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    Andrea, there is no doubt in my mind that a shark attacked this man and that he suffered severe injuries. I saw some comments that some people speculate that they thought it was a dolphin but IMO, it does not make sense as dolphins would not injure people like sharks do.

    I also believe the reports of the Coast Guard rescue crew who were actually there and witnessed the incident. It must have been horrific as the helicopter crew informed police and ambulance about this emergency. The helicopter had to return to the airport were an ambulance was waiting, police had as well cleared L.B. Smith Boulevard so that the ambulance could rush to the hospital without any delays. Unfortunately, the man died in the helicopter.

    Here is the FB of the Coast Guard again where they mention it was a shark:
    (Excerpt, google translation)

    By means of a ' Heli-Savior " became the drowning victim out of the water and they flew directly toward land given the floater serious injuries because he had by a shark was bitten. Unfortunately, this guy at arrival on Aruba died.

    https://www.facebook.com/kwcarib/posts/919135948167556

    And another excerpt from an article:

    The victim of the deadly shark attack, identified by local media as 58-year-old captain of the ship Adrian Esteban Rafael, was retrieved from the water, but died on the way to the hospital, according to coastguard spokesman Roderick Gouverneur.

    Read more: http://www.caribbean360.com/news/sha...#ixzz3vCKyrTVC

    I read somewhere that dolphins were circling the drill ship. But, IMO, it's not really relevant as the attack on the man was done by a shark.


    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    the story that i have heard from Aruba residents is that the "shark" in the photo is indeed a dolphin.

    what "if" it was a dolphin in the photo?
    what "if" a dolphin (s) were instrumental in protecting those that were rescued?


    http://www.dolphins-world.com/dolphins-rescuing-humans/

    the boat captain was bit and bled out as he was rescued.
    so tragic, just a couple of seconds between life and death.

    CK1, i know that you love research. I also know it is Christmas and an incredibly busy time.
    If you have the time and or the inclination, maybe you can find something on the web about if dolphins were involved with this horrible sea accident .

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    CK! no doubt the captain was bitten by a shark.
    sorry did i say or imply that it was not a shark that bit the man?
    yes it was a shark that bit the man.
    he was bitten as he was being hoisted out of the water.

    i am wondering if circling dolphins helped protect.

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    Sorry, Andrea, I misunderstood. Thanks for clarifying.

    I will see if I can find something about if circling dolphins helped to protect this man.

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    You caught me between my passing (doing research) and my duty (cooking dinner)! LOL
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    interesting info Andrea about that possibility, they are incredibly smart creatures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    i am wondering if circling dolphins helped protect.
    A picture says more than a thousand words! Here is your dolphin in action!

    Boat Capsized, Shark Attack off Aruba Coast-dolphin.jpg

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    you have way more patience than i in searching.
    glad that you found the photo

    cool.
    thanks.

    i bet the rescued sailors and the coast guard have some stories about the dolphins.
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    A picture says more than a thousand words! Here is your dolphin in action!

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    You are most welcome.
    It's a passion. Many times I just get lucky and the info I'm looking for poops up right there.

    I would love as well to hear the stories of the rescue crew about the dolphins. Very brave men. Those waves out there look strong.

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    I just came across some great info with details about the incident: some tweets from Roel Uckerman, Executive Officer DCCGC Panter at Dutch Caribbean Coastguard.

    "piw" means "person in water".

    Here are some very interesting tweets:


    Roel Uckerman ‏@UckermanRoel Dec 21 @MejiaoOmar dolphins were circling piw's. Unknown what kind attacked. Most likely Caribbean Reef Shark.


    eniwitok15 ‏@eniwitok155 Dec 22
    @UckermanRoel @MejiaoOmar I highly doubt that it was a Caribbean reef shark since they don't venture out in open waters.


    Roel Uckerman ‏@UckermanRoel Dec 22
    @eniwitok155 @MejiaoOmar Whitetip is also a common shark around Aruba. Attack was 5 nm from coast in 120 ft deep water.


    eniwitok15 ‏@eniwitok155 Dec 22
    @UckermanRoel @MejiaoOmar Oceanic White tips are often observed following pods of dolphins and other cetaceans in open water....


    Tommy McNulty ‏@Tommy_McNulty Dec 22
    @UckermanRoel you guys are true heroes, But it was likely a tiger or oceanic whitetip considering the location and severity of the attack.


    eniwitok15 ‏@eniwitok155 Dec 22
    @Tommy_McNulty @UckermanRoel Yep! Silky sharks are ubiquitous in those waters too, and potentially dangerous, but it was prob a white tip.


    Omar ‏@MejiaoOmar Dec 22
    @UckermanRoel thank you for everything you guys do. True heroes. Many grateful families today.


    Tommy McNulty ‏@Tommy_McNulty Dec 22
    @UckermanRoel @MejiaoOmar Caribbean reefs are usually very shy around humans and have never been know to fatally attack a human


    eniwitok15 ‏@eniwitok155 Dec 22
    @UckermanRoel @MejiaoOmar At those depths, either a Blue, Oceanic Whitetip, or maybe Tiger shark...


    https://twitter.com/UckermanRoel/sta...15654992252928

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    Last edited by CK1; 12-24-2015 at 01:46 AM.

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