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Surfer Saves Beached Great White Shark


Animals  (tags: Surfer, Great White Shark, animals, life )

Nancy
- 1456 days ago - news.discovery.com
If you were a surfer -- that is, someone whose hobby is dressing in black, going in the water, and doing your best impression of shark bait -- what would you do if you found your mortal enemy, a great white shark, stranded on a beach ....



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Shirley S. (172)
Thursday August 5, 2010, 11:10 pm
This is the FIRST time I have seen a story about a BEACHED GREAT WHITE
 

gail dair (0)
Friday August 6, 2010, 12:35 am
Thanks Nancy
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Friday August 6, 2010, 3:59 am
Thanks surfer, you did a good deed.
 

mary f. (175)
Friday August 6, 2010, 5:29 am
well done surfer
 

chris b. (2474)
Friday August 6, 2010, 6:36 am
What sad end to this story that the shark's jaws were stolen by a trophy hunter following the surfers efforts to save him the day before!
 

A. Searle (136)
Friday August 6, 2010, 10:10 am
Poor thing. Still, restores a little faith in humanity that three people were interested in saving it. Thanks Nancy
 

Christina P. (0)
Friday August 6, 2010, 10:11 am
Though I'm terrified of sharks, I love and am fascinated by them so I'm happy to hear that these two men put themselves in danger to rescue it. I think it's a poorly written piece though, "Surfer saves beached great white shark" (two men saved it) After all of the time and effort put into rescuing the poor shark, someone winds up trophy killing it the very next day, and the writer of the article cavalierly tacks that information on the end of the piece like it's an afterthought.
 

Jill E. (1)
Friday August 6, 2010, 11:01 am
A strange and sad story indeed.
 

Hannah H. (98)
Friday August 6, 2010, 11:08 am
How sad...
 

Mrs Shakespeare (35)
Friday August 6, 2010, 12:03 pm
God bless them.
 

MarilynBusy WITHCHARITIES (258)
Friday August 6, 2010, 12:49 pm
wow that's sad
 

lorraine c. (16)
Friday August 6, 2010, 1:17 pm
Thanks to the men who tried, no thanks to the trophy hunter.
 

. (0)
Friday August 6, 2010, 1:18 pm
I'm sorry their kind efforts couldn't save the shark.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 6, 2010, 1:23 pm
Thanks for the men who tried to save the shark. I hope that hunter is found and the great white brought to justice.
 

Ron M. (52)
Friday August 6, 2010, 1:27 pm
Could this be an alternate definition of "The Beauty And The Beast". The rescue being the beauty and the killing the beast?

"This world is a dangerous place but not by those who do evil, it is by those who look on and do nothing" - Albert Einstein.

The man who initially rescued the shark must have known that, that's why he did it, regardless of the outcome. Well done!
 

Laverne Wallace (59)
Friday August 6, 2010, 1:40 pm
He had a good enough heart to try. Most would have just let it lay there.
 

Andrea Dorazio (56)
Friday August 6, 2010, 1:46 pm
Awww shame he didn't make it.
 

Judith H. (27)
Friday August 6, 2010, 3:16 pm
I hate to be the devil's advocate here but we are going to be seeing more of this. The effects of the Gulf of Mexico will be felt around the world. Thanks BP
 

Marie Catterall (11)
Friday August 6, 2010, 3:27 pm
OMG!
You are my HEROES.To the two men who saved this beautiful Beast.
But to the EVIL LOWLIFE .I wish you a slow and painful death. be it the worst Cancer or the someone murdering you with a knife,very slowing
THIS WILL BE SENT TO YOU FROM GOD, ITS CALLED "KARMA"
 

Dorothy Ferguson (32)
Friday August 6, 2010, 3:34 pm
Yes, there is Karma for the trophy hunter at some point. To the person that tried to fully save the Great White, a noble deed indeed and it will come back to him. This is a sad story isn't it?
 

Betsy Bee (1045)
Friday August 6, 2010, 4:39 pm
Amazing story. Thank you.
 

Kara C. (15)
Friday August 6, 2010, 4:42 pm
These guys are great! Its sad the shark didnt survive but at least they gave it a fighting chance.
 

Andrew Mather (1)
Friday August 6, 2010, 5:35 pm
What a great story. It has made my day.
 

Kathy Chadwell (371)
Friday August 6, 2010, 5:42 pm
Reviving a shark is something experts sometimes have trouble doing.
It's possible the shark never really recovered, & like Shirley said, this is unheard of, I have to wonder if it wasn't poisoned or just ill & bound for death. Thank you
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Friday August 6, 2010, 6:33 pm
Its nice to see a kind deed amid the mindless slaughter of Sharks for soup.
 

Gysele van Santen (209)
Friday August 6, 2010, 7:25 pm
at least they tried, that means a lot. noted, thnx.
 

Athena C. (8)
Friday August 6, 2010, 7:42 pm
See humans can be kind.
 

Magdalena M. (0)
Friday August 6, 2010, 9:21 pm
Thank you Nancy. Sad story.
 

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Friday August 6, 2010, 9:28 pm
Heartbreaking but inspiring. Thank you, Nancy
 

Ana R (220)
Friday August 6, 2010, 10:54 pm
Thanks Nancy... noted with separate feelings...
 

Barbara DelGiudice (123)
Friday August 6, 2010, 11:03 pm
Poor thing. He can't help being a shark. They deserve respect and love too.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 12:24 am
Kudos to the surfer for trying. But I can't say the same for that of the person who removed the shark's jaws.
 

gerlinde p. (161)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 12:40 am
what a sad ending to an otherwise great story, thanks
 

Jean Lord (46)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 2:34 am
How could some sick bastard remove it's jaws? That's just horrible after the poor thing was rescued by the surfers and to end up as a gross trophy for some morbid sicko. Just sad. I was hoping this story would have had a much nicer ending.
 

Joan Massetti (11)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 2:39 am
AT LEAST THEY MADE A A HUMANE ATTEMPT TO SAVE THIS YOUNG GREAT WHITE.....FOR THIS, WE THANK THEM BOTHTHE ONLY SHAME BEING THAT IT DIDN'T SURVIVE AFTERALL...............GREAT STORY, GREAT COURAGE ALSO SHOWN......THANKS
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 4:48 am
Noted.
 

Caroline Vimla (16)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 6:28 am
It was really noble of the surfer to help save the shark and probably risked his fingers/hands nibbled away. However, it is sad the shark still ended up dead and worse still , with its jaw missing. What kind of souvenir would that make?
 

monique l. (0)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 6:39 am
HOPE THE HUNTER WILL BE PUNISHED FOR HAVING TAKEN THIS TROPHY
POOR IS THIS MAN IN HIS MIND!
 

Joy Wong (74)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 7:44 am
God bless the two surfers, but the hunter, you will pay for it one day.
 

Gary C. (5)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 7:52 am
Well done men,may all good things happen to you both. A pox on the trophy hunter and his kin.
 

Alet Coetzee (57)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 8:08 am
Thanks Nancy. so sad.
 

SANDRA R. (146)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 8:18 am
Well done surfer!! Thank you Nancy!!!
 

MICHELLE S. (101)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 10:11 am
Awesome! :)
 

Dan S. (9)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 10:26 am
Kudo's to the surfer...
...and the great white shark!
 

Jane Parker (70)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 10:28 am
What a great man!!!!
 

Raquel Sofia Pereira (14)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 10:31 am
bom artigo . aqui em portugal vierám á costa tartarugas, mas infelizmente sem vida
 

Desiree M. (3)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 11:11 am
Hope they catch the horrible person who took its teeth. How awesome of the surfers to help it, though.
 

Amina T. (7)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 2:24 pm
noted
 

Mandy M. (13)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 3:22 pm
Noted, thank you Nancy. Most surfers don't see the shark as their "mortal enemy". There have been numerous reports about surfers who have encountered sharks and even lost limbs, yet they hold no grudge against the shark. They know their choice of activity comes with a risk.
 

C. G. (1)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 3:30 pm
noted
 

Gwendolyn H. (8)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 4:10 pm
a valiant effort on the surfer's part! Too bad it wasn't a better outcome...kudos to him!
 

Pat B. (354)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 4:13 pm
TY, Nancy for this. Good for the men who tried to save this poor beached shark, and I hope they find out who took it's jaws out the very next day!! That's sick.
 

Sue McGuey (100)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 5:24 pm
To the two men who showed respect & kindness to the shark, kudos & many thanx...the shark was undoubtedly sick, sooo sad but, an effort had been made!~ To the bastard that saw it only as a way of obtaining a trophy....rot in hell!!~
 

Linda G. (187)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 5:25 pm
Noted. I was glad to see the attempt to rescue the shark. The action of the trophy hunter seems more typical as sharks are reviled while it is man who is the most dangerous predator.
 

Lynn D. (0)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 5:37 pm
Thanks and great blessing to the surfer who did something! Most interesting! Thanks for posting!
 

Deanna Zimmerman (74)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 7:17 pm
Excuse me, but there was NOTHNG written in the article that the shark was murdered and then the jaw cut out. It his highly unlikely that anyone actually found and wrestled with a great white shark in order to kill it by cutting out it's jaw. That makes no sense.

Most likely what happened is that the shark was ill, which is why it was beached in the first place. Later, it either died and then got beached, or got beached and then died. There is NO evidence, according to the article, that it was murdered.

It's really nice to see a story about people trying to save the most feared animal on the planet. Thank you.
 

NoMailPlease M. (444)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 9:42 pm
Outstanding Nancy!!!

 

Triund B. (20)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 11:41 pm
good to see someone helping the ignorantly defamed but wonderful creature of sea..in animal kingdom no animal will attack humans unless they prompted or teased or say humans destroy their homes(forest).
 

Bon L. (0)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 12:11 am
Thanks.
 

Dillon Buik (22)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 1:11 am
Very odd but im glad he did this. we need more people like him to have the courage and inner strength to pull off such a stunt
 

Melissah C. (389)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 1:34 am
Noted
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 1:45 am
Thank you for sharing!
 

Maria Cristina A. (119)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 7:46 am
I'm glad thoe men saved the shark. It's always shocking to me that there are still people around who can take advantage of an already suffering animal, and torture him a bit more (the kill alone is torture for a creature who wants to live) just to get a new something to "embelish" his home.
Well done to the heroes, and a praier to the shark.
 

Wenona Ford (4)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 8:32 am
Good job saving the shark! They deserve to live too!
 

Phillip I. (67)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 8:57 am
A noble gesture. As my friend Bill says, "Once you enter the ocean, you're not at the top of the food chain any more." It's good to know that some still accept the "nature" of things - and the fittingness of it.
 

milca V. (75)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 9:01 am
good work! thanx, noted!
 

David R. (45)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 10:53 am
Awesome, note, thanks!
 

Silke Van Caenegem (0)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 10:53 am
sad story :(
 

Julie F. (53)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 12:36 pm
thanks for sharing!
 

Carole Cherne (35)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 1:07 pm
Good article, thanks for sharing. Too bad the shark didn't survive.
 

Sherri O. (257)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 2:07 pm
Kudos to the surfers who aided the shark. Wishing the trophy hunter an early death.

Zero tolerance for animal abusers.
 

Cindy Black (61)
Monday August 9, 2010, 11:17 pm
So it's illegal to possess parts of a great white shark in Australia? I sure wish that extended to all international waters... I would like to see those heinous pieces of s**t who "fin" sharks, leaving them to die horrible deaths on the ocean floor, get everything they deserve & more.
 

Dianne D. (455)
Monday August 23, 2010, 12:16 pm
Good for this surfer for putting compassion over self.
 

Sharon S. (8)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 11:35 pm
It was a great gesture. Too bad it did not last. There had to have been a problem with the shark to have rebeached himself. Sad. Glad these men were compassionate. It is a good trait in humans. hah in good humans.
 
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