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Mick Fanning shark attack.

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Tom Howes, 20th Jul, 2015.

  1. Tom Howes

    Tom Howes Active Member

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    Yesterday Mick Fanning was attacked by a shark a J Bay South Africa and survived. He was not injured at all.
    I take my hat off to Mick he is one tough customer who moved with family from Penrith to the Gold Coast at 13 and took up surfing to become a three time world champion.
    I hope to hear from other surfers or surfing fans on this forum.
     
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  2. Perp

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    I'm neither a surfer nor surfing fan, but I've seen the footage and it's absolutely astonishing.

    For those who haven't seen it yet:

     
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    MarkB Some guy on the internet Premium Member

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    For a time the family lived in Ballina and I was in the same school grade as Mick's older brother Ed.

    Ed was a feisty fellow; he was always getting into fights, including one with me one evening in 1992. So I guess the shark and I have something in common - we've both been punched by a Fanning.

    Tenuous connection to Mick Fanning aside, I am glad he is ok.
     
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    I have had a 4 mts great white go between a mate and myself about 400 mts from the beach at Pottsville nth nsw about 40 years ago,the shark went around us for about 30 seconds then as we both caught a wave in quickly the shark exploded through the same wave,when we both got onto the beach we make a promise to each other who ever dies first the other will carry the coffin and be there,.

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    I was scared watching the footage from the safety of the office monitor... just image turning around and seeing a huge fin right next to you. If I were in his position the only reason I wouldn't pass out from fear would be from the huge amount of adrenaline pumping through the veins... glad both he and the other competitor made it to shore safely.
     
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    Scary stuff. And the way his mate came after him was touching.
     
  7. Peter_Tersteeg

    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker and strategist Business Member

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    As a diver I have a theory about sharks and surfers. It appears that sharks like their meals served on a wafer.
     
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    As a surfer, this is always something that's on your mind. Mick handled this situation perfectly, like a true professional.

    I think there's more dangerous sharks on land than in the water.
     
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    Scary stuff, imagine if it was a great white instead of I believe bull shark????
     
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    That was pretty crazy, I thought he was getting eaten the 1st time I watched it. The camera caught the 1st part then a wave blocked the view when he came off the board.
     
  11. Blacky

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    Glad he is ok.
    Scary situation to be in. Kudos to the team for getting to him quickly - including the other surfer who paddled out to him. Ballsy move.

    I think the big difference between surfers/swimmers and divers is eyesight. Look a shark in the eye and they will usually move off... usually.

    Blacky
     
  12. Peter_Tersteeg

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    That's also been my experience. Sharks are generally quite shy, they often attack out of curiosity but will back off once they know they've been spotted. I've seen this behavior first hand with a very large hammerhead (coolest and scariest moment of my life).

    The other reason a lot of surfers get bitten is they tend to splash around quite a bit, not something that divers do much. Many sharks also attack in an upwards direction (where the surfers and swimmers are).

    I've also heard that Bull sharks are one of the most aggressive species of shark. Certainly Great Whites are larger and thus more dangerous when they do attack, but Bulls are more likely to become aggressive whilst the Whites are taking a bite out of curiosity.

    Mick Fanning probably has the surfboard strap to thank for deterring the shark and avoiding being bitten. Sharks move so effortlessly through the water that if they want to bite a human, there's not much the human can do about it. It's their ocean, we're just visitors and should respect them as such.
     
  13. Depreciator

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    Hard to imagine a punch or two on the back in that melee would have had much effect. He's lucky that boat was there.
    Amazing to read that Layne Beachley said she has never seen a shark while in the water. Imagine how much time she has spent in the water over the last 40 years.
     
  14. MTR

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    But seriously how do you do this when you are scared ********, and it's not a gummy shark

    It's a bit like if you get attacked by a croc, poke it in the eyes, really, how do you do this when you are in a roll.

    Or my vet told me if a large dog attacks my smaller dog always carry a stick and poke it up the rear of the larger dog, another difficult one


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  15. Jamie Moore

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    I'm almost certain my heart would just explode.

    Crazy footage. Glad he's ok.
     
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    You don't see sharks under the water when you're surfing, I never have but have seen plenty when hang gliding overhead, sometimes very close to surfers. I had a large hammerhead come close while diving but they are fairly timid.

    If a shark ever attacks while I'm on my board I think I'll try to talk him out of it, offer to buy a couple of cows or something instead.
     
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    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Too early for jokes on this?

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    Gives new meaning to a triple fin board...
     
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    Crocs on the beach...and in other news....

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    Whilst watching the footage I thought oh boy he's in trouble seeing the size of that fin, then another shark

    Glad he got outa there