Two Shark Attacks on Two Spear Fishermen at Two Different Palm Beaches

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A spear fisherman in South Africa had a close escape last week when a shark got hold of his leg but then let him go. Trevor Burger (37) and a friend were diving from a small boat off Palm Beach just below the Trafalgar Marine Reserve when the attack occured.

Burger had just surfaced with a fish he had speared approximately 30m from his boat when the shark came from underneath and bit his leg. “I am so lucky” says Burger, “I felt the pressure on my leg. I felt the shark shake it but, as I turned around to look, the shark let go of my calf and simply swam away. It was almost an investigative bite, all I can say is that I am very grateful because, while I didn’t stick around to look at what kind of shark it was, I do know that it was hanging about.”

Burger was able to make it back to his boat where he bandaged his leg up and headed back to shore and then to hospital where his wound required 58 stiches. He will be taking his wetsuit, which has a perfect set of teeth marks in it, to a local shark expert to identify the shark that bit him.

Shark Attack Part 2- Interestingly enough, a shark attack occured on a spear fisherman at Palm Beach in Florida on the 29th of April, two shark attacks on two spear fishermen at two Palm Beaches within a week of each other.

In the Florida attack, spear fisherman Anthony Segrich (33) was on the surface, offshore from Palm Beach with a fish he had just caught when, what he describes as an approximately 3m Bull shark, attacked him, he believes the shark was going for the fish he had caught but got him instead, biting him on the left calf muscle, the same place Burger was bitten, however Segrich’s wound required 126 stiches.

I’m sure there’s a moral in this story somewhere….

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published on May 10, 2011 by jason
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