'I took on great white, and won', says Syb Mundy...but you're not the top of the food chain when you go out into the ocean. Sure, it's fun to go swimming and surfing... But, well, you're just dinner to top predators... And there is a very good chance this is the result if you're chosen:
HAVING plucked his 13-year-old cousin from the jaws of a shark, Syb Mundy thought they would both be eaten as the white pointer pursued them in a life-and-death race to shore.
Mr Mundy, 33, hailed as a hero by policeman Jason Elmer, yesterday revealed just how close he and his cousin, Hannah Mighall, came to death as he pulled off a Hollywoodesque rescue in the pristine waters off Tasmania's east coast on Sunday.
Hannah, a junior lifesaver with a love of the ocean, was on her surfboard about 30m from shore at the northern end of Binalong Bay when a 5m white pointer attacked about 3.30pm.
"She just flew up in the air and got dragged under - the shark had given her a nudge and she disappeared," Mr Hundy said yesterday. "I was about five to 10 metres away. She came back up and went down again a few times and I saw the shark come up out of the water.
April 25, 2008 Dave Martin, 66-year-old swimmer from Solana Beach, was killed by a 17-foot white shark while training for a triathlon near Table Tops in Solana Beach on Friday at 7am. According to Solana Beach firefighters who responded to the attack, the shark only took one bite. It was fatal. Having clamped down on the victim's legs, the shark likely severed the vital arteries in the man's upper thighs, causing him to rapidly lose fatal amounts of blood.
The victim was swimming just outside of the lineup along with about 10 other wetsuited triathletes when he began yelling and was pulled under water. Although his legs were still intact, by the time the other swimmers were able to pull the man to the beach, he had already lost significant amounts of blood. He was pronounced dead upon the arrival of medical assistance according to Deputy Fire Chief Dismas Abelman.