Police Shoot Shark in New Zealand

At a beach in New Zealand, a shark has killed a swimmer. The victim is reported to be a man in his 40s. 

Large shark kills man in New Zealand; beach closed - Yahoo! News

"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."

The size of the shark would seem to suggest a great white, though no one has definitively said so at this early stage. If the estimated size mentioned above is accurate, it's just possible that the attacker was a tiger shark or other member of the requiem family. 

Update: The victim has been identified as Adam Strange, a TV and film director. Later reports say that two or even three sharks may have been involved. (It's not unusual for several sharks to seize prey once it has been injured or killed.) There is still no definite ID on the species, but later details have strengthened the predominant theory that they were great whites. One report mentions the attacker's wide body. Several reports mention previous sightings of great whites in recent days and one earlier this same day. Apparently the shark struck twice; Strange struggled and may have momentarily repelled the shark before its second strike. More likely, this was simply an example of the great white's classic multiple-strike strategy. The first strike allows the shark to taste and feel the victim and decide whether it's appropriate prey. It may also allow the victim to be killed or weakened by blood loss so that the shark faces less risk of injury when it finally moves in to feed.  

Witnesses report that Strange swam into an area where the sharks were feeding on fish and sea birds. This has been described as a "feeding frenzy," though that term seems to get tossed around no matter how the animals actually behave. 

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  1. Early reports had this guy out over 650 feet into the ocean. Seems extraordinarily far to be out there alone in shark territory. I'm not a swimmer so not sure if its common to be out that far but it sounds dangerous

  2. I'm not sure how common it is, either. I do know that shark attacks most often occur in the shallows, even in just a couple of feet of water, simply because that's where people usually are.

    I remember a friend who used to surf in Tahiti telling me that whenever he got out as far as the drop-off, he always felt this surge of danger, even though he wasn't seeing any obvious threats. He'd generally come back into the shallows. But one day there was a commotion and it turned out an 8-foot shark was cruising through the swimming area set aside for kids, very near the beach in maybe three feet of water. Nobody got hurt, but made my friend feel as if his instincts had betrayed him.

    1. Hello Gordon...great site

      8 foot shark in 3 feet of water sounds like a nightmare, lol

      They have a video up on YouTube of this shark in the water taken from a helicopter. I keep looking at the video over & over to see if it looks like the shark is actually feeding on the body which is why the raced out to retrieve him & were confronting the shark. It looks like there is an approach by the shark then what looks like an expansion of a dark spot. My eyes could be playing tricks on me tho since video is mostly a figure in the water

    2. Thanks, Tony. That's funny--I've been watching that footage too, trying to decide what I'm seeing and what I'm just imagining. I don't know.


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