NZ Shark Victim Was Award-Winning Director
New Zealand victim identified as Adam Strange
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2013 1:03 AM CST
Updated Feb 27, 2013 2:10 PM CST
Police in inflatable rubber boats shoot at a shark off Muriwai Beach near Auckland, New Zealand today.   (AP Photo/Ross Land)

(Newser) – The swimmer killed today by what witnesses say was a "huge" shark was Adam Strange, an award-winning short film and commercial director, Sky News reports. After the rare attack in New Zealand, police in inflatable boats shot at and hit the shark, which is believed to have been a great white around 14 feet long, but they say it swam away, the New Zealand Herald reports. Citing local reports, TMZ says at least three more sharks were drawn to the initial attack, and the body of one eventually washed up onshore. A fisherman says he saw the shark attack Strange when he was about 650 feet off the popular Muriwai beach near Auckland.

"All of a sudden there was blood everywhere," says the fisherman, who saw the shark swim off after a struggle with Strange before returning for a second attack, which attracted the additional sharks. "I yelled at him to swim to the rocks. There was blood everywhere. The water was red. It's pretty scary," he says. Great whites are often seen in New Zealand waters at this time of year, but there have been just 15 fatal attacks recorded since records began in 1837, with the last confirmed one in 1976, reports TVNZ. Strange, 46, was "a glorious father, husband, and friend," says a family statement.

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Feb 27, 2013 9:41 PM CST
Did they think that would bring the man back to life? Why kill a shark? What are they, Costa Ricans?
Feb 27, 2013 7:56 PM CST
So the cops just executed that shark without due process, no trial of his peers? Was it even the same shark that dined on that juicy film maker? I guess in NZ they shoot first and then don't even bother asking questions later. With that kind of justice, I think I'll be spending my tourist dollars elsewhere...
Feb 27, 2013 7:20 PM CST
It has to be the fault of Obama and his cronies in the "white" house. A great "white" shark? C'mon people! Its right in front of your face!