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New Zealand Herald reporting a fatal shark attack at Waihi Beach. 19 year-old Australian. To put things into perspective this is only the 13th known such fatality in NZ.

I grew up 10 minutes from this beach. Surfed, swam and gathered tuatua there 100s of times. Would sometimes see Bronze Whaler sharks in the surf chasing kahawai. The suspicion is that the shark involved is not a Bronze Whaler.

A rahui has been put in place.
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RIP to the poor lad
He was in the sharks house
Don’t cull sharks over this
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No Covid and the Kiwis got complacent. Boom! Death stalks the shoreline.
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Winnie wrote: Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:45 pm RIP to the poor lad
He was in the sharks house
Don’t cull sharks over this
i dont think sharks will get culled over this
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puku wrote: Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:34 pm New Zealand Herald reporting a fatal shark attack at Waihi Beach. 19 year-old Australian. To put things into perspective this is only the 13th known such fatality in NZ.

I grew up 10 minutes from this beach. Surfed, swam and gathered tuatua there 100s of times. Would sometimes see Bronze Whaler sharks in the surf chasing kahawai. The suspicion is that the shark involved is not a Bronze Whaler.

A rahui has been put in place.
Very nasty, and horrible for the young lass’s family.

Until your post, I’d not realised fatal shark attacks in NZ were so uncommon. What with the productivity of the seas around Aotearoa, I guess I’d expected there to be lots of sharks; and where there are lots of sharks, chances are one will have a crack at a swimmer or surfer eventually.

I see the lass was originally from West Oz, a state with 18 fatal attacks in the last 20 years*. Were I a Sandgroper, I’d be confining my beach activities anywhere on the globe to sun-baking and eating iceblocks.




*For some reason that escapes me I looked up a Wikipedia list of Strayan fatal sharks attacks a few days ago.
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MungoMan wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 1:49 am
puku wrote: Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:34 pm New Zealand Herald reporting a fatal shark attack at Waihi Beach. 19 year-old Australian. To put things into perspective this is only the 13th known such fatality in NZ.

I grew up 10 minutes from this beach. Surfed, swam and gathered tuatua there 100s of times. Would sometimes see Bronze Whaler sharks in the surf chasing kahawai. The suspicion is that the shark involved is not a Bronze Whaler.

A rahui has been put in place.
Very nasty, and horrible for the young lass’s family.

Until your post, I’d not realised fatal shark attacks in NZ were so uncommon. What with the productivity of the seas around Aotearoa, I guess I’d expected there to be lots of sharks; and where there are lots of sharks, chances are one will have a crack at a swimmer or surfer eventually.

I see the lass was originally from West Oz, a state with 18 fatal attacks in the last 20 years*. Were I a Sandgroper, I’d be confining my beach activities anywhere on the globe to sun-baking and eating iceblocks.




*For some reason that escapes me I looked up a Wikipedia list of Strayan fatal sharks attacks a few days ago.
loads of none kiwi eating sharks
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Eye witness reports seem to indicate she was swept out deep in a rip and was out beyond the surf break when the attack took place. :(

Very tragic.

I've been holidaying and swimming daily for the past three weeks just north in the Coromandel near Whitianga. Great white shark spotted today. :? Talking to friends who are keen fishermen they reckon there are sharks everywhere. Bronze whalers very common off the beaches but speculation is that this attack was a great white.
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MungoMan wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 1:49 am
puku wrote: Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:34 pm New Zealand Herald reporting a fatal shark attack at Waihi Beach. 19 year-old Australian. To put things into perspective this is only the 13th known such fatality in NZ.

I grew up 10 minutes from this beach. Surfed, swam and gathered tuatua there 100s of times. Would sometimes see Bronze Whaler sharks in the surf chasing kahawai. The suspicion is that the shark involved is not a Bronze Whaler.

A rahui has been put in place.
Very nasty, and horrible for the young lass’s family.

Until your post, I’d not realised fatal shark attacks in NZ were so uncommon. What with the productivity of the seas around Aotearoa, I guess I’d expected there to be lots of sharks; and where there are lots of sharks, chances are one will have a crack at a swimmer or surfer eventually.

I see the lass was originally from West Oz, a state with 18 fatal attacks in the last 20 years*. Were I a Sandgroper, I’d be confining my beach activities anywhere on the globe to sun-baking and eating iceblocks.




*For some reason that escapes me I looked up a Wikipedia list of Strayan fatal sharks attacks a few days ago.
I am starting to think that West Australians must be more tasty somehow. No keewee shark is going to snack on a keewee, but lob a West Australian into the surf and it is feeding frenzy.


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It is very sad to hear of. But it's always a risk despite such incidents being uncommon. Still millions of sharks being slaughtered each year for the barbaric purposes of Chinese cuisine and medicine. It is screwing up several ecosystems already.

And no shame at all from the Chinese setting up a fleet to intercept various species on passage between the Galapagos and the Ecuadorian economic zone.
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Clogs wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:44 am
MungoMan wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 1:49 am
puku wrote: Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:34 pm New Zealand Herald reporting a fatal shark attack at Waihi Beach. 19 year-old Australian. To put things into perspective this is only the 13th known such fatality in NZ.

I grew up 10 minutes from this beach. Surfed, swam and gathered tuatua there 100s of times. Would sometimes see Bronze Whaler sharks in the surf chasing kahawai. The suspicion is that the shark involved is not a Bronze Whaler.

A rahui has been put in place.
Very nasty, and horrible for the young lass’s family.

Until your post, I’d not realised fatal shark attacks in NZ were so uncommon. What with the productivity of the seas around Aotearoa, I guess I’d expected there to be lots of sharks; and where there are lots of sharks, chances are one will have a crack at a swimmer or surfer eventually.

I see the lass was originally from West Oz, a state with 18 fatal attacks in the last 20 years*. Were I a Sandgroper, I’d be confining my beach activities anywhere on the globe to sun-baking and eating iceblocks.




*For some reason that escapes me I looked up a Wikipedia list of Strayan fatal sharks attacks a few days ago.
I am starting to think that West Australians must be more tasty somehow. No keewee shark is going to snack on a keewee, but lob a West Australian into the surf and it is feeding frenzy.


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Lots of Bronze Whalers and a few Hammerheads have been hanging out at the Coromandel lately.

Apparently they are common just off shore.

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puku wrote: Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:34 pm New Zealand Herald reporting a fatal shark attack at Waihi Beach. 19 year-old Australian. To put things into perspective this is only the 13th known such fatality in NZ.

I grew up 10 minutes from this beach. Surfed, swam and gathered tuatua there 100s of times. Would sometimes see Bronze Whaler sharks in the surf chasing kahawai. The suspicion is that the shark involved is not a Bronze Whaler.

A rahui has been put in place.
An awful way for the kid to die, my commiserations to the family.

Where’s home, Puku? I have friends from KatiKati and I’m a bit taken with the region.
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Tragic for the the young woman and her family.

I've got myself and others including kids going in the water at Whangaruru and Elliot Bay in the last week of January. What's the deal if you are threatened by sharks? Kick, shout and scream, or pretend you are not there?
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Tell them they’re racist.
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Muttonbirds wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:32 am Tragic for the the young woman and her family.

I've got myself and others including kids going in the water at Whangaruru and Elliot Bay in the last week of January. What's the deal if you are threatened by sharks? Kick, shout and scream, or pretend you are not there?
I hear they are migratory and have come here from Australia :shock:.
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Ted. wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:13 am Lots of Bronze Whalers and a few Hammerheads have been hanging out at the Coromandel lately.

Apparently they are common just off shore.

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I've been buzzed by two bronzies whilst freediving in NZ. Once in the corrmandel diving for crays and the other time in the bay of islands whilst spearfishing.

I've also had a young bronzie steal my catch off Avalon beach in Sydney.

In my n=3 study I've determined Bronzies are just sea labradors and are harmless.

Great Whites, Tigers and Bulls? No thanks.
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JB1981 wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:51 am
Muttonbirds wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:32 am Tragic for the the young woman and her family.

I've got myself and others including kids going in the water at Whangaruru and Elliot Bay in the last week of January. What's the deal if you are threatened by sharks? Kick, shout and scream, or pretend you are not there?
I hear they are migratory and have come here from Australia :shock:.
:D I know you're having a bit of fun with it and they do migrate (sometimes across full oceans on occasion) - just not with regularity.

There's an East Coast–West Coast "hip hop" rivalry.

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Correct.

However, regional populations are more DNA related with only small rates of crossover.
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Muttonbirds wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:32 am Tragic for the the young woman and her family.

I've got myself and others including kids going in the water at Whangaruru and Elliot Bay in the last week of January. What's the deal if you are threatened by sharks? Kick, shout and scream, or pretend you are not there?
I was always told to remain calm if a big one came along. Must admit, the first encounter swimming with a 2m shark, I was out of the water and back on the boat before I could remember that.
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guy smiley wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:20 am
puku wrote: Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:34 pm New Zealand Herald reporting a fatal shark attack at Waihi Beach. 19 year-old Australian. To put things into perspective this is only the 13th known such fatality in NZ.

I grew up 10 minutes from this beach. Surfed, swam and gathered tuatua there 100s of times. Would sometimes see Bronze Whaler sharks in the surf chasing kahawai. The suspicion is that the shark involved is not a Bronze Whaler.

A rahui has been put in place.
An awful way for the kid to die, my commiserations to the family.

Where’s home, Puku? I have friends from KatiKati and I’m a bit taken with the region.
Yup, the only Ulster Scots settlement in the world I believe.

Although I left along time ago, my old man still has a Kiwifruit orchard near the town and I do visit when I can.
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Ted. wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:13 am Lots of Bronze Whalers and a few Hammerheads have been hanging out at the Coromandel lately.

Apparently they are common just off shore.

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Yeah that is just off Matarangi beach where I have spent the past three weeks swimming almost daily. :? Tbf they have been publishing a story like that every January for years now. My sisters first reaction was "They must publish the same photo every year." The bronze whalers seem completely disinterested in people and therefore harmless ... but you never know?
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kiap wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:04 am
JB1981 wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:51 am
Muttonbirds wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:32 am Tragic for the the young woman and her family.

I've got myself and others including kids going in the water at Whangaruru and Elliot Bay in the last week of January. What's the deal if you are threatened by sharks? Kick, shout and scream, or pretend you are not there?
I hear they are migratory and have come here from Australia :shock:.
:D I know you're having a bit of fun with it and they do migrate (sometimes across full oceans on occasion) - just not with regularity.

There's an East Coast–West Coast "hip hop" rivalry.

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Those sharks are badass. They even managed to chew off the top part of the North Island and destroy Auckland.
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True Blue wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:49 am
kiap wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:04 am
JB1981 wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:51 am
Muttonbirds wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:32 am Tragic for the the young woman and her family.

I've got myself and others including kids going in the water at Whangaruru and Elliot Bay in the last week of January. What's the deal if you are threatened by sharks? Kick, shout and scream, or pretend you are not there?
I hear they are migratory and have come here from Australia :shock:.
:D I know you're having a bit of fun with it and they do migrate (sometimes across full oceans on occasion) - just not with regularity.

There's an East Coast–West Coast "hip hop" rivalry.

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Those sharks are badass. They even managed to chew off the top part of the North Island and destroy Auckland.
When you were still in Henderson, They.Would.Not.Have.Dared.
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Ted. wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:13 am Lots of Bronze Whalers and a few Hammerheads have been hanging out at the Coromandel lately.

Apparently they are common just off shore.
But very rare on-shore...
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For clarity, what are tuatua and kahawai, and what is a rahui?
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Farva wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:07 am For clarity, what are tuatua and kahawai, and what is a rahui?
Tuatua are a shell fish/clam, Kahawai are fish, fast swimming great fun to catch on light gear, and a Rahui is a ban on collecting certain resources...like tuatua in a certain area for a certain period of time
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Farva wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:07 am For clarity, what are tuatua and kahawai, and what is a rahui?
A rahui is also often imposed after a tragedy. For example if there is a drowning in a river there will often be a rahui (temporary ban) placed on recreational activities in that section of the river. It's out of respect for the deceased.
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