Catlins shark attack

A body boarder was attacked by a shark at Porpoise Bay in the Catlins (near the southernmost point of the South Island) yesterday. Her leg injuries don’t seem too serious.

ODT: Shark attack response praised

A Frenchwoman in her 20s was left with a gash in her leg after a shark came “out of nowhere” while she was bodyboarding in the Catlins yesterday.

The woman was flown to Dunedin Hospital after she was bitten by the shark just after 2pm at Porpoise Bay, which is next to Curio Bay.

The attack left her with a moderate-sized bite wound on her leg and lacerations to other parts of her body.

She remained calm after the attack and “handled it very well”.

“She was conscious the whole time, but had a pretty good gash on her leg.”

Porpoise Bay is a popular place, well known for it’s resident Hector dolphins – I’ve been in the surf there with dolphins riding waves within meters of us.

Department of Conservation marine scientist Clinton Duffy said a range of shark species could be found in that area, including great whites, mako, blue sharks and broadnosed seven-gill sharks.

“And the species most likely to be involved in an attack is either going to be a seven-gill or a great white shark.”

It remained extremely rare for swimmers and surfers to encounter sharks in the wild, let alone be attacked by them.

An attack was reported in 2014 in Porpoise Bay, and another attack. Stuff: Shark attacks Southland surfer

A surfer has suffered three shark bites to his leg in an attack in a Southland bay.

The surfer, 28, was on his board about 50m out from Porpoise Bay Beach, near Curio Bay, last night when the attack happened, police said.

The man was bitten from his thigh to his calf and there was “lots of blood”, a police spokesman said.

A St John spokeswoman said the man had deep lacerations to his leg but was transported to Invercargill Hospital in a stable condition.

The Department of Conservation have been notified, and notices are being put up at Porpoise Bay to warn people of the attack and advise them not to swim there until further notice.

Two weeks ago Invercargill doctor James Grant was also attacked by a shark in Southland’s Garden Bay.

He fought off what was believed to be a sevengill shark, and stitched himself up before his friends took him to hospital.

Garden Bay is 60 km west of Invercargill at the bottom of the South Island, near Colac Bay (not far from  Riverton)

Porpoise Bay is 80 km east of Invercargill.

 

 

 

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  1. Brown

     /  28th April 2017

    “Porpoise Bay, which is next to Curio Bay.”

    That reminds me of Blackadder. Someplace that I don’t know exists is near some other place I don’t know exists. Beautiful bit of the world though.

    She’s lucky it wasn’t a Great White.

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  2. Gezza

     /  28th April 2017

    The fact is, we don’t belong in the sea. They do. . A neighbour’s boyfriend received a medal for rescuing a swimmer who was attacked by a shark at Opunake Beach when I was about 13. He pulled her up onto his surfboard & paddled in while it tried to get at them again. It had nearly completely severed her thigh & sadly she died on the beach. I seem to recall someone reporting it was a grey nurse, but am not sure if that’s a proper species description.

    I’ve only ever encountered one shark that swam close into shore & was about 20 metres away when I was swimming at Fitzroy Beach in New Plymouth. No idea what species it was, looked about 6 feet long. Looked brownish when it swam along the incoming waves & was clearly visible as it dove deeper before they broke. It looked both beautiful & scary. They cleared the beach, it eventually swam away, & I have never felt comfortable swimming or dangling my legs in the sea ever since. I am glad this lady is ok.

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    • Nelly Smickers

       /  28th April 2017

      That sounds like a *Bronze Whaler*, Geez….. Wayne’s actually caught and finned a lot of those for his Chinese mate’s restaurant.

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      • Corky

         /  29th April 2017

        Wayne needs to choose his friends more carefully. People are annoyed at Chinese restaurants and supermarkets being open all day on ANZAC day.

        And tell Wayne to go easy on the sharks. Cancer patients rely on shark cartilage to ameliorate the effects of their treatment.

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    • Gezza

       /  29th April 2017

      It was Oakura Beach, North of Opunake, nearer New Plymouth, 1966.
      Tragedy struck the region of Taranaki when 15-year-old New Plymouth schoolgirl Rae Marion Keightley was fatally mauled while bodysurfing off Oakura Beach. Keightley had her left leg bitten from thigh to calf before surfboard rider Anthony Johns brought her to shore after the attack.

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    • Brown

       /  29th April 2017

      The young lady was an acquaintance of my elder sister who hasn’t swum in the sea since.

      The good news is that rescuing a shark attack victim is, statistically, not dangerous with the shark usually remainded his ming fixated on the initial victim. Irrespective of that, such an event would get my pulse up and the guy at Oakura deserved his medal.

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      • Nelly Smickers

         /  29th April 2017

        A friend of Wayne’s was attacked and killed while swimming off Muriwai about 4 years ago by a huge Great White. The local police officer went out in a surf boat to retrieve his body and was actually able to shoot at the sharks which were still hanging around. Everybody was just sooo shaken up about it that a lot of people we know have not been back to that beach ever since. As Wayne sez…the only good shark is a dead one 😡

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  3. Blazer

     /  29th April 2017

    the deadliest sharks swim around in …financial circles.

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    • Corky

       /  29th April 2017

      I think you will be safe from those sharks…Blazer.

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      • Blazer

         /  29th April 2017

        do you need some …repellant or do you have a natural supply?

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        • Corky

           /  29th April 2017

          I have the best repellant of all….I’m in the club.

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          • Blazer

             /  29th April 2017

            I keep forgetting….Uncle Tom,sold out.

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            • Corky

               /  29th April 2017

              Lol..make that disability allowance last. The good new- you may receive a raise in the budget…..post dated to 2018. That extra box of crackers will come in handy on the off week. Now if you will excuse me I need to catch up with my tribe at the café. They will all be stirring now, looking for good food in a congenial atmosphere…free from people who have chips on their shoulders. Chow.

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