did anyone see the march kbm article on the sunshine coast? I dont know if this has already been pointed out but on the first page of the article at cotten tree [i think] at sunny coast there is a good size shark about 150m swiming in the same direction as the kitesurfer at the bottom of the page. comments????
is it real or fake????
Maby come to North Queensland in the Summer months where the food chain goe's something like this. Tiger Shark, Salt Water Crocodile, Box Jelly fish and then Kite Surfer. And I don't know of a single kiter that has received an injury from any of them to date.
Keep in mind if you loose your balance and fall you are no longer a kiter. And plenty of swimmers have dissapeared in these parts.
Quick browse thru this thread & didn't see these pic's that where doing the rounds in Brisbane a year or so ago.
Bully caught in the Brisbane River the plates and the oil refinery in the back ground show that. No idea where they're taking it or why they rented a trailer when they've got two utes!?
A 4.8M great white was photographed 1.5k off bunbury by some locals out fishing this week !!
Hey Guys how many kiters have been attacked by sharks in Australia so far?
Well I'm coming over anyways, whether I die from a shark attack or from the cold water here in Germany, doesn't matter that much, hey?
so where are the statistics? one, two none?
I don't think there have been any fatal attacks on kitesurfers.. I only know of two people around Brissy that have been nibbled. One was apparently standing in the water giving instruction a few years back.
Oh ok I'm relieved to hear that especially because I want to work as an instructor
I should think about teaching in a boat!
But if the sharkie only "nibbles" me that's alright I guess...
I dont no about sharks except i saw a large whale 200m off green point in port philip bay yesterday!!!
Kayaker gets chomped!
'It was big, dark eyes, scary, evil': man's shark attack terror
November 1, 2009
A kayaker is lucky to be alive after being attacked by a four-metre great white shark in the ocean off Victoria’s south-west coast.
Rhys Gadsden was out for a morning paddle off Portland on Friday when he says a great white shark appeared from the deep and wrapped its jaws around his sea kayak, leaving giant puncture marks.
The 27-year-old was flipped off the kayak and spent a terrifying 15 minutes in the water by his kayak desperately hoping he would not be eaten alive.
‘‘I grabbed my oars, hit it in the head probably five to six times and it released it,’’ the Portland man told the Nine Network.
‘‘As soon as it released its bite it turned and headbutted me and knocked me over and put me in the water with it.
‘‘It was freaky being in the water, yeah, I didn’t know where it went, I didn’t know if it was going to come back.
‘‘I didn’t know what to do really, I didn’t want to splash around and make it come back.’’
Finally a nearby boat came to his rescue.‘‘It took me a while to calm down, I was shaking for hours after,’’ he said.
‘‘It was big, dark eyes, scary, evil, I never want to do that again.’’
Less than 24 hours after coming face to face with the great white, Mr Gadsden was brave enough to paddle out for a few metres into the water on Saturday for TV cameras.His friends have also nicknamed him ‘‘shark-bait’’.
Local surf life savers have conducted patrols of the harbour since the attack but have not spotted the shark.
Dangerous sharks to be tracked off Qld
October 28, 2009
Australia's most dangerous sharks will be monitored and shark netting improved, as the Queensland government tries to reduce the risk of attacks.
The government will spend $125,000 on a five-year program to monitor bull, tiger and white sharks, to learn more about their behaviour.
It will also invest in new acoustic alarms to alert whales and dolphins to the presence of shark nets off Queensland beaches.
Alarms are already in place but the new devices will sound a longer and louder noise at a lower pitch to make the creatures aware of the nets sooner.
Premier Anna Bligh said although the program would help scientists learn more about sharks, the government would keep using shark nets and drum lines because human safety came first.
Five whales have become entangled in shark nets off the Gold Coast this year but Ms Bligh said it was a relatively small number considering up to 13,000 whales were migrating back to southern waters.
"There's no guarantees that this will make any big difference but we need to trial it and see," she told reporters.
"We do need to keep people safe on our beaches but anything we can do to keep whales safe as well is worth trying."
Shark control program manager Tony Ham said he hoped the program would lead to improvements in shark management.
"If, for instance, we were to find that some species of sharks no longer interact with the gear as they do now, it might be that we do change some of that equipment - perhaps a net for a drum line," Mr Ham told reporters.
"That might then further refine the species that we trap."
Acoustic tags would be inserted surgically into sharks that were caught and would provide data for up to seven years, Mr Ham said.
Monitoring stations would record data from the sharks when they were close by, and may also get data from sharks tagged in other projects.
The funding announcement comes after a great white shark caught in a drum line off Stradbroke Island was hauled in with a massive bite taken out of it, probably by another shark up to six metres long.
Mr Ham said it was rare evidence of the large sharks that lived off Queensland's coast.
"I don't see that it's a need for more fear, if you like, but it is a pointer to people to remind them that they need to be very discerning about where and when they swim, particularly in Queensland's waters," he said.
About 150 sharks are expected to be tagged in three years.
what a freak!!! - Not my idea of fun.
Thats the same guy who got his calf bitten off by a bull shark while making a film in the water with them....
Great Whites hang out in 'shark cafe'
November 5, 2009
Great Whites may be loners but the ocean's most feared predators also hang out together between Mexico and Hawaii at a deep sea watering hole known as the "White Shark Cafe", a study released on Wednesday reveals.
No animals inspire more fascination and frissons but scientists admit to knowing precious little about how the endangered Great Whites get around and get it on as they navigate the globe's oceans.
Like other open water sharks prized for their meat - and, in Asia, especially for their fins - the magnificent hunting machines are threatened with extinction, according to experts.
The new study identifies a distinct population and a major new genetic grouping of the Great White in the eastern Pacific, only the third such "clade" ever found.
The other two concentrations of Carcharodon carcharias are off the coast of South Africa and in the waters between Australia and New Zealand.
It had long been assumed shark species at the top of the ocean food chain that roam the high seas looking for food and mates did so almost randomly.
But using satellite tagging, acoustic monitoring of shark "hot spots" and genetic samples, a research team led by Barbara Block of Stanford University found - to their surprise - that the eastern Pacific's Great Whites are real homebodies.
Over an eight-year period, nearly 100 sharks were electronically tagged and even more had tissue samples taken by scientists working from a ship.
Not only do the sharks consistently migrate along the same paths, they stick to a schedule too.
Between August and December, the Great Whites - which can grow up to six metres and three tonnes - stalk waters off the coast of central and northern California, feasting on seals and sea lions.
Their preferred hunting grounds in this area are known as the "red triangle", notes the study, published in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Starting in January, they head for the deep blue around Hawaii some 4,000km to the west, where they are found in largest numbers between April and July.
But some - especially males - loiter at a halfway point known as the "White Shark Cafe", with females coming and going for what scientists presume is a bit of shark intimacy.
The new findings will help conservation efforts, the study concludes: "The population's fidelity to predictable locations offer clear population assessment, monitoring and management options."
A third of the world's open water sharks - including the Great White and hammerhead - face extinction, according to the largest ever shark survey, completed earlier this year by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
For decades, significant numbers of sharks - including blue and mako - have perished as "by-catch" in commercial tuna and swordfish operations.
More recently, the soaring value of shark meat has prompted some of these fisheries to target sharks as a lucrative sideline.
Europe is the fastest growing market for meat from the porbeagle and another species, the spiny dogfish.
Around 100 million sharks are caught in commercial and sports fishing every year, and several species have declined by more than 80 per cent in the past decade alone, according the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
I went to mige point for a kitesurf and found this
I have seen one or two but not 20 at the same spot !!!
An Australian coastal website just posted satellite images of hundreds of sharks cruising around Bondi Beach REALLY CLOSE TO SHORE. If you live in Bondi, you might not want to see this… www.australiancoastalwatch.com.au/news/bnshark14432tx.article.html
Not so much a shark story but advice I saw on here.
Someone had asked about kiting over in Frazer Island and all of the responses had said don't do it there are lots of sharks active and all advice is stay out of the water ......... except one.
Someone had writton that...
'It should be OK as long as you don't do too much body dragging......'
What a nightmare if the poor guy then gets attacked. What does the doctor write on the death certificate - " Reason for Death: Too Much Body dragging"
Made me smile!!!!!!!! (But didn't get as much as my toes wet over there!!)
THIS great white shark photographed cruising in Port Phillip Bay has raised fears of our worst shark season yet.
Two fishermen were frozen with fear as the 4m monster circled their boat off Altona for about 10 minutes.
"He came and touched the boat about three times," Ray Theuma said.
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"He was going around and around and around for about 10 minutes. He was very hungry, mate."
Experts say conditions are perfect for a big shark season, with ideal water temperatures and an abundance of bait fish.
Melbourne Aquarium's Nick Kirby said an increase in fish populations after the tightening of fishing permits could attract more sharks into the bay.
"What you've got is a temperature in the bay which is a great temperature for a cold-water animal if it wants to speed up its metabolism and have a feed," he said.
"I would suggest it's going to be a long summer given how early the temperatures have peaked."
Mr Theuma, 56, was fishing with his nephew Brian Bell about 7km off shore when they were stalked by the great white shark.
"My boat is 4.6m and the great white was approximately the same size as the boat," he said.
Mr Bell, 47, from England, took some amazing photos of the shark as it circled.
Mr Theuma, who has fished in Port Phillip for 20 years, said he feared the shark would venture closer to shore.
He was also concerned about inexperienced young people taking boats out and swimming in deep water.
"There's a lot of young people who are new to boating," said Mr Theuma, who is a member of the Altona Boating and Angling Club.
Life Saving Victoria's Guy Britt said the Westpac rescue helicopter was already patrolling on weekends.
It will be on duty daily after Christmas until Australia Day, when beachgoer numbers peak and sightings are more likely.
Mr Britt urged swimmers to take care.
Surfwatch Australia founder Michael Brown said conditions were attracting many more bait fish along the east coast, which in turn brought sharks close to shore.
He said swimmers should avoid areas with schools of fish that could attract sharks, which often sat just behind breakers.
Taken up near exmouth last week. Not huge, but big enough for me to not hang around.
^^^ that looks like a shovel nose shark. they get to about 3 metres but are completely harmless.
That one in Exmouth looks like a shovel nose at sandy bay.
We are a bit further down the coast at the moment and had a small tiger in the bay yesterday but with a 3.5m tiger washed up on the beach and a ray on the sand bank with a big chunk taken out there is something a lot bigger lurking around windy.... bay at the moment.
The perth crew are wondering why no one else was keen on a night kite, especially when we have been kiting all day anyway.
Giant shark killed man in shallow water
January 15, 2010 - 12:17AM
JOHANNESBURG: Witnesses have described their horror at seeing a tourist being eaten by a ''gigantic'' shark in South Africa's most popular holiday spot.
Lloyd Skinner was pulled under the surf and dragged out to sea by the shark, believed to be a great white, off Fish Hoek beach in Cape Town. His diving goggles and a dark patch of blood were all that remained in the water.
''Holy ****. We just saw a gigantic shark eat what looked like a person in front of our house,'' Gregg Coppen posted on Twitter. ''That shark was huge. Like dinosaur huge.''
The attack on Tuesday afternoon came after an increase in shark sightings and led to calls for an electronic warning system to alert swimmers.
Mr Skinner, 37, a Zimbabwean who lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was standing chest-deep 100 metres from the shore and adjusting his goggles when the shark struck. It was seen approaching him twice before he disappeared in a flurry of thrashing.
Disaster management services had issued a warning hours earlier that sharks had been spotted in the water, but the shark flag was not flying.
The shark was ''longer than a minibus'', Mr Coppen told the Cape Times. ''It was this giant shadow heading to something colourful. Then it sort of came out [of] the water and took this colourful lump and went off with it. You could see its whole jaw wrap around the thing, which turned out to be a person.''
Mr Skinner was reportedly on holiday to attend the wedding of his partner's daughter. His partner was at the beach with him.
Four rescue boats and a helicopter searched in vain for him on Tuesday and Wednesday. Ian Klopper, a spokesman for the National Sea Rescue Institute, said: ''You can rule out any chance of finding him alive. Whether we find body parts, it's very unlikely. We think the shark took everything.''
I know of a few guys who have crossed the path of small sharks around Redcliffe and Brighton/ Sandgate in bris. One of them being my 14 year old son who was on a down winder with a group of guys. When he got to Sandgate from Scaborough he was all excited about seeing the shark which i thought was his imagination untill the the next four guys came into the beach yelling did you see the shark. There is a **** load of bull sharks around Brighton and Sandgate, The jetty there is very popular with shark fisherman but no one has been chewed on yet touch wood.