\"helicopter\" sized shark lunches on old lady...

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- A great white shark estimated to be at least 18 feet long attacked and presumably killed an elderly South African woman Monday off a beach near Cape Town, officials said.

Tyna Webb, 77, who lived in the area, was swimming Monday off Sunny Cove in Fish Hoek when the massive shark circled her and then attacked, witnesses and officials said. About 15 people witnessed the attack.

"All that was left was a little red bathing cap," said Paul Dennett, who witnessed the attack from his home nearby.

Dennett told the South African Press Association that he estimated the shark to be at least 18 feet long.

Rescue workers were using boats and aircraft to search for the woman's body.

"All efforts to find the lady have been exhausted by a wide and thorough search. We are hoping that police divers will be successful in their efforts," Darren Zimmerman of the National Sea Rescue Institute told the South African Press Association.

Crews later spotted the shark. Great whites often are seen in the area feeding off the large seal population.

"The shark is bigger than the helicopter ... it is huge," institute spokesman Craig Lambinon told SAPA.

Law enforcement officials advised people not to swim along the Cape of Good Hope.

A 16-year-old surfer lost his right leg in an April attack by a great white shark in the same area.

The last confirmed, unprovoked fatal shark attack in South Africa was in 2003, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History's International Shark Attack File, which has gathered such data worldwide for decades.

Thats one biiiig fish!

By netchicken: posted on 16-11-2004

...and this is why I don't swim in the sea. :(

That's one of my worst fears, I guess it's all Jaws fault hehe, that movie scarred me for life when I was a kid.

I'm terrified of sharks but also fascinated by them, I would've loved to have got alook of this one...from a very safe distance of course. ;)
By Plissken: posted on 16-11-2004

Can you imagine being in a helicopter looking down and asking the pilot, "Just lean a little more over please so I can get a good picture... Hey!!!!! .... NOT SO Faaaaaaarrrrrrrrrr......." splash!

Jaws scared me ashore for a while, but it really doesn't bother me too much now.
By netchicken: posted on 16-11-2004

Netchiken - I think you know where I stand on this one from my shark thread on DG. I would love to see a picture of this monster.. Sounds massive.
By WorldChild: posted on 17-11-2004

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