aug 15, 2007 @ 7:21pm

Listen, if u play with get burnt. I do not care if you are training for or have 30 years of experience with aquatic/marine not ^%^#$$@ with sharks period. The reality of the situation is if you're wrong you lose. Limbs don't grow back so why take the chance. For those of you that are brave and swim with these creatures you might as well dance with the Devil. Lighting is a facinating thing but how many people run outside with lighting rod to attrach it. Don't do it - leave the sharks along!!!
   comment# 56   - Whendovescry2000 · Denver, Colorado · Aug 16, 2007 @ 12:42pm

do sharks really like to eat people and can some swim in salt and non salt water? if they do then how deep does the water have to be for them to eat u? am i safe swimming in the oceans , deep creeks, and other places sharks can get to ? if not the comment me please and tell me more. i already know srange noises, blood activity, and shiny objects, attract them what else? how many people get eaten whole in a year. and about how many just get spat back out?
   comment# 57   - adam childers · ammon,idaho falls, ID · Aug 17, 2007 @ 12:18pm

very interesting topic. fact of the matter is we know the risks if swimming in shark infested waters and its their oceans,their habitat. do they not see us as intruders although i read that they dont really like the taste of humans, marine biologists, divers stay safe out there.
   comment# 58   - shelly · london · Aug 26, 2007 @ 2:13am

we know the risks, the fact of matter is stay out of the water if its known to be shark infested. it's their ocean, their habitat, we are seen as intruders.
   comment# 59   - shelly · uk · Aug 26, 2007 @ 2:29am

hello, that is a big old shark woh scary!!!!!! i know it looks man eating and it probably is but back to the point aren't we glad no one got hurt i'd be happy if i were on that boat and the shark attacked the boat but no one on the boat got hurt.
   comment# 60   - candii · ohio · Sep 5, 2007 @ 2:19pm

ever since i could remember i always wanted to swim next to the big dogs [sharks]!. and now that i found a job by the beach that requires me to go in to the water to strap pipes and wires on the docks IM SCARED! WHAT SHOULD I DO!
   comment# 61   - tony · ventura co. · Sep 10, 2007 @ 5:35pm

I have been totally obsessed with great whites for as long as i can remember. You can't blame them for being curious at people entering there domain. It's something they won't see often...wouldn't you be suspicious of something new! But they aren't too blame for attacks. Not much research has been done on great whites, and i for one think more should be done. These are amazing creatures and I have the upmost respect for them. I hope one day I can go into a cage and see these amazing animals.
   comment# 62   - Kayleigh · England · Sep 11, 2007 @ 12:13pm

What are you people going on about! Sharks can Kill we know that! BUT they cannot come on to land, so if you want to be safe STAY out of the water and they'll stay off land! we DON'T need to go in the water and they were there first, WHY put yourself at risk?
   comment# 63   - Em · Queensland, Australia · Sep 11, 2007 @ 6:03pm

Everyone has their opinions and thats great with me but I keep seeing this comment "They were there first" and I keep wondering what the heck does that have to do with anything. There were trees where my house is first, there were plains animals where there are cities now. There is always something " there" first but what does this mean we shouldn't enjoy these areas are progress should halt because of this. I wish that everyone would conserve nature as best they can, everything in moderation.
   comment# 64   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Sep 18, 2007 @ 4:12pm

Very interesting reading, and it's nice to see so many opinion's being aired. I particularly liked Richard Brigg's little missive, urging people to base their opinion's 'on facts'. Fact is Richard, you just may be in the wrong place at the wrong time on your Great White swim-along! Mr. Grumpy, aka a Great White Shark, is having a bad day,.....and then you appear, just in time to brighten his day!! Based on fact, thumping a great White on the nose confuses them, as has been demonstrated by some South African lads. Question is Richard,.......will Mr. Grumpy be aware of that fact,.........or will he just try and make the most of a bad day? Humor aside, I do hope that nothing untoward befalls you on your trip. One of the many facts of life is,.....wild life is very unpredictable, as a lot of people have found out to their detriment.
   comment# 65   - John · Florida · Sep 19, 2007 @ 4:07am

The pic was cool
   comment# 66   - lily · canada · Sep 20, 2007 @ 11:51pm

I'm a commercial diver, I have been in the water with a big female white, and many other species of shark, and felt nothing but awe at such a beautiful creature, the power and grace of these creatures has to be seen and felt to appreciate them. They do not like humans, we are too boney, simple. Yes they will eat if they are hungry enough, but that is the rarity. My family knows, do not hate sharks if I am taken, I am in their world no less than if i was in Africa and taken by a lion, or trod on by an elephant. If I am standing at the bar having a beer, and a dirty great big white pointer killer machine comes in and eats me, then they can hate them. Those who hate them I am sorry but have little grey matter, they belong, to rid the oceans of them would be a horrific crime.
   comment# 67   - David · Aussie · Sep 24, 2007 @ 8:12am

Ok, here's one for you....have any of you heard of or read about a sea lion entering a cage during a dive, causing the shark to attack the cage and the diver escapes? I am trying to find the story, as I do recall having heard about this a few months back. If you can refer me to the article or broadcast that this story appeared on, I'd be forever greatful. I am trying to write a short story for a class about great whites and wanted a mishap in a cage to be part of it, with the diver escaping of course (gotta have a happy ending) Thanks!
   comment# 68   - Meg · "MAINEiac" in the USA · Oct 23, 2007 @ 5:02pm

sharks are a real problem in the oceans here in Aus. I know they have them in other countries too but here it is warm most of the year so more people go to the beach (probably). People have been the victims of unprovoked attacks for years. Some people get lucky, some don't. It is usually pretty safe around brissie though.
   comment# 69   - Chels · Australia · Nov 19, 2007 @ 6:53pm

as a scuba diver i am well aware of the stats on shark attack if you are in the water and a GWS or tiger shark is nearby and hungry be scared ...sharks can, will and do eat or kill people
   comment# 70   - aquaman mick · perth western australia · Dec 12, 2007 @ 10:00pm

To anyone who states that sharks only attack because of mistaken identity, U R wrong. Check out the video of the "supposed" shark expert who had his calf torn off by a bull shark in the Bahamas. He had been in the water for 15 minutes with the sharks before it attacked. The water was crystal clear. There was no mistake to the shark that he was a human not a turtle, fish or seal. All anyone could learn from that and many other incidents with sharks is simply, "THEY ARE UNPREDICTABLE". I do not condone culling sharks. The ocean is their domain and humans who enter it go at their own risk. Sharks play a huge part in the health of the oceans. It drives me nuts hearing someone referred to as a "shark expert". There is no such thing. Certain species have proven to be more aggressive than others. The bottom line is that individual sharks have differing personalities from one another. When it comes to great whites, bull, tiger sharks, they are unpredictable and could attack at any time. With that said, I don't blame the shark. People have to educate themselves on where certain species tend to be and at what times are they more common. If someone is stupid enough to swim where great whites are common, how can you blame the shark for attacking?
   comment# 71   - Pat · USA · Dec 18, 2007 @ 12:03pm

I fish, dive and surf and respect the sharks enviroment in all cases. I had my surf fin or flipper bitten without feeling or seeing a thing, i have also had sharks come to inspect my boat while fishing , tried feeding one fish once but it wasn't intersted! I too, like many, am terrified at the thought of being eaten or bitten by any wild animal but there are ways to enjoy the ocean and make the chances of a shark attack minimal. Don't swim at dusk, don't swim with seals, don't splash like a wounded fish. Google Earth will show you sites and give info on most attacks.
   comment# 72   - Shaun · NSW, Australia · Dec 30, 2007 @ 8:05am

Sharks are not brainless killing machines, they are inquisitive and cautious. Friends in South Africa spearfish very very regularly in White Pointer infested waters and have seen the whites attacking fish, they are efficient and quick... other "attacks" are very different to this and point to the conclusion that the sharks are only being inquisitive and who honestly expects them to have feelings or remorse so why be surprised when they take a bite now and then. I have a friend who was bitten by a shark as well... its not that uncommon
   comment# 73   - Dave · Perth, Australia · Dec 30, 2007 @ 9:21pm

how did it feel to see a shark up that close?? i really want to be a marine biologist and i am in love with sharks... i thimk that they r the koolest things in the world.....
   comment# 74   - shelby · North fort myers usa · Jan 5, 2008 @ 1:28am

How awsome was it to see a great white shark so close. Did you pee in your pants?
   comment# 75   - brandon · FT'laurdardale · Jan 13, 2008 @ 9:57am

i think you are all mad stick to the swimming pool the only thing in there to be afraid of is wee wee. swimming with sharks like that nutter from south africa who swims with them, without a cage i suppose at the weekend he goes and hand feeds the lions at the local zoo. these are very powerful animals and nobody can be sure as to what they are going to do next. so stay away you hippey's you live on land they live in the sea, how nature wanted it. ps put me in your will because im skint, and next time jaws bite's down on your arse, tell him i said thanks. bye you nutters
   comment# 76   - martin · england · Jan 29, 2008 @ 11:38am

Dont be such a less than intelligent person to those who believe that sharks are creatures meant to be respected. Sharks are mean-killing machine. Like how many people have been killed by sharks. There are people who experienced such attacks and are lucky enough to be alive. So tell me, are such creatures meant to be expected. I wonder why you people dont respect Murderers too. They kill people too if you didnt know. Do you respect sharks just because sharks are creatures/animals. Does that give them the right to kill. Like stupidly, there are people who actually respects such murderers. I do understand, that Sharks also make part of God's creation and nature and all. But does it mean we have to respect them. They're the King of the Sea. We could maybe respect them for that. But respecting them even though they kill, is ridiculous. Not all sharks may be as such, but at least, Great Whites are. Therefore, is it worth risking your life? Putting your life at risk for such a creature? They may seem tame at times, but remember, there are such things as "freak accidents". Even if a tame tiger who comes in contact with their zookeeper who feeds them everyday. They can kill their own zookeepers whom them play with and live with. Are sharks even that tame? Do creatures/animals have a mind of their own? Its up to you to put your life at such a risk. Surrendering your life to a Shark. Ain't that silly? Well, go ahead, if you wish. I wish you all the best. Hope you wont be the next vic
   comment# 77   - Eunice,12 · Singapore · Feb 3, 2008 @ 9:30pm

We believe that the sharks are beautiful and just should be left alone!
   comment# 78   - Rock and Janet · GreatFalls, MT USA · Feb 9, 2008 @ 3:19pm

The live shots for the film "Jaws" was filmed at Dangerous Reef out from Port Lincoln which is widely considered to be the home of the great white. Animals of 5 to 6 metres are common place here and they have an endless supply of food from the seal colonies that surround the area. Trust me when I say that the unpredictability of these sharks is such that they know no fear and will take prey in deep and very shallow water. A huge white took a woman from the rocks in water less that 2 metres not far from here so they are not afraid to leave they environment to feed. Our sharks will also leap out of the water like they do in South Africa. Best advice: It's not the shark you can see that you need to be afraid of, it's the one you can't see that will get you every time! Cheers from Oz.
   comment# 79   - Trevor · Port Lincoln, South Australia · Feb 16, 2008 @ 2:34pm

I love sharks: period. I am fascinated by them. I also fear them and will not even wade ankle deep in waters where they may be. I made this vow to myself after the person was attacked and killed near half Moon Bay, San Franscisco, CA circa 1959. But I am curiously in love with sharks and will continue to ask questions. For one, I'm curious about their noses (nostrils) and smeller, so-to-speak. If sharks can smell blood in the water from a couple miles away---why can't they differentiate between the smell of a human and the smell of--- here's that world I love---pinnipeds? Pinnipeds are their natural diet. And seals, sea lions, and humans all have oily bodies and hair on the skin. But we don't smell alike *she smells her armpits*, so why do sharks come after people? And why do they attack boats? And piers? And tin cans? And whatever? Whites & Bulls are not scavengers or bottom dwellers. So why do they strike "whatever" if they are not innately vicious? Let's face it. There are some creatures on land and in the sea that are! innately vicious. Sharks fit in here quite nicely, along with a whole universe of creatures that fit in here, too. So why are we trying to tame them or redirect them like an Orca? Or Grizzly? Or Tiger? And then get all pushed out of shape when something goes wrong, such as, an attack or mauling? And then you hear these stupid remarks, such as, "Oh, there's never been a shark in these waters
   comment# 80   - Humanitarian In Pro Per · No. California/USA · Apr 28, 2008 @ 10:35am

One thing that no one here seems to take into account is there is a hell of a lot more people on land then in the sea! If you put into the water as many people as is on land and I'll almost bet my life that the statistics would make a great change! I do not say that the Great White or any other shark is bad but ask the ship load of people that died in WW2 by being eaten by sharks the evening through till morning till the rest were plucked out of the water! If you go intoo the sharks domain without the proper(I do not know what that would be/cage///)protection you are a fool! Your family will also suffer from this fate! If you do go into the sharks domain then expect what happens to you and plan for your families future just in case! I myself will stay on land or in the air! I do not beleive in the destruction of such a creature unless it is a direct danger to human life! Then you also have to take into the account of the sharks domain! It is his so how can you hold it against the shark because you are to stupid to take the nessesary precautions to assure your own safety! Swim in a pool or go to a spring to swim or take your life into your own hands and swim with them! The hell with the family at home that wants you back not to be a statistic! Have a great day and show some "common sence"!
   comment# 81   - Jack · Hernado,Fl. USA · May 10, 2008 @ 7:43am

Amazing at the primal sheer "instinctive" reaction that puts humans in the same category as a shark... sure a shark specially a Great White, a tiger or a mako will "attack" a human as well as any other living organism in their realm that emits sensory signals to their superb evolutionary traits. It is swimmer/diver beware. But the sad issue here, is that we are supposed to be a step above the evolutionary ladder due to "rationality". It hardly manifests itself when we ignorantly talk about sharks influenced by our primal fear. Though, no difference in being in the middle of Kruger, Chobe or Moremi in Botswana with "wild lions" that can and will shread anyone to pieces as an instictive and/or reactionary impulse. Same for the fresh water Ausie crocodile, for you mates down under or in Cape Hope, South Africa. So, my point, this ignorant fear of sharks in misguided, they are not "human" eating machines, they are simply eating machines ! Analogy, for those that subscribe to the supernatural and superstition, that being religion were "god" created all creatures, and don't believe in evolution, this "god" must be a sadist having also created a "senseless monster" like the Great White to instill panick in ignoramuses like the ones in this forum.
   comment# 82   - Rick · Miami, Forida · Jul 8, 2008 @ 8:30am

As a resident of West beach and long time swimmer /surfer heres my 2c worth...Just some background on the incident...the shark [sharks?] in question were first spotted several weeks prior..during this time they were sighted almost on a daily basis, gradually getting closer to shore..unfortunately the media reported only the first few sightings so many people assumed they had moved on, which in fact wasnt the case sadly...This particular shark has been a regular visitor to the area around this time of year for several years...feeding at a snapper ground approx.1.5km further out to sea..this was the first time to my knowledge he ventured so close..Shark experts that viewed the shark the following day were surprised at his /her behaviour especially the footage taken from the helicopter as one of the search boats drove over the top of it...the shark immediately turned 180 degrees and followed the boat..when they stopped it was described as being particularly aggressive...I think the talk for culling aggresive animals needs to taken on a case by case opinion on this one is that this particular shark should have been dealt with...unfortunately a year later another young man lost his life to what many think was the same shark at the snapper ground whilst of 2 months ago the shark has returned to the same grounds[regular fisherman to the area know him/her well] and has been spotted regularly, just making a small article buried deep in the local paper today..
   comment# 83   - chris · adelaide · Sep 7, 2008 @ 1:58am

OMG!! I would hate to get eaten bye one of those that would be horrible!! I love sharks its just the thought of them biting you.My friend had a fit with a shark and she said that it was scary so i don't like going in a boat in the middle of the ocean as much as i use to but hey they are awsome. I want to swim with one of them someday hopefully it doesn't eat me. But i hope you guys have a good day
   comment# 84   - Natasha Day · Saco,Me · Sep 8, 2008 @ 2:10pm

from todays paper DAVID NANKERVIS October 10, 2008 11:30pm A SHARK described as up to 5m long as been sighted about 1km off the Adelaide foreshore. At 8.50am yesterday police received a report from a man in a 6.4m dinghy off West Lakes Shore beach that he had seen a white pointer following his vessel. Around ten minutes later police received another reported sighting of a large shark from a different boat, this time 5km off the same beach. Police said it could possibly be the same shark.
   comment# 85   - chris · adelaide · Oct 11, 2008 @ 2:35am

wow this forum has been going for a while, was just reading over a couple of the old comments... some american guy said that he had only been to the ocean once and furthermore started to agree wih somebodies opinion... that is absolutely ridiculous you are clearly no voice of authority on the topic. I'd like to heat what some south africans have to say on the topic, instead of all us aussies. Cape town = largest great white colony in the world? thats what i heard...
   comment# 86   - dom · melbourne, austraia · Oct 21, 2008 @ 3:51pm

Maybe the reason for some of the Sharks coming inshore and attacking holiday swimmers maybe due to a few female swimmers who do not realise they are about to menstrate or who are menstrating and do not want to spoil their Holiday and will go in the pool/sea anyway. Alot of women do it not just on holiday but even at local leisure/sports centres. Its not uncommon.
   comment# 87   - MR LEE · UK · Oct 25, 2008 @ 4:12am

Here in Spencer Gulf we have (at present) a 12 ft. Great White, at the moment "blue swimmer crabs" are on the menu for many anglers utilising drop nets to get a feed. Problem is the 'big fella' likes to get in on the act, not a personal experience but to others has actually RAMMED a 20ft. fibreglass constructed vessel. This boat has reportedly lifted 2ft. out of the water and a drop net used has been taken for a run, dragging the boat in the process. I have a smaller boat and i fully intend to go 'crabbing' tommorrow, is a reminder to all not to get complacent with any water activity, getting injured is human nature and what one does to prevent it is an option. Is it hungry? is it lost? if this awesome creature cant find a feed then i think it may be a combination of factors, they can travel so far so why does it want to hang around? It has the right i know but i cant help thinking the ocean has more to offer elsewhere, anyway they can get real nasty if they want so you know who is "up anchor" if it is gunna pay me a visit.
   comment# 88   - Trav · Port Augusta, south australia · Oct 25, 2008 @ 9:47pm

Trav... Ours is a little bigger..depending who u speak to of course..15ft to 17ft seems the average..he hasnt been aggressive yet but has followed a couple of boats around..just starting to venture closer to shore the last few weeks,seen inside 500m from shore once so far this season..
   comment# 89   - chris · adelaide · Oct 29, 2008 @ 10:21pm

i got atacked by a great white 6 years ago it was terrible.I was on holiday in australia on the great barrier reef when he came up from underneath and bit my leg off!yet still i am so intrested in them.Sharks are not out to get us HUMAN FLESH MAKES THEM ILL!to the shark i might of been threatning it.
   comment# 90   - cheese · england · Jan 30, 2009 @ 12:06pm

i love sharks! they are so big and cool. They have never ever attacked anyone ever and i think you all should just stop being so mean to the sharks! They are the nicest animal ever
   comment# 91   - Lebron James · USA · Feb 11, 2009 @ 6:45am

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   comment# 92   - David Shaw · China · Mar 27, 2009 @ 2:16am

Well, well! With all those comments you gave about sharks surely amounted to nothing but debates and arguements about their nature. Let me tell you all something about what you should know. Man is primal in instinct, so when we get attacked by anything that is deemed deadly, it is a natural state of mind for man to react in self defense in a ny way possible to survive whatever attack that may be, including shark attacks. It's plain and simple logic. I can't believe that with all your intellectual reasoning and intelligence, you never considered that logic. Unbelieveable!!!
   comment# 93   - Scorpy Suarez · San Diego, CA · Apr 7, 2009 @ 10:13am

the ocean is the sharks home, if you choose to go in there.. its your fault if you get severed at the leg.. i could go on about all research and random crap like that.. but come on mate, its common sense hey
   comment# 94   - kieran · australia, the best place on earth · May 24, 2009 @ 6:46pm

How many g sharkes are left?
   comment# 95   - Ale · tx · Aug 5, 2009 @ 1:02pm

to :- ellie · australia · Jul 16, 2007 @ 6:22am. You're calling a shark a murdered for doing whats in his nature to do. Im not saying that a shark's life is greater than a humans but look at the facts that lay in hand. She was in the domain of the shark, they are meat eating creatures like us. Would you call us murderers for killing chicken that helps us survive.. Its in our nature to feed on other animals. You know what you're getting into the second you step into those waters. What happens to you next is in the hands of the ocean and your "common sense" to not go further than needed. Sharks, every animal on this planet is beautiful. Not beautiful in the sense of what we consider beauty is but in the way they behave, interact etc. The Statistics about correlating Land deaths are oceanic deaths are absurd. Of course theyre going to be more land deaths and Oceanic deaths, we live and breath on land.. if Sharks happened to have legs and started walking on the surface of the Earth Im sure the statistics would change. Protecting these animals, all animals is important, there are so many animals close to extinction that sooner or later our children will have to read about them in order to learn about them, rather than experiencing it themselves. The fact remains, no matter what domain, the ocean (sharks), the jungle (snakes,lions, cougars etc), the swamps (crocs, alligators) you know the risks. Each animals deserves respect.
   comment# 96   - Jackie · Bergen Co, New Jersey · Oct 7, 2009 @ 1:58pm

To:- Eunice,12 · Singapore · Feb 3, 2008 @ 9:30pm : You are saying that sharks are not to be respect because kill, and you're actually correlating Human murderers to Shark kills. The Human mind KNOWS right from wrong. The shark IS an animal that is Unpredictable. Because its unpredictable it should be respected due to us being in THIER domain. As Humans, we have hands, we know what we eat. Some sharks have relatively good sight, but in order to know what their next food source is they nudge and bite. They dont have the advantages we have as humans. To say that Human murderers are like sharks, or sharks are like Human murderers is ridiculous. Respect the ocean, Respect its inhabitants like you would anywhere else you may be. Common sense is knowing theres something out there looking for food. Common sense will tell you, I really dont belong here.
   comment# 97   - Jackie · Bergen Co, New Jersey · Oct 7, 2009 @ 2:28pm

To:- Eunice,12 · Singapore · Feb 3, 2008 @ 9:30pm : You are saying that sharks are not to be respect because they kill, and you're actually correlating Human murderers to Shark kills. The Human mind KNOWS right from wrong. The shark IS an animal that is Unpredictable. Because its unpredictable it should be respected due to us being in THIER domain. As Humans, we have hands, we know what we eat. Some sharks have relatively good sight, but in order to know what their next food source is they nudge and bite. They dont have the advantages we have as humans. To say that Human murderers are like sharks, or sharks are like Human murderers is ridiculous. Respect the ocean, Respect its inhabitants like you would anywhere else you may be. Common sense is knowing theres something out there looking for food. Common sense will tell you, I really dont belong here.
   comment# 98   - Jackie · Bergen Co, New Jersey · Oct 7, 2009 @ 2:30pm

The Great White Shark is a descendent of the prehistoric shark known as Megaladon, which was a much larger and much stronger animal, which is believed to have existed as long ago as the cretaceous period. Great White Sharks of today are a magnificent and wonderful species of animal, that only exist in certain parts of the world. Their majesty and allure is matched only by their power and strength and these animals have evolved to not only kill other animals but to use whatever means possible to do so. This is the fact and reality of nature, animals evolve in a harsh, unforgiving and hostile environment to survive and prosper. We humans have very little understanding of this great and wonderful animal, and should be respectful and dignified of its power and strength. An attack by a Great White, no matter how you classify it is designed to kill, because they evolved to be able to survive, what good would an attack be if they did not kill their prey? This species would have starved long ago if that were the case. Humans and seals alike stand no chance against an attack from these animals, because we are just not designed to. But does that mean we should kill every Great White Shark? Or fear them and preach fearmongering and hatred? Of course NOT! These creatures have existed a lot longer than we have, they deserve respect, dignity, recognition and protection. Fear is for the fools who do not understand these great and wonderful creatures.
   comment# 99   - aussie · adelaide, australi · Oct 17, 2009 @ 6:48am

wow labram james great whites are the most vicious living animals in the sea right now and they always kill ppl.
   comment# 100   - · boise,idaho · Jan 6, 2010 @ 7:08pm

   comment# 101   - JAWS IV · BOURNEMOUTH,ENGLAND · Feb 7, 2010 @ 3:20pm

   comment# 102   - JAWS IV · BOURNEMOUTH.ENGLAND · Feb 7, 2010 @ 3:37pm

bunch of idiots... Sharks Eat. Sharks are opportunists, They dont care who you are,what you are or what they mistake you for. If You want to swim with them...go right ahead, make the mistake of assuming that you are safe and respected...and that these monarchs of the ocean are simply misunderstood. Go ahead...Bottom line are an less than intelligent person and you deserve what you get if you PURPOSELY intrude. I lost a niece to a shark..she was sitting in the surf they said..they thought she was laughing loudly..but she was being killed. So screw you all
   comment# 103   - RighteousCritic · Key West Florida · Feb 14, 2010 @ 5:13pm

Perhaps you can learn about the capslock key while your at university.
   comment# 104   - dave · brisbane · Feb 15, 2010 @ 8:48pm

Wow that once happend to me i was out by the Santa Monica Peer and a great white took a great big bite out of my yaht!!It was amaxing.
   comment# 105   - Lia Ann Segreaonto · hollywood united states · Feb 26, 2010 @ 4:40pm

Ok I am an aussie girl who loves to swim in the ocean in summer. I am also realistic. Sharks live in aforementioned ocean. Sharks eat meat. One guess what I am made of? Sharks are apex predators (like lions, tigers and bears oh my) and they hunt and feed on weaker species. I know i am a weaker specie to a 5m shark. So if I choose to go swimming in THEIR environment then I become part of their food chain. The shark is doing what it was built to do. The only problem is arrogant humans who believe they are not part of any food chain; to be disabused of that notion I dare anyone to approach an apex predator in its environment and see who comes out the winner in that scenario.
   comment# 106   - Foodchain baby · Austraila · Jun 4, 2010 @ 7:46am

um maybe i missed something but i dont understand what moose's point was the man only said he was worried when the shark started to pull the boat a bit and stay around for short time, as would I! And i am a mother and would very much like to be warned to get my children out of the water if a shark was seen 100m from the beach they were swimming in! So what exactly was her rant for?
   comment# 107   - hmmmm · cape code MA · Jul 3, 2010 @ 8:53am

i have no personal experiance with sharks but i have studied enough to know that they mean no harm to humans. Humans are the ones you should blame for shark attacks because we are the one whos taking away the sharks food for our own selfish needs. the poor sharks are just looking for something to eat and we are their last choise. they will eat anything.and might i add they are quite marvelous creatures to study, but its painful to me to hear the true stories of sharks killing humans. wanna decrease the amount of shark attacks? if so talk to the person in charge of all the fishing and give them the reason you would suggest that. some of the people their are very very very selfish so it wont be easy.
   comment# 108   - maddison · modesto california · Jul 3, 2010 @ 10:15am

sharks are one of the greatest animal on earth but it can be dangerous
   comment# 109   - sharklover · california usa · Aug 15, 2010 @ 11:12pm

I go fishing regularly in Moreton Bay, a place where bull sharks, tiger sharks and the occasional great white can be found. We sometimes catch the occasional shark, however we quickly put it back in the water. I do not agree with killing sharks and find it absolutely disgusting that people fin the is cruel, unethical and its stuffing up the ecosystem. There will come a day when sharks will be no more and the whole balance will be out of whack and the fishing industry will go down the gurgler...dont people realise sharks keep fish stocks healthy and prevent diseased fish from infecting the rest..what it boils down to though....we come into its domain, if you are attacked it becuase you were in its territory...simple. Respect yourself, respect the shark and dont take stupid risks.
   comment# 110   - katrina · Brisbane, Australia · Oct 21, 2010 @ 10:29pm

i guess all of you just simply misses the real point here. yes, it's thrilling to see a shark up close and devastating if we lose someone we know to them, but we are ALL animals and have basic survival instincts. no matter where you are, at sea or on land, if you are attacked, you fight back. or if you're hungry, you eat. its just that most humans have a "civilized" way of doing tings. the only drawback with us is that we interfere with the habitats and the natural world in general. by being "civilized", we inadvertnetly cause destruction to other species' living spaces. now, those humans who still have primitive suvival instincts say cull them, those who claim they are civilized, say protect them. two means to one end - *our own survival*. those who say cull want to survive the primitive way - survival of the fittest. those who say protect them, just want to continue surviving by making the whole world in general habitable. so i encourage all of you to continue what y'all doing. to those who want to swim with sharks, go ahead, you ensure mankinds survival by removing the stupid gene from the gene pool. to those who study them, find ways to keep them away from us when we're on holiday. it's is bad enough not enjoying the beach, but to be eaten by a shark does suck!
   comment# 111   - andres suarez · philippines · Oct 29, 2010 @ 7:46pm

deuce how do u even know what a shark does i mean come on dude your in canada this isn't rocket science
   comment# 112   - warhero · USA · May 11, 2011 @ 10:31am

people,lets cut through all the politically correct bullshit!!! white sharks have and ALWAYS will attack and kill humans.this is what they are do.although one particular shark might not attack a person at a certain time and place does not mean that these aren't extremely dangerous animals. they are the top predator. and sometimes WE are on the menu!!! get it you idealistic idiots! if you don't think they kill people why dont you swim around the falloren islands or in south afica or south australia???then maybe the would will be better off with the loss of one more stupid,politically correct gene gone for good!
   comment# 113   - mike · usa · Feb 2, 2012 @ 2:41pm

   comment# 114   - benjamin rodgers · pensacola usa · Mar 1, 2012 @ 6:52am
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