NewYorkPost A shark possibly 14 feet long killed a swimmer near a popular New Zealand beach on Wednesday, then disappeared after police attempting to save the man fired gunshots at the enormous predator. Muriwai Beach near Auckland was closed after the fatal attack, one of only about a dozen in New Zealand in the past 180 years. Pio Mose, who was fishing at the beach, told The New Zealand Herald he saw the swimmer struggle against the “huge” shark. He told the man to swim to the rocks, but it was too late. “All of a sudden there was blood everywhere,” Mose said. “… I was shaking, scared, panicked.” Police Inspector Shawn Rutene said in a statement that the swimmer, was about 650 feet offshore when the shark attacked. He said police went out in inflatable surf-lifesaving boats and shot at the shark, which they estimate was 12 to 14 feet long. “It rolled over and disappeared,” Rutene said, without saying whether police are certain that they killed the creature. Police recovered the body of the swimmer. The Herald reported that he was Adam Strange, a 46-year-old television and short film director, and that his family issued a statement expressing their shock and requesting privacy.
There have only been about a dozen shark attacks off New Zealand over the past 180 years? Really? I’m surprised its so few. I mean its an island with a ton of beaches, its so close to Australia where there are shark attacks constantly, there are certainly Great White Sharks in the water. I expected the number to be a lot higher.
We here at SportSmasher love the ocean, but have some common sense people. If you are at a beach where large sharks may be in the water, don’t go swimming 2,000 feet offshore like this guy in New Zealand, all you are doing is making yourself look like a seal and triggering a sharks predatory response if one is nearby. They are attracted to splashing, eat seals that are essentially the same size as humans, and you are essentially ringing their dinner bell. If you want to swim laps in deep water, get in a swimming pool, its a lot safer.