Saturday, June 11, 2005

Great white shark loses battle with a net

A great white shark was found dead in a fishing net in the sea three miles west of SangWangDeung Island off North Jeolla Province on Tuesday morning.

According to the Gunsan National Maritime Police Agency, a 2 m long great white shark was caught in a net cast by a trawler the day before. The shark was taken to a nearby fish market and sold for W80,000(US$80).

Great white sharks occasionally appear on the west coast between May and August when sea-surface temperatures reach 15 degrees. The breed, which has had a special status in people imagination since the Steven Spielberg movie "Jaws", killed five fishermen on the coast off Gunsan and Daecheon between 1981 and 1996.

When confronting a great white shark, the less you do the better, advises Prof. Choi Yoon from the College of Ocean Science and Technology at Gunsan University. Do not stimulate it by moving hastily. Instead, stay low, remain still, and observe its movement. When it attacks you, use your fishing tackle to forcefully strike down at its mouth or slowly push it away.


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