The man who was fatally attacked by first one, and then several, sharks in a feeding frenzy at a New Zealand beach has been described as a "glorious" husband and father.
Adam Strange, a 46-year-old documentary maker, was killed at the popular Muriwai beach north of Auckland yesterday afternoon by what is believed to have been a 4m great white, the NZ Herald reports.
"All of a sudden, we saw the shark fin and next minute, boom, attack him and then blood everywhere on the water," witness Pio Mose said.
It took police and lifeguards 30 minutes to retrieve Mr Strange's body from the water, with an officer shooting several bullets at the sharks to keep them at bay.
Mr Strange's wife Meg was waiting on the beach with family members as his body was being recovered.
The couple have a two-year-old daughter, Indigo.
The family last night released a statement saying they were in deep shock and requesting privacy.
"The family are grieving the loss of a glorious and great father, husband and friend," the statement read.
Mr Strange is a director who won a Crystal Bear with his first short film Aphrodite's Farm at the Berlin Film Festival in 2009.
A family friend told the NZ Herald that Mr Strange had been training for an upcoming ocean swim and was a regular at the beach.
"He surfs the beach every day, he loves the ocean."
Mr Strange wrote on his website that in his spare time he liked to "make a fruit smoothy, surf some big waves out on the West Coast, point my skis down a mountain with Meg, haul my mountain bike up and down a few hills, drink some Pinot while scratching away at a film script…"
Source: NZ Herald
Author: Emily O'Keefe, Approving editor: Mark Worley