Surfer Attacked by 2 Great White Sharks & Lives to Tell The Tale
I’ve been surfing for 15 years myself, and have been fortunate to never encounter one of these beasts, but in a truly rare event, this unfortunate South African surfer gets attacked by not just one, but 2 great white sharks at the same time…and not only lives to tell the tale, but confesses that he still loves them![divider]
Great White Shark Facts:
• Great white sharks are the planet’s largest predatory fish. They can measure over 20 feet (6 meters) and weigh up to 5,000 pounds (2,268 kilograms).
• They are intelligent and remarkably curious creatures. They have highly-developed senses and an exceptional brain that coordinates them all. As a result, they sit at the top of the ocean’s food chain.
• Their slate grey upper bodies blend in with the rocky seafloor, and their underbellies are always white — which is how they got their name. Unlike other fish, sharks have cartilaginous skeletons instead of bones.
• A great white shark has 300 teeth, and they’re arranged in up to seven rows.
• Great White sharks are built for speed. Their torpedo-like shape and powerful tails help them swim at speeds up to 15 mph (24 kph). They can propel their bodies completely out of the water when pursuing prey. Their attack strategy involves a fast, surprise attack from below before inflicting a powerful and potentially fatal bite.
• With a diet mainly consisting on fish, rays and other smaller sharks when they’re young, as they mature they begin feeding on marine mammals, including harbor seals, sea lions and elephant seals even scavenging large carcasses. They like the fat-rich blubber layer of dead whales & while Great Whites are known to attack humans, we are not considered a regular part of their diet!
• Great White sharks usually give birth to between two and 12 babies every two to three years, and gestation takes at least a year and unlike most other sharks, Great Whites are born live and can swim immediately. No one has ever reliably witnessed them mating though.
• At the top of the marine animal food chain, Great Whites reach maturity at around 15 years and can live for more than 60 years.
Have you ever seen a shark in real life? We’d love to hear your story.[divider]