12/09/2007 Olivia Hislop (New Zealand) No Injury

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12/09/2007 Olivia Hislop (New Zealand) No Injury

Postby sharkbait » Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:47 am

Shark attacks surfer at Meatworks break
'This one was definitely big enough not to be cute'

The Marlborough Express | Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Kaikoura surfer had a close encounter with a shark on Sunday after it chomped her surf leash in half and tried to catch a ride on her board.


Olivia Hislop was waiting for a wave at the Meatworks surf break when she felt something tugging at her surfboard. When she turned around she got the fright of her life to see a shark's face and upper body on her board gnashing its teeth about.

"I thought someone had come up behind me and was playing about,'' she said.

Hanging half off the board herself, Olivia started playing tug of war with the shark to get her board back.

The shark then turned around, smacked her in the forehead with its tail and swam off.

"That's when everyone said it was quite a big one because they could see the size of its tail,'' Olivia said.

"After it happened I was a bit dazed and everyone was freaking out.''

She said it was hard to know how big or what sort the shark was, but that she''d been bothered by the creatures in the past. "You just see them and think they are mucking around, but it's when they are too curious ...

"[This one] was definitely big enough not to be cute.''

Olivia later checked her board and because there were no teeth marks, was not sure what the shark was tugging at. Other surfers gathered and spoke about what they saw - with their feet on their boards.

Olivia then went to catch another wave and when she put her feet back in the water felt the shark bang against her. After bringing up her foot to see if her toes were still there, she realised the shark had bitten through her leash: "I was expecting to see my toes just dangling.''

She found it odd the shark had targeted her again and said it might have had something to do with her being the only one with bare legs.

"Must have been the white bait,'' she joked.

Olivia then went and sat on the beach feeling shocked.

She had known of two other surfers banged about by sharks in the last few weeks and wasn't too keen to head back to Meatworks again this week. "I might go to Kahutara instead, and I won't be going out alone for a while either,'' she said.

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Postby sharkbait » Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:23 pm

Surfer encounters two sharks, same day


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand surfer has good reason for feeling once bitten, twice shy after two encounters with sharks on the same day, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
Olivia Hislop was waiting for a wave at a beach near the South Island tourist town of Kaikoura on Sunday when she felt a tug on her board.

She turned around, expecting to see a friend fooling around.

Instead, there was a shark half on top of her board and gnashing its teeth, the Marlborough Express newspaper reported.

Hislop tugged her board away from the shark, which promptly turned around, smacking her in the forehead with its tail, and swam off.

"That's when everyone said it was quite a big one because they could see the size of its tail," Hislop was quoted as saying. "I was a bit dazed and everyone was freaking out."

When Hislop paddled out later to catch another wave she said she felt a shark bang against her bare feet, which were dangling in the water off the surf board.

Lifting her foot, she found the shark had bitten through the leash tying the board to her ankle.

"I was expecting to see my toes just dangling," the newspaper quoted her saying, adding that "feeling shocked," she then went and sat on the beach.

She knew of two other surfers "bumped" by sharks at the beach in recent weeks and told the newspaper she would not be braving the same beach any time soon.


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