Recent Shark Incidents
Reports on current shark incidents.


Snorkeler Bitten by Bull Shark in Florida Keys

A 30-year-old Georgia man was bitten by a shark off Marathon Key in Florida.

Andrew Charles Eddy was snorkeling near Sombrero Key Light with family on a private boar when he was bitten in the shoulder by a bull shark 8 to 10 feet long. 

Eddy was taken to Sombrero Beach then airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. His current condition is unknown, but the injury to his shoulder was reported as severe. 

Source: 4 CBS  Miami  



Shark Encounter off Tweed Coast

A surfer is unharmed after he encountered a shark off the Tweed Coast in New South Wales.

Witnesses reported seeing splashing when 30 surfers raced out of the water at Cabrita’s Headland after the man tried to flee as a shark left what appears to be a tooth in his board. 

Despite the residents being traumatized from the 16 foot shark, no injuries were reported. 

Source: 9News 


Fisherman Bitten by Whitetip off Fraser Island

A fisherman was bitten by a shark off the coast of Fraser Island in Queensland. 

The unidentified man in his 50s was fishing when he caught what is believed to be a whitetip shark. While he was trying to unhook the animal from his fishing line, it attached itself to his arm. Friends help pry the man’s arm from its mouth before bringing him to shore. 

He was treated by Queensland Ambulance paramedics before being flown to the Royal Brisbane and Woman’s Hospital. The man is listed in stable condition.




North Carolina Man Bitten by Shark at Daytona Beach

A 48-year-old tourist from North Carolina was bitten by what is believed to be a shark at Daytona Beach Shores.

Eric Bowman was swimming in waist-deep water when he felt something bite his left foot then let go immediately. 

The man was treated on scene for minor cuts and punctures to his foot and refused to be taken to the hospital. 

Source: Click Orlando



St. Augustine Teen Bitten by Shark at Ponce Inlet

A 15-year-old teen has been bitten by a shark while surfing in Ponce Inlet, FL.

Cole Smyth, from St. Augustine, was on his surfboard paddling out near the jetty in Ponce Inlet when he felt a sting as he lifted his right hand out of the water. Cole thought it was a jellyfish until he saw the shark with its head and gills poking out of the water and its jaws clamped on his hand. 

“As I had my right hand up the shark jumped out of the water and grabbed onto it and it started trying to pull me down and it came back up to the top of the water,” Cole said in an interview on Wednesday. “As soon as I saw that, I just wanted my hand back to be in one piece, so I punched it and it let go.” 

The shark’s bite wounds required 40 stitches and on Thursday, Cole will undergo surgery to repair the damage to his hand.

Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal 



Man Bitten in Arm by Shark at Melbourne Beach

A 25-year-old man was bitten by what has been determined to be a shark off Melbourne Beach. 

According to Brevard County Fire Rescue, the unidentified man was surfing near the 7400 block of State Road A1A when the incident occurred. The man was able to walk from the beach to the fire station that was across the street. 

He was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center with an arm injury with significant bleeding. The fire chief said he will survive his injuries. 

Source: Click Orlando 



Fisherman Bitten in Volusia County, Fl.

A fisherman has suffered minor injuries after being bitten by a shark at Volusia County Beach, Fl.

The 54-year-old Winter Springs man was fishing at Canaveral National Seashore was releasing the shark he had caught when it bit him in the right hand, reported Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Capt. Alex Miller.

The unidentified man was treated at the scene of the incident and then drove himself to the hospital.  

The Winter Springs man is the seventh person to suffer a shark bite in the New Smyrna Beach area this year. 

Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal


Woman Bitten by Shark in Hawaii

Carla Christensen was hospitalized after being bitten by a shark a in Hawaii. 

Fire resuce responded to a call to Puako Beach, South Kohala,  to find a woman in her 70s with an apparent shark bite to her ankle, according to the Hawaii Fire Department. Carla reported that she was snorkeling in waters about 10 feet deep when she was bitten by a shark estimated at 8 feet.

Carla was able to get back to shore on her own. Once out of the water, an off-duty ocean safety staffer provided bleeding control prior to the arrival of medics, according to the department. The woman was taken in stable condition to North Hawaii Community Hospital for treatment.

A subsequent aerial survey by Chopper 2 turned up no sign of a shark in the area, the department said.


Man Dies after Being bit by Shark in the Gold Coast

 A surfer has died after being bitten by a shark on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Surfers discovered the unidentified man, thought to be in his 50s, was discovered floating in the water off Greenmount Beach. He was dragged to shore where his injuries were found to be critical, 

“From the groin to his knee, there was nothing there,” a witness said. “It was just like hanging there but not much.”

“We got him onto the sand,” said the witness. “There was a lifeguard 4WD there already ... and they had a stretcher. We put him on the stretcher but he was pretty much gone by then.”  

Paramedics determined the man was dead after he was brought to the beach. 

No information was given about the shark but it is believed to be a large great white.

Source: Fox News


Small Shark Latches onto Man's Arm.

A man swimming at Jensen Beach over the weekend had a small nurse shark latch onto his arm.

The shark eventually let go and was released into the ocean. 

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Fisherman Propeller Bitten by Great White in NSW

A fisherman encountered a great white while fishing in New South Wales. 

Dean Butler was fishing for snapper in the waters off the coast of Forester when he spotted more than a dozen sharks feeding on a whale carcass. 

While recording the frenzy one of the sharks turned and launched toward Butler’s boat, taking a bite out of the propeller.

"The only two bites I got all day were of those sharks eating my boat," Mr. Butler joked. 

There were no reported injuries and Butler stated, "I wasn't concerned, I was just happy to witness it — it was pretty cool."

Source: 9 News


Shark Bites kayak in Humboldt

Kayak fisherman David Alexander was surprised, when he says, he fell out of his kayak after a shark bit into the nose of his boat.  

"So, all I saw was big gray, I saw that, that mouth literally just wrapped around the front of my kayak.” He said. “ I didn’t have time to react, as he grabbed it (kayak), cause it looked like he came out of the water two to three feet, looks like he grabbed the boat and then when he was settling back into the water, it turned the boat, which meant, I got knocked into the water." 

Alexander says he ended up falling on the same side of the boat as the shark and could see the shark gripping the front of his kayak. 

"I could see the teeth, it wasn’t like he was thrashing but he was kind like, I want to say gumming it. i'm thinking to myself when let’s go he’s going to swim toward me." 

But Alexander stated, the shark appeared to look at him, spun around then headed in the other direction.  

 "It took me about three times to get back into the boat, John my fishing partner came over , he was watching it, he came over , he was on the radio calling for help." 

Alexander guesstimated that the shark was 16 to 18 feet long.  

This is not the first time a kayak fisherman reported a shark incident in shelter cove, back in may a Eureka man was rescued after surviving hypothermia and reported a simliar shark encounter.  

"Fish and game is going to pick up my boat, to try to get some DNA off of it to see it it’s the same fish," he stated.

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12-Year-Old-Boy Bitten while Surfing in South Carolina

A 12-year-old boy was bitten by a shark at Folly Beach, South Carolina.

According to Chief Andrew Gilreath of Folly Beach Public Safety, the boy was bitten on his foot/ankle while surfing between 5th and 6th East Street. 

The unidentified boy was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay. 

Source: ABC News 4 



Woman Suffers Minor Injuries at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

A woman sustained a shark bite while vacationing at a Myrtle Beach resort. 

While wading in waist deep water Pittsburg native, Nicole Stowers, felt pain near her bicep. “It was like an ax fell on my arm”, said Stowers. Seeing a 3-4 foot shark out of the corner of her eye, she realized she had been bitten. 

Stowers husband wrapped the wound until Lack’s Beach Service lifeguards arrived and called for emergency back-up. 

Stowers was taken to South Strand Hospital and treated. An X-ray revealed no bone damage. 

It is speculated that a black tip shark was mostly likely involved in the incident.   

Source: Post and Courier 



Orlando Man Bitten by Shark at New Smyrna Beach

A 23-year-old man was bitten by a shark at New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

According to Capt. Laura S Warner of Volusia County Beach Safety, the unidentified man from Orlando was standing in chest deep water when a shark bit him on the foot. 

The man’s injuries were minor and he was not taken to the hospital. 

The type of shark was not identified. 

Source: Orlando Sentinel


Teen Bitten by Shark in St. Augustine Florida

A 14-year-old teen was bitten by a shark while surfing off St. Augustine Beach.

Peyton McGinn says he was surfing off the beach near 11th street. Within ten minutes, a shark approximately four to five feet long it him on his foot. 

“I had just caught a wave with my surf board and I was just about to start paddling out and the shark came up behind me and grabbed onto my foot,” McGinn said, “and like, tore it up pretty bad.” 

The teen was able to make it back to shore safely where he laid down in the sand before getting some help. 

McGinn received 25 stitches in his foot and will be on crutches for about ten days until doctors remove the stitches and monitor his healing. 

Source: News 4 Jax


Miami Woman Bitten Twice in Boogie Board Incident

A 50-year-old woman sustained minor injuries after being bitten by a shark at New Smyrna Beach. 

The unidentified woman from Miami was boogie boarding when a shark bit her left leg. She kicked the shark but then was bitten a second time on her ankle.

“Both bites were non-life threatening and she was not transported to the hospital,” Volusia County Beach Safety Rescue reported. 

Officials were unable to locate the shark involved in the encounter.

Source: Click Orlando


Snorkeler Bitten by Nurse Shark in St. Croix

A woman was bitten by a nurse shark in St. Croix this month.

On August 2nd, Melony Klein and Ingo Schlueter were snorkeling in Candle Reef in St. Croix. Upon returning to their boat, Klein was startled by what she suspects was a nurse shark. It clamped down on her left hand. Schlueter, 20 to 25 feet from Klein was not aware of what was happening until Klein began to yell. 

“She held up her hand and I could see something was wrong with it, and before I was on top of her, the water was covered in blood.” 

Once back aboard Schlueter used his shirt to wrap the wound and motored back to the marina where they were met by an ambulance. Klein was taken to the hospital where she underwent a four hour surgery to reconstruct her hand. 

She received 100 interior stitches and 98 on the exterior.“Klein is expected to make a 99 percent recover, and she can already wiggle her fingers and feel her fingertips,” Schlueter said. 

Source: St. Thomas Source



Fisherman Killed by Flying Fish

A fifty-six-old man has died while fishing in Australia.

The unidentified Northern Territory resident was fishing with his family and friends on Darwin Harbour at Cullen Bay when a 40 pound mackerel launched itself into his boat and his him in the chest. 

The group made its way to Cullen Bay with the man still breathing, where they met up with police and paramedics. CPR was administered but the man died on scene. 

“This appears to be a freak incident which is hugely distressing for the people in the boat and other family and friends of the man,” NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services said in a statement on Saturday.

Details are yet to be released on the exact cause of death and police as that the family’s privacy be respected at this time. 

Source: Daily Mail


Woman Bitten by Shark in New South Wales

A thirty-five-year old woman was bitten by a shark while surfing in New South Wales.

The unidentified woman along with a male companion were surfing near Port Macquarie when she encountered the shark. He was forced to punch the 6-9 foot white shark until it let go. 

"The shark wouldn't release her and so a nearby surfer paddled over and essentially jumped on the shark and started hitting it to make it release," Surf Life Saving NSW chief executive Steven Pearce told AAP.

Three paramedic crews and a specialist medical team associated with Westpac Helicopter responded to the call at Shelly Beach. The woman was rushed to Port Macquarie Base Hospital with a serious wounds to her right calf and back of thigh. She was then flown to New Castle where she will undergo surgery.

Beaches in Port Macquarie have been closed as authorities work to track the shark. 

Source: Crookwell Gazette

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