View Full Version : 'Iceman' Grabs Shark to Save Men

Sunday, October 26th, 2003, 02:29 AM
STOCKHOLM - An Icelandic fishing captain, known as "the Iceman" for his tough character, grabbed a 660-pound shark with his bare hands as it swam in shallow water toward his crew, a witness said Thursday.

The skipper of the trawler "Erik the Red" was on a beach in Kuummiit, east Greenland, watching his crew processing a catch when he saw the shark swimming toward the fish blood and guts -- and his men.

Captain Sigurdur Petursson, known to locals as "the Iceman," ran into the shallow water and grabbed the shark by its tail. He dragged it off to dry land and killed it with his knife.

"He caught it just with his hands. There was a lot of blood in the sea and the shark came in and he thought it was dangerous," Frede Kilime, a hunter and fisherman who watched from the beach, told Reuters by phone from Greenland.

Icelandic author and journalist Reynir Traustason, who knows the trawler captain, said the act was typical of the man.

"He's called 'the Iceman' because he isn't scared of anything," he said. "I know the people in that part of the world. They are really tough." :viking

Sunday, October 26th, 2003, 07:29 AM
Wouldnt 'Environmental vandal' be a better epithet for the butch shark wrestler?.

Is it any wonder that many species of shark are on the endangered species list due to such acts of destruction .


Sunday, October 26th, 2003, 08:24 PM
Any marine biologists out there might clarify that Sharks can range from around 50footfor a whale shark?, 25 foot for the 'average great White Shark', down to 'kipper size Rock Salmon' small sharks about a foot long.

A 600lb /third of a ton of shark sounds suspiciously big?

Is is a 'fisherman's tale' that someone waded in to wrestle a slippery wet 600 pound shark to the shore?. I vouchsafe that on the grounds of logic alone, said shark may have been angling toward the 'kipper size' end of the size spectrum?.

Monday, October 27th, 2003, 02:47 AM
It was probably Somniosus microcephalus. :academic

The Greenland, or sleeper shark, is one of the few sharks found in polar waters year-round. Noted for its lethargic nature, this species often grows to 4.2 m with the largest recorded being 6.3 m long and weighing 1,020 kg.

Inuit often catch this fish by luring it to a hole chopped in the ice and either harpooning it or simply dragging it out of the water by hand. Its flesh, however, unless properly prepared is highly toxic and causes symptoms similar to those caused by too much alcohol.

Monday, October 27th, 2003, 03:01 AM
Its flesh, however, unless properly prepared is highly toxic and causes symptoms similar to those caused by too much alcohol.
I am going to get me one of those as I am quite familiar with these symptoms. ;)

Monday, October 27th, 2003, 09:06 AM
http://www.shark.ch/cgi-bin/Sharks/spec_conv.pl?E+Somniosus.microcephalus#S Z

The Environmental vandalism is confirmed:-
According to ther eferenced source for Somniosus, under the section "Danger to Humans" the answer given is 'Harmless" and as a species "probably threatened" !.

What a crime against nature to have destroyed the rare and :~( harmless creature .