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10/07/2008 Damjan Pecek ( Croatia )

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:31 pm
by sharkbait
Shark Attack in Croatia on a 43 year old spear fisherman by a 5 meter shark - A Slovenian diver was attacked on Monday in the proximity of the Croatian island***

Translated version:

Adria: Shark attack before Croatia 07.10.2008 | 12:50 | ( A 43-jähriger diver was attacked by one approximately five meters long shark and injured heavily. It could chase the animal away with a harpoon. A Slovenian diver was attacked on Monday in the proximity of the Croatian island Vis by einm shark. The 43-Jährige suffered heavy injuries at the left Unterschenkel. In the hospital Split had to reconstruct it the physicians muscles and Arterien, in order its leg to save knowing The diver was with two friends under water with fishing, when he was attacked of four to five meters long a shark. The Slovene could away-hunt the animal with its harpoon. Experts assume the shark was attracted by the bloody fishing, which the 43-Jährige had actually bound. Which kind of shark concerned, could not with security are determined. Shark attacks are very rare in the Croatian Adria. Since 1934 became officially only five attacks documented, however all ended mortally. The last shark attack in Croatia was registered 1974 in close proximity to Sibenik, when a white shark had attacked a German tourist. The man had bled to death on the way in the hospital.

Another translation:

A group of Slovenian divers was attacked on monday morning near the Island of Vis, 10 meters away from the shoreline by a 3 meters long shark (it is currently unknown which species, perhaps great white, but this is only an assumption). One diver was badly wounded by the shark bite on the lower left leg, but seems that he's overall condition is currently stable. Other divers were unharmed. It seems that two divers were fishing with spearguns. The diver that got bitten had an amberjack on the fish stringer around his belt which might have triggered the shark attack.

Rough translated details...

Damjan Pecek from Slovenia was attacked by a shark ten meters away from the shore in Mala Smokova on island Vis in Croatia.

He claims the shark was 4 or 5 meters long and probably attacked him because he was carrying a bleeding fish he just caught. Shark bit Pecek's left leg and he defended himself by grabbing the shark by the gills with one hand, while hitting it on the head with the harpoon he held in the other hand. Harpoon bent but shark let him go so his friends managed to get him in the boat.

I just heard on TV that two teeth were found in wound in Pecek's leg and it is confirmed that they belong to the great white shark.

Original Version:

Adria: Hai-Attacke vor Kroatien

07.10.2008 | 12:50 | (

Ein 43-jähriger Taucher wurde von einem rund fünf Meter langen Hai angegriffen und schwer verletzt. Er konnte das Tier mit einer Harpune verjagen.

Ein slowenischer Taucher ist am Montag in der Nähe der kroatischen Insel Vis von einm Hai angegriffen worden. Der 43-Jährige erlitt schwere Verletzungen am linken Unterschenkel. Im Krankenhaus Split mussten ihm die Ärzte die Muskeln und Arterien rekonstruieren, um sein Bein retten zu können-

Der Taucher war mit zwei Freunden unter Wasser beim Fischfang, als er von einem vier bis fünf Meter langen Hai attackiert wurde. Der Slowene konnte das Tier mit seiner Harpune wegjagen. Experten gehen davon aus, dass der Hai von dem blutigen Fischfang, den der 43-Jährige an sich gebunden hatte, angelockt wurde. Um welche Haiart sich gehandelt hat, konnte nicht mit Sicherheit festgestellt werden.

Hai-Attacken sind in der kroatischen Adria sehr selten. Seit 1934 wurden offiziell nur fünf Angriffe dokumentiert, allerdings endeten alle tödlich. Der bisher letzte Hai-Angriff in Kroatien wurde 1974 in der Nähe von Sibenik verzeichnet, als ein Weißer Hai einen deutschen Touristen angegriffen hatte. Der Mann war auf dem Weg ins Krankenhaus verblutet. ... a/

Re: 10/07/2008 Damjan Pecek ( Croatia )

Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:32 pm
by sharkbait
Great white shark -- still found in the Adriatic Sea


Considered extinct about 40 years ago, the great white shark is back in the Adriatic waters, dangerous as ever, having attacked a diver from Slovenia.

By Ivo Scepanovic for Southeast European Times in Split – 04/11/08

''The shark was probably following the schools of tuna and got attracted by the fish around the diver's belt. As schools of tuna are not frequent in the Adriatic anymore, the great white shark rarely travels to these waters." [Getty Images]

One man's frightening encounter with the great white shark in the Adriatic, just ten metres off the shore of the remote island of Vis, central Dalmatia, has made headlines in Croatia and confirmed suspicions of the predator's presence in the Adriatic. Older locals remember a shark attack in the central Adriatic that claimed the life of a German tourist. Divers had felt safe after 40 years of shark inactivity.

A 43-year-old Slovenian diver, Damjan Pesek, went spear fishing with a friend in Mala Smokova, near the island of Vis. Witnesses say the shark that attacked him was 5m long.

"It felt like something suddenly hit my body. You actually do not feel the bite," said Pesek at the hospital in Split that treated the serious injuries to his left leg.

"I used a spear to fight back," said Pesek. Friends pulled him into a boat and rushed him to the nearest doctor. Paramedics in turn transported him to Split for decompression and emergency treatment.

"There is almost no way that a diver can defend himself if a shark wants to kill him," Croatia's top shark expert, Dr. Alen Soldo, says. At first, the researchers were not sure of the species that attacked Pesek.

"Other kinds of sharks may have been attracted to the diver as he was carrying [bloody] fish around his belt," Soldo thought at first. However, doctors found two teeth typical of the great white shark in the diver's leg.

The expert thinks that the arrival of the great white shark in the Adriatic could be directly connected to the tuna population.

''The shark was probably following the schools of tuna and got attracted by the fish around the diver's belt. As schools of tuna are not frequent in the Adriatic anymore, the great white shark rarely travels to these waters," explained Soldo.

Despite the nearly tragic circumstances, Soldo said he was glad to hear the great white shark found its way back to the Adriatic, as experts had assumed it extinct in those waters for the past four decades. He added that humans are still the intruders when they venture into the underwater world.

Experts think the great white shark will move on quickly from the Adriatic, given its migratory nature.
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Re: 10/07/2008 Damjan Pecek ( Croatia )

Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:05 pm
by sharkbait