Recent Shark Incidents
Reports on current shark incidents.


Man Bitten while Snorkeling in Australia

A 57-year-old man has been bitten by what is believed to be a shark in Australia.  

The Peter O’Halloran was snokelling when he was bitten, and he received a deep slash-like cut to his arm.

He was taken to Exmouth Hospital where he was treated before he was flown to Perth to be admitted to Sir Charles Gairdener Hospital for further treatment.

“It goes right through the meat. They said there was a bit of bone missing. That’s right through the top, through all the meat there.” Mr O’Halloran stated.

 Fisheries officers are working to identify the type of shark, and will be on the water until this afternoon monitoring the area.

The beach has been closed one either side of Exmouth Marina as a precaution, and people have been warned to be careful around the Exmouth Gulf.




Shark Bites Inflatable Board 200 Yards Offshore

A 57-year-old man encountered a shark while paddle boarding in Hawaii.

Larry Oberto was about 200 yards off South Maui shore paddle boarding on an inflatable board when he noticed a lot of fish jumping from the water. He figured there was probably a shark in the area so decided to head back to shore. Shortly after a shark bit the back of his inflatable. 

“Next thing I know, bam! My board gets bit, I fall off, all I’m thinking is get on the board, lie flat, don’t stick any arms out in the water. As soon as I get back, on I get on quick,” said Oberto.

Another paddle boarder nearby helped Oberto back to shore with the shark lurking behind. He says the shark, about 10-12 feet long, then started following them as they raced back to shore. 

“I’m thinking it’s 200 plus yards to shore. If I don’t get a ride it’s gonna be me and the shark swimming. So he comes over and gets my paddle and I hang on the back of his board with my flat board giving me protection and buoyancy,” said Oberto.

Warning signs are posted from Cove Park to Waipuilani Park. Officials will inspect the area tomorrow to determine if it’s safe to go in the water.

Oberto says he will go stand up paddling again but not with an inflatable board, and not by himself.




Boy Knocked of Board by Shark in Florida

A 7-year-old boy was knocked off his board while surfing at New Smyrna Beach in Florida.

Over the weekend, Shaun Moore and his son Chandler were surfing some big waves when after 15 minutes Chandler was hit by a black tip shark and knocked into the water. At first his father thought it was a large fish but GoPro video revealed that is was a shark instead. 

Shaun, who is a former professional wakeboarder, said he had been out in the water with his son for about 15 minutes when the shark sighting happened.

“Chandler caught a wave — I typically push him into the wave and then I stand in the water [while] he paddles back to me — so I noticed on that wave that he fell off the side of the board kinda awkwardly,” Shaun recalls. “And I said, ‘Hey what happened?'”

The two thought nothing of it and kept surfing and it wasn’t until the two returned to shore and viewed the video and saw that it was a shark. 

The boy was not hurt in the incident. 

Source: People


Man Struck by Shark while Snorkeling in Australia

A 30-year-old man was stuck by a shark while snorkelling in Queensland, AU

Paramedics were called to Bargara, near Bundaberg, for a shark bite. Upon arrival the victim was already being driven to the hospital by his partner. 

The unidentified man received bruises across his chest and abdomen and a laceration on his foot in which the cause is unknown. 

He was taken in a stable condition to Bundaberg Hospital.

Source: Yahoo News



Young Girl Bitten by Shark in Knee-Deep Water

A 9-year-old girl was bitten in the leg by a shark in knee-deep water while on vacation with her family in Florida.

Maggie Crum, was in the water off the coast of New Smyrna Beach when she felt a sharp pain in her leg, .

"It felt like a grab at first and then it just ripped into the skin, and that’s when it hurt and felt like a bite," she stated.

The fourth grader received 12 stitches in her leg after the bite but has no hesitation about going back into the ocean.

“What are the odds that you’re going to be bit twice?" she said.



Man Encounters Shark while Snorkeling in Israel

A man encountered a shark while snorkeling off the coast of Hadera in central Israel. 

Hanan Shaul was snorkeling near the industrial plant along the coast of Hadera which annually draws schools of sharks. Shaul stated, 

"Two days ago I waded into the sea… and after about an hour in the water, I moved to an area near the Hadera power station, which is where I met the sharks. During the dive, I drifted around 10 yards away from my two friends. Other than the three of us, there were only fishermen in the area. I was in murky waters some 30 yards from the beach when I started swimming to shore.Suddenly a shark caught my flipper and started thrashing my leg. It was extremely powerful. Thankfully, he only ripped off the flipper and it ended there." 

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Source: Isreal Hayom


Man Films Shark Encounter while Fishing

A kayaker encountered a great white off the coast of South Africa. 

Kayaker, Bradley Beamish, filmed a shark aggressively following him after he stated it bit his kayak. Beamish was fishing off the coast of East London, South Africa when the incident occurred. Click here to watch footaage

No injuries were reported.

Source: Daily Star 


Swimmer Bitten on Both Legs in Florida

A man was bitten while swimming at Haulover Beach, Florida. 

Ocean Rescue lifeguards said they became aware of a shark lurking near the beach and began clearing the water. As one beachgoer exited the water, he was bitten on both legs by what is being reported as a 4-5 foot bull shark. 

The person was able to get to shore where he was taken to Aventura Hospital. 

No report has been issued on his condition. 

Source: Valliant News



Surfer Bitten by Shark at Cocoa Beach Florida

A man was bitten by what is believed to be a black tip shark at Cocoa Beach. 

The man identified only as Miller was surfing in the Atlantic Ocean near the Cocoa Beach Pier when he was bitten on the foot. Witness, Mark Koehler stated, "He started swimming toward shore, another surfer helped him out and they pulled him out of the water."

He was was transported by Brevard County Fire Rescue to Cape Canaveral Hospital where he was treated for a non-life-threatening laceration to his left foot.  

Miller was released and returned home stating, "All stitched up, have some ripped tendons and a couple toes not doing too well but Cape hospital took care of me and I'll be back to surfing ASAP."

Double red flags are being flown at the beach.

Source: Click Orlando


Diver Bitten by Shark in Mexico

A 23-year old man was bitten while diving off the Baja California Sur coast.
The unidentified American was diving in Magdalena Bay near San Carlos when he was bitten on his forearm. The man was able to make it back to his dive boat on his own and was then taken to a local hospital for treatment for non-life threatening wounds. 

There is no immediate information on the species of shark involved in the attack.

Source: Washington Post



Man Identified by Hand Found inside Tiger Shark

A man was killed while snorkelling off Reunion Island. 

The 44-year-old man was snorkelling off Reunion Island when he went missing. It is believed he was on a week-long holiday with his wife in Saint-Gilles. Local resident Erick Quelquejeu reported the man had left his wife for just "a few minutes" to go for a swim. His wife became concerned and a search commenced for the man. Many helicopters, planes, swimmers and boats went to try and find the unidentified man but couldn't find him for a few days.

A few days later his hand, identified by his wedding ring, was found inside a tiger shark which was caught for research purposes. Authorities are not sure if the man drowned before encountering the shark.

Reunion Island beaches are well marked with warning signs for beachgoers.

Source: BBC



Two Men Bitten by Same Shark in Australia

Two men were injured by the same shark while snorkeling in Australia.  

The incident happened while Danny Maggs, 22, and friend Alistair Raddon, 28, were taking part in a snorkelling boat tour when the incident happened at 10:17. Both men were swimming in the ocean off Hook Island when they bitten. The two were wrestling in the water when one “thought his mate grabbed him really hard by the leg and turned around and saw blood in the water.” Maggs was bitten on the right calf and Raddon’s right foot was bitten off. 

Both made it back to the tour boat safely where they were treated by medics who happened to be participating in the snorkel tour by tying tourniquets to their legs.

From there they were flown to Mackay Base Hospital in a 'serious but stable' condition, where they have both since undergone surgery.

Although unconfirmed, it is believed to have been a tiger shark involved in the incident. 

Source: Daily Mirror



Surfer Suffers Minor Injuries after Shark Bite in Florida

A 27-year-old man was bitten by a shark while surfing at New Smyrna Beach, Florida. 

Rescue crews responded to a 911 call of a shark bite at an inlet at around 1 p.m., after a man "jumped off his surfboard and onto a shark." The unidentified surfer suffered minor cuts and was treated at the scene.

After the incident, the surfer drove himself home to Orlando, reports said.

It was unclear what species of shark the man encountered.

Source: Newsweek



Man in Kayak Encounters Shark in California

A kayaker encountered a shark in California.

The unidentified kayaker was off the coast of Cambria when he said his kayak was flipped over by a shark.A distress call was made and the fire departments of Cambria and Hearst Castle responded to the call, as did Cal Fire and North Coast Ocean Rescue.

The kayaker was met at the beach by the Cambria Fire Department and a CHP helicopter, Cambria Community Healthcare District, State Parks and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife also assisted with the rescue.

No injuries were reported for the kayaker.




French Tourist Looses Hands in Rare Shark Incident

A 35-year-old French tourist was bitten while vacationing in French Polynesia.
The unnamed woman was swimming off the coast or Moorea while taking part in a whale watching expedition when she was bitten by an oceanic whitetip shark. 
Local firefighter Jean-Jacques Riveta told French news outlet, AFP, that the victim was treated on the scene by two nurses who happened to be with her on the excursion.

“When we got to the hotel jetty, she was conscious but in a critical condition. She had lost a lot of blood and both her hands had been cut off at the forearm," he said, adding that she also lost her left breast. 

The woman was airlifted to Tahiti and is reportedly in stable condition.

Source: Travel and Leisure



Surfer has Board Bitten In Australia

A surfer had a close call while hitting some waves in Australia.

Brad Highlands reported on Facebook that his friend was surfing at Woorim on Bribie Island when “his buddy was knocked off his board while waiting for a wave to come his way.”

“He's shaken pretty bad but otherwise all is OK.”

Dorsal Shark Reports registered a shark sighting at the beach off Eighth Avenue at Woorim on Thursday about 11am; however, A Surf Life Saving Queensland spokeswoman told Yahoo News Australia lifeguards are aware of the surfer’s claim but no shark has been found.

“We heard about the surfer’s account secondhand while closing the beach yesterday afternoon,” she said.

“We’re not sure when the incident happened but patrol couldn’t find any sharks.”
As there was no confirmation of a shark sighting, Woorim’s beach remained open on Friday.

Highlands reported his friend suffered no injury. 

Source: AU News



Shark Involvement Believed in Missing Diver Case

The disappearance of Alan Delatorre on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, was possibly the result of a shark encounter according Maj. Robert Wagner, of the Hawai'i Police Department.

 Search-and-rescue divers recovered clothes and equipment, which were found in "shredded" condition. Because HFD responders were unable to locate a body, police filed the initial report as a missing person.

Delatorre, 45, failed to return home following a solo dive last Friday night. Neither his family or friends have heard from him in the six days.

His truck was located on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 6 in the area of Aliʻi Drive. Rescue personnel on Sunday searched the shoreline and waters near Bubba’s Beach, the beach area near Waterfront Row. Helicopter has been deployed to help in the search. 

A dive buoy that is believed to belong to Delatorre was also located approximately 100 yards offshore in the same area.

Alan Delatorre is described as being 5 feet, 4 inches, 156 pounds, medium build, with black hair and brown eyes.



Man Encounters Great White while Kayaking in California

Kayaker encounters great white off the coast of Catalina Island. 

Danny McDaniel and Jon Chambers were kayaking Saturday morning near Ship Rock, about two miles east of Catalina when McDaniel’s kayak was bitten by the shark. 

“Felt push to the left, looked to right, giant great white shark a foot from my boot,” said McDaniel. “His upper half of body was out of the water, his dorsal fin was out of the water.”

Chambers was the first to notice the 19-foot shark before McDaniel turned around.
"Look at it and said, 'oh crap, oh crap, oh crap'," said Chambers. "I yelled at him to hit it."
The shark had its jaws clamped on the back of the nine-foot-long kayak, inches from McDaniel.
"Saw a giant, triangular, conical-shaped head right there and a huge body. Just a massive body," said McDaniel.

The shark eventually let go, leaving damage to the kayak but no injuries to McDaniels. 

Source: 10 News


Surfer's Board Bitten In Australia

A 29-year-old male encountered a great white in New South Wales. 

Mike Bruton was surfing at Lighthouse Beach near Seal Rocks. While waiting for a wave, paddling, Burton what hit from underneath by what he estimated to be a shark approximately 8 feet in length. 

Witnesses saw the shark shoot up into the air after knocking Bruton off his surfboard, snapping his leg rope and leaving a huge bite mark on the right rail of his board. Burton retrieved his board and made it safely back to shore. 
Bruton was uninjured in the attack but was impressed with the force of the shark. 
“The sheer power of the thing, it felt like I was getting hit by a bus.”

Source: Daily Mail



Surfer Encounters Shark in Guam

Surfer encountered a shark while crossing the mouth of Talofofo Bay, Guam. 

Rain Williams was paddling across the mouth of Talofofo Bay when he had a close encounter with a shark. 

Williams recounts, "I fell off the board and I was in the water for a few seconds maybe 10 seconds," he said. "Then I grabbed onto my board the shark had bumped my board couple times maybe three times and while I was in the water. I felt it swim by me earlier it must have bumped up against me and left some teeth marks on my leg, my left thigh." He did not require medical attention. 

Williams thinks it was a juvenile shark but did not comment on what type.  


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