Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Poacher killed by great white shark

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Poacher killed by great white shark - Telegraph:

Photo: Alfred Weissenegger / Rex Features
By Stewart Maclean

This is old news from 25 Sep 2010. But the picture is so remarkable it needed seeing.

The fisherman was attacked as he harvested valuable perlemoen shells in the waters near Gansbaai in South Africa.
The fisherman was among a group of 12 poachers who had tried to swim to safety after spotting the shark in shallow waters.
The men were swimming back to shore with their catch when the great white approached.
The survivors admitted they had been too scared for their own lives to help the stricken swimmer and raced back to dry land.

Illegal harvesting of perlemoen is big business in South Africa, where the valuable shellfish are common along coastal areas.

But widespread farming of the shells has sparked fears the population could plummet.

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