Recent Shark Incidents
Reports on current shark incidents.


Woman Sustains Injuries after Being Struck by a Whale Shark in Australia

A woman was injured by a whale shark while snorkeling in Ningaloo Reef, AU.

The 29-year-old woman was swimming with a tour group when she was struck by the tail of the whale shark. 

St. John’s Ambulance reported the woman suffered internal bleeding and injuries to her upper torso which was caused by the crush of the blow.

The unidentified woman was treated in the town of Exmouth and was later flown to a hospital in Perth where she is reported to be in serious but stable condition. 

Source: IBTimes 


Man Bitten by Lemon Shark in the Florida Keys

A man was bitten in the Florida Keys while on a trip with his family. 

Justin Stuller was out on a boat for some swimming, fishing and lobstering when the incident occurred. He noticed an injured fish and decided to dive down to retrieve it and move it to a safer area. As he was surfacing, an eight foot lemon shark appeared.

"I felt the skin more than the shark,” he told Yahoo News. “It rolled me over and I saw it swimming away.”

It wasn’t until his wife and friends pulled him out of the water that they realized the wound was bad enough that he needed a hospital. Stuller said, “I tied it off and actually lost very little blood. It was pretty deep, but no bone. I was very lucky, no tendons.”

After receiving two dozen stitches, Stuller was back on the water the next day; however, this time he remained in the boat. 

Source: Fox News


Sanford Woman Bitten by Shark at New Smyrna Beach

A 22-year-old woman was bitten by a shark at New Smyrna Beach, FL.

According to Volusia County Beach Safety the unidentified woman was bitten on the foot around 5 p.m. in waist deep water near the 4600 block of 
Atlantic Avenue.

The woman was not taken to the hospitals as her injuries were non-life threatening. 

Lifeguards reported this marks the fourth shark bite in Volusia County this year. 

Source: WFTV 9 ABC


Shark Incident at Orange Beach

A 15-year-old was taken to the hospital for treatment Friday afternoon after possibly being bitten by a shark at Orange Beach.

The shark incident happened at the second sandbar behind the Phoenix IV vacation rental.

Orange Beach Assistant Police Chief Robert Howard made a statement saying a 911 call came in around 1:19 p.m. The teen was swimming with his father when his father said he noticed there was a "large quantity of small fish swimming around them as they went to leave" and his son felt pain. The teen's injuries were mild abrasion and a few small puncture wounds.

The victim was taken to a local hospital by his family and is OK after receiving stitches, according to authorities.

Orange Beach Safety Chief Brett Lesinger did confirm that it was indeed a shark bite.



Great White Shark Bites Surfer in Western Australia

Phil Mummert, aged in his 20s, was surfing at Bunker Bay, about 260km south of Perth, with several others when the shark launched out of the water and grabbed his upper leg.
One of the surfers who helped rescue the man told how the incident unfolded, with the victim conscious during the entire ordeal.
"He was just sitting on his board and next thing you know we just kinda heard someone go 'shark' and I turned around and just seen this white kind of breach and it had already smashed, hit Phil," the witness stated.
"So kinda just chucked him up on that and then another bloke, I think his name was Liam, paddled over and was shouting at everyone, you know, 'come on, come help'.
"Because it's better to group up.
"Just from there on trying to get him into shore and keep him out of shock... A couple of the gashes were 150mm long.
"He held composure completely, he didn't really even blink."
Fellow rescuer Jess Woolhouse said it was "one of those things where you never think it's going to happen to you".
His rescuers said Phil was calm and even said thank you to those who helped him before a helicopter rushed him to Bunbury Hospital.
His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The beach has been closed to swimmers.


Another Great White Shark Encounter in Tasmanian Waters

Launceston fishermen Sean and James Vinar were in their 5.5-meter boat photographing and filming seals at Tenth Island on yesterday when they were suddenly interrupted by a sudden loud bang on the side of the boat.

"We turned around and thought we'd just slow the boat down and have a good look at the island.  Next minute, there was just an almighty thump on side of the boat, this shark just flew out of the water and latched onto the side of the boat," Sean stated.

"I started to move the boat forward to get shark off the anchor, the entire mouth had engulfed the anchor, it was something you see on the TV, like a wildlife documentary. It was that big, I was concerned that if it started to thrash its tail it'd put a hole in the boat. We weren't sure if it bit into the side of the boat."

Fortunately, their boat sustained no significant damage and they were able to vacate the area.






Woman Killed off Maine Coast

A woman has been killed by a shark off the coast of Maine. 

A witness told Marie Patrol, the unidentified woman was swimming near White Sails Lane near Baily Island when she was bitten by what appeared to be a shark. 

Two kayakers helped the woman to shore and first responders were called to the scene but the woman had already succumbed to her injuries. 

Source: WPRI Eyewitness News


Man Bitten in Neuse River, North Carolina

A man has been bitten by what is believed to be a bull shark in North Carolina.

The unidentified man and his two children where waveboarding in the Neuse River when the boy felt something brush against his leg. Immediately following, the father was bitten on his left calf. Travis Fulcher, Ferry Master for the NC DOT recounted the incident, "We got a call that a man and his two children were out enjoying the water – wakeboarding. “The boy felt something brush up against him -- rough -- then the man was attacked on his left calf by what probably was a bull shark."

The family applied a tourniquet to the man’s leg while still on the boat while the daughter made the emergency call. Upon arrival to the Cherry Branch Ferry Docks the father appeared in stable condition, despite the considerable amount of blood in the boat. "He was conscious and talking," he said. "he was actually able to get up on the ramp on his own," Fulcher said.

The father was taken to Carolina East Medical Center for treatment.  

Source: WCTI 12



12-Year-Old Texas Resident Bitten by Shark in Florida

A 12-year-old girl was bitten by a shark in in Florida.

Kylee Orna from Forney, Texas, was playing in a softball tournament in Florida on Monday. She and a friend went to the beach after the games for a swim where she reported a shark bit her foot and pulled her under water. Orna was able to kick herself free and her friend helped her get back to the beach safely. 

After spending 3 days in the hospital, Orna had a homecoming surprise from the Forney community.

Source: Fox 4 News  


Boy Bitten by Shark at Florida Beach

 An 11-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while visiting New Smyrna Beach on Thursday, according to Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue officials.

Beach rescue officials stated that the boy, who is from Lake Wales, was standing in waist-deep water when the shark bit his foot. The shark was not seen, officials said.

The boy's injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

Beach safety officials said the incident marked the third shark bite reported in Volusia County this year.



10-Year-Old Boy Pulled from Fishing Boat by Great White

A 10-year-old boy was grabbed from a boat while fishing off the coast of north-west Tasmania. 

The unidentified boy was fishing an eighteen foot boat with his father and two other men. According to reports, the group was cleaning flathead on the boat when what is suspected to be a great white leapt out of the water and snagged the boy from the boat. The father instinctively jumped in to save his son. The shark had let go of the boy and the father was able to get back to the boat. 

A friend administered first aid and the boy was rushed to a nearby seafood shop to wait until the ambulance. Upon arrival, the boy was taken to North West Regional Hospital in Burnie where he was treated for lacerations to his arm and cuts to his chest and head. He was then transferred to Launceston General Hospital.

Paramedics stated the boy was wearing a floatation device. 

Source: ABC News


Filmmaker Bitten By Shark in Australia

A 29-year-old filmmaker has been bitten by a shark while enjoying a swim on her day off.

Anika Craney while on Fitzroy Island with a crew filming sharks for a YouTube series, was swimming about 15 feet from the Barefoot II, the vessel on which she is listed as deckhand, videographer and nurse, when she bitten on her lower left leg. 

Paramedics were called to the Island which is 45 minutes by boat from Cairns, Queensland. She was provided first aid before being flown by rescue helicopter to Cairns Hospital, where she arrived in stable condition and in good spirits. 

Craney is being treated for a possible fracture of the left lower ankle and some lacerations. 

Source: Brisbane TImes



17-Year-Old Teen Dies while Surfing in New South Wales

A 17-year-old teen has died from injuries sustained from a shark while surfing on New South Wale’s north coast.  

According to witnesses, the unidentified teen was surfing at Wilsons Headland at Wooli Beach near Grafton just before 2:30 when he was bitten by a shark.

Several surfers came to his rescue and were able to get him safely to shore where first aid was administered to his legs. Despite the efforts which included CPR the teen dies at the scene.

Beaches in the area were closed and the incident will be investigated by authorities.

Source: The Guardian



Man Dies after Being Bit by Shark in Queensland

A 36-year-old man has been fatally wounded by a shark on Fraser Island in Queensland.

The unidentified Sunshine Coast man was spearfishing in the waters near Indian Head when he was bitten by the shark. 

A doctor and nurse provided first aid to the man on shore before paramedics arrived, but he succumbed to his injuries. 

It is unknown as to what species was involved in the incident at this time. 

Source: ABC News


Professional Surfer Encounters Hammerhead

Competitive surfer, Michek Bourez, encountered a hammerhead shark while racing in Tahiti. 

Bourez was moving downwind from Mahina to Vaiarie, Moorea, when a hammerhead shark chased him and bit his board. With enough damage to render him helpless, he waved at friends on a nearby boat to pick him up. 

While waiting for two or three minutes he noticed the shark had returned. Bourez blocked him with the damaged foil of the board and the shark swam away. Just after, the boat arrived and Bourez was taken to safety. 

Incidents involving the hammerhead species are very rare. According to the International Shark 
Attack File there have only been seventeen recorded incidents since 1580 and none were fatal. 

Source: Beach Grit


Unaware Surfers Encounter Great White off South Coast, Africa

Unaware surfers encountered a great white off the South Coast in Africa.

Teenager Zach Berman, from Cape Town, captured footage of a great white shark swimming close to the unaware surfers in Plettenberg Bay and alerted authorities. National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) sent out a warning to South Coast residents suggesting to steer clear of the beaches due to a significant increase in shark traffic being detected between the area of Mossel Bay and Jeffreys Bay.

No injuries have been reported. 



Boy Bitten by Bull Shark in Florida

A 7-year-old boy was bitten by a shark in Homestead, Florida.

The boy and his mother identified only as Jacob and Ethel were at the Homestead Bayfront Park when he was bitten by what is believed to be a bull shark. “All we saw was blood coming down. He was cool, calm and collect [ed], on the other hand, was a mess,” Ethel said. 

The boy was quickly given medical attention by lifeguards and then taken to a local hospital where he received 19 stitches. 

Fishing Capt. Stan Staffan agrees that based on the markings it was a small bull shark that was responsible for the injuries. "When the water gets warm, the fish get pretty active," Staffan said. "Always be aware of your surroundings."

Source: WHSV 3 News


Boy Bitten by Shark in the Outer Banks

A 16-year-old boy was bitten by a shark of the shore of Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the North Carolina’s Outer Banks. 

It’s reported that the boy was approximately 25 feet off near ramp 25 jumping over waves on a sandbar when he was bitten by the shark.

The boy was taken to a medical facility in Nags Head, treated and released. 

It is unreported as to the type of species involved in the incident.

Source: Inside Nova


Person Bitten by Shark in Bahamas

A person suffered a shark bite wound in the Bahamas. 

Limited information is available regarding the victim who was flown to South Florida on Thursday for medical treatment. 

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Capt. Pat Wehrle said the unidentified victim arrived at Palm Beach International Airport after suffering a shark bite in the Bahamas and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. 

Source: WPTV


Man Fatally Wounded in New South Wales

A man sustained fatal wounds while surfing in northern New South Wales.

The the 60-year-old victim from Tugun, Queensland has not yet been identified. He was surfing off Salt Beach in Kingscliff when a shark bit him in the back of his left thigh. Several surfers came to his aid while the shark circled them. The man was brought to shore where he died from his wounds. 

Police gunmen were deployed to shoot the shark but were unsuccessful and left the area after several hours. 

Source: MSN 


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