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Shark rips bodyboarder in half off West Australia beach
GlobalPost ^ | 9/4/11

Posted on 09/05/2011 5:15:23 PM PDT by LibWhacker

A tourist on a bodyboard was killed in a horrific attack by what was believed to have been a great white shark near Bunker Bay, south of Perth in Western Australia.

A tourist on a bodyboard was killed in a horrific attack by what was believed to have been a great white shark near a beach on Australia's west coast.

The 21-year-old was dead before fellow surfers could drag him ashore at a popular surfing spot called Boneyards, near Bunker Bay, about 3.5 hours south of Perth, the West Australian reports.

The shark had pulled the man below the surface and ripped his legs off, horrifying those watching from the crowded beach, the Daily Mail reports.

The paper quoted Kurt Morris, a diner at the nearby Bunker Bay Cafe — reportedly packed at the time of the attack — as saying he'd been told by the man's friends that he had been torn apart.

"They were saying they were just two meters away from him," he said. "From the waist down, it was all gone."

Onlookers told the West Australian, meantime, that they believed the shark was a 4.5-meter great white.

Dunsborough Sgt. Craig Anderson told News.com.au that: "No one saw the shark itself but they've observed the young fellow's body in the water in amongst some blood.

Anderson described the weather conditions during the attack as "perfect shark conditions": "It was dark and gloomy water, overcast skies, light rain falling, there was whale action in the bay and some seals about."

He described the actions of the young man who pulled his fatally injured friend ashore as heroic.

"You have to take your hat off to the young fellow who was surfing with him and his mate for bringing him ashore, the nature of his injuries were significant," he said.

The victim, reportedly from Sydney, had been working in Western Australia (WA) for the past few years and vacationing at Cape Naturaliste, in the state's south west.

Shark expert Hugh Edwards told the West Australian that the "Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin area was a 'travel route' for sharks, particularly great whites."


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: australia; kills; shark; tourist

1 posted on 09/05/2011 5:15:31 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

“....a popular surfing spot called Boneyards....”

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The tourist should’ve read the warning sign.


2 posted on 09/05/2011 5:18:47 PM PDT by 353FMG (Liberalism is Satan's handiwork.)
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To: LibWhacker
Shark expert Hugh Edwards told the West Australian that the "Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin area was a 'travel route' for sharks, particularly great whites."

Most people would think this is a hint to surf somewhere else.

3 posted on 09/05/2011 5:20:36 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: LibWhacker
This pic was taken in San Diego just a few days ago...


4 posted on 09/05/2011 5:20:45 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: LibWhacker

Opps!

I forgot my shark repellent...


5 posted on 09/05/2011 5:20:48 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I Stand With Sarah!)
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To: LibWhacker

After a hard day surfing he is 1/2 the man he used to be.


6 posted on 09/05/2011 5:21:12 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: LibWhacker

Of course the “experts” are going to tell us that the shark didn’t mean anything by it. He just thought the tourist was a seal riding a bodyboard.


7 posted on 09/05/2011 5:21:25 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Spreading fear isn't working for the 'RATS anymore so they've resorted to using threats.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

YIKES!

I guess everyone was ok since I haven’t heard of anyone being attacked in San Diego recently.

I grew up on the beaches of S. Cal - we usually just worried about getting stung by jelly fish....well, and rip tides.


8 posted on 09/05/2011 5:27:02 PM PDT by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: FlingWingFlyer

9 posted on 09/05/2011 5:32:28 PM PDT by al baby (Is that old windbag still on the air ?)
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To: LibWhacker

Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear
And it shows them pearly white


10 posted on 09/05/2011 5:32:36 PM PDT by tumblindice (It's the Donner-Reed show!)
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To: Aria

No...no attacks, but a number of recent sightings in the area in recent weeks. The pic was taken last Wednesday, and estimated to be a 10-12’ Great White. Here’s the thread we had on it:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2773651/posts


11 posted on 09/05/2011 5:34:03 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

When you’re flying and are coming in low to land at an airport that’s close to the water, you can often look down and see hundreds of sharks swimming around just outside the breakers. If I’ve seen it, millions of people must’ve seen it too, because I don’t fly that much.

Maybe I’m just overly cautious, chicken even, but I wouldn’t go into grizz country without taking precautions, and I wouldn’t go into shark infested waters unless I really had to!


12 posted on 09/05/2011 5:35:05 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

The headline gives a whole new meaning to the words “rip tide”!


13 posted on 09/05/2011 5:35:05 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

You sure that ain’t the tailfin of a cocaine smuggling Mexican minsub???


14 posted on 09/05/2011 5:38:02 PM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: LibWhacker

One good thing about Louisiana is that the water’s rarely clear enough to see what’s in it :-)


15 posted on 09/05/2011 5:38:27 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Australian prime Minister Holt (and "Johnson's Poodle") went surfing ...

and never returned,

Only head of state eaten by a shark.

16 posted on 09/05/2011 5:41:19 PM PDT by spokeshave (Obamas approval ratings are so low, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the USA.)
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To: 353FMG
Yeah gee, wonder why they call it that...
17 posted on 09/05/2011 5:43:27 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Aria

I always worried about giant squid.


18 posted on 09/05/2011 5:53:35 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: Joe 6-pack

It looks like there might be the shadow of another one to the right.


19 posted on 09/05/2011 5:58:37 PM PDT by Library Lady
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To: LibWhacker

ouch


20 posted on 09/05/2011 6:00:21 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: LibWhacker

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/10193383/shark-attack-victims-family-at-bunker-bay/


21 posted on 09/05/2011 6:05:15 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: al baby
OK, where's the Heidi Klum bikini pic to accompany it?

Cheers!

22 posted on 09/05/2011 6:06:48 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: LibWhacker

Quoting surfers who came to the rescue of the victim, police said the horrifying attack sheared off the man’s lower limbs and as of press time, authorities have only recovered his upper body while a continuing search was being conducted to recover the victim’s missing body parts.

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/208376/20110905/shark-attack-kills-young-man-in-bunker-bay.htm


23 posted on 09/05/2011 6:08:04 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: LibWhacker

Dreadful. RIP.


24 posted on 09/05/2011 6:56:26 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: LibWhacker

Sharks have been allowed to over-populate. Actions have consequences, but sad for the poor surfer and family, for certain.


25 posted on 09/05/2011 7:02:48 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: tumblindice

Bobby Darin, is that you?


26 posted on 09/05/2011 7:03:12 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: LibWhacker

Very sad. Requiescat in pace.


27 posted on 09/05/2011 7:11:15 PM PDT by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94))
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To: LibWhacker

Pepper spray. I’m sure that it would work on a shark, it seems to work on Grizzly bears (per park rangers professional advice). Call me over cautious, but I don’t think I would go in the water where there were SEALS ... seals are the basic diet of sharks and polar bears ... you know breakfast, dinner, supper, snacks....


28 posted on 09/05/2011 7:16:18 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

I avoid Navy SEALS in the water as well. Cuz you know THAT can’t be a good sign!


29 posted on 09/05/2011 7:36:13 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: tumblindice

You know when that shark bites with his teeth, babe
Scarlet billows start to spread


30 posted on 09/05/2011 7:55:36 PM PDT by BBell
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