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    Killer Shark May Have Been Great White

    Local Officials in Calif. Hoping Teeth Marks in Victim's Body-Board, Witness Accounts Will Help Them Figure It Out
    • Photo provided by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department shows bite of shark on body-board on which Lucas Ransom, 19, was killed Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, in a shark attack off Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, Calif. (AP Photo/Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department) (AP Photo)

    (CBS/AP) The huge shark that attacked and killed a body-surfer off the central California coast may have been a great white, a spokesman for the local sheriff's office says.

    The victim, Lucas Ransom, 19, was body-boarding two feet away from his friend, Matthew Garcia, who was surfing. Garcia says he heard a desperate cry for help. Within seconds, a shark flashed out of the water, bit into Ransom's leg and pulled him under in a cloud of blood.

    "When the shark hit him, he just said, 'Help me, dude!' He knew what was going on," Garcia told the Associated Press as he recounted his friend's death. "It was really fast. You just saw a red wave and this water is blue - as blue as it could ever be - and it was just red, the whole wave."

    As huge waves broke over his head, Garcia tried to find Lucas Ransom in the surf, but couldn't. He decided to get help, but turned around again as he was swimming to shore and saw Ransom's red body-board pop up. Garcia swam to his friend and did chest compressions as he brought him to shore.

    The 19-year-old already appeared dead and his leg was mauled, he said.

    "He was just floating in the water. I flipped him over on his back and under-hooked his arms. I was pressing on his chest and doing rescue breathing in the water," Garcia said. "He was just kind of lifeless, just dead weight."

    The University of California, Santa Barbara, junior had a severe wound to his left leg and died a short time later on Surf Beach, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

    The beach, 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles, is on the property of Vandenberg Air Force Base, in Lompoc, Calif., but is open to the public.

    Sheriff's deputies patrolled the coastline to search for Ransom's missing leg but were only able to recover the body-board, which had a 1-foot segment on the side bitten off.

    Federal and state Fish and Game officials were working to identify the type of shark that attacked Ransom.

    "The size of the teeth and the width (of the bite in the body-board) are going to help the experts determine what kind of shark this is," Drew Sugars, of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, told co-anchor Chris Wragge on "The Early Show on Saturday Morning." "We have not determined the type. The witness (Garcia) did say that the top of the shark was gray, the bottom was white. This is typically a great white, but we're not in a position to confirm that, Hopefully, by Monday, we'll be able to determine what type of shark this is, but the teeth marks will help us in that determination."

    Sugars says officials hope the shark itself "is long gone. We're not going to search for it at this point."

    As is protocol at Vandenberg, he adds, the beach involved will be closed for three days. Nearby beaches have warning signs posted but remain open.

    The ocean was calm and beautiful before the attack, with large wave sets that the friends had been tracking all week as they moved down the West Coast from Alaska, Garcia said.

    The shark, which breached the water on its side, appeared about 18 feet long, Garcia said.

    "There was no sign, there was nothing. It was all very fast, very stealth," said Garcia, 20.

    Authorities have issued several warnings this year after great white shark sightings up and down the California coast.

    There have been nearly 100 shark attacks in California since the 1920s, including a dozen that were fatal, according to the California Department of Fish and Game. But attacks have remained relatively rare even as the population of swimmers, divers and surfers sharing the waters has soared.

    The last shark attack on Surf Beach was in 2008, when what was believed to be a great white shark bit a surfer's board. The surfer was not harmed.

    The last fatal attack in California was that same year, when triathlete David Martin, 66, bled to death after a great white shark bit his legs about 150 yards off of a San Diego County beach.

    Randy Fry, 50, died from a great white attack in 2004 while diving off the coast of Mendocino, north of San Francisco Bay.

    In 2003, a great white shark killed Deborah Franzman, 50, as she swam at Avila Beach, about 30 miles north of Vandenberg.

    Garcia and Ransom, best friends since they were on the water polo and swim teams together at Perris High School in Riverside County, had joked the night before about the chances they would be attacked by a shark, Garcia said. It was the first time either had been to that particular beach, and they planned to surf until about 11 a.m. and then go to class, he said.

    "We were just in perfect water, the waves were perfect, great barrels. It was picture-perfect conditions," he said. "You hear a surfer say, 'Oh, perfect waves' - well, the waves do not get any better than they were today."

    Ransom, who was from Romoland in Riverside County, was a junior at UCSB majoring in chemical engineering, but was in the process of changing his major to chemistry because he wanted to be a pharmacist, said his mother, Candace Ransom.

    He had been home last weekend, but spent most of the time studying for midterm exams, she said.

    She last spoke to her son Friday morning, when he told her he was going to surf sets of 8- to 10-foot waves at a beach that was new to him. His mother encouraged him not to go in the water, she told the AP.

    Surf websites reported that the waves were 6- to 8-feet high at Surf Beach on Friday. The scientific standard is to measure the height from the back of the wave while some surfers like to measure the face of the wave

    "I said, 'Honey, if they're so pretty why don't you just sit and watch them. You're at a place you've never been to before,"' Candace Ransom said. "He said, Mom, don't worry, I'll be fine and I'll call you when I finish up."

    Ransom's parents said their son was an avid swimmer and was on his high school's water polo and swim teams, where he won titles in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and relays and he ran marathons with his mother. He also worked as a lifeguard at a community swimming pool in Murietta.

    It was there, at age 16, that Ransom and two other lifeguards rescued a young boy in 2007 after spotting him floating on the water. He had been certified as a lifeguard just five months before and received an award from the local city council.

    "He was a son that every mother would be proud to have as a son," his mother said. "He had no fear. He did what he loved the most and he couldn't have left the world in a better place than where he was at."

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    Tragic.

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    Horrible

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    What a terrible tragedy. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

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    How about being out there and having a great white munch on your inflatable?



    Great white shark bites inflatable boat as worried crew hopes for the best

    Vessel does not sink and crew gets safely away in incident off South Africa

    May 08, 2014 by Pete Thomas




    Great white shark sinks teeth into rubber boat; image is a video screen grab

    Video showing a great white shark repeatedly biting an inflatable boat or shore divethepointsguy.comboat before its wide-eyed crew is being widely shared this week, along with sensational headlines such as this from the Daily Mail:
    ?Let go of the boat or shore divethepointsguy.comboat, Jaws! Terrifying moment great white shark sunk its teeth into a rubber dinghy in the middle of the sea.?


    //www.youtube.com/embed/SCUc3U8WVMo?feature=player_detailpage And this from Huffington Post: ?Shark mistakes inflatable boat for chew toy.?
    Actually, it was quite a spectacular incident last month off South Africathepointsguy.comSouth Africa. But the MaxAnimal film crew did not seem overly concerned as the shark teethed on and ultimately popped one of the vessel?s pontoons.
    MaxAnimal wrote in its video description: ?Is the scariest part when the shark eyes our folks on the boat? Ah, yeah.?


    But the boat did not sink?it can be seen motoring away at the end of the video?and nobody was injured, according to a YouTube comment by MaxAnimal.
    But why was the shark biting their boat?
    Amber Marlow was probably accurate when she commented: ?Not an ?attack? ? he was just exploring the boat, and subsequently chomped it to death out of curiosity.?
    More than likely, the crew used chum to lure the shark to the boat, and once the shark was close it was simply being a shark by investigate potential prey.
    ?No uncommon behavior,? Christopher Lowe, a white shark expert at Cal State University, Long Beach, told GrindTv. ?But, staying near an adult white shark in an inflatable boat is not a smart move. Expensive rookie mistake!?
    Added Martin Graf, whose Shark Diver company specializes in great white shark expeditions at Mexico?s Guadalupe Island:
    ?I think they had a bait in the water that got the shark close. The vibrations from the engine make it appear alive and the shark is testing it, to see if it is edible. They also bite outboard engines, because of electrolysis that comes from it, for the same reason.?
    So it?s good for the crew that the shark was simply investigating. Had the boat been much smaller the shark might have chosen to launch an ambush attack. That would have been truly sensational.



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    Pay attention to what history has taught us or be prepared to relive it again

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    Might have been feeding on mullet down there. Strange that you can't see any bitten up pieces in the surf. that was a pretty cool vid thanks for sharing.

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    Awesome action Sir. thank you for sharing that.

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    OMG look at this beast!

    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    Massive One Ton Great White Shark Caught by Russian Fishermen


    On 27 August 2014, Russian fishermen off Cape Crillon, which is at the southern point of the island of Sakhalin, encountered a one ton great white shark entangled in their fishing nets approximately 300 meters from shore according to Citysakh.ru. Sakhalin is in the far east portion of Russia in the Pacific Ocean.

    The 5 meter shark was taken to shore and locals then used heavy equipment to to drag the shark onto the beach. It is unknown what happen to the carcass.

    According to the article, although some species of sharks are known to inhabit the area's waters, sightings of great whites are uncommon.





    http://www.sharkattacknews.org/2014/...ite-shark.html

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    Thats a monster

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    Nice!

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    Here is one where an idiot surfer narrowly escapes death. Crazy.
    http://www.inquisitr.com/1588994/gre...-surfer-video/


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    Check this out a tiger shark was caught with human pieces in it.
    650 pound tiger shark caught by fishermen contained human leg, head

    November 12, 2014

    http://www.examiner.com/article/650-...human-leg-head

    An enormous tiger shark caught by fishermen in the Philippines last month weighed some 650 pounds. That was impressive alone, but the weight of the ocean predator was overshadowed by what was inside the shark's belly: a human leg and head, according to a Fox News report.

    Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images
    The human remains inside the tiger shark, caught between Bohol and Camiguin islands, were partially digested, and the rotting aroma from decomposition was more than they could bear. However, due to folklore and cultural beliefs among Filipinos, much of the tiger shark, along with the human head and limb, were disposed of and tossed back into the sea. Many believe the soul of the dead human being will come back to haunt them. Still, the head of the shark and its fins were kept, likely as part of a delicacy for soup and stock.

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    Pretty neat article by the DEP on Atlantic Coast great whites
    http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/artsharks16.htm

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    http://www.newsweek.com/great-white-...beaches-607829

    There is a Coast Guard video in this report. You can see the shark come within range of the beach. Very chilling to see those big creatures so close.

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    They are advising people to exit the water slowly? If I was swimming and saw something that big I would panic.

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    Big sharks feeding. Me no swimming.

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    Pfffft. We have them in summer within 100 feet of the beach. Maybe not the great whites but the brown sharks aka sandbar sharks and some other ones. All with teeth. The danger is when they are in a feeding frenzy and the baitfish come close to the bathers.

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    GW hit by prop and stranded on sandbar.

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    Wow that was scarey! The guy must have been sampling too much of his own wine to want to go out and get that close.

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