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Witnesses today described their horror at seeing a tourist being eaten by a "gigantic" shark in South Africa's most popular holiday destination.
Lloyd Skinner was pulled under the surf and dragged out to sea by the shark, believed to be a great white, off Fish Hoek beach in Cape Town. His diving goggles and a dark patch of blood were all that remained in the water.
"Holy ****. We just saw a gigantic shark eat what looked like a person in front of our house," witness Gregg Coppen posted on Twitter. "That shark was huge. Like dinosaur huge."
The shocking attack yesterday afternoon came after an increase in recent shark sightings and led to calls for an electronic warning system to alert swimmers.
Skinner, 37, a Zimbabwean who lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was standing chest-deep 100 metres from the shore and adjusting his goggles when the shark struck. It was seen approaching him twice before he disappeared in a flurry of thrashing. Cape Town's disaster management services had issued a warning hours earlier that sharks had been spotted in the water, but the shark flag was not flying.
Witnesses described the terrifying scene. The shark was "longer than a minibus", Coppen told the Cape Times newspaper.
He said: "It was this giant shadow heading to something colourful. Then it sort of came out the water and took this colourful lump and went off with it. You could see its whole jaw wrap around the thing which turned out to be a person."
British visitor Phyllis McCartain told the same paper: "We saw the shark come back twice. It had the man's body in its mouth, and his arm was in the air. Then the sea was full of blood."
Kyle Johnston said: "We were swimming only about 15 metres away from the guy. We were at about chest depth and he was a little deeper. We looked at the walkway and saw people waving towels at us, then we looked further out to sea and saw what looked like blood, and a man's leg come up."
His friend Dane Leo added: "I was floating and I thought the people waving at us were joking, but then I looked back and saw a fin and blood."
Kathy Geldenhuys was sitting on a nearby bench. She recalled: "My husband had just pointed out how far the man was swimming from the other people. He asked what would happen if he was attacked by a shark, because he was so far away. The words were hardly cold when the shark attacked that man. The shark attacked twice; it turned and attacked the man again; I just saw the blood on the water."
Geldenhuys added: "Only when it was attacking did I see the fin, but then I could see the whole body under the water. It was a very big shark ... It came from below and grabbed the man. Part of his body was gone."
Skinner was reportedly on holiday in Cape Town for the month to attend the wedding of his partner's daughter. His partner was at the beach with him.
Four rescue boats and a helicopter searched in vain for Skinner yesterday and resumed the hunt today. Ian Klopper, a spokesman for the National Sea Rescue Institute, said: "You can rule out any chance of finding him alive. Whether we find body parts, it's very unlikely. We think the shark took everything."
Shark scientist Alison Kock said it was probably a great white, the most commonly spotted shark in the area. "More than 70% of recorded great white attacks on humans result in just the shark biting and then leaving," she said. "There is that 30% where the shark behaves like it did in this case, where it came back and killed the person." Kock added there had been an increase in shark sightings in recent weeks.
After a deadly attack at Fish Hoek six years ago, shark spotters were posted on mountain slopes to look for sharks close to popular swimming spots. The spotters use radios to order that a loud alarm be sounded so people can move to safety.
This attack has reportedly prompted discussions about introducing an electronic detection system. Klopper said he was unaware of details, but past speculation has included sonar buoys able to identify sharks and transmit a warning signal. Critics say this would be impractical.
Beaches along Cape Town's False Bay coastline were closed today, but several bathers ignored the warning flags and ventured into shallow waters. Lifeguards asked them to get out and the shark alarm sounded several times.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/13/cape-town-giant-shark-attack
 

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that sucks,

sounds like an old shark, maybe having troulbe hunting normal food sources. Good chance it will do this again.
 

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It reminds me of that movie Deep Blue Sea where Samuel L. Jackson gets eaten in one bite by a shark.
 

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It reminds me of that movie Deep Blue Sea where Samuel L. Jackson gets eaten in one bite by a shark.
Yep. Must be a massive shark, people in that part of the world see a lot of sharks. When they start talking about how large it was, you can bet it was a big one. The fact it came back and ate everything is not good. This was no mistake attack by the shark, and it will see people as food source from now until it is dead.
 

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Yep. Sounds like a massive shark, people in that part of the world see a lot of sharks. When they start talking about how large it was, you can bet it was a big one. The fact it came back and ate everything is not good. This was no mistake attack by the shark, and it will see people as food source from now until it is dead.
I reckon you're right.. It's not like in Cali where they bite a surfer and let go.. That one cleaned the plate as it were... I've seen some on the Discovery channel over 20' long. I wonder how big that one was... Like you said, it's probably an older shark and will see humans as a viable alternative fuel now..
 

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Yep. Must be a massive shark, people in that part of the world see a lot of sharks. When they start talking about how large it was, you can bet it was a big one. The fact it came back and ate everything is not good. This was no mistake attack by the shark, and it will see people as food source from now until it is dead.
lol... The shark does not have the cognitive ability to recognize people as a food source. It sees the outline of anything that resembles a seal, and it attacks, a function that is hardwired into its brain function. The shark isnt swimming around now, looking for people to eat.
 

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lol... The shark does not have the cognitive ability to recognize people as a food source. It sees the outline of anything that resembles a seal, and it attacks, a function that is hardwired into its brain function. The shark isnt swimming around now, looking for people to eat.
Yes, shark do. Oceanic whitetip sharks are a prime example of this ablility. They spend there entire life figuring out what they can and can not eat. Tiger sharks are another example of a shark that will test things to see if they can eat it or not.

A man stadning up in the surf looks nothing like a seal.
 

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lol... The shark does not have the cognitive ability to recognize people as a food source. It sees the outline of anything that resembles a seal, and it attacks, a function that is hardwired into its brain function. The shark isnt swimming around now, looking for people to eat.
Nuu Uhhh Nuu Uhhh... That shark is a sure enough Man eater now!! You ain't old enough to know what your talking about!! Ain't you never seen Jaws?? :D
 

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lol... The shark does not have the cognitive ability to recognize people as a food source. It sees the outline of anything that resembles a seal, and it attacks, a function that is hardwired into its brain function. The shark isnt swimming around now, looking for people to eat.
Are you the shark whisper?:eek:hwell:
 

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lol... The shark does not have the cognitive ability to recognize people as a food source. It sees the outline of anything that resembles a seal, and it attacks, a function that is hardwired into its brain function. The shark isnt swimming around now, looking for people to eat.
Cliff Claven in the house. :rolleyes:
 

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Yes, shark do. Oceanic whitetip sharks are a prime example of this ablility. They spend there entire life figuring out what they can and can not eat. Tiger sharks are another example of a shark that will test things to see if they can eat it or not.

A man stadning up in the surf looks nothing like a seal.
If a creature is dumb enough to eat a suit of armor, or a whole barrel of nails and spend its whole life trying to figure outs what's edible- do you think its going to able to remember how tasty humans are?

Yall are old, I had to google Cliff Clavin lol...
 

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I like it when they swim all the way up on the beach and drag those seals back in the water.


"Honey, where's little Timmy, I see his sand castle " ?.......................dddddooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh
 

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What the shark will know with his brain is that there is easy prey and a lot of it. Whether they're seals, humans, or giant wombats is immaterial. That is enough to cause more trouble than a little bit.
 

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Yes, shark do. Oceanic whitetip sharks are a prime example of this ablility. They spend there entire life figuring out what they can and can not eat. Tiger sharks are another example of a shark that will test things to see if they can eat it or not.

A man stadning up in the surf looks nothing like a seal.
Hey thats what I am doing! Wombat steak is gooood!

Sorry about the swimmer on a serious note. Sad.

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Tragic story. Sharks are just feeding machines. The biggest I've ever seen was about an 18 Ft. Tiger Shark. He was bigger than the 17 ft. boat we were in.
 

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- do you think its going to able to remember how tasty humans are?

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Yes.

Sharks are smarter then you give them credit for. In fact if sharks were dumb, they would eat people all the time. The fact they are smart enough to know what there food sources are, is what keeps people from getting ate more often. But as it is they have preferred food sources, and humans do not fit into that group. Much like mountain lions when they get desperate they will go after and eat people, But they perfer not to.

Sharks have some of the most advance senses on this planet. The person this shark ate did not look like, smell or taste like a seal. Even if the shark was blind, he knew it was not a seal. This shark ate this person becasue he could, and he will remember it. He will not target humans, or make it a point to hunt them down. But do not kid yourself, if he finds himself starving he will eat someone else. He will remeber the smell, the taste and the vibrations.
 

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Yes.

Sharks are smarter then you give them credit for. In fact if sharks were dumb, they would eat people all the time. The fact they are smart enough to know what there food sources are, is what keeps people from getting ate more often. But as it is they have preferred food sources, and humans do not fit into that group. Much like mountain lions when they get desperate they will go after and eat people, But they perfer not to.

Sharks have some of the most advance senses on this planet. The person this shark ate did not look like, smell or taste like a seal. Even if the shark was blind, he knew it was not a seal. This shark ate this person becasue he could, and he will remember it. He will not target humans, or make it a point to hunt them down. But do not kid yourself, if he finds himself starving he will eat someone else. He will remeber the smell, the taste and the vibrations.
so are you saying you would swim there w/o any qualms whatsoever?
 
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