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California surfer killed in shark attack may have been mistaken for prey, experts say
Fox News ^ | 10/24/2012

Posted on 10/24/2012 6:41:45 PM PDT by youngidiot

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California – A shark that bit and killed a surfer off of California's central coast probably was a great white and may have mistaken the boarder for prey, experts said Wednesday.

"Most shark attacks in California are caused by great whites. There's no other species that regularly occurs off of California that could inflict that kind of injury," said Andrew Nosal, a marine biologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: attack; california; shark; sharks; surfer; surfing; whiteshark; whitesharks
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The guy is dead. I don't see why the shark's thoughts are relevant. Does it make someone feel better that the shark may have been mistaken as opposed to mean?
1 posted on 10/24/2012 6:41:46 PM PDT by youngidiot
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To: youngidiot

So - they’re ruling out a contract hit?


2 posted on 10/24/2012 6:45:19 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: youngidiot

‘Scuse me....what do these guys get paid annually?

I could use a job and I think surfers are seen by sharks to be prey ALL THE TIME.

Sharks like to eat surfers.

Can I get paid for this “expertise”? I have to subsidize Obama-phones!


3 posted on 10/24/2012 6:45:41 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: youngidiot

They’ve been saying that since “Jaws” came out and the sharks continue to eat people. Can’t these “experts” have some shark classes or something for their sharks and teach them the difference between people and seals?


4 posted on 10/24/2012 6:46:17 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Big Bird, Binders, Horses and Bayonets! Sorry, that is all we have to offer! - the DNC)
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To: youngidiot

Does someone get paid for this crap?


5 posted on 10/24/2012 6:47:21 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: youngidiot
He wasn't MISTAKEN for prey.

He was TAKEN for prey.

6 posted on 10/24/2012 6:47:25 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: youngidiot

Is there an aquatic version of Captain Obvious out there somewhere?


7 posted on 10/24/2012 6:47:45 PM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: youngidiot
From the picture either that shark was huge or the guy was pretty good - that looks like a smallish board for a 38 year old to be using in a beach break.
8 posted on 10/24/2012 6:48:18 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: youngidiot
A shark that bit and killed a surfer off of California's central coast probably was a great white and may have mistaken the boarder for prey, experts said Wednesday.

A great example of the steel-trap-like minds that are behind California's world-beating success story of the past thirty-five years or so.

9 posted on 10/24/2012 6:48:32 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Mortrey

The Shark Whisperer a brand new show on Animal Planet... too bad it lasted one episode.... :p


10 posted on 10/24/2012 6:49:02 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: youngidiot

Mistake? Doesn’t look like the shark made a mistake at all...NOM!


11 posted on 10/24/2012 6:49:26 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: youngidiot

if the shark can attack, kill, and eat you, exactly how is the shark “mistaken” when it thinks you are prey?


12 posted on 10/24/2012 6:50:02 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (My world view is accurately expressed in the lyrics of " The Fightin' Side of Me")
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To: youngidiot

Mistaken for prey?
No he WAS prey


13 posted on 10/24/2012 6:50:46 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: youngidiot
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14 posted on 10/24/2012 6:52:40 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: youngidiot

That stick looks like a giant sea bass belly.

I have to wonder if a decal of a white shark on the bottom of a surfboard might help deter attacks, but I better shut up about it before a multi zillion dollar study is launched to determine just that.


15 posted on 10/24/2012 6:53:46 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: Paradox

Is there a list for the most ridiculous headlines?

This is at the top, I imagine.


16 posted on 10/24/2012 6:53:49 PM PDT by stanne
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To: youngidiot
"great white and may have mistaken the boarder for prey"

Sharks don't make mistakes like that. Prey is prey to them whether it is a seal or a person. When a shark takes a bite out of someone and then lets go, the "experts" always say "The shark realized its mistake and let the person go." No, the lucky person just happened to get out of the water in time before the second killing attack came. The first bite from a Great White is normally a stunning attack to wait for the prey to bleed out before coming in for the final kill.

17 posted on 10/24/2012 6:54:03 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

bump!


18 posted on 10/24/2012 6:55:15 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: skeeter

A 15 foot shark is huge.

The last time i went fishing, the boat was inspected by a 8 foot Bull Shark. Lost a fish and rod. As I said, it was the last time.


19 posted on 10/24/2012 6:56:17 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: youngidiot

If it were not for Marine Biologists we may have never figured this out.


20 posted on 10/24/2012 6:56:22 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Well, I guess we could put underwater signs creating Shark Crossings, so they will read them and stay away from human inhabited areas.

......

Taking off on a thread about a woman and deer crossing signs...


21 posted on 10/24/2012 6:57:22 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: youngidiot

22 posted on 10/24/2012 6:58:09 PM PDT by al baby (“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”)
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To: skeeter; GeronL
This is common with the idiotic "experts" when it comes to sharks. Someone could get bitten in half and these idiots would be right there on the shore waving and screaming, "HEY, It's not the sharks fault!!! He thought you were a seal!!!"

As if that would make a damn to someone who's watching their own intestines float off.
23 posted on 10/24/2012 6:58:57 PM PDT by youngidiot (He's got Mad Cow. She's living with him in the White House.)
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To: youngidiot

California = cold water

cold water = wear wet suit

wet suit = looks like seal

seal = dinner


24 posted on 10/24/2012 6:59:41 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: GeronL

LOL! I’m still trying decide if that woman was being sincere or if it was a put on. They should have asked her if she supports Obama and then I’d know for sure.


25 posted on 10/24/2012 7:00:05 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Big Bird, Binders, Horses and Bayonets! Sorry, that is all we have to offer! - the DNC)
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To: Mortrey
Sharks like to eat surfers.

Actually, they don't. Which is why they usually spit them out. If that shark really wanted to eat him, it would have. It was just taking a "taste" of him, then spit him and the neoprene out.

Unfortunately for this man, he got "tasted" right in the chest.

Surfers look and move just like sea lions from below in certain light.

26 posted on 10/24/2012 7:01:00 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: youngidiot

He was prey. No mistake.


27 posted on 10/24/2012 7:02:56 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Fate plays chess and you don't find out until too late that he's been using two queens all along)
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To: youngidiot
There's no other species that regularly occurs off of California that could inflict that kind of injury

So, they've ruled out man-eating shrimp?

28 posted on 10/24/2012 7:05:15 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: youngidiot

Stupidest reporter I’ve read today. Maybe we can charge the shark with negligent homicide?


29 posted on 10/24/2012 7:09:03 PM PDT by GodfearingTexan
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To: youngidiot
It's the Republican's / George W. Bush's fault.
That surfer was most likely a Democrat voter.
The Tea Party was probably involved too.
30 posted on 10/24/2012 7:09:55 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: youngidiot; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
Yes, it was a case of mistaken identity, and the shark apologized at the end!
31 posted on 10/24/2012 7:10:05 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: youngidiot

“Mistaken” for prey? The white shark is also called the man-eater shark, so if the fish in question was a white shark, he was making no mistake.


32 posted on 10/24/2012 7:11:15 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
"...if she supports Obama and then I’d know for sure."

Of course she does! If she is dumb enough to make this kind of assertion, she's more than dumb enough to be an Obama supporter.

8^)

33 posted on 10/24/2012 7:12:06 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: youngidiot

“I don’t see why the shark’s thoughts were relevant.”

They weren’t. And it also doesn’t matter if it was, or was not a mistake. A GW Shark is equipped to efficiently kill and dismember anything in the water. Humans are a fragile species ill-adapted to the water. A GW can ‘mouth’ you for a second or 2 to figure out what you are and you are going to probably bleed out as a result.

Another favorite GW hunting tactic is the “mobility kill” where the shark strikes hard and fast with the intent of stunning it’s prey and shearing off a fin or flipper. If that is a surfers leg... another dead surfer.

The fact that so many surfers are now surviving (due to amazing emergency medical assistance) is giving rise to speculation that “the Shark didn’t mean it.” We have no clue what “the Shark means”. It’s a really strange consequence of modern science arriving at totally unsupportable conclusions.


34 posted on 10/24/2012 7:14:47 PM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: youngidiot

When I first heard this story, I thought the culprit might have been a blue shark, a species found off California, but these are much smaller than white sharks and wouldn’t have taken such a big bite.


35 posted on 10/24/2012 7:16:45 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Fiji Hill

Blue sharks are off CA’s coast, but the seldom come close to shore.


36 posted on 10/24/2012 7:18:00 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: youngidiot
California surfer killed in shark attack may have been mistaken for prey, experts say

Surely that title calls for a Captain Obvious graphic...

37 posted on 10/24/2012 7:19:27 PM PDT by sargon
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To: youngidiot
Shark eats surfer? What's next, dog bites man?


38 posted on 10/24/2012 7:22:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Ron C.

I’m starting to think this might be why seals don’t surf. I might have to have an expert check it out.


39 posted on 10/24/2012 7:23:31 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Big Bird, Binders, Horses and Bayonets! Sorry, that is all we have to offer! - the DNC)
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To: skeeter
Blue sharks are off CA’s coast, but the seldom come close to shore.

I once saw one caught. We were fishing for sharks off Orange County, using mackerel for bait--and yes, this was several miles out at sea.

40 posted on 10/24/2012 7:24:37 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: youngidiot

Well the Experts paid on our Dime need to heard from now and again. LOL!


41 posted on 10/24/2012 7:24:51 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: youngidiot

Ya think? Here I was guessing he thought it was his mother-in-law.


42 posted on 10/24/2012 7:27:41 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: Revolting cat!

43 posted on 10/24/2012 7:29:22 PM PDT by youngidiot (He's got Mad Cow. She's living with him in the White House.)
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To: youngidiot

Yes, the media is more worried about the shark’s feelings than that of the deceased.


44 posted on 10/24/2012 7:29:41 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Mortrey
I have been informally tracking shark attacks since the mid 1960s for highly personal reasons.

Sharks are the top of the marine food chain and as such attack and eat anything and everything. The poorer the visibility the higher the chance of a shark attack.

As far as headlines go, I agree this has to be of the dumber ones.

45 posted on 10/24/2012 7:31:25 PM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL and BOHICA)
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To: youngidiot

Shark mistook victim for govt. school of sharks lunch.


46 posted on 10/24/2012 7:31:35 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (yup-Who knew??)
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To: GeronL

Yep he got ate on first episode..:>)


47 posted on 10/24/2012 7:39:26 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: youngidiot

Well after the Federal Government; then the State government; then the County government; then the City government; then the Beach Commission, and LifeGuards Union, finalize their total of 4,600 pages of testimony; DNA analysis; enviromental impact statements, (Yeah, there’s human blood on the beach that needs to sanitized by a federally approved HasMat team that disposes the blood soaked sand in a federally licensed hasmat disposal facility, after being delivered to the site by a bio-safe, isolated remains, truck, licenced by the Federal Government, which complys with the State of California mandated fuel standards,)

Surfing dude with assets of $500, will have cost us all $10,000,000 to determine his cause of death, while the left over shark tooth sticks out of his gut!


48 posted on 10/24/2012 7:40:32 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: skeeter

He must’ve been pretty good, you can see the footprints in the sand next to the board and judge the size. Looks like a pretty small board to me.


49 posted on 10/24/2012 7:40:45 PM PDT by ReagansShinyHair
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To: youngidiot

He just needed a killer whale bodyguard.


50 posted on 10/24/2012 7:44:48 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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