Skip to comments.Shark Attack Kills Award-Winning Film-Maker in New Zealand
Posted on 02/27/2013 10:27:01 PM PST by nickcarraway
Adam Strange, 46, victim of first such incident since 1976
Beaches in New Zealand have been closed after a swimmer was dragged out to sea and killed by a shark off one of the most popular beaches near the city of Auckland. Eyewitnesses described the sea as being covered in blood, and several sharks may have joined in the attack.
It is believed to be the first fatal shark attack in the country since 1976 and only the 14th ever recorded. A shark was implicated in the death of a man in 2009, but he is believed to have drowned before the shark attacked.
The victim was identified as an award-winning film commercials maker, Adam Strange, 46, whose family described him as a "glorious and great father, husband and friend''.
The lifeguards who tried to rescue Strange were said to have known him and regarded him as a strong and capable swimmer, and were said to be traumatised by the incident.
Strange's work has been shortlisted in the past for advertising awards at Cannes and at the London International Advertising Awards, and his first feature, Aphrodite's Farm, took a short film award at the Berlin film festival.
His website lists his passion for outdoor sports, including surfing.
Strange, who lived near the beach, was married and had a young daughter. A statement from his wife Meg and family said: "We are in deep shock and are still trying to contact overseas family members".
Gruesome eyewitness accounts by fishermen on the beach including one who was close enough to shout to Strange to swim towards the rocks in the hope of escaping his attacker spoke of "blood everywhere on the water". They suggest the shark was a great white, up to four metres long.
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Evidently, the shark didn’t get the memo about the award winning!
Shark was a little mouthy and long in the tooth but, the meat was tender and delicious...
Sad, but awesome picture there.
I don’t go anywhere where I’m not at the top of the food chain.
Adam Strange — the DC Comics Silver Era space alien fighter?