From Australia to California, sharks are making their debut around the globe.
Surfer Jon Hines experienced one of these deadly creatures face to face at Red Bluff on the coast of Western Australia on August 28th, 2012. On a day that was supposed to be spent enjoying the swell, Jon ended up fighting for his life against a shark that bit him on the abdomen and arm. Jeff “Camel” Goulden, well known surfer, rescued Jon from the water and pulled him to shore where people on the beach wrapped him up.
Witness, Rebecca Caldwell, told ABC News that “the water was full of blood. He was conscious the whole way back though. He’s in good spirits, as well as he could be.”
Since the attack, the beach has been closed. Carnarvon Shire Chief Executive, Maurice Battilana, commented on how extremely popular this surfing and camping spot was: We’re probably in the peak season; it’s a very popular surfing spot.”
Jon Hines was met by police and St. John paramedics who took him to Carnarvon Hopsital and though in stable condition, has suffered serious injuries to his right arm. Just in Western Australia alone, there have been five fatal shark attacks in the last ten months.
Australia isn’t the only place sharks have been lingering. Santa Barbara’s beaches are under close watch after a surfer spotted one just off the coast of Leadbetter Point. This wasn’t just any shark, but a great white with a 6-7 foot spread between the fins. Harbor Operations Manager Mick Kronman told ABC News, “All the details from his sighting were enough for me to decide this was a credible one.” Santa Barbara is showered with posts warning swimmers/surfers about the precautions and to swim at their own risk.
Great white sharks are exceptionally large and live in most major oceans, in the coastal surface waters. They can reach lengths of more than 24 feet and are capable of weighing up to 6,000 pounds (Fear Beneath). The great white shark is known to be the largest predatory fish in the world.
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