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Unhappy Sad news in the surfing community...

Bethany Hamilton, 13, surfing champion and rising star loses arm in shark attack: (taken from AOL news)

"HANALEI, Hawaii, Nov. 3 She was a member of the "dawn patrol." Every morning before sunrise, Bethany Hamilton, a 13-year-old and one of the country's top female amateur surfers, would follow the pull of the turquoise water and head to a favorite reef, to defy gravity on a wave.... But on Friday, while the two girls were surfing with friends at Tunnels Reef, a legendary surfing spot, Ms. Hamilton was bitten by a shark. She lost her left arm in the attack, believed to have been from a 14- to 15-foot tiger shark, the most dangerous species in Hawaii. Ms. Blanchard's father, Holt, 49, who was surfing with them, swam Ms. Hamilton to shore and fashioned a tourniquet out of his rubber surfboard leash. Ms. Hamilton is in stable condition at a local hospital. It was the fourth shark attack in Hawaii this year."


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i hope she comes back and continues to surf to ultimate greatness.

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Tiger Sharks

As a diver, once I saw the words "every morning before sunrise", I knew exactly where this story was going.

Anybody with any regular exposure to the sea, especially tropical waters known to be inhabited by tiger sharks, should know better than to swim during sunrise/sunset hours. This is when these predators are most active.

I feel sorry for her, that must have been extremely terrifying. Really though, she is very fortunate to be alive. Hope she gets back on that board.
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Re: Tiger Sharks

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As a diver, once I saw the words "every morning before sunrise", I knew exactly where this story was going.

Anybody with any regular exposure to the sea, especially tropical waters known to be inhabited by tiger sharks, should know better than to swim during sunrise/sunset hours. This is when these predators are most active.

I feel sorry for her, that must have been extremely terrifying. Really though, she is very fortunate to be alive. Hope she gets back on that board.

I had the same reaction as you...

I grew up on the beaches of Southern California and from an early age I was told to stay out of the water if the sun wasn't overhead (words of wisdom once again affirmed by this terrible attack). I think back to all the times I found myself sitting on my board 100 yards out while watching the sun rise/set...I guess I had a guardian angel or something 'cause the worst I ever experienced was the odd jellyfish sting or a visit from a curious seal or porpoise.

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