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O.T. Could this photo be real?

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by scooter, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. Shark Attack :eek:

  2. yeah, recognised that straight away
  3. I'm no marine biologist but I believe a great white attacks with its eyes closed in the initial strike. With a shark that big the person wouldn't look so healthy if the shot was taken after the initial strike.
  4. Eyes closed? Sharks have eyelids???
  5. i'm not sure but that looks like a pic that the daily telegraph ran a few weeks ago when all the furore over the shark nets was in the news. i could be wrong though...
  6. thats not a shark either .
    if its a sydney beach its a turd .
  7. I don't think sharks can close their eyes at all
  8. What happens when they sneeze?
  9. roflmao!
  10. With what???, i don't think they have noses either.
  11. Great White sharks don't close their eyes. They lack a nictitating membrane and, to protect the pupil, they roll their eyes back presenting a toughened pad on the back of the eyeball. At this point the shark is blind.

    They also do this when sneezing.
  12. That's very unkind, Glen!

    Actually it's a picture of an unsuspecting newbie on Netrider, name your own shark! :LOL:
  13. all the sharks on here are gummys :)
    bark is worse than there bite :grin:
  14. Thanks for clearing that up Chairman. I knew closed wan't the right wording but couldn't remember wether the eyes turned around or moved back behind the skin. Far to knackered to bother finding out. :oops: :)

    This thread reminded be of an old one on ksrc. It has some damn good pics.
  15. Kayak Fisherman Harassed by Shark

    I got a phone call from a very shaken kayak fisherman who was recently harassed by a very large shark while fishing around 800 meters offshore on the east coast of Northland.

    The shark started it's relentless harassment of the kayak while the fisherman was hauling in a boat longline (yes it was one of ours) with fish on. The shark was taking or mauling the fish on the longline right under the kayak as the line was being hauled in.

    In a bit of a panic and keen to put some distance between himself and the agressive shark, the fisherman quickly cut away the longline and accidentally sliced himself deeply above the knee in the process, this cut bled profusely.

    The fisherman, obviously shocked by all this, then paddled very slowly away from the longline. Unfortunately, once the line was cut the shark shifted all of it's attention onto the kayak, it started by circling, and then bumping against the kayak. Occasionaly the shark would submerge only to come up from the depths and bump into the kayak from below.

    The fisherman then put all of his remaining bait and burley into a plastic bag and tossed it well away from the kayak in the hope that this would divert the sharks attention, it almost worked as the shark went over to investigate the cause of the splash where the bait bag had landed, but to his horror it returned seconds later.

    During the worst parts of the harrassment the fisherman was nearly knocked out of the kayak by the shark several times and had to put his legs over the side and into the water to regain balance.

    He also vomited several times during the attack, probably due to the shock of being exposed to a serious and life threating situation for such an extended period of time.

    In all the shark hit the kayak between 15 and 20 times with different parts of it's anatomy including the body, dorsal fin and tail.

    When the fisherman was only 150 to 200 meters offshore the back of the kayak was hit violently and the stern momentarily went under. As soon as he had regained balance the fisherman poured on the power with the paddle and, as he reached the shallow weed line near the rocks, he glanced over his shoulder to see the shark close behind, but veering away to avoid the reef.

    How Big Was the Shark

    The shark was huge, on one pass at right angles and just under the center of the kayak the fisherman noted the width of the head was greater than the distance from the back of his seat to the front of his foot rests, his estimate is a meter or more between the eyes. On this pass the dorsal fin hit the kayak amidships and almost capsized it.

    As for the length he noted that the shark tail extended "five to six feet" behind the stern of the kayak when the head of the shark was level with the front. He said the kayak is "twelve and a half feet long" so the shark must have been between 17' 6" to 18' 6' long or 5.33 to 5.64 meters!

    What Sort of Shark was it

    The fisherman describes the shark as having a shiny, almost jet black top and very white undersides. He mentioned the pectoral fins and tail were huge and he was adamant the tail was positioned vertically on the shark (which rules out a killer whale or other dolphin). He said the dorsal fin never rose higher than 300 to 400mm above the water although, as the back of the huge fish never broke the surface, it could have been longer.

    He also noted the front of the head was flat and not pointed, this may rule out a white pointer, otherwise a great white would fit the rest of the description perfectly.

    Why Did the Shark Attack the Kayak

    Struggling hooked fish is probably the most powerful shark attractant available.

    Sharks can pick up vibrations from struggling fish from kilometers away almost instantly, and this is probably what brought the shark to the boat in the first place.

    When the shark arrived it took some fish from the longline which likely put it into a feeding mode, the added smell of blood in the water from the fish it had mauled would have probably kept in interested in the area.

    Blood from the bait and burley thrown overboard, and any that was being washed off the deck of the kayak, plus the vomit and bleeding from the badly cut knee would have all added to the sharks curiousity in the kayak.

    How to Minimize Risk

    If you are setting a longline from a kayak, I would suggest baiting the line on shore, or at least have the bait cut up and in a waterproof container on the kayak, so that line setting times and bloody mess are minimised.

    When hauling the line, do it as quickly as possible and iki or kill the fish as soon as they are landed, as the vibrations of a dying fish on deck will be amplifed by the hull.

    Keep all fish and bait as well as any burley in leak proof containers. Doing this will make any blood and offal less likely to leak or wash over the side and possibly set up a burley trail leading straight to the kayak.


    The massive shark stayed in the bay for a considerable time after the incident. The hapless fisherman watched the shark, along with about 40 other locals and holiday makers, from a nearby hill top. One of the visitors video taped the shark still circling the area where the incident occurred. If anyone has photos or video we would appreciate a copy to go with this article.

  16. Does it come with a shark or do you have to buy your own?? :p
  17. Talk to scooter. He'll give you some tips on catching one yourself. :grin: