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Mick Fanning Shark Attack J Bay

Updated on July 23, 2015
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This author is a former I.T. graduate turned vagabond who travelled extensively and has lived and worked in Japan for many years.

There are a number of unanswered questions on the minds of surf fans after the shark attack on Mick Fanning at Jeffery’s Bay South Africa during the final of the J Bay Open.

Did Fanning save Kelly Slater’s life by winning the semi final?

Did the shark go for Fanning’s yellow leash instead of him?

Is Mick Fanning now more famous than Kelly Slater?

What was going through the mind of Fanning’s Mum when he disappeared underwater?

Why was there no shark surveillance of the lineup during the contest?

Why didn’t the World Surf League run the final the next day?

Why on earth were Julian Wilson and Mick Fanning holding Red Bull drinks as they entered the press conference in Sydney?

Footage of the shark attack on Mick Fanning

Did Fanning save Kelly Slater’s life by winning the semi final?

When Mick Fanning beat Kelly Slater in the Semi Final of the J Bay Open in South Africa, one may wonder if he altered the course of events of that day, which could have lead to the death of the greatest surfer the world has ever seen. Had Kelly Slater won the Semi Final and been sitting in the ocean in the Final, the shark may have found Kelly Slater more appetizing. Fanning had a yellow colored board and leash, which the shark appears to get caught in. Had Kelly Slater been in this position would the shark have noticed his legs instead of the leash?

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Kelly Slater at Duranbah Gold Coast Australia
Kelly Slater at Duranbah Gold Coast Australia | Source
Kelly Slater at Duranbah Gold Coast Australia
Kelly Slater at Duranbah Gold Coast Australia | Source
Kelly Slater at Snapper Rocks Gold Coast Australia
Kelly Slater at Snapper Rocks Gold Coast Australia | Source

Did the shark go for Fanning’s yellow leash instead of him?

There is also doubt as to whether the shark was even in attack mode. It may have been curious about the yellow colors in the water. It never made an attempt to bite either Fanning’s board or him, even after he was knocked off his board into the water. Maybe the shark was not hungry; after all feeding time is usually at dawn or dusk.

Is Mick Fanning now more famous than Kelly Slater?

Kelly Slater is regarded as the best surfer the world has ever seen. He is far more famous than any other professional surfer in history. He has appeared on the American TV Show Bay Watch and has over 400,000 followers on Twitter. However after the shark attack, surely Mick Fanning’s net worth and fame has increased drastically, and he has surpassed Kelly Slater as the world’s most recognized surfer. The YouTube video titled "Shark attacks Mick Fanning at J-Bay Open," was seen more than 17 million times on YouTube. Therefore Mick Fanning is now the most famous surfer in history. This will give him huge leverage to negotiate for more money with his sponsors Red Bull and Rip Curl.

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Mick Fanning’s Mothers terrifying ordeal of watching the shark attack

Elizabeth Osborne, the mother of Mick Fanning was watching her son on live TV as the shark attacked him. It was the first shark attack ever caught on a live broadcast. She said she thought he was gone. Tragically her other son Sean Fanning lost his life in a car accident on the gold coast when Mick was just 16 years old. Fortunately Mick Fanning managed to survive the attack, which would have devastated his mother if he had been taken.

Why was there no shark surveillance of the lineup during the contest?

The World Surf League has drone cameras, land cameras, boats, jet skis with cameras and water photographers who sometimes swim in the water to get a great shot. In addition there were thousands of eyes on the beach. However they failed to keep Mick Fanning safe in the waters of J Bay. There is also speculation that a shark was seen swimming near the surfers in the quarterfinals of the competition. If the World Surf League is willing to spend more money it is quite possible to keep surfers much safer during completion. They could put more skis in the water and implement a sonar radar system to monitor shark activity. Installing temporary shark nets are also possible. Is it a question of cost holding back these implementations?

Why didn’t the World Surf League run the final the next day?

The J Bay Open surf contest was abruptly cancelled soon after the shark attack on Mick Fanning. If Fanning was mentally capable to compete the next day the WSL would have seize a great opportunity to publicize the sport of surfing to a much larger audience. Mick Fanning would have been seen as a very brave and courageous surfer to go back out so soon after his ordeal. It also would have created even more controversy about safety to continue the contest so soon after a shark attack, thus creating even more publicity for the sport. The WSL chose the safety of their surfers over publicity. Hopefully they will choose the safety of the surfers over costs to implement improvements to water safety in future surf contests.

Why hold Red Bull drinks in the press conference in Sydney?

The energy drink giant Red Bull, unlike the WSL has seized the opportunity to promote their brand from this terrifying ordeal Mick Fanning has been through.

Both Julian Wilson and Mick Fanning were holding Red Bull drinks as they entered the press conference. They continued to hold them throughout the press conference and Fanning even took a sip of Red Bull. However it appeared to be a very unauthentic and a manufactured form of marketing. They could have created a more natural and authentic atmosphere for their product if they had simply had two drinks on a table in front of the surfers.

In summary the questions ask here may never be answered, however if any good can come from this incident people must find better ways to co exist with sharks in their natural environment. Now that the issue has been brought to the forefront of millions of people’s minds, let’s hope humanity can come up with a solution to the problems of shark attacks.

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