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Shark Attack in Humboldt

Surfer rushed to hospital with severe injuries after attack

| posted on October 30, 2012

The victim's surfboard after the attack, and the area that he was surfing.

According to the an article by the Times-Standard in Northern California, a surfer was attacked by a shark around 12pm today surfing the North Jetty in Humboldt—an area known to be frequented by great white sharks. According to an eyewitness, the victim survived the initial attack and was able to paddle himself to shore, but was losing a lot of blood in the process. He was rushed to the hospital to be treated for severe injuries to his abdomen, and at this time St. Joseph Hospital states that he is in fair condition. This is the second shark attack in the last week along the California coastline. Click here for more information.

  • Hannah Millner

    Surf the peninsula almost every day.. The surf community here in Humboldt is freaking out right now. Praying he is okay.

  • !!!

    Thinking it’s time to do what Western AUS is doing.

  • Adam

    I agree. Time to take up the path of West Aus and declare open season on great whites. The population has balooned out of control over the last decade

  • Craig

    Based on the calculations used by the International Shark Attack File for their web page on the ‘annual risk of death during one’s lifetime’ from various activities in America – here in Australia there is a 1 in 3,362 chance of drowning at the beach and a 1 in 292,525 chance of being killed by a shark in one’s lifetime

    Maybe, using the same logic as Adam up there, we should get rid of all of the water. We might drown! Kill all the water!

  • Dan

    …surfing in an area known to be frequented by great white
    dont balme the shark, I mean come on

    Its the same story for the increase of shark attack in reunion island, some areas are infested with sharks and we know it, why <ould someone surf there ?
    it makes no sense

  • Dan

    …surfing in an area known to be frequented by great white
    dont balme the shark, I mean come on

    Its the same story for the increase of shark attack in reunion island, some areas are infested with sharks and we know it, why would someone surf there ?
    it makes no sense

  • Chuck Brewer

    Humboldt is a long way from Lompoc and reporting a “second shark attack in the last week along the California coastline” does not provide the appropriate accuracy .

  • richard fawell

    unfortunately, the conservationists would rather have surfers die than reduce the number of great whites. They have worked hard to increase their numbers and for them sharks are much more important than the life of a few human beings here and there!!!! They may not admit this publicly, but privately this is their belief. There is a clear solution to this problem which they will not work to implement. They truly have blood on their hands and have no remorse for the death of human beings because it is so few.

  • richard fawell

    solution to surfers being killed by great whites—first, we must (as had always been the case up to 1994 i believe) allow for the fishing of the great white. Second, we must drastically cull the out of control seal population which has idiotically been allowed to mushroom from just 10,000 to over 300,000. Why? because conservationists forced Sacramento to ban the culling of seals!!! Third, we must install well maintained shark nets at the appropriate beaches. Ask your self why we are the only civilized nation in the world with a shark problem that has not protected its citizens!!! America does not take care of its own–you are on your own–wild west mentality still in affect today–i.e. gun control.

  • Adam

    Nice try with the straw man argument Craig… In the 1990′s there were 35 unprovoked attackes, 1 fatal between California and Oregon. Whereas from 2000 to present there has been 72 attacks, 11 fatal.

    http://www.sharkresearchcommittee.com/2000.htm
    http://www.sharkresearchcommittee.com/90s_table.htm

    Don’t fight the facts.

  • http://www.christianherzog.com Christian Herzog

    richard fawell, YOU’RE SO WRONG!

    Leave the sharks alone! If you don’t want to get killed by a shark in a shark infested area, don’t go out, simple like that.

    Don’t blame the shark, and no, is not time to kill the sharks.

    Think about this: there’s so many humans killing sharks. So, it’s time to open a season for human hunting?

    C’omon…

  • mark ufentob

    I hope he survives. Best wishes to him and his family.
    Stay strong Humboldt.

  • GBD

    Feel really bad for the guy who got attacked and hope to hell he survives. Truly sucks. Doesn’t make me want to kill sharks, though. They are a risk that is part of the sport – if you don’t want to take a chance on being bit, then quit surfing. Do not take it out on the creatures who are just doing what they do – especially when we are the ones who are in THEIR environment. Just like other extreme sports, there are risks… avalanches, etc. – got to take ‘em in stride or find something “safer” to do…

  • jollyman

    Comments:

    1. Adam — can you give us data + a reference supporting your assertion that the GWS population has “balooned out of control over the last decade?” What was it a decade ago, and what is it now?

    2. Adam — the way I interpret your data, shark attacks have increased from 3.5 per year (1990-99) to 6 per year (2000-2012). But you don’t provide data on the surfer population in those two time periods. For example, if there have been twice as many surfers per year in 2000-2012 versus 1990-99, then the attack rate per surfer is lower… and that statistic is what I would like to know.

  • Dan Pearce

    Hopefully the surfer is o.k.

    On a lighter note – is it ironic that when you hover your mouse over the picture attached to the story that it says ‘bitemap’…?

  • Tony Riggs

    Harvest time anyone?

    sharkskin boots are tough to beat!

  • Ivan M

    This incident is very tragic. However, everyone here that actually surfs, knows that this is an area that is known to have Great Whites. Anytime you enter the elements of nature (such as this people), you are assuming a risk. And last time I checked, shark nets did not nullify the occasional shark attack. So, no on the idea of shark retribution. Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.

  • http://www.StraightTimeStirrups.com joe

    Here is the deal with statistics on Shark Attacks! Humans on surfboards are slow moving prey that are blind to their underwater surroundings! It doesn’t matter if there is one person in the water or 100. If there is a shark that is hungry near you, you may be attacked! This argument that there maybe more people in the water therefore humans exposure to attack has increased is ludicrous! It only is if you are the only one in the water at a particular location! If you add 99 others in the water to a location where an attack is immanent, your chance has diminished to 1the in a 100 of the one being attacked but you have not lowed or increased the exposure to attack! The only thing that can influence that is the amount of hungry sharks in the water!

    Joe

  • Jeff Butler

    “for them sharks are much more important than the life of a few human beings”

    Yes, Richard, it is. I have no problem publicly stating that I respect all life equally, and that when I venture into the ocean, I am in the sharks’ territory. My life- and the life of any human- is not worth destroying an ecosystem by killing sharks, particularly when we (the surfers) are entering the ocean for sheer pleasure.

    Regards,

    Jeff Butler
    Santa Barbara

  • Michael Campbell

    I’m from Western Australia and, believe me there is not mainstream support for the culling of sharks. One recent poll had an 80-20 negative to the cull, It is a kneejerk political response, (premier Barnett wants to be seen as being proactive) driven by a vocal minority. The WA ‘solution’ (costly and ineffective in my view) involves tracking and killing any shark that poses a potential threat. This illogical approach seems to involve killing any shark that is sighted anywhere near a populated area!! There has been anecdotal reports of a shark ‘hanging around in the area’ of a couple of the attacks, but none of these have been validated, and always seem to come out after the attack.

    The seal population argument, however, does seem to have validity. Seal numbers have ballooned down here and the attacks have almost all taken place is areas with either large seal colonies or a regular seal presence…when we see one or three we paddle closer to shore! Again its all surmising, and the experts here don’t have any concrete reasons as to why the attacks have surged this year. The increase in attacks both north and souther hemisphere in the same year is, however, very unusual.

    Will it stop me surfing? No. Considering the huge number of West Aussies that surf everyday, the chances of attack are still very small. It still makes you look at every shadow and bump in the water in a different way.
    I’m heading over to surf the West Coast of USA from Oregon to So. Cal this January…here’s hoping you guys don’t have to deal with a similar season to the one we’ve had over here.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovering to the guy who was attacked and the community.

  • richard fawell

    IF A POLL WERE TAKEN ON THOSE FOLLOWING THE BRUTAL ATTACK IN EUREKA THERE WOULD BE SOME OR MANY SAY THAT THIS SURFER SHOULD NOT HAVE RESISTED AND SHOULD HAVE ALLOWED THE SHARK TO KILL HIM FOR THE SAKE OF THE ECOSYSTEM. ANOTHER POLL COULD BE TAKEN WHERE A SURFER WAS ABLE TO STAB THE SHARK IN THE NOSE OR EYE WITH A KNIFE –WOULD THIS BE ACCEPTABLE? YES OR NO. WHEN YOU SEE THE RESPONSES TO THESE QUESTIONS YOU WILL REALIZE THAT CONSERVATIONISTS HAVE DISCARDED THEIR MORAL COMPASSES IN FAVOR OF A FATAL ATTRACTION FOR THE GRET WHITE. THIS INSANE, IMMORAL, BRAINLESS APPROACH EXPOSES THE CONSERVATIONISTS AS NO ONE’S FRIEND. THEY ARE TRULY A DANGER TO OUR SOCIETY AS TJEY OBVIOUSLY BELEIVE THAT THE LIFE OF A SHARK IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE LIFE OF A HMAN BEING–SHAME –SHAME –SHAME

  • richard fawell

    LOOK WHEN YOU NEVER GO IN THE WATER IT IS EASY TO LOVE SHARKS! HOWEVER, MANY INDIVIDUALS ENJOY SURFING, UPRIGHT SURFING, SWIMMING, KAYAKING, KITE SURFING, SCUBA DIVING, SNORKELING, AND OH YES DO NOT FORGET WINDSURFING. SO, THAT IS ALOT OF OCEAN GOING ACTIVITY AND JUST TO REMIND YOU 75 PER CENT OF THE SHARK ATTACKS ARE AGAINST SURFERS OF WHICH I AM ONE. THE POINT IS WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE–NAMELY YOUR VERY LIFE—YOU CAN BE VERY ATTRACTED TO THOSE MAGNIFICENT KILLING MACHINES. WE MUST RETURN TO PRE 1994 DAYS WHEN THE CONTROLLED FISHING OF THE GREAT WHITE WAS IN PLACE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE OUT OF CONTROL SEAL POPULATIONS ON BOTH OF OUR COASTS MUST BE REDUCED IMMEDIATELY.

  • Marcus Friel

    Prayers are with you my man.. Be careful next time..
    Lots of healing thoughts sent to you and your family. .

  • Mike

    KILL ALL SHARKS. The ecosystem argument is a complete joke. We don’t need sharks just like we don’t need dinosaurs. Any threat to human life should be eliminated. Why don’t you tree huggers go tell all the victims and their families to their face that sharks are more important than them.

  • Mike Verna

    The over population of SEALS is the problem!!!

  • Michael Kubalsky

    Not unexpected but still disappointing to see the “kill the sharks” comments. I’ll state it for you Richard. Just because we evolved among all animals with the largest brains doesn’t mean this is our world to lord over. Rather it means we have become it’s stewards and should use our power responsibly. We’re no more worthy of existence than sharks. You seem to believe we should kill another being in it’s home so that we can “play” where it once lived. Wow, are you really that much of a self-centered jack@$$? We all enter the Jurassic food chain as soon as we set foot in the water. That’s as it should be – it’s their home. Especially the water around Eureka. The risk of being killed by another human is far far greater. Now there’s an animal population that’s ballooning out of control. Perhaps it’s time to start culling ourselves using some of the logic expressed here. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. And before you discredit me Richard you should know I’ve been surfing the Pacific Coast for probably much longer than you.

  • Matt R.

    “Third, we must install well maintained shark nets at the appropriate beaches. Ask your self why we are the only civilized nation in the world with a shark problem that has not protected its citizens!!!”

    Obviously you’ve never seen the North Jetty; swell and currents in wintertime not to mention floatsam would destroy this in short order.

    The bottom line is that when you enter the water you know the risk; this is not Disneyland folks. Next thing some of you will suggest is doing avalanche control work on Mt. Everest to limit fatalities there… While my thoughts are with the surfer injured he has not been the only one and won’t be the last. Know the risks and deal with it.

  • AndyA121

    I heard that surfers get chewed up more that scuba divers because surfers look like a wounder fish or animal from the sharks point of view.