Recent Shark Incidents
Reports on current shark incidents.


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



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 



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 



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



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



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.



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.



Woman Suffers Multiple Shark Bites in NSW

A 63-year-old woman suffered several shark bites while swimming in the ocean in NSW.

Michele Bootes was swimming at Main Beach in Merimbula when she was bitten on the shoulder and near her hip. Bootes was able to swim to shore. Ambulance services were called and paramedics treated her at the scene before taking her to South East Regional Hospital where she underwent surgery. 

Bootes stated on Merimbula ocean swimming page, “Hi I’m fine. Had surgery to clean out wounds and antibiotics given.”

Beaches from Wallagoot Lake to Pambula are closed for 24 hours.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald



Surfer Escapes Injury in Shark Encounter

A surfer escaped injuries when he encountered a shark in Cronulla, New South Wales.

The unidentified surfer was bumped by the shark and the board was pulled out from under him, but he didn’t see anything. Upon inspection of the damaged board, the Department of Primary Industries confirmed the damage was done by a shark. 

Spokesperson for the Department of Primary Industries reported, "The nature of the incident, where minor damage to the board was sustained, does not allow for such a determination, or determination of species, to be made."

Area beaches were closed for 24 hours. 

Source: The Leader



Man Dies while Swimming in New Caledonia

A 57-year-old man was fatally wounded by a shark in New Caledonia.

The unidentified man was swimming near his moored boat off Maitre islet when a 12 foot shark bit the man in the leg. The man died before the rescue helicopter arrived; it is believed he died from a heart attack after the initial incident. 

Firefighters evacuated a nearby beach and authorities have also banned swimming and other water-based activities along the islet’s coastline for the remainder of the weekend. 

Source: Barron’s  



Surfer Escapes Injury after close Encounter with Shark

A surfer escapes injuries with a shark in Sydney, Australia. 

The unidentified surfer was captured on video via a drone operated by toby Nicol. While surfing at Bondi Beach, it appears the surfer slid off his board and into the water and stepped on the shark as it passed by him.

The shark is believed to have been a grey nurse shark around 6-7 feet long.  This species of shark is not known to be aggresive unless stepped or provaked in some way. 

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Source: USA Today 


Teen's Surf Ski Bitten by Shark in South Australia

A 17-year-old’s surf ski was bitten by a shark during a lifesaving training in South Australia. 

Jed French was among five boys conducting a surf lifesaving training off Glenelg beach when a shark sank its teeth into the rear of the surf ski. 

He felt a thud on the rear of his surf ski," said Surf Life Saving SA emergency operations manager Daniel Willetts. "On turning around, he's seen the head of an unknown species of shark biting the rear of the surf ski.”

French and the others quickly paddled about a mile back to shore without injury. 

Source: ABC News


Shark Sinks Kayak in Maui

A ten foot tiger shark sank a kayak in Hawaii.

A father and son were kayaking around 2:00 p.m. in the 1000 Peaks area off Maui when a shark bit their boat and knocked both individuals in the water as the kayak sunk. They were able to swim to shore and unharmed. 

Beaches from Pali Lookout to Lone Pines were closed through February 3rd and signs have been posted. 

Source: Khon2



Woman Bitten by Shark at Cowaramup Bay

A surfer has reportedly been bitten by a shark in the ocean southwest of Western Australia.

A spokesman for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said the woman, 46, emerged from the water with a bleeding foot at Cowaramup Bay Beach, Gracetown.

The incident occurred at about 10.30am, WA time. Nearby residents told the news an ambulance was seen at the scene.

Surf Life Saving WA teams conducted aerial patrols of the area, which is north of Margaret River and a popular destination for surfers.

Surf Life Saving WA tweeted that a shark had been spotted approximately 50 yards off shore.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has closed the beach since the incident.

The beach will be closed for 24 hours from Huzza's Car Park to Cowaramup Boat Ramp.

"Please adhere to all warnings and signage," asked Surf Life Saving WA.



Auckland Man Escapes Serious Injury after Shark Bite

An Auckland man suffered minor injuries after a shark bite in Papamoa, New Zealand.

The 61-year-old unidentified man was body surfing at Papamoa beach around 8:00pm. After being in the water for a few minutes, he dove under a wave and felt something “snap” onto his arm.

“It gave me a fright, thankfully didn’t latch on, and by the time I came to the surface it was gone,” he said.

When he surfaced and rubbed the water out of his eyes the shark was gone. He made it back to shore and alerted beachgoers to leave the water. 

The man saw a doctor the following day and was cleared of any infections and did not require stitches for the puncture wounds he sustained.

Source: m


Great White Entertains Fishing Crew in Tampa Bay

A 14-16 foot great white shark bit a boat just south of Tampa Bay.

Erika Almond, captain of Offshore Therapy, and several friends were fishing about 65 miles south-southwest of Tampa Bay wan a large great white approached the boat and tried to bite it. Almond while sharing photos on Facebook stated, “Seriously one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had offshore! We had a 14-16 foot Great White shark circle our boat, bite the motors and the boat, and roll on its back for about two to three hours! 65 miles offshore in the gulf. No words...” 

The shark stayed with the group for two-three hours as it circled her boat, even rolling onto its back.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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Source: Click Orlando



Rare Shark Incident in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales

A 58-year-old marine scientist was bitten by a shark in New South Wales. 

Rick Burbury was swimming in Lake Macquarie with his wife when a shark bit him in his left arm. His wife, a doctor, helped bring her husband to shore where an off duty life guard helped with emergency assistance by getting a belt which was then used as a tourniquet. NSW Ambulance Inspector Grahame Rathbone considered the action “potentially lifesaving”.

Burbury was flown to John Hunter Hospital in serious but stable condition with severe lacerations to his arm. 

This is the first shark incident in over a decade with only great white sightings in 2014 and again in 2019.

Source: 9News 



Nurse Shark Latches onto Photographer

A young photographer was bitten by a nurse shark while snorkeling in the Florida Keys. 

The unidentified man was filming a small nurse shark when it bit down onto his nipple and did not let go. The victim wore a t-shirt that offered some protection from the latched shark. He left the shallow water with the holding shark and sought help from a nearby store. A few people assisted with a pair of pliers to get the shark to let go. 

The shark was returned to the water and the victim was left with a few puncture wounds and a good story to tell.  

Source: The Sun



Man Bitten by Shark in Hawaii

A 73-year-old man has been bitten by a shark in Maui, Hawaii.

The unidentified man from California was snorkeling approximately 40 yards off shore of Ka’anapali Beach when he was bitten on his calf. He was able to make his way to shore on his own and was administered first aid for lacerations to his calf. He is reported in good condition. 

The shark is said to have been 8 feet in length but type has not been identified.

Source: CNN



Victorian Man Killed by Shark in South Australia

A 32-year-old man is believed to have been killed by a shark in South Australia.  

Duncan Craw was snorkeling off the Port MacDonnell during a family camping trip when he went missing. Police were contacted after the man’s disappearance and launched a search assisted by numerous authorities and local volunteers. 

A damaged wetsuit and flippers which are thought to have belonged to Craw were later discovered off the waters of Surfers Way near Port MacDonnell. "Tragically, police suspect the Victorian man has been the victim of a shark attack," SA Police said in a statement.

Craw leaves behind a wife and young son. The family released a statement thanking the emergency crews and volunteers who search for the missing snorkeler adding, “We will never forget Duncan and will make sure his memory lives on. 

Source: Sydney Morning Herald 


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