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Great White Shark Gatecrashes Tuna Dinner Party
Yahoo! News Photos ^ | 6/24/03 | Reuters

Posted on 06/24/2003 7:39:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

SYDNEY (Reuters) -

A Great White Shark has gatecrashed a tuna research project in Australia, mysteriously appearing inside a fishing pen containing around 100 tuna.

The 13-foot shark, weighing about 1,500 pounds, is thought to have either bitten its way into the tuna pond or leapt a 7.5 foot electrified fence while chasing a seal last Thursday.

Scientists at the pen off the coast of the South Australian tuna fishing town of Port Lincoln said Tuesday the shark had swum contently around the pen, but they were not sure how the tuna felt about their uninvited guest.

A head count of the tuna showed two had disappeared.

"When the shark swims to the surface the tuna swim to the bottom of the net and vice versa," said a spokesman for the South Australian Research Development Institute.

The scientists, who are studying tuna feeding, said they eventually coaxed the Great White from the cage by using a net to funnel it out through underwater gates.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: gatecrashes; greatwhiteshark; skark; tuna

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1 posted on 06/24/2003 7:39:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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How big are the tuna? And how long before HuGH Shark eats 'em all?
2 posted on 06/24/2003 7:40:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi..Support FRee Republic... http://www.drafttom.com ... Tom McClintock for Gub in the Recall)
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And now, we'll never know. Drats. It could have been a new reality show. .. Nyahhhh .. Not PETA approved.
3 posted on 06/24/2003 7:43:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi..Support FRee Republic... http://www.drafttom.com ... Tom McClintock for Gub in the Recall)
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To: NormsRevenge
I bet that shark was contented!
4 posted on 06/24/2003 7:44:02 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Recall Gray Davis and then start on the other Democrats)
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To: NormsRevenge

Only the best tuna get to sharkkist

5 posted on 06/24/2003 7:44:38 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Peace through Strength)
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To: NormsRevenge
They should have just netted the tuna one by one and painted big numbers on their sides. Then had a daily lotto on which ones the shark ate. They could have cleared millions! Dummies.
6 posted on 06/24/2003 7:44:47 PM PDT by dark_lord (The Statue of Liberty now holds a baseball bat and she's yelling 'You want a piece of me?')
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To: NormsRevenge
or leapt a 7.5 foot electrified fence while chasing a seal last Thursday.

I bet the seal jumped OVER the entire net!

7 posted on 06/24/2003 7:49:13 PM PDT by apackof2 (Listen much, talk little, learn greatly)
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To: NormsRevenge

8 posted on 06/24/2003 7:55:59 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: NormsRevenge
Geez! That thing is scarry!
9 posted on 06/24/2003 8:08:00 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace ((the original))
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To: NormsRevenge
Jaws V?
10 posted on 06/24/2003 8:11:52 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Say Hey! Hey! Damn Yankee!")
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To: NormsRevenge
And how long before HuGH Shark eats 'em all?

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Huge for these is 40 feet.

11 posted on 06/24/2003 8:28:12 PM PDT by RLK
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To: RLK
Yikes!! That's a big fish!


12 posted on 06/24/2003 8:35:03 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi..Support FRee Republic... http://www.drafttom.com ... Tom McClintock for Gub in the Recall)
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FRom GreatWhite.org -- IT WAS HOW BIG??

The size of the GW is of great interest to not only the general public but also to marine biologists.

It is not known how large the GW gets but a top size of approximately 7 meters (approx. 21 feet) is the most often quoted figure.

How long is this? Picture a couple of Hondas parked in a row and then picture a shark as long as the two cars with a mouth about 3-4 feet wide and you've got a pretty good idea.

The average GW is not nearly as large being only about 10-15 feet in length. However, this is still longer than my Mazda . . . which is big enough for me!

13 posted on 06/24/2003 8:40:04 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi..Support FRee Republic... http://www.drafttom.com ... Tom McClintock for Gub in the Recall)
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To: NormsRevenge
or leapt a 7.5 foot electrified fence while chasing a seal last Thursday.

A distinct possibility ......

There was a thread some time ago about Great Whites "flying." The pictures are no longer showing up but here is the thread.

Flight of the killer shark

A Google Images search on Great Whites produces some amazing photos.

14 posted on 06/24/2003 8:42:49 PM PDT by kayak (Do not bet against the success of freedom. - GWB 5/9/03)
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To: NormsRevenge
They get huge. Somebody got a hapoon imto one south of Long Island estimated at 35-40 feet. They called the Coast Guard to keep watch om them lest the thing sink their 40 foot boat. They followed the shark and the barrel for two days until the shark broke loose.
15 posted on 06/24/2003 8:51:08 PM PDT by RLK
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To: kayak
Here's a site or two with some good breaching shots. Incredible, the amount of power and efficiency in that beast.

Great White Shark Pictures from - Apex Predators

Check the photographic prints pulldown. Some great shots.

or

GreatWhite.org
Predator of the Deep

16 posted on 06/24/2003 8:51:59 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi..Support FRee Republic... http://www.drafttom.com ... Tom McClintock for Gub in the Recall)
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To: NormsRevenge
From the title I thought that Greg Norman busted in on Jerry Jones and Bill Parcels having dinner.
17 posted on 06/24/2003 8:56:17 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: freedumb2003
 
Sorry, Charlie!

18 posted on 06/24/2003 8:59:52 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (This tagline has been banned.)
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To: kayak

19 posted on 06/24/2003 9:20:40 PM PDT by sonsofliberty2000 (... he met a mermaid one fine night ...)
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To: sonsofliberty2000
(not quite) My Shark Story.

A friend of mine, let's call him Chuck, who is somewhat crazy, tells this story. Knowing him I believe it!

One day, Chuck was out diving with friends off Davenport, about half way between Half Moon Bay, and Santa Cruz CA.

He was swimming along, minding his own business, trying out his new $80 flippers. A seal grabbed one of his flippers. Annoyed, he kicked his foot up to shake the seal loose. This flipped HIM up under what he describes as a boxcar with fins. His "seal" was a Great White Shark!

The shark didn't like the taste of rubber and spit out the fin. He boosted for the surface stuck his head up and said "HELP!" Head back down, look for shark. Head up: "SHARK!" At this point he sees everybody on the boat franticly running to and fro. He and the boat manage to get together.

Later he found out that some local fishermen were in the habit of cleaning their catch in that area.

Soooo, the shark came up beside the boat looking for a handout. Finding none it then swam off in his direction. His friends said it was as long as the boat, 12 feet.

OK, now fast forward a month and a half. Chuck is visiting friends in San Diego, They go out for a dive. There are Basking Sharks, a harmless filter feeder, in the area. So his friend who knows about the earlier dive says, "Hey, Chuck! Wanna swim with the sharks?"

Slow Learner Chuck says "Sure!"

Soon, he's in the water. He sticks his head up and can see the dorsal fin of a shark approaching him. Oh goody! Dunks his head and looks. The water is too murky. Head up. Fin still coming. Head down, too murky. Then...

Out of the gloom a mouth "big enough for me to stand up in in any direction" suddenly appears.

His friend says it was the funniest thing he ever saw. Chuck came straight up out of the water, walked 10 feet across the surface and sank back down...

20 posted on 06/24/2003 9:28:15 PM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void
a mouth "big enough for me to stand up in in any direction"

Yup! Those things have huge mouths, and they look quite a bit like Great Whites. About half the "GW" sightings this year off the Long Island and New Jersey coasts turned out to be Basking Sharks when the fishermen got closer.

21 posted on 11/01/2003 12:22:28 PM PST by StriperSniper (All this, of course, is simply pious fudge. - H. L. Mencken)
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