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2005-09-18 01:15:00

SYDNEY -- In a life-and-death struggle, Australian surfer Jake Heron punched the great white shark as it bit his arm and thigh, turning the ocean into a bloody cauldron. Miraculously, Heron, 40, lived to tell the tale. Very few people survive an attack by a great white, which can grow to 20 feet, weigh 2.5 tonnes, and with enough power in its jaws to lift a car. Two weeks earlier, marine biologist Jarrod Stehbens, 23, also fought a great white as it pulled him underwater as he tried to climb...

2005-08-25 01:38:30

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The parents of an Australian marine biologist attacked and presumed killed by a shark said on Thursday they did not want the shark destroyed, while rescuers held little hope of finding the man alive. Jarrod Stehbens, 23, was looking for cuttlefish eggs with three University of Adelaide colleagues about 5 km (3 miles) off Glenelg, near the South Australia state capital of Adelaide, when he was attacked on Wednesday. "Jarrod was doing exactly what he wanted to do. He...

2005-08-25 01:35:00

SYDNEY -- The parents of an Australian marine biologist attacked and presumed killed by a shark said on Thursday they did not want the shark destroyed, while rescuers held little hope of finding the man alive. Jarrod Stehbens, 23, was looking for cuttlefish eggs with three University of Adelaide colleagues about 5 km (3 miles) off Glenelg, near the South Australia state capital of Adelaide, when he was attacked on Wednesday. "Jarrod was doing exactly what he wanted to do. He loved the sea,...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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