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    Default Shark Attacks Surfer Live On TV

    Aussie champion surfer Mick Fanning was attacked by a great white shark during a surfing competition in South Africa. It was captured on live TV. Here's the CNN coverage but I can't embed the video. Help!

    PS no blood and gore, he's OK

    Surfer Mick Fanning escapes shark attack - CNN.com
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    Holy shit, that's scary.

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    He was very lucky. I'd say that is a valid excuse to soil yourself in public.
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    So, to all the people who think it's deadly dangerous to go into the water around Straya "because of the sharks", remember they can attack elsewhere including South Africa and I believe there have been some recent attacks in North Carolina too? So stay ashore when you visit Down Under and let the snakes, spiders and drop bears get ya!
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    What is a drop bear??

    I've always heard that South Africa is worse than Australia for shark attacks.
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    I had a friend that specifically took a trip to coastal Africa to swim with sharks... so yeah.
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    Yikes! I knew before watching that he was going to be OK, but it was still really intense and scary to see, especially when he went under and took several seconds to resurface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    What is a drop bear??

    I've always heard that South Africa is worse than Australia for shark attacks.
    Drop bears are the secret nobody wants to talk about for fear of scaring off tourists. As far as we know, they are a sub-species of the better known koala. They look somewhat similar but can adapt their appearance to their environment so it's very difficult to spot them in their natural habitat of eucalyptus trees. They are extremely territorial and aggressively protect it by literally dropping down onto any animal or person unlucky enough to walk beneath their territory. They are mostly silent so an attack can be very unexpected and frightening and that's before they start snarling and biting the head of their victim. Once they latch on with their powerful jaws they don't let go easily. The only known deterrent is spraying them with human urine, preferably male. So if you are walking beneath gum trees it's a good idea to keep a bottle of pee (don't confuse it with your water bottle!) or even better have a man or men in your group who can provide a fresh supply. I know some keen bush walkers who rinse their clothing in urine before heading off but that can get a bit smelly, albeit a useful deterrent. I should stress that attacks are rare (just like sharks bwaahahahaha) but the risk is there so be aware.
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    Drop bear = Sasquatch?
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    I always tell my daughter if she was an animal she'd be a cute & cuddly koala bear, I might be rethinking that now...
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    The Drop Bear, Thylarctos plummetus, is a large, arboreal, predatory marsupial related to the Koala. - See more at: Drop Bear - Australian Museum

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    ^^^ OMG, that looks like the stuff of nightmares!!! It looks like a koala that's come out all genetically f-ed up. Or melted.

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    The spiders are enough, no need for the drop bears.

    My preferred method to ward them off, according to sleuth's link, would be the forks in the hair. Possibly the vegemite behind the ears. You could have a snack for later
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    Good God, that thing is horrendous!
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    Drop bears do not exist, guys. Lol.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_bear
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