Man was swimming off Muriwai Beach near Auckland
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 February, 2013 : - - Hundreds of tourists at a New Zealand beach watched in horror as a massive Great White shark fatally attacked a swimmer, turning the water crimson and sparking a feeding frenzy that brought as many as four other sharks before police firing shots from a lifeboat and a helicopter chased them off and recovered the dead man's body.
The victim, identified as Adam Strange, a 46-year-old father of one, had been swimming more than 600 feet from shore, according to witnesses who were at Muriwai Beach near Auckland. The attack was one of only about a dozen in New Zealand in the past 180 years.
Pio Mose, who was fishing at the beach, told The New Zealand Herald he saw Strange struggle against the "huge" shark, estimated at 14 feet. He beckoned the doomed swimmer to nearby rocks, but it was too late. "All of a sudden there was blood everywhere," Mose said. "... I was shaking, scared, panicked."
Rescue crews were quoted by local media as saying the shark was a "white pointer", commonly known as a great white, measuring roughly four metres (13ft) long. Witnesses said a rescue helicopter also fired shots at the shark.
"We saw the shark fin, and the next minute, boom, the attack came. There was blood everywhere on the water," Mose added. "They fired six or seven shots to the shark, three from the police helicopter and a few shots from the lifeguard. I don't know if they killed the shark or not," he said.
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Tags: Great White Shark, Shark Attacks, New Zealand