The worst shark attack in history was in WWII

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Interestingly there is a farm down the road with stables. Talking to the owner the horses stand in the field in a blob with the "senior" horses in the centre of the blob. Which means they are the last to be eaten when a predator attacks..........as the sailors in this article found out.
 

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This popped up:


Interestingly there is a farm down the road with stables. Talking to the owner the horses stand in the field in a blob with the "senior" horses in the centre of the blob. Which means they are the last to be eaten when a predator attacks..........as the sailors in this article found out.
One of my favorite movie scenes of all time is when Quint has his monologue in Jaws about this.
 

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The sub was in the Caribbean and surfaced for swim call. Cargo nets draped over the side, divers in the water and shipmate with a rifle on the sail. After about ten minutes the word came out " sharks in the water " and we all climbed back onboard. Lounging around on deck enjoying the sun and fresh air when one of the mess cooks threw a bag of trash over the side. The bag was floating astern when it suddenly lifted partially out of the water with a shark's jaws attached to it. I saw that and headed for the hatch and the safety of subs interior.

That was the first and last time I ever took part in a swim call and only went swimming in the ocean once after that. It was in Mazatlan and something in the water brushed against my leg. I was about ten feet away from the beach and I don't think I have ever moved faster than I did getting ashore.

The destroyer had a swim call after we left Mazatlan and I didn't participate. No sharks but jellyfish. Not good times.
 

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When Fish was here we rarely watched tv except for Space Ghost Coast to Coast but once I was flipping through the channels and there was a documentary on about the Indianapolis. Fish insisted that we watch it. We did but I told him if there was ever a documentary on about Custer's Last Stand we were going to watch that.
 

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Back when I was 10 or so I was swimming with a friend in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas. My friend took off running/ swimming to shore yelling "SHARK SHARK', I kind of thought he was playing around so I just stood out in the surf looking around. Something huge brushed against me, and I saw the fin and shape under water, I beat my friend up to the beach. Afterwards I had a red scrape on my leg like someone had sandpapered my leg. I'm not afraid of swimming there, I just don't.
 

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Back when I was 10 or so I was swimming with a friend in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas. My friend took off running/ swimming to shore yelling "SHARK SHARK', I kind of thought he was playing around so I just stood out in the surf looking around. Something huge brushed against me, and I saw the fin and shape under water, I beat my friend up to the beach. Afterwards I had a red scrape on my leg like someone had sandpapered my leg. I'm not afraid of swimming there, I just don't.
Glad all you got was a scrape and a scary story.
 

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Only up close experience I have with sharks is going deep sea fishing off of Halifax when I was there for the International Tattoo in 1989, and our boat was pulling baby sharks out of the ocean - and throwing them back afterwards. I can't even remember how much we paid to go out on that rickety little boat with sketchy looking locals, but the ones that we kept were cooked right on the deck over a sterno can. Mostly though the musicians I went on the boat with were hung over and "baiting" the fish with the contents of their stomachs. One dude just crawled on the pile of life jackets at the start of the trip and slept the entire time. That's as close as I think I want to get to a shark.
 

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Only up close experience I have with sharks is going deep sea fishing off of Halifax when I was there for the International Tattoo in 1989, and our boat was pulling baby sharks out of the ocean - and throwing them back afterwards. I can't even remember how much we paid to go out on that rickety little boat with sketchy looking locals, but the ones that we kept were cooked right on the deck over a sterno can. Mostly though the musicians I went on the boat with were hung over and "baiting" the fish with the contents of their stomachs. One dude just crawled on the pile of life jackets at the start of the trip and slept the entire time. That's as close as I think I want to get to a shark.
Ah yes, tummy chumming. I've done that before.??

Didn't catch anything.
 

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Afterwards I had a red scrape on my leg like someone had sandpapered my leg. I'm not afraid of swimming there, I just don't.
I read The Swiss Family Robinson when I was a kid and IIRC they used dried shark skin as sandpaper or a file.

On an episode of Cutthroat Kitchen one of the chefs had his knives taken away and had to do all his cutting with a shark's jaw. Apparently a shark is quite the multi tasker.
 

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My lass tried out scuba-diving off the Great Barrier Reef down under. I couldn't go for the same reason that exempted me from military service (though I did have a license when I was a youth and went as deep as 130 ft.). So while she went, I did some snorkeling watching the beautiful corals and fish.

When she came back, she told me of the sharks she had seen off the reef, which send me shivers down the spine - especially, because some local had told me the night before in a bar that his buddy died by a shark attack when surfing.

She was out there with a group including some diving-trainer, so I hope at least they knew what they were doing.
Still, I don't want my love in LOS of a shark - we know after all that LOS is reciprocal...

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Still, I don't want my love in LOS of a shark - we know after all that LOS is reciprocal...

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Unless of course you are talking about the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.
 

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Sharks are awesome. I love seeing them underwater and have gotten some great video while scuba diving.

I have almost witnessed a shark attack though. There were 3 sharks resting in a little cavern and 4 divers with cameras dropped in front of them, blocked their exit and started shooting pictures. Think underwater paparazzi's. The idiots didn't notice the sharks getting more and more agitated
 
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