Adrian Granadas victim of fatal shark attack off Aruba

Saturday, December 19, 2015

A survivor of a shipwreck that occurred about thirty miles off the coast of Aruba was apparently attacked by a shark with fatal consequences. According to the article(s) which is written in Papiamento, a Venezuelan vessel with a crew of seven, carrying a cargo of whiskey from the island of Bonaire to Aruba, began to take on water as the result of rough seas and ended up sinking. After languishing at sea all day Saturday, four survivors of the shipwreck were found clinging to life hanging onto wooden pallets near an oil rig stationed off the coast of Aruba.

Rescue operators from the island of Aruba arrived on scene and immediately called for a medivac helicopter when it became apparent that one of the survivors suffered a serious shark bite. The victim was airlifted to the airport in Oranjestad, Aruba where he was transported by ambulance to hospital, but he was deceased before they reached the hospital.

*** no mention about the type of shark, size, etc., and if the bite happened near the spot where they were rescued (rig) or earlier in the day while drifting at sea***
Papiamento glossary:

tribon – shark
morde / mordi – bit, bitten, “bite”
mata – killed
kustwacht – coastguard
reacata – rescue


The victim of the fatal shark attack during a shipwreck rescue attempt of the coast of Aruba is Adrian Granados from Venezuela. He was the captain of the doomed vessel, and the attack happened during the rescue attempt:
We thank Michael Kort for the info and translation

First of 20 shark listening stations deployed off the NSW coastline

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Niall Blair
Minister for Primary Industries
Minister for Lands and Water

17. December 2015



Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, has announced two state-of-the-art 4G listening stations have been successfully deployed off Sharpes Beach, Ballina and Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay.

“These purpose-built listening stations will provide real-time updates of the movements of tagged sharks and form an important part of the state’s integrated shark management strategy,” Mr Blair said.

“We know there is no one solution to this issue – but these listening stations will go a long way in better informing us about if and where sharks are along our coastline.”

Twenty VR4G listening stations will be deployed off the NSW coastline, including 10 between Tweed and Forster. Testing of the stations communications systems is now underway.

As soon as a tagged shark, including those tagged during the current DPI tagging program swims within about 500 metres of a listening station, an alert will be issued with its location.

In addition to this, work is advancing to enhance the popular SharkSmart mobile app, to include push notifications if a tagged shark is known to be in the area.

The new stations will be strategically positioned approximately 500 metres from beaches where shark bites have occurred, including at least four beaches on the north coast.

The listening stations can also provide water temperature and depth information and will form part of a much larger network of over 500 listening stations in NSW coastal waters and other stations around Australia.

The VR4G listening stations are one component of the comprehensive $16 million NSW Shark Management Strategy, which is currently being rolled out.

Source: NSW Government


Bahamian man bitten by shark off Andros Island

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U.S. Coast Guard

11. December 2015


Coast Guard responds to reported shark bite victim in Bahamas

MIAMI —The Coast Guard is responding a report of a Bahamian man who was bitten by a shark 67 nautical miles southwest of Andros Island, Bahamas.

The 26-year-old man was reportedly fishing aboard a 76-foot trawling boat when the incident occurred. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District Command Center in Miami were notified through a satellite phone call made by another man aboard the vessel.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Center on Andros Island is responding to the fishing vessel’s location.

Source: US Coast Guard


New Shark Enclosures for two Beaches in Reunion Island

Helmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine,
09. December 2015

The authorities in Reunion Island have designated the beaches of Boucan Canot and Roches Noires as locations for new seabed-to-surface barriers that are supposed to protect people by preventing sharks from entering the enclosed area. The two beaches are located in the commune of Saint-Paul on the island’s west coast, where a number of severe shark incidents have occurred in recent years.

The new shark enclosures are up to 11 metres high and designed as a system of chains, floats and nets with a mesh size of 40 cm.

In Boucan Canot, the underwater fence has already been installed recently and it covers the area between the natural pool of Boucan and hotel Saint Alexis.
Although, a few additional days are still needed to completely finish the work on the barrier.
So in the meanwhile, beachgoers are urged to avoid this area and to stay out of the water.

Regarding the other location in Roches Noire, the work on this non-lethal shark mitigation measure is scheduled to commence between end of December and mid-January.

The installed barrier in Boucan Canot measures about 626 metres in length (other source: 680 m) and the second one at the beach of Roches Noires will be about 531 metres long. So, together, both shark barriers will have a total length of approx. 1.157 metres and shall secure a surface area of ca. 141.000 m² for water users.

According to local officials, these newly invented shark enclosures will guarantee the safe operation of water activities (like swimming but also surfing, kayaking, and diving) for at least 320 days a year.
They are operating effectively in sea conditions with up to 4 metres wave height.

Embedded below is a video clip ( uploaded by the YouTube-poster ‘Guillaum’ on 04. December 2015 ) that shows us the scene off Boucan Canot.

Sources: Préfecture Réunion, IPReunion.


Drones and smart drum lines to be trialled at northern NSW beaches

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Niall Blair
Minister for Primary Industries
Minister for Lands and Water

25. November 2015


First Shark Technology Trial Underway

Drones will be trialled and aerial surveillance boosted on the North Coast as the NSW Government fast tracks the rollout of its world-first $16 million shark strategy.

Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair today visited the NSW Mid North Coast to make the announcement, which will also include the trial of smart drum lines to better protect surfers and swimmers this summer.

“There is no easy way to reduce risks for swimmers and surfers. We are delivering on a commitment to test the best science available, including new technologies, as we try to find an effective long-term solution to keep our beaches safe,” Mr Blair said.

“These are the first of several trials that will get underway across the state’s beaches this summer as we take an integrated approach to working out a long-term solution.”

The first field tests of drones began today at Coffs Harbour. The trials will test the effectiveness of drone technology in shark attack mitigation by feeding images back to the operator in real time, using GPS coordinates.

Mr Blair also announced smart drum lines, recommended in an independent report into shark technologies, will be trialled. The first line will be deployed at Ballina.

“Experts attending the shark summit in Sydney spoke in favour of this technology and I’m pleased to announce initial testing will get underway next week,” he said.

The NSW Government has also fast-tracked the delivery of two 4G listening stations which will be positioned at Sharpes Beach at Ballina and Clarkes Beach Byron Bay to provide real time tracking data of tagged sharks.

A further eight listening stations are making their way to NSW and will be installed at: Tweed Heads, Lennox Head, Evans Head, Yamba, Coffs Harbour, South West Rocks, Port Macquarie, and Forster. Ten others will follow.

In addition to these measures, the NSW Government has increased aerial helicopter surveillance on the North Coast. Helicopters will fly at least three hours each day, weather permitting, from 1 December until 26 January 2016, flying from Byron Bay to Evans Head twice daily.

Aerial surveillance will continue between Newcastle and Wollongong and will start in areas on the South Coast.

Source: NSW Government

Related Video:
Vision from d5rone, uploaded by ‘NSW Nationals’ on 24. Nov 2015

NSW: Man bitten by shark while surfing at East Ballina

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NSW Police Force

11. November 2015


Injured surfer flown to hospital for surgery – East Ballina

The man seriously injured while surfing at East Ballina yesterday has been flown to Gold Coast University Hospital for surgery.

About 6.25pm (Tuesday 10 November 2015), emergency services responded to reports of a 20-year-old man who had been bitten by a shark while surfing at Lighthouse Beach.

He made his own way out of the water and was assisted by other beachgoers.

The man sustained serious wounds to his left thigh and was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics before being taken to Ballina Airport.

About 7.30pm, the man was flown by Westpac Rescue helicopter Lifesaver One to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Following surgery, he remains in a stable condition, but in an induced coma.

Police will be liaising with NSW Surf Lifesaving, Ballina Shire Council and Department of Primary Industries regarding the incident.

Initial investigations by the Department of Primary Industries suggest the shark in question was possibly a Bull shark, approximately 2.8 to 3.1 metres in length.

The beach has been closed for a minimum of 24 hours.

Source: NSW Police Force