Shark attack: filmmakers killed in New Zealand

The internationally known director Adam Strange was killed by a shark last Wednesday on the popular New Zealand bathing beach Muriwai Beach. The animal, presumably a great white shark, did not let go of the bather even when rescue workers fired guns at the predatory fish. Great white shark: the largest predatory fish in the world - Image: Shutterstock / cdelacy

Short films were his passion. Adam Strange († 47) even received a Crystal Bear at the Berlinale for his artistic work in 2009. Now the life of the director has come to a sad end. Last Wednesday, the director was killed by a shark while bathing on the beach in Muriwai near Auckland: "Suddenly we saw a dorsal fin and in the next minute, boom, the man was attacked. Then there was blood everywhere in the water," explained Eyewitness Pio Mose to the Australian newspaper "The Herald Sun". Although help was immediately requested and the rescue workers shot guns at the animal, Strange could not be helped.

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Bullets could no longer stop the shark

When the beach was immediately blocked, the cause of the attack was searched. Experts suspect from the description of the animal by eyewitnesses, for example with regard to the shape of the dorsal fin, that it must have been about a four meter long great white shark. So far it is unclear whether the predator fish was killed by the rifle shots. The world's largest predatory fish is considered an intelligent and efficient hunter. Navy specialist Kelly Tarlton told the "world" that the water in February was much warmer than usual. This means that numerous schools of fish are driven by the current towards the coast and the sharks will follow them.

Does overfishing affect the sharks?

However, there are also scientists who suspect that overfishing of the oceans forces the sharks to look for new feeding grounds and would lose their natural fear of humans through regular contact with bathers. So far, shark attacks on Muriwai beach have been extremely rare. The attack on Strange was the only 14th incident since 1837. Incidentally, humans are not part of the Great White Shark's prey scheme because they provide far too little food, according to the WWF. Rather, the predatory fish keep confusing people with seals. By the way, great white sharks are on the Red List of the World Conservation Union IUCN. It has been classified as endangered since 2000.