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….
September 23, 2012
Type- Twin hold general cargo vessel Built- Kuryshima Dock Company of Imabari, Japan. Launched- 1969 as the Shoyo Maru Weight- 2932 ton Dimensions- Length, 99.5m; Width, 16m; Draught, 6.53m Engine- 6 cylinder diesel, Max speed 12 knots. Wrecked- 20th April 1983 Location- 27° 34’ 42″ N, … Continue reading
August 16, 2012
The diving last week with diving.de and Marlies Lang was not only because of the sharks very impressive. On certain divespots you also can see massive sea turtles. On one dive we were very lucky and saw Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles. If you … Continue reading
August 15, 2012
Sometimes you just hang around in the water and have to wait. I was diving with an instructor and his student and they asked me if I could take a few nice shots for the family album. I jumped into … Continue reading
August 14, 2012
The best dive in El Quseir with diving.de and Marlies Lang was of course with the sharks. But that does not mean everything else is boring down there. The dive sites are beautiful – like the rest of the Red Sea. As an … Continue reading
August 13, 2012
Certain dives you never ever forget in your live. We knew that we have a good chance to see sharks in El Quseir with diving.de. A good friend of mine, Course Director Marlies Lang, works there and we decided to visit … Continue reading
May 1, 2012
I really don’t know what to say?! Most people related to underwater sports know that it is important to protect the fragile underwater ecosystem and especially the corals. Freediver Fred Sessa or his student has nothing better to do then sitting … Continue reading
April 25, 2012
This happened on a beach in Brazil. This episode was filmed right from the start and shows the instant reaction by the people on the beach.
April 21, 2012
Well I could not fit more into the headline – but the whole last day of the Dahab Festival was packed with events. First there was the second raft race. This time Team Sinai Divers was unbeatable. Around 5pm suddenly a Flash … Continue reading
April 20, 2012
Yesterday on the second last day of the Dahab Festival there was a very nice potpourri of bands playing. From Fun Rock to Blues via Reggae we spent a really nice evening at the main festival area by the bridge. So here … Continue reading
April 15, 2012
Just a few impressions from the first day of the Dahab Festival 2012. The Raft Race was starting at Lighthouse an ending at the bridge. Desert Divers came first – congratulations! The snake charming show was held in Mirage Village. … Continue reading