Skip to comments.California surfer killed in shark attack may have been mistaken for prey, experts say
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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So - they’re ruling out a contract hit?
‘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!
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?
Does someone get paid for this crap?
He was TAKEN for prey.
Is there an aquatic version of Captain Obvious out there somewhere?
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.
The Shark Whisperer a brand new show on Animal Planet... too bad it lasted one episode.... :p
Mistake? Doesn’t look like the shark made a mistake at all...NOM!
if the shark can attack, kill, and eat you, exactly how is the shark “mistaken” when it thinks you are prey?
Mistaken for prey?
No he WAS prey
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.
Is there a list for the most ridiculous headlines?
This is at the top, I imagine.
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.
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.
If it were not for Marine Biologists we may have never figured this out.
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...
California = cold water
cold water = wear wet suit
wet suit = looks like seal
seal = dinner
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.
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.
He was prey. No mistake.
So, they've ruled out man-eating shrimp?
Stupidest reporter I’ve read today. Maybe we can charge the shark with negligent homicide?
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
Blue sharks are off CA’s coast, but the seldom come close to shore.
Surely that title calls for a Captain Obvious graphic...
I’m starting to think this might be why seals don’t surf. I might have to have an expert check it out.
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.
Well the Experts paid on our Dime need to heard from now and again. LOL!
Ya think? Here I was guessing he thought it was his mother-in-law.
Yes, the media is more worried about the shark’s feelings than that of the deceased.
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.
Shark mistook victim for govt. school of sharks lunch.
Yep he got ate on first episode..:>)
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, theres 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!
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.
He just needed a killer whale bodyguard.
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