Shark sightings prompt lifeguards to close Palm Beach again

PALM BEACH, Fla. —One day after shark sightings led lifeguards to close the beach, swimmers were back in the water Wednesday. But it didn’t last for long.

Images: Sharks spotted in shallow water just off Palm Beach

Palm Beach County Florida - Sharks at beach

Palm Beach County Florida – Sharks at beach

Palm Beach County Florida - Sharks at beach

Palm Beach County Florida – Sharks at beach

Palm Beach County Florida - Sharks at beach

Palm Beach County Florida – Sharks at beach

Palm Beach County Florida - Sharks at beach

Palm Beach County Florida – Sharks at beach

Palm Beach County Florida - Sharks at beach

Palm Beach County Florida – Sharks at beach

Palm Beach County Florida - Sharks at beach

Palm Beach County Florida – Sharks at beach

Sharks were spotted just off Palm Beach on Tuesday, and WPBF 25 News’ Angela Rozier reported that some might be back on Wednesday. (All photos: Jeffrey Langlois/Palm Beach Daily News)

Lifeguards on Palm Beach said they had to close the beach for the second straight day because of sharks spotted swimming near the shore.

IMAGES: Sharks Spotted In Shallow Water Just Off Palm Beach

Double red flags warned beachgoers to stay out of the water Wednesday afternoon.

Elizabeth Horowitz, who lives across the street from the beach, said she hopes beachgoers pay attention to the warning and stay out of the water.

“Sharks are not to be reckoned with,” she said.

Lifeguard supervisor Craig Pollock said shark sightings are common this time of year.

“Every year we expect an annual shark migration to come through this area,” Pollock said.

Paul Muller, who takes his morning swim in the ocean every day, told WPBF 25 News he saw the sharks in the water Tuesday. He had some sage advice for swimmers if they happen to see a shark near them.

“Swim like hell to get out of there, and say a ‘Hail Mary’ and an ‘Our Father,'” Muller joked.

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Bronze whaler and White shark involved in NZ fatal attack

Victim was attacked by two sharks

By Yvonne Tahana of the NZ Herald,
Mon, 4 Mar 2013

A bronze whaler shark and a great white were both involved in the death of swimmer Adam Strange at Muriwai Beach last week, according to the chairman of the Muriwai Volunteer Lifeguard Service.

Tim Jago was in charge of coordinating the lifeguard response to the fatal attack, and it was also up to him to formally identify the 46-year-old’s body.

He excused himself from the funeral service being held this afternoon at the surf club to give a detailed account of the attack by the two species.

It was important to all involved that the exact chronology of events was put on the record, he said.

The two sharks involved were initially a bronze whaler and then a white pointer, said Mr Jago.

He said Mr Strange had phoned lifeguards at 12.36pm to say he intended to make a training swim a couple of times from Maori Bay to Muriwai’s main beach.

Lifeguards saw him complete the first swim, then walk back along the track to Maori Bay.

At 1.15pm Mr Strange entered the water, Mr Jago said. “Almost immediately Adam was subjected to the first of two shark attacks by what we now know to have been a bronze whaler shark.

“It is apparent that Adam unwittingly swam into one or more sharks feeding in shallow waters close to shore.

“Within a very short space of time – 90 seconds – Adam was subjected to a second and fatal shark attack; this time by a white pointer.”

Mr Jago said from the extent of Mr Stranger’s injuries, his death was almost instant.

The white pointer then carried Mr Strange’s body 300 to 400 metres towards the main beach.

Two lifeguards attempted a rescue, driving an inflatable boat into the white pointer and clubbing it with a paddle.

The pair realised Mr Strange was dead and decided it was too dangerous for them to remain because there were other sharks in the area.

Soon afterwards two more rescue craft were deployed and police fired 12 shots at the shark, as it was still “harassing the body”.

Mr Jago said an analysis of video footage by emergency services gave him confidence the shark had been killed by the gunfire.

He said he understood there were a number of unique characteristics which had driven interest in the incident.

“Firstly the event was witnessed from start to finish. Secondly there has been a response to try and save Adam, something that’s not often possible in shark attacks. Moreover we have Adam back, and that is not often the outcome in such events.

“Thirdly, there has only been one previously documented situation where a white pointer shark has operated in conjunction with a bronze whaler to attack a human.”

Source: Otago Daily Times

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Hundreds of people have lined the streets holding surf boards for the funeral of Adam Strange, who was killed by a shark in New Zealand. . Report by Sophie Foster.

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Shark attack survivor – Andrea Rush

Shark attack survivor back in the water

Shark attack survivor back in the water

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Shark Survivor - Andrea Rush

Shark Survivor – Andrea Rush

Andrea Rush

Andrea Rush was almost killed when a shark attacked her two decades ago.

Ms Rush was swimming in Vanuatu when the shark came out of nowhere. She lost half her blood just getting back to the boat and still has the scars from the attack.

Since then she has been diving with sharks and completed ocean swims, but says there are places she won’t swim.

“With Muriwai there were fishermen and there is a seal colony off Oaia Island that has been growing in the last 10 years, and great whites do breed in our harbours – the Manukau and Kaipara – and so do other sharks, so they are there,” says Ms Rush. “You can potentially avoid swimming around fishermen and avoid seal colonies. I know in Australia the risks are higher in those places but nobody would’ve even known the risks cause it never happened at Muriwai, so it was unexpected.”

She knows the Muriwai community after growing up there, but never met Adam Strange.

“We have quite a few mutual friends in common, so that made it feel even more close to home really. My heart goes out to his family and his friends.”

Yesterday’s attack reminds Ms Rush how lucky she was to survive.

“I’d like to think I have a healthy fear of sharks like anyone else, but I wouldn’t let it keep me out of the water. I just avoid those places that could be dangerous.”

And that was advice that was heeded today – despite re-opening, Auckland’s other west coast beaches remained deserted.

Shark attacks and kills beachgoer

A witness has described a police officer firing 20 shots at a shark which attacked and killed a person at Auckland’s Muriwai Beach today.

SHARK ATTACK: Auckland's Muriwai Beach, where the fatal incident took place.

SHARK ATTACK: Auckland’s Muriwai Beach, where the fatal incident took place.

Emergency staff confirmed the person’s body had been pulled from the water following the early afternoon attack. The dead shark had also been dragged on to the beach.

Wellington student, Stef McCallum, 18, said they were first aware something was wrong when a man ran across to the surf club to get help.

A woman told us a man had just been killed by a shark, she said.

“She said there was a big pool of blood in the water.”

McCallum said they saw a police officer go out in a surf boat and shoot the shark.

“He fired about 20 shots.”

Around 200 people were on the beach and people quickly ran.

“Everybody was evacuated from the water. Word of mouth, ‘shark’, and everybody left the water.”

TV3 reported from the beach that as many as three sharks may have been involved.

A witness told them he spotted the lone swimmer while he was out fishing at the beach, shortly before 2pm.

The distressed man signalled for help when he was attacked by a shark, before he was pulled underwater.

At this point, the witness said three or four other sharks appeared in the area.

A staff member at Sand Dunz dairy said people were coming into the dairy “speechless”.

“I’m shaking, I don’t really want to talk about it,” the shop assistant, who didn’t want to be named, said. “Everyone’s speechless.”

Earlier this week surfer Bourne Nobel Buiski posted on Facebook that there had been a “massive” shark spotted near surfers on Monday at Piha, 14 kilometres south of Muriwai.

He said that a local man ran out of the water “white faced and terrified”.

“He was saying that a great white, a massive great white had just swum right beside him,” Buiski said.

No one believed him, he said.

“As they are so rare here. There were about 60 people there, and no one came in.”

The beach was crowded with children from Glen Eden Intermediate and Avondale College, a Fairfax reporter on the scene said.

Auckland City Council said the beach had been closed for the day.

There have been 14 known fatal shark attacks in NZ, since records began around 1837, according to Department of Conservation shark expert, Clinton Duffy.