Sea Shepherd Paul Watson among those in uproar over attack
JACO BEACH – A dream surf vacation went tragically wrong for U.S. resident Andy Newberry last week when the Jersey Shore native mauled a bull shark in Costa Rican waters.
In his first trip to Costa Rica, Newberry, an avid traveler and surfer, hit the Jaco Beach waves early last Thursday to catch the morning break. After riding a few waves, Newberry said he spotted a silvery fin emerge from the water near the foot of his board.
“Everything was pretty Pura Vida up to that point, ya know,” Newberry said in a phone interview. “But then I saw that fin poking above the water and thought, ‘Oh shit! We’re bait, dude!'”
According to Newberry, the suspected man-eater began circling a group of six or seven surfers about 30 meters from the shoreline. When the shark’s fin turned and appeared to be approaching Newberry directly, it was a kill or be killed moment, he said.
“I slid off my board, focused on that bad boy comin’ at me, and instincts took over, man,” he said. “I grabbed that sucker’s head and bit his fin like I was Mike Tyson.”
The ensuing struggle was witnessed from shore as dozens of tourists and locals gathered to watch the melee. Clouds of blood formed in the water though onlookers had a sense Newberry was holding his own as shouts of “take that flipper” and “you taste like chicken” could be heard during the throes of the battle.
“It was like watching a piranha and a chihuahua in a bathtub,” said witness Katarina Campos. “I didn’t know who was winning or losing, but it was far cooler than any UFC fight I’ve ever seen.”
After approximately 30 minutes, the splashing stopped and the struggle came to a close. Newberry was then filmed dragging the carcass of the 16-foot animal to shore and yelling “Gringo One, Jaws Zero!” and shot-gunning a beer.
The videos have since circulated online and caught the attention of several activist groups, including famed Captain Paul Watson, known as the Sea Sheppard, and the World Wildlife Fund.
“We are studying this attack very closely, and intend to pursue Mr. Newberry with due vigor,” Watson said in a phone interview. “Costa Rica has long been staining international waters with shark blood, and this appears to be an escalation we did not anticipate.”
Watson also said Newberry should “take on someone his own size” and issued an international bounty on the head of the “Jersey shark murderer.”
Newberry has since returned to New Jersey and refused further comment on advice of his attorney. The incident is the first recorded shark death via human bite in Costa Rican history.
145 thoughts on “Shark Killed by Tourist Bite in Costa Rica Causes Activist Outrage”
Do they smoke grass in space Jerry, or do they smoke AstroTurf?
He must have been pretty far out, man
Eat or be eaten he did nothing wrong its self defence
These activises are a bunch candy asses !
he did the right thing, anything there is a shark swimming around the swimmers should eat his ass i just don’t like the idea of so many people get hurt or killed by these sharks
Do you have any way to check this story???? I have 12 years living in Jaco and this is the most imposible scenario ever. Too much weed, everybody is superman being high…and you… are publishing.
Jerry, you raise your hand when you want to speak.
Jerry, come on you’re better than that
Jerry, Roa, Christina- You guys need to take naps and regroup. Sleep it off and re-asses the situation here. Come on.
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Did it happend in COSTA RICA Island or actually In Costa Rica… i agree with Carolina..
show me the link of the video! Only Dracula could kill a shark with a your on teeth so i’m calling
Life surf instructor and surfer for 32 years in Jaco area , never see or hear about a shark attack , stop put this shit , such of stupid reporter pejibaye magazine and reporters sucks. Zips this a gringo magazine ? It look like ……. For real
you do realize this is a satirical news website. You people might want to read the FAQ/About El Pejibaye before you make fools out of yourselves. Shame on you..
What a load of shite…………
lets put those activist in the ocean with sharks and see if they are so fond of their precious sharks then lol
I’m in the ocean everyday with sharks and I’m a complete activists. Fear doesn’t drive my emotions like so many sissies on this planet.
Oh, by the way, this article is satirical and not meant to be taken seriously by anyone, so go find something better to do with your time than trying to belittle Animal Rights Activist. Or, are you just angry that you don’t possess the compassion that so many humans have?
I do feel sorry for you, it must suck.
Yeah right! 30 minutes later, after struggling with kilograms of muscle mass, in the water. A simple human drags the 16 foot carcass (like who knows how many pounds), haha!!! So this superman is then drinking beer like nothing. I think he was smoking weed, and some crack and probably other combinations before. Come on, I have been diving with these animals face to face; who do you think you are fooling!!
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keep it up.
As a gringo who comes to visit occasionally I am so happy to find a website that tells it like it is! Most informative article. How does one cook a bull shark?
So the Activists wanted the Shark to eat him? Really! This man should bite those Stupid activist too.