Man Critically Injured while Swimming in Perth
A man has been bitten by what is believe to be a bull shark in Perth.
Cameron Wrathall was swimming in Swan River when the incident occurred. A nearby resident reported he heard screams coming from Blackwall Reach. Kayakers paddled out to help bring Wrathall to shore with the help of a stand-up paddle boarder.
Bicton resident David Davenport was out on his deck overlooking the Swan River when he saw two swimmers splashing around near a boat.
"I thought, 'Someone’s jumped off the back', and then after a while the splashing stopped and they started swimming to shore and I could see the trail of blood coming out of the one guy," he said.
Wrathhall was rushed to the hospital in critical condition where he underwent surgery.
He is still listed in critical yet stable condition.
Source: WA Today
Young Boy Severely Injured by Shark in Australia
A seven-year-old child was bitten by a shark in Victoria, Australia.
Paramedics and Westpac Rescue helicopters were called to Thirteenth Beach on the Bellarine Peninsula around 6:00pm. The unidentified boy was swimming when an apparent shark bit his leg.
The boy was taken to Geelong University Hospital and is listed in stable condition.
Source: Daily Mail
Individual Hospitalized after Shark Bite
An unidentified person has been bitten by a shark in St. Kitts and Nevis islands.
Little detail has been reported but it is known that the incident took place in the Narrows, between the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis around 9:00am.
The nature of the injuries have not been reported but the person is in the hospital.
Source: EMO News
Woman Dies in New Zealand from Apparent Shark Bite
A woman has died from an apparent shark attack in New Zealand.
The unidentified woman was pulled from the waters at Waihi Beach, located about two hours south east of Auckland. Two ambulances, a rapid response team, and a rescue helicopter were sent to the scene were called to the beach but the woman succumbed to severe wounds to her leg.
Source: KFGO News
Woman Seriously Injured while Swimming in Hawaii
A 68-year-old woman was bitten by a shark at Anaehoomalu Bay, Hawaii.
The Hawaii Fire Department reported the woman was swimming approximately 500 yards off shore when a shark bit her. She was assisted back to shore via a tender boat from the Spirit of Aloha tour vessel where she was met by medics.
The patient was then taken to Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital with serious injuries to her lower right leg.
It is unknown as to the species of shark and the beach was closed until HFD helicopters saw that the waters were clear.
Source: West Hawaii Today
Swimmer Bitten on Fin in California
A 48-year-old swimmer was bitten on his fin in Coronado, California.
Phil Garn was on his daily swim just past G Street, when a shark snuck up from behind and bit into his fin. He turned around after feeling a tug on his on his fin and saw the shark down. He quickly swam back to shore.
Garn, an avid swimmer, bitten many times by sting rays and jelly fish says this was a first, “I’ve swum lots and lots of miles, spent lots and lots of time here,” Garn says. “Nobody’s gotten hurt. It’s very unusual.”
Lifeguards closed the beach for 48 hours and will reopen on New Year’s Day.
No injuries were reported.
Source: NBC News San Diego
Swimmer Bitten by Shark in Siesta Key, Florida
An unidentified individual has been bitten by a shark in Siesta Key, Florida.
Sarasota County Fire Department was called to Point of Rocks Circle around 8:30 Tuesday morning for a medical emergency. The victim was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The hospital has confirmed the injury was a shark bite but has not released any information on the condition of the victim.
Man Bitten in Hawaii by Suspected Shark
Update 12/13: The victim in the incident has been identified as Robin Warren of Napili. It is understood that he was surfing the day of the incident. Warren never truly recovered after surgery and later died.
A male surfer has suffered an apparent shark bite in Hawaii.
The unidentified man said to be in his fifties was paddling about 20 yards off shore at Honolua Bay on Maui when the incident occurred. Ocean safety crews hired for the nearby WSL Women’s professional surfing completion tended to the injured surfer. He was brought to shore and was given CPR.
The man was then taken to Maui Medical Center for surgery on injuries to his left side lower extremities and is now listed in stable condition.
The Maui Police Department has closed the beaches and the organizers of the event have suspended the competition until conditions can be reassessed.
Source: Maui Now
Tourist Dies in French Caribbean
A 38-year-old female tourist was killed by a shark in the Caribbean.
The unidentified French woman who was on sabbatical in St. Martin was about 500 feet from the shore of Orient Bay when a shark severed off her leg.
The government closed all beaches to swimming and water sports for 48 hours.
Source: CBS News
Beach Closes in Western Australia after Encounter with Shark
A surfer had a close call with a shark in Broome, Western Australia.
Sam Heseltine was paddling on his surfboard about 50 yards off of Cable Beach when he felt a bump beneath his board.
"I started paddling for a wave, and felt a large bump underneath me, enough to raise me up but not knock me off the board. The wave passed and I thought I’d bumped into my mate,” recalled Heseltine.
The surfers decided to return to the beach and upon inspection of the board, they saw six or seven teeth marks in the fiberglass.
"When we got in, a body boarder said he saw what he thought was a fin on two separate occasions within the hour prior," he said.
Heseltine was not injured and considers himself an extremely lucky guy.
Source: ABC News
Man Suffers Injuries after Shark Bite in Oregon
A surfer suffered injuries from a shark encounter in Oregon.
The unidentified man was reported to have been pulled out of the water at a place known as “The Cove” near Seaside, Oregon. An off duty lifeguard applied a field tourniquet to the injured leg, which helped slow the bleeding while waiting for emergency crew to arrive.
Seaside Fire and a Medix crew arrived on scene and transported the victim to a local trauma hospital.
The surfer is expected to survive.
Surfer Bitten by Great White in Southern Australia
A surfer has been bitten by a shark in South Australia.
The unidentified man was surfing in the waters of Kangaroo Island when he was bitten. Emergency services were called to D’Estrees Bay around 2:00 pm after reports of the surfer being bitten by a great white. The man was able to paddle back to shore where he found help. Paramedics took him to a nearby hospital and was then airlifted to Adelaide for further treatment.
His wounds are believed to be non-life threating.
Police have posted warning signs encouraging the public to avoid the area.
Source: Mirage News
Diver Encounters Hammerhead in Cape York
A diver in Australia has recorded the dramatic encounter with a six-foot hammerhead shark. He used his camera stick to fend off the sharks repeated advances in a remote bay of Cape York, Queensland.
Dion Creek was spear-fishing in Princess Charlotte Bay and looking for crayfish when he inadvertently filmed the encounter on his GoPro camera.
Video of the incident shows the hammerhead shark lunging towards the diver as he tried to fend it off with the GoPro stick.
The diver later posted the video on Facebook. CLICK HERE to watch the video.
"I was about to adjust the camera I just caught the shark coming out the corner of my eye," he stated.
Next time he is hunting crayfish he will bring a buddy, Dion stated. "I don't want to be a statistic." And joking about his good fortune, he added: "I'll be buying myself a lottery ticket."
German Tourist Bitten by Shark in Egypt
A 42-year-old German tourist was bitten by a shark while diving in the Red Sea.
The unidentified woman was diving near the resort of Marsa Alam in Egypt when she was bitten by what is believed to be a long-fin mako.
The woman was rescued and taken to the nearest hospital by five other divers where she received stitches on her left shoulder.
Governor, Amr Hanafi ordered “all diving activities and excursions in the coral zone to be suspended for three days”. In addition, a “scientific committee” will be set up to investigate a possible “change in the behavior of the sharks” in the area.
Source: The Saxon
Well Known Diver Bitten by Shark in Fiji
A spear fisherman has been bitten twice while free diving in Fiji.
Mark Wakeham was free diving around 8 am at the Fridgate Reef Passage when a shark bit him on his right arm. The shark then came back and bit him again.
“The shark bit him and it went and came back to bite him again. This hardly happens because on the first bite the shark will know that it is not food and will then go away,” Ronnie Hyer, a Pacific Harbour resident, said.
Wakeham was admitted to Colonial War Memorial Hospital with serious injuries to his right arm.
It is believed to have been a six foot bronze whaler shark that was involved in the incident.
Source: Fiji Sun
California Woman Bitten by Shark in Hawaii
A 35-year-old woman was bitten by a shark in Hawaii.
The unidentified California resident was swimming approximately 100 yards off shore from the Mahini Surf Condominiums when she was bitten. Surfers helped the woman to shore and was then taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center.
It reported she suffered severe injuries to the front of her torso.
Shark warning signs have been posted and the incident is being investigated.
Source: Khon 2 News.
Scientist Bitten by Tiger Shark in New Caledonia
A scientist has been bitten by a tiger shark during an expedition in the southwest Pacific Ocean to study sperm whales.
Scientist were anchored off the coast of New Caledonia just a half a mile away from Saint Vincent Bay. The unidentified woman and colleagues had moved about 60 feet away from their catamaran to explore the coral reefs when the shark bit the female scientist.
"The shark first circled around them, then it rose from the bottom and took on one of the swimmers," a firefighter from New Caledonia reported.
With the aid of a colleague, the scientist managed to escape and swim back to the catamaran where crew members administered first aid.
She was then transported to New Caledonia’s capital, Noumea, where she received further medical intervention.
The scientist suffered three lacerations, each about three inches wide, on her thigh.
Man Dies in WA after Being Bitten by a Shark
A 55-year-old man has died after being bitten by a shark in Western Australia.
The unidentified man was body boarding at Cable Beach about 120 feet from the shore when he was bitten. A couple on the beach saw thrashing in the water and rushed to pull the man to safety. He suffered serious injuries to his hand and leg. Police treated him on shore before paramedics arrived but unfortunately died at the scene.
The shark lingered close to the shore for almost half an hour after the incident and was consequently shot by police. The type of shark has not been officially stated but locals speculate it may have been a tiger shark, which are sometimes drawn close to shore by shoals of small fish.
Park rangers closed the beach and a fisheries vessel has been assigned to patrol the area.
Source: ABC News
Fisherman Suffers Severe Injuries in Bahamas
A 36-year-old fisherman was bitten by a shark in the Bahamas.
Anthony Feaster was with a friend spear fishing in the water off the East End, Grand Bahama. He said, “I felt something clasp onto my hand wrist, and without thinking at all, I started to wrestle with the thing. I remember pulling my hand out of its mouth, and that is how I really got away from it and received all that damage; and why my hand is all torn the way it is because - I pulled it out of its mouth.”
Feaster was able to wrestle off the shark and his fishing partner helped him backed into the boat. He stated, “I lost a lot of blood; it was a lot of blood in the boat. I don’t know how all that blood came out of me and I didn’t die.”
The shark was reported to be 10 to 12 feet long.
Source: Express News
Teen Surfer Bitten by Shark in Florida
A 17-year-old teen was bitten off the coast of Florida.
Jordan Hooper was surfing off the coast of Ormond Beach in Volusia County in waist deep water when the he lost his surfboard. As he tried to retrieve his board, a shark bit his right leg, said Captain Tamra Malphurs, of the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue.
The teen was taken to a local hospital where he received stitches. His injuries were not life threatening.