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Sharks Seen Swimming Down Australian Streets

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the we're-going-to-need-a-bigger-sidewalk dept.

Shark 210

As if the flood waters weren't bad enough for the people of Queensland, it now appears that there are sharks swimming in the streets. Two bull sharks were spotted swimming past a McDonald’s in the city of Goodna, Butcher Steve Bateman saw another making its way past his shop on Williams street. Ipswich councillor for the Goodna region Paul Tully said: "It would have swam several kilometres in from the river, across Evan Marginson Park and the motorway. It’s definitely a first for Goodna, to have a shark in the main street."

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oh man! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34924636)

that bites! fp

Infestation (1)

LC_Smacktastic (1602789) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924658)

Another reason to avoid McDonald's if ever there was one.

Re:Infestation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34925210)

Another reason to avoid McDonald's if ever there was one.

don't worry there's still plenty of obscenely fat lard-asses all over the place to repel people who give a shit about themselves. see they DO serve some function.

Obligatory (3, Funny)

toygeek (473120) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924664)

RIP Steve Irwin. These are the kinds of things he *lived* for.

That being said...

"Land shark!"

Re:Obligatory (1)

satuon (1822492) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924722)

Agree. I would have loved to see him do a show about that now, with his cool accent and all. I could imagine him jumping on a shark and riding it, saying "ain't they goorgeous?"

Re:Obligatory (2, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924946)

Agree. I would have loved to see him do a show about that now, with his cool accent and all. I could imagine him jumping on a shark and riding it, saying "ain't they goorgeous?"

Unfortunately Steve jumped the shark some time ago and not in a good way...

Not surprising (3, Insightful)

Cimexus (1355033) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924676)

Hardly surprising is it? Rivers breaking their banks mean things that would normally be in the river are now in places other than the river. Considering the large amount of ~actual~ news coming out of the flooding situation, not sure why this random factoid above all others has made Slashdot. (Yes I know it's Idle...but still...)

Oh and /insert mandatory fricken laser beams joke here.

Re:Not surprising (1)

ZZane (144066) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924740)

Wish I had mod points for this. Sharks are in river, river overflows into town, sharks are now in town. Surprised? No.

Re:Not surprising (2)

Buggz (1187173) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924832)

Wish I had mod points for this. Sharks are in river, river overflows into town, sharks are now in town. Surprised? No.

I was a bit surprised at there being sharks in the river in the first place, so I did a search on freshwater sharks. Thus, I learned something today, from Idle no less..

Re:Not surprising (1)

thegarbz (1787294) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924870)

Bullsharks are actually a bit of a hybrid. They are usually found on our coast lines but frequently swim up river. The picture is misleading too as is the one on wikipedia. These things are normally quite small when actually swimming around in shallow rivers. Though they are aggressive bastards. We've been snapped at before while wakeboarding in one of our rivers.

Re:Not surprising (1)

Frogbert (589961) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924774)

Actually it is. Typically the crocs eat the sharks before they can cause too much trouble.

Re:Not surprising (1)

brad-d (30038) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924874)

There are no crocs in the Brisbane river. Bull sharks are common in waterways in Southeast Queensland. This could have been real, or not. I'm leaning towards not because it is just one person who though they saw something in some pretty messy waters.

Re:Not surprising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34924938)

not sure why this random factoid above all others has made Slashdot

It's a US-american thing I guess. Some arbitrary stuff - like bacon and sharks for example - get them all giddy for no good reason.

Re:Not surprising (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924978)

not sure why this random factoid above all others has made Slashdot

It's a US-american thing I guess.

Uh US-american?

Come on its the awsome title.

Re:Not surprising (1)

TheoGB (786170) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925000)

Yeah but why did it take five days to actually get on here?

Re:Not surprising (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925022)

Most things take at least a week to get to slashdot but I think it is on this minute because its dinner time in Melbourne and Sydney.

Re:Not surprising (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925116)

Most things take at least a week to get to slashdot but I think it is on this minute because its dinner time in Melbourne and Sydney.

When the water rises, the fish eat the aunts; when the water falls the aunts eat the fish.

Re:Not surprising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34925314)

Sharks respect one-way streets.

Re:Not surprising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34925280)

Come on its the awsome title.

Meh, call me when there are whales or giant deep-sea squids in the streets. Who cares about some boring common fish?

Re:Not surprising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34925208)

Fact. Not factoid. Factoids are things that resemble facts but aren't, like a humanoid is something that looks human but isn't.

Re:Not surprising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34925440)

Oh and /insert mandatory fricken laser beams joke here.

No lasers. Candygram! [videosift.com]

Can we please skip the obligatory jokes? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34924678)

Come on people. That damn movie was released in 1997. You'd think that after over thirteen years, we'd be able to come up with something that's (a) original, and (b) actually funny.

Re:Can we please skip the obligatory jokes? (0)

purpledinoz (573045) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924734)

Typical Slashdot... Obligatory comments, and the comments to complain about the obligatory comments. Now I'm complaining about the comment complaining about the obligatory comments..

Re:Can we please skip the obligatory jokes? (1)

the_Bionic_lemming (446569) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924784)

In Soviet russia...

Ahh, I'm going to bed..

Re:Can we please skip the obligatory jokes? (0)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924994)

In Capitalist West over hyped, badly designed, poorly maintained levee breaks around you.
In Soviet Russia levee to nowhere entombs you.

Re:Can we please skip the obligatory jokes? (1, Offtopic)

TheoGB (786170) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925014)

We're going to need a bigger meme.

Re:Can we please skip the obligatory jokes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34925478)

In Soviet russia...

Ahh, I'm going to bed..

In Soviet Russia, Natalie Portman petrifies naked grits! In pants of hot land shark! Da is funny, yes? I'm lenin towards no. All your base are belong to First Post, so quit stallman and make your time--you gnu you were asking for goatse.cx. Imagine a Beowulf cluster of red paperclips!

Slashdot: where memes never die, they just wander around banging into each other like zombies. Old school slow zombies, not remake cannibals-on-speed zombies. Dancing baby! Netcraft now confirms: this post is dying.

coincidence? (-1)

underqualified (1318035) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924698)

must be microsoft's response to this this [slashdot.org]

Re:coincidence? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34924812)

I saw these two articles next to each other on the RSS feed, and proceeded to read the comments specifically to see if someone had made this connection. Bravo.

Re:coincidence? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924940)

If you see a shark on the streets of Canberra and he's not a defence industry lobbyist then it will probably be Microsoft related.

Re:coincidence? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34925082)

If you see anyone with any sort of political connection on the streets of Canberra then he's probably lost.

Canberra is just the scenery between the airport and Parliament House (which has its own streets under that hill).

Re:coincidence? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925200)

True story: my wife and I spent a night in a cheap hotel in Canberra some years ago because she had to get her passport renewed. The reception desk had a sign which said:

Due to problems with recent groups we do not accept bookings from residents of Canberra.

It must be the boredom.

Why? (5, Informative)

brad-d (30038) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924704)

So one person reports (unconfirmed) two bull sharks in flood waters. Local media the next day generally has the opinion the story is a load of bollocks and now almost a week later it appears on Slashdot (a news for nerds site) as fact.... OK.

If you want some (slightly) more nerdy stuff to report about the floods go research the Wivenhoe dam.

I've really got to stop reading idle stories.

Unbelievable != hoax (2)

noisyinstrument (1624451) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925260)

Unconfirmed, but reported multiple times by different people. It's not really that unbelievable though, they are often spotted (and have actually attacked animals and people) even further up the river. The butcher shop is roughly 600metres from the original river bank, but was underwater on the 13th.

Marked is approximately the location of the butcher (note the flood waters on the 13th): http://www.nearmap.com/?q=Shark@-27.608694,152.899003&ll=-27.6078,152.898831&z=16&t=k&nmd=20110113 [nearmap.com]

The motorway to the north of the butcher is elevated with several underpasses. You say that the newspapers believe it was a hoax, but I can't say I've seen a retraction for the story anywhere. In fact it was covered again today: http://www.qt.com.au/story/2011/01/19/butchers-scary-shark-encounter-bull-steve-bateman/ [qt.com.au]

* Note I'm not saying its true, I just don't think you can dismiss it without something other than your own opinion.

Big Mac Attack (2)

meerling (1487879) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924714)

They were just hitting the Mickey Ds for a bite to eat. Maybe they were hoping Ronald himself would be there so they could get a happy meal. :)

Re:Big Mac Attack (1)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925008)

This might get entertaining. In the Maritimes (Eastern Canada) you can buy a McLobster. [gunaxin.com] Maybe they're just getting everything ready to sell the Shark-O-Filet?

Crocodile vs Shark! (1)

purpledinoz (573045) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924718)

I wonder who would win in a fight, a crocodile or a shark? Australia has the most dangerous animals, those poor aussies...

Re:Crocodile vs Shark! (2)

MrDoh! (71235) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924754)

I wonder who would win in a fight, a crocodile or a shark? Australia has the most dangerous animals, those poor aussies...

There's no Crocs round here.
Sharks ate 'em all.

Hey bluey, I can see the pub from here.

Re:Crocodile vs Shark! (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924848)

Probably not the first time this has been tried. Crocs have been seen a long way off shore in the ocean so they must have been eating something.

Re:Crocodile vs Shark! (2)

stjobe (78285) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925066)

Close to shore, money's on the croc. A bit further out, the shark.

The show "Animal Face-Off" on Discovery did their first episode on Great White vs Saltwater Croc, and their conclusion was that the Great White would win, mostly because it doesn't have to surface to breathe:

The shark is looking for food. It hits the crocodile with the bump-and-bite technique. It then tries to attack. The crocodile bites the shark's tail, but can't get a good grip. The shark swims away and comes back for a full-on assault, but the croc strikes first by biting on the shark's pectoral fin and then performing a death roll, tearing off the shark's fin. Despite the bad injury, the shark is still fast and strong. Then both animals collide head on, and the crocodile clamps on to the shark's snout. The shark can't fight back, and the crocodile attempts another death roll, and both combatants sink. Running out of air, the crocodile breaks off the attack and heads to the surface to breathe, which allows the shark to return and bite the croc's belly, ending the fight.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Face-Off [wikipedia.org]

Re:Crocodile vs Shark! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34925182)

Nah, we're ok here, we hire blokes to run around the wilderness scaring the shit outta them. Poor animals more like.

ru srs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34924732)

This story is a load of Bull sh#t

Land sharks! (1)

Bob54321 (911744) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924746)

They must be a new type of shark given that the land has been relatively dry for the last five days or so. Either that, or Slashdot is posting things days after they occur... Nah - new type of shark is bound to be the explanation!

Why post, fake news? (1)

TafBang (1971954) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924764)

1 more time and I'm done with this site. If a lot of these things aren't actually factual, I'll migrate to a better source

Re:Why post, fake news? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924820)

1 more time and I'm done with this site. If a lot of these things aren't actually factual, I'll migrate to a better source

My sister in law is from Queensland and she knows people in Goodna. She told me about the sharks a couple of days ago. I am pretty sure the story comes from the Goodna butcher and I have no reason to disbelieve him.

Re:Why post, fake news? (2)

brad-d (30038) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924860)

Except that it's just his word with no evidence - that'd be one reason not to believe him.

It's hard to describe just how much junk was flowing through the flood waters last week. This really could have been anything.

Re:Why post, fake news? (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924954)

"1 more time and I'm done with this site. If a lot of these things aren't actually factual, I'll migrate to a better source"

Sharks are very common in Qld rivers and can be found up to 100km from the sea, Goodna is less tha 20km from the sea. As a 50yro Aussie who has heard stories like this in previous floods it does not strike me as fake news. - YMMV

Re:Why post, fake news? (1)

TafBang (1971954) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925062)

K, I just saw other post calling this a fallacy, but I suppose they were just trolling, but yes. The situation is definitely possible but there has been no proof. Post is accepted. I'm going to stay :)

PHFT! Nothing new! (5, Funny)

definate (876684) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924786)

Seriously, I've lived in Australia all my life, and I can tell ya', there's always been sharks swimming in the streets!

Blimey, if I had a 2 dollar coin for every time I've seen a shark swimming in the streets, I'd be a billionaire! (1 billion AUD ~ 23,540 USD)

We got it all down here, land sharks, flying snakes, drop bears, bunyips, flys that bite, the worlds most poisonous spiders. Basically, if it's an animal that can kill you, we've got it. Crikey, we even import dangerous animals from other countries [blogspot.com], just to make sure we've got 'em!

Land sharks? Phft! Nobodies ever died from a land shark!

Now drop bears, that's a lethal animal. I lost my father to a drop bear, came out of no where. R.I.P. Dad.

Re:PHFT! Nothing new! (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924824)

Cycling home from work today there were all these hoopsnakes running red lights right past me. What is this country coming to?

Re:PHFT! Nothing new! (1)

definate (876684) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924918)

I know, right? Fuckin' hoopsnakes! So sick of them rolling about the country side, terrifying old grandmas, going above the speed limit, with absolutely no regard for polite society. I was at the pub the other day with Dazza, and we saw a hoopsnake carrying a fucking didgeridoo he'd stolen off some abo, who was limping because he was only wearing one thong!

We thought that was a bloody sight for sore eyes, but we shut our mouths when we realized it was Sir Ernie Dingo. Luckily he was too pissed to realize who it was, and the other 53 people in Australia promised not to tell, so we should be fine. I don't wanna get a kick up the bum again!

Re:PHFT! Nothing new! (1)

tao (10867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924850)

WTF? I'd certainly be happy to trade $23,540 with you for a cool billion AUD. According to XE: "1,000,000,000.00 AUD = 1,005,998,910.71 USD" According to google: "1 billion Australian dollars = 1.0033 billion U.S. dollars" (This all based on billion being in short scale)

Re:PHFT! Nothing new! (3, Funny)

definate (876684) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924896)

Sorry, obviously there's a little confusion here. Lemme clarify that for ya.

A billion in the Australian metric system, is 1/10th of a Waggawagga, or about 3/5ths of a Malala. It doesn't quite work the same as you guys over there.

If you convert it correctly, then it comes out to a little bit above what I quoted ya. However, when you take into account the money you have to pay the Aborginal gangs on your way to the Reserve Money Trader of Australia (it's in Canberra), you'd come out with about what I quoted. If ya don't pay them, they'll bash ya, and make ya walkabout it off.

Fuckin' arseholes if you tell me.

Re:PHFT! Nothing new! (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924912)

Sorry, obviously there's a little confusion here. Lemme clarify that for ya.

A billion in the Australian metric system, is 1/10th of a Waggawagga, or about 3/5ths of a Malala.

I thought that was a sydharb.

Re:PHFT! Nothing new! (1)

definate (876684) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924944)

Don't be an idiot, a sydharb's a unit of area!

Re:PHFT! Nothing new! (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925094)

Don't be an idiot, a sydharb's a unit of area!

No, a sydharb is a unit of volume.
 

Re:PHFT! Nothing new! (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925296)

It's both. There's the flat sydharb (sometimes referred to as the tall sybhard), which is area, and there's the tall sydharb (sometimes referred to as the short sybhard) which is volume.

Re:PHFT! Nothing new! (1)

sjwt (161428) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925364)

Running behind the times, ya know the whole AU$ being either aprox = or even over the value of the US$.

But worry not, its the NZ$ being worth more then the US$ that is a sign of the Apocalypse.

Re:PHFT! Nothing new! (1)

definate (876684) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925404)

LOL I'm not running behind the times, just making a joke.

When we hit parity, I went nuts buying up large! Was awesome!

The NZD will never reach parity, unless the US/China/etc decide that they really really want a lot more wool/lord of the rings, or unless they develop a significantly sized financial market. Which is possible, but unlikely.

Re:PHFT! Nothing new! (1)

lul_wat (1623489) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925454)

It'll never happen, we're borrowing $250 million a week from other countries. We're on the way to become the Ireland of the south pacific- we're just doing it a week at a time.

LOL Informative (0)

definate (876684) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925490)

LOL I love that I've been moderated "Informative". This is fucking awesome!

Oh I love Slashdot, and either its ignorance of Australia, or complicity in the joke.

Where's Vic Hislop when you need him? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34924814)

Answering my own question, I'm sure he's somewhere in the background, handing out bite-sized quotes to whip the media into a frenzy -- before he plunges in with an oh-so-generous offer to dispatch the poor sharks... for a price, of course.

Just one thing left out of the article... (1, Funny)

Totenglocke (1291680) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924854)

Did the sharks have frickin lasers on their heads?

If not, why didn't the Australian government put lasers on their heads? Everyone deserves a warm meal!

Sewer Shark! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34924864)

Sega predicted this in 1995!

I'm sick of these motherfuckin' sharks on this (2, Funny)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924910)

motherfuckin' street.

Okay, I probably didn't get that right verbatim, but you get the gist.

Big N' Tasty (1)

kolbe (320366) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925092)

Quote: "TWO bull sharks have been spotted swimming past the McDonald’s restaurant in Goodna."

Can I have 20... raw... to go please... *gurgle*

That will be 77.81. Please swim up to your first window.

Wouldn't have even conceived the notion of this had I not read the article... lol.

I call BS (1)

dorpus (636554) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925106)

If the waters are as muddy as they appear in the picture, how would sharks not get their gills clogged? And what is the salinity of the water?

Looks like Comics come to life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34925130)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_Sharks

What's with all the Aussie stories? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34925170)

Keep it up and they may as well rename the site "Slasho".

It's all clear now (1)

Lonedar (897073) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925300)

Aha! So THAT'S how Microsoft got Australia to mandate OOXML. Sharks (with possible lasers on their heads)!

Oh for the love of crap.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34925304)

Goodna isn't a city. It barely has eight thousand people in it. Straight from the wikipedia.

Goodna is a suburb on the eastern edge of the city of Ipswich in Queensland, Australia.

Eh, after 15 years of lurking, I should be happy to see only that level of inaccuracy in the title.

-Iceman
(Australian, City of Brisbane)

Re:Oh for the love of crap.. (1)

lazybeam (162300) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925488)

Goodna is only "good" for a landmark as half-way between Toowoomba and the Gold Coast!

BTW, Toowoomba had a massive never-before-seen flood on the Monday before this story. If a shark swam past the main McDs in Toowoomba THAT would be news (since that was a flash flood, and the water would have ended up in the Murray-Darling system, and flowed into the ocean ~2000km away)

This makes for a good B movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34925338)

After 'Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus' and 'Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus' now comes 'Mega Shark vs. Ronald McDonald'

video or it didn't happen! (1)

BestNicksRTaken (582194) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925530)

come on, get us some youtube.

urgh, i can see the "syfy" guys planning the movie already - what is it with them and shark films?

Ive seen it all! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34925534)

Oh man a real life STREET SHARKS!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqGQyMF5a_0

My life is now complete....

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