This is a quote from a website (www.strangemag.com...
) which I found pretty interesting. I know that this account has already been
mentioned but here is the "story" in full:
In the year 1918 I recorded the sensation that had been caused among the "outside" crayfish men at Port Stephens, when, for several days, they
refused to go to sea to their regular fishing grounds in the vicinity of Broughton Island. The men had been at work on the fishing grounds--which lie
in deep water--when an immense shark of almost unbelievable proportions put in an appearance, lifting pot after pot containing many crayfishes, and
taking, as the men said, "pots, mooring lines and all." These crayfish pots, it should be mentioned, were about 3 feet 6 inches in diameter and
frequently contained from two to three dozen good-sized crayfish each weighing several pounds. The men were all unanimous that this shark was
something the like of which they had never dreamed of. In company with the local Fisheries Inspector I questioned many of the men very closely and
they all agreed as to the gigantic stature of the beast. But the lengths they gave were, on the whole, absurd. I mention them, however, as an
indication of the state of mind which this unusual giant had thrown them into. And bear in mind that these were men who were used to the sea and all
sorts of weather, and all sorts of sharks as well. One of the crew said the shark was "three hundred feet long at least"! Others said it was as long
as the wharf on which we stood--about 115 feet! They affirmed that the water "boiled" over a large space when the fish swam past. They were all
familiar with whales, which they had often seen passing at sea, but this was a vast shark. They had seen its terrible head which was "at least as
long as the roof on the wharf shed at Nelson's Bay." Impossible, of course! But these were prosaic and rather stolid men, not given to 'fish
stories' nor even to talking about their catches. Further, they knew that the person they were talking to (myself) had heard all the fish stories
years before! One of the things that impressed me was that they all agreed as to the ghostly whitish color of the vast fish."
D.G. Stead, Sharks and Rays of Australian Seas, as quoted in Ellis and McCosker, Great White Shark, p. 43. According to Karl Shuker in "The Search
for Monster Sharks," Fate Magazine, March 1991, Stead also claimed to have actually witnessed non-fossilized (presumably white!), five-inch-long
teeth. If these teeth were truly not fossils, then it is obviously a shame that, apparently, we do not have them for study today.
I live in Cape Town and we have a shark in False Bay which has been nicknamed the "Submarine". She has been in False Bay for well over 50 years (my
father was a fisherman and used to spot her quite often). She is HUGE. My father tells the story of when he and my uncle went out fishing in a row
boat. While out near Seal Island they spotted a dark shadow under the water. The Submarine swam past their little boat right at the surface of the
water and my Dad says that once he could no longer see the head, he turned and could not see the end of the tail which was still coming past the boat.
Apparently my uncle, out of pure terror, rowed the boat to shore at such a speed that it looked like he had two outboard motors powering the boat!
My uncle has not been in the sea since that day (nearly 40 years ago now)!
[edit on 19-5-2006 by LovingSoul]