Recent Shark Incidents
 
Reports on current shark incidents.

2021-05-07

Woman Bitten by a Shark in Dayton Beach

An Oregon woman was bitten by a shark while visiting Florida.

The 21-year-old woman was wading in shallow oceans waters at Daytona Beach Shores when she was bitten on her right foot. 

The woman left the beach in her own vehicle but officials do not know if she went to the hospital. 

Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal



2021-05-05

Surfer Suffers Non Life-Threating Wounds from Encounter in Hawaii

A surfer has suffered minor injuries after encountering a shark in Hawaii.

The unidentified surfer was in the water of North Beach at the Marine Corps Base when she encountered the shark. A lifeguard on duty says the surfer was able to get out of the water after sustaining deep cuts to the shin and calf. 

The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition. 

Source: KHON 2



2021-05-03

Fisherman Died after Bitten by Shark in Westmoreland, Jamaica

A 53-year-old fisherman has died in Jamaica after being bitten by a shark. 

Donovan Haywood was spear fishing off the shores of Little Bay in Little London with a group of other fishermen. While under water, Haywood was bitten by a large shark which tore off his left arm and inflicted several bite wounds to his upper body. 

The men work for 30 minutes to free Haywood from the shark’s mouth. When they did, the shark swam away with his arm. 

Haywood was taken to shore where he was pronounced dead. 

Source: The Gleaner



2021-04-30

Woman Bitten while Paddle Boarding at Daytona Beach

A 64-year-old woman has been bitten by a shark in Florida.

The unidentified woman, from New Smyrna Beach, was on her paddle board at Daytona Beach when she was bitten. According to Tamra Malphurs of the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue, the woman received cuts on her foot and was transported for medical treatment as a precaution. 

It is unknown at this time as to the species of shark involved as it was not actually seen. 

Source: Orlando Sentinel
  



2021-04-29

Man Injured while Boogie Boarding at Vero Beach, Florida

A 54-year-old man was bitten by a shark near Disney’s Vero Beach Resort in Florida. 

According to witnesses, the man was boogie boarding approximately 30-40 feet off shore when he saw the man in distress. When the man came ashore he has wounds to both his calf and knee. Medical staff at the resort reached the man within minutes, and applied a tourniquet to control blood loss.

"They did a good job. There was some blood, but not an excessive amount,” said Fire Rescue Battalion Chief, Roger Dion. 

The unidentified man was taken to Sebastian River Medical Center to treat his leg wounds and then airlifted to another hospital. 

The shark was not seen so it is unknown as to what type of shark was involved in the incident. 

Source: People

 



2021-04-26

Man Dies while Paddle Boarding in New Caledonia

A 53-year-old man has died of suspected shark bites in New Caledonia. 

The unidentified man was paddle boarding near the beach of Noumea. His lifeless body was found on his board by a boater just off the Nouville Peninsula. 

An autopsy has yet to be performed but investigators suspect the wounds were caused by a shark. 

Alerts were released to warn swimmers. 

Source: The Guardian

 



2021-04-25

Fisherman Looses Battle to Shark in Ireland

A fisherman was pulled off his kayak by a shark off the coast of Ireland.

Graham Smith was fishing for shark near Donegal when he hooked a porbeagle shark. After fighting it for 15-20 minutes the shark pulled him out to water that was very rough. 

“Some lads that I know were there so I gave them a shout and said can you give me a quick tow out of this rough stuff – then I can get the shark up and let him go. But the shark caused a swell before we were ready and it just flipped the kayak.”

You can watch the footage here of the incident and Graham getting back to safety. 

There were no injuries but the fisherman did loose valuable equipment in the tussle. 

Source: Ary News



2021-04-24

Woman Sustains Minor Wound from Tiger Shark

A 57-year-old woman was bitten by a tiger shark in Hawaii.

The unidentified woman was with an excursion group. The woman was swimming about 200 yards off shore of the Kukio Resort Club House when a tiger shark bit her from behind. She was taken to shore by canoe where she received first aid before being taken to the hospital where she was treated for a 2 inch puncture wound to her left knee.

Officials closed the beaches for the remainder of the day. 

Source: Inside Edition



2021-04-21

Woman Bitten by Shark In Hawaii

A 26-year-old woman was bitten by a shark in Hawaii.

The unidentified woman was about 30 feet from shore of Kealakeua Bay when Lalu Gardner, tour guide for Adventures in Paradise found her after hearing screaming. She was surrounded by blood and said the woman appeared to have been bitten by a shark on her back and upper thigh. 

The woman was able to swim to shore where bystanders helped her out of the water and waited with her until medics arrived. She was then taken to Kona Community Hospital in serious condition but has since been upgraded to stable condition. 

The Bay was closed immediately including Manini Beach. 

Source: Hawaii Tribune



2021-04-20

Diver Suffers Head Injury in South Africa

A 38-year-old man encountered a shark while diving in South Africa.

Jarid Norman was spear-fishing in Umdloti on the north coast of Durban when he shot a rock cod with his spearfishing rod, as he was reaching for his knife, a shark struck his head while going for the fish. 

 “It felt like something just punched me in the head. It was not an attack, it was going for the fish in my hand. It’s like a dog, if you are holding a pie and it goes for the pie and bites your hand it’s a case of mistaken identity.”

When Norman saw blood he assumed it was from the fish; however, his partner informed him it was actually coming from his head. He saw in his car mirror that is was actually a bone fragment. 

Norman posted a video on social media showing him dislodging the fragment from his bleeding head which can be seen here

Local authorities requested the tooth so that they can determine what species was involved in the incident. 
Source: SA Promo

 



2021-04-19

Man Bitten by Unknown Shark Species in WA

A man has been bitten by a shark at Dampier in WA.

It is reported the unidentified man was at the beach south of Dampier Boat Ramp in Karratha around 3:30 pm when received a deep laceration to his foot.

He was taken to Karratha Health Campus for treatement on his injuries that are not considered life- threatening.

Surf Life Saving WA confirmed a shark had been sighted five miles offshore at Boat Club Beach near Karratha and the public is being warned to take extra caution around the Dampier area and adhere to any beach closures. 

Source: 7 News 

 



2021-04-14

Body Boarder Gone Missing in South Africa

A 38-year-old man has gone missing after body boarding in South Africa.

The unidentified missing man was reportedly body boarding in the surf line at Chinsta and later in the day only his body board was found washed up on the beach with what appears to be bite marks from a shark. 

Rescue crews including South Africa Police, Police K-9 Sear and Rescue, and a Police Dive Unit are searching the area along with many private boats and a local business helicopter to recover the victim. 

The National Sea and Rescue Institute and the Buffalo City government have warned citizens to be cautious along the stretch of coastline from East London and North of Chinsta. 

Source: The South African

 



2021-04-06

Surfer Suffers Non Life-Threating Wounds in Encounter in Hawaii

A surfer has suffered minor injuries after encountering a shark in Hawaii.

The unidentified surfer was in the water of North Beach at the Marine Corps Base when she encountered the shark. A lifeguard on duty says the surfer was able to get out of the water after sustaining deep cuts to the shin and calf. 

The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition. 

Source: KHON 2



2021-04-06

Surfer Suffers Non Life-Threating Wounds in Encounter in Hawaii

A surfer has suffered minor injuries after encountering a shark in Hawaii.

The unidentified surfer was in the water of North Beach at the Marine Corps Base when she encountered the shark. A lifeguard on duty says the surfer was able to get out of the water after sustaining deep cuts to the shin and calf. 

The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition. 

Source: KHON 2



2021-04-03

Swimmer Bitten by Shark in Florida Keys

A swimmer was bitten by a shark near Key Biscayne.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded to vessel floating off No Name Harbor. Witness Alden Duffield, saw the 36-year-old man rushed to shore. 

Key Biscayne Fire Rescue transported the man to Mercy Hospital where he was being treated for a 1-inch puncture to his lower leg. He is listed in stable condition. 

Source: WSVN 

 



2021-04-01

Man Suffers Injuries from an Apparent Shark Bite

A man, reported to be in his forties, has been bitten by a shark at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. 

Emergency crews were called to waters off the beachside resort around 1 p.m. near Wabasso Beach Park. Eye witness, David Cabrera, said that he spoke to the unidentified man when he say him hobble out of the water apparently injured. He said it took a short time before his wounds began to bleed and the man soon became faint. 

The man sustained a bite wound 3-4 inches in length on his left foot and a smaller cut on his right.

It is unknown as to the type of shark involved in the incident. 

Source: TCPalm 

 



2021-03-27

Spearfisherman Bitten by Shark at Coral Bay, Australia

A reported to be in his 20s has been bitten by a shark in Australia.

The unidentified man was spearfishing approximately ½ mile off shore south of Warroora Station near Coral Bay when he sustained a bite to his calf. He was brought to shore by boat where he received medical treatment before being taken to Coral Bay Nursing post for further treatment. St. John Ambulance spokesperson stated the injuries are non-life threatening. 

Although the incident is being investigated, it is believed to have been a whaler or bull shark behind the incident. 

Source: The West Australian

 



2021-03-22

9-Year-Old Boy Injured by Shark in Miami

A 9-year-old boy was bitten by a shark in Miami Beach. 

Kristine and Ren Weiskopf of Minnesota were visiting Miami when the incident occurred. Kristine said she and her son, Jay, were in the water only for a few minutes. 

“I was holding his hand the whole time and he was kind of body surfing a little bit and he had fallen on his stomach,” Kristine said.

When she pulled him up she noticed a chunk of skin missing from his shoulder. This was just after the boy said, “Ow” and Kristine saw a four foot gray shark swimming away. 

The boy and his mom were met by Miami Beach Fire Rescue and Jay was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where the boy was rushed into surgery to close the large wound left by the shark. 

Doctors are worried about the possibility of infection and the long term effects that the injuries could have on the boy’s mobility, but they also told his parents that because he is young, the prognosis is good.

Souce: Local 10 News

 



2021-03-20

Shark Knocks Man off Board in WA

A 75-year-old man was knocked from his board while paddleboarding in Yallingup.

Gary May, a surfing veteran stated, “ I was halfway out in the deep water...kneeling up paddling, my board was struck suddenly with enough force to fling me forward and onto a head that had the whole rail in its mouth.” 

He was 400 meters away from land, Mr May flung himself back on his board, losing his paddle in the process.

“I recovered my paddle five meters away. Back in the carpark someone called Sharkline and soon the Westpac helicopter was circling with sirens blaring to clear the water.”

Mr May returned safely to shore with no injuries — only bite marks from the shark on his board.

Fisheries officers are collecting DNA from the board and will conduct land patrols in search of the shark tomorrow.

Surfers and swimmers have been asked to take extra caution in the Yallingup Mainbreak Surfing Spot area.

Source: www.perthnow.com.au



2021-03-19

Shark Incident near Juno Beach Pier

Bryce Albert was wading in chest high water near the Juno Beach Pier when he felt a sensation he described as similar to being kicked "with a metal cleat."

But after raising his left arm out of the water, he realized that it something more serious. He had been bitten by a shark.

"It was very windy," Albert recalled. "winds were like 20 mph, so the waves were really choppy. It was really hard to see stuff because it was just so much white water."

Albert said he at first thought that one of his friends accidentally kicked him, but then realized that none were standing close to him.

 "Then I pulled my arm out of the water, and I could see my muscles and my tendons bubbling over. Then I realized what actually was happening. Luckily, there was a lifeguard standing there."

The lifeguard wrapped and bandaged Albert's arm, and a friend drove him to St. Mary's. The medical staff examining the bite wound said it likely was caused by a blacktip shark about 6 ft in length. 

"The odds of this happening, it was like 1 in 3.75 million," Albert stated. "I grew up in the water, I love it. I don't want to be scared of it, so I think I'm going to at least try my best not to be."

Albert is recovering at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach after undergoing surgery.

Souce: www.palmbeachpost.com



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