08/27/2005: At one time I'd wanted...
....to be a marine biologist, a la Jacques Cousteau - Except for one *teensie-tiny* Detail: SELACHOPHOBIA.
So here’s another entry in this summer's Selachophobia Tales:
Diver fought shark before it killed him by Rod McGuirk (Associated Press)
“CANBERRA, Australia -- A marine biologist killed in a shark attack had calmly fought off the predator before it returned and pulled him deep into the water, his diving partner said Thursday.
Police have abandoned the search for body of 23-year-old Jarrod Stehbens after the attack Wednesday off Glenelg Beach on Australia's south coast, a region that has seen five fatal shark attacks since 2000.
"Jarrod fought it off initially, then it came back again and grabbed his leg and just took him deeper," Stehbens' diving partner Justin Rowntree said Thursday.
"He seemed quite calm--he was trying to get his leg out of its mouth."
Rowntree and Stehbens, both marine biologists at the University of Adelaide, were diving to collect cuttlefish eggs when the shark attacked close to the popular beach in the city of Adelaide. The men were 16 feet from the surface in water 60 feet deep.
Rowntree said he felt helpless in the few seconds before his colleague was dragged to the depths and out of sight….”
Karen on 08.27.05 @ 07:19 AM CST