Recent Shark Incidents
 
Reports on current shark incidents.

2019-11-18

Swimmer Bitten on Both Legs in Florida

A man was bitten while swimming at Haulover Beach, Florida. 

Ocean Rescue lifeguards said they became aware of a shark lurking near the beach and began clearing the water. As one beachgoer exited the water, he was bitten on both legs by what is being reported as a 4-5 foot bull shark. 

The person was able to get to shore where he was taken to Aventura Hospital. 

No report has been issued on his condition. 

Source: Valliant News

 



2019-11-13

Surfer Bitten by Shark at Cocoa Beach Florida

A man was bitten by what is believed to be a black tip shark at Cocoa Beach. 

The man identified only as Miller was surfing in the Atlantic Ocean near the Cocoa Beach Pier when he was bitten on the foot. Witness, Mark Koehler stated, "He started swimming toward shore, another surfer helped him out and they pulled him out of the water."

He was was transported by Brevard County Fire Rescue to Cape Canaveral Hospital where he was treated for a non-life-threatening laceration to his left foot.  

Miller was released and returned home stating, "All stitched up, have some ripped tendons and a couple toes not doing too well but Cape hospital took care of me and I'll be back to surfing ASAP."

Double red flags are being flown at the beach.

Source: Click Orlando



2019-11-12

Diver Bitten by Shark in Mexico

A 23-year old man was bitten while diving off the Baja California Sur coast.
 
The unidentified American was diving in Magdalena Bay near San Carlos when he was bitten on his forearm. The man was able to make it back to his dive boat on his own and was then taken to a local hospital for treatment for non-life threatening wounds. 

There is no immediate information on the species of shark involved in the attack.

Source: Washington Post

 



2019-11-08

Man Identified by Hand Found inside Tiger Shark

A man was killed while snorkelling off Reunion Island. 

The 44-year-old man was snorkelling off Reunion Island when he went missing. It is believed he was on a week-long holiday with his wife in Saint-Gilles. Local resident Erick Quelquejeu reported the man had left his wife for just "a few minutes" to go for a swim. His wife became concerned and a search commenced for the man. Many helicopters, planes, swimmers and boats went to try and find the unidentified man but couldn't find him for a few days.

A few days later his hand, identified by his wedding ring, was found inside a tiger shark which was caught for research purposes. Authorities are not sure if the man drowned before encountering the shark.

Reunion Island beaches are well marked with warning signs for beachgoers.

Source: BBC

 



2019-10-29

Two Men Bitten by Same Shark in Australia

Two men were injured by the same shark while snorkeling in Australia.  

The incident happened while Danny Maggs, 22, and friend Alistair Raddon, 28, were taking part in a snorkelling boat tour when the incident happened at 10:17. Both men were swimming in the ocean off Hook Island when they bitten. The two were wrestling in the water when one “thought his mate grabbed him really hard by the leg and turned around and saw blood in the water.” Maggs was bitten on the right calf and Raddon’s right foot was bitten off. 

Both made it back to the tour boat safely where they were treated by medics who happened to be participating in the snorkel tour by tying tourniquets to their legs.

From there they were flown to Mackay Base Hospital in a 'serious but stable' condition, where they have both since undergone surgery.

Although unconfirmed, it is believed to have been a tiger shark involved in the incident. 

Source: Daily Mirror

 



2019-10-28

Surfer Suffers Minor Injuries after Shark Bite in Florida

A 27-year-old man was bitten by a shark while surfing at New Smyrna Beach, Florida. 

Rescue crews responded to a 911 call of a shark bite at an inlet at around 1 p.m., after a man "jumped off his surfboard and onto a shark." The unidentified surfer suffered minor cuts and was treated at the scene.

After the incident, the surfer drove himself home to Orlando, reports said.

It was unclear what species of shark the man encountered.

Source: Newsweek

 



2019-10-25

Man in Kayak Encounters Shark in California

A kayaker encountered a shark in California.

The unidentified kayaker was off the coast of Cambria when he said his kayak was flipped over by a shark.A distress call was made and the fire departments of Cambria and Hearst Castle responded to the call, as did Cal Fire and North Coast Ocean Rescue.

The kayaker was met at the beach by the Cambria Fire Department and a CHP helicopter, Cambria Community Healthcare District, State Parks and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife also assisted with the rescue.

No injuries were reported for the kayaker.

Source: sanluisobispo.com

 



2019-10-23

French Tourist Looses Hands in Rare Shark Incident

A 35-year-old French tourist was bitten while vacationing in French Polynesia.
 
The unnamed woman was swimming off the coast or Moorea while taking part in a whale watching expedition when she was bitten by an oceanic whitetip shark. 
 
Local firefighter Jean-Jacques Riveta told French news outlet, AFP, that the victim was treated on the scene by two nurses who happened to be with her on the excursion.

“When we got to the hotel jetty, she was conscious but in a critical condition. She had lost a lot of blood and both her hands had been cut off at the forearm," he said, adding that she also lost her left breast. 

The woman was airlifted to Tahiti and is reportedly in stable condition.

Source: Travel and Leisure
 

 



2019-10-17

Surfer has Board Bitten In Australia

A surfer had a close call while hitting some waves in Australia.

Brad Highlands reported on Facebook that his friend was surfing at Woorim on Bribie Island when “his buddy was knocked off his board while waiting for a wave to come his way.”

“He's shaken pretty bad but otherwise all is OK.”

Dorsal Shark Reports registered a shark sighting at the beach off Eighth Avenue at Woorim on Thursday about 11am; however, A Surf Life Saving Queensland spokeswoman told Yahoo News Australia lifeguards are aware of the surfer’s claim but no shark has been found.

“We heard about the surfer’s account secondhand while closing the beach yesterday afternoon,” she said.

“We’re not sure when the incident happened but patrol couldn’t find any sharks.”
As there was no confirmation of a shark sighting, Woorim’s beach remained open on Friday.

Highlands reported his friend suffered no injury. 

Source: AU News

 



2019-10-11

Shark Involvement Believed in Missing Diver Case

The disappearance of Alan Delatorre on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, was possibly the result of a shark encounter according Maj. Robert Wagner, of the Hawai'i Police Department.

 Search-and-rescue divers recovered clothes and equipment, which were found in "shredded" condition. Because HFD responders were unable to locate a body, police filed the initial report as a missing person.

Delatorre, 45, failed to return home following a solo dive last Friday night. Neither his family or friends have heard from him in the six days.

His truck was located on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 6 in the area of Aliʻi Drive. Rescue personnel on Sunday searched the shoreline and waters near Bubba’s Beach, the beach area near Waterfront Row. Helicopter has been deployed to help in the search. 

A dive buoy that is believed to belong to Delatorre was also located approximately 100 yards offshore in the same area.

Alan Delatorre is described as being 5 feet, 4 inches, 156 pounds, medium build, with black hair and brown eyes.

Source: www.bigislandnow.com.



2019-10-08

Man Encounters Great White while Kayaking in California

Kayaker encounters great white off the coast of Catalina Island. 

Danny McDaniel and Jon Chambers were kayaking Saturday morning near Ship Rock, about two miles east of Catalina when McDaniel’s kayak was bitten by the shark. 

“Felt push to the left, looked to right, giant great white shark a foot from my boot,” said McDaniel. “His upper half of body was out of the water, his dorsal fin was out of the water.”

Chambers was the first to notice the 19-foot shark before McDaniel turned around.
"Look at it and said, 'oh crap, oh crap, oh crap'," said Chambers. "I yelled at him to hit it."
The shark had its jaws clamped on the back of the nine-foot-long kayak, inches from McDaniel.
"Saw a giant, triangular, conical-shaped head right there and a huge body. Just a massive body," said McDaniel.

The shark eventually let go, leaving damage to the kayak but no injuries to McDaniels. 

Source: 10 News



2019-10-06

Surfer's Board Bitten In Australia

A 29-year-old male encountered a great white in New South Wales. 

Mike Bruton was surfing at Lighthouse Beach near Seal Rocks. While waiting for a wave, paddling, Burton what hit from underneath by what he estimated to be a shark approximately 8 feet in length. 

Witnesses saw the shark shoot up into the air after knocking Bruton off his surfboard, snapping his leg rope and leaving a huge bite mark on the right rail of his board. Burton retrieved his board and made it safely back to shore. 
 
Bruton was uninjured in the attack but was impressed with the force of the shark. 
“The sheer power of the thing, it felt like I was getting hit by a bus.”

Source: Daily Mail

 



2019-10-04

Surfer Encounters Shark in Guam

Surfer encountered a shark while crossing the mouth of Talofofo Bay, Guam. 

Rain Williams was paddling across the mouth of Talofofo Bay when he had a close encounter with a shark. 

Williams recounts, "I fell off the board and I was in the water for a few seconds maybe 10 seconds," he said. "Then I grabbed onto my board the shark had bumped my board couple times maybe three times and while I was in the water. I felt it swim by me earlier it must have bumped up against me and left some teeth marks on my leg, my left thigh." He did not require medical attention. 

Williams thinks it was a juvenile shark but did not comment on what type.  

Source: Kaum.com



2019-09-30

Man Bitten by Shark in Australia

A 45-year-old man was bitten by a shark in Australia. 

Jamie Hall was fishing with friends off Nightcliff Jetty on Saturday afternoon, when one of his friends hooked into something.

In a bid to help him land the catch, Hall climbed down onto the lower level of the jetty and found his friend had hooked a shark. Once getting the shark up onto the landing, Hall grabbed the shark by the tail and it swung around and latched onto his leg.

 "I was like: 'He bit me!' and then I smacked his head against the steel,” Hall said. 

Hall was transported to Royal Darwin Hospital where he was treated and spent two nights recovering.

Although was unable to recognize the species of shark, he reported it to be just over 3 feet long and was bronze in color. 

This would be considered a provoked incident.

Source: 9 News



2019-09-27

Surfer Escapes Injury In Maui

A female surfer is safe after encountering a shark in South Maui. 

The unidentified woman was surfing around 9:00 a.m. off Halama Street in Kihei. The woman was about 150 offshore when she began yelling for help. Emergency crew from Engine 6 from Kihei met up with the victim who had already made it to shore. 

She reported a 6-7 foot shark had bitten the back of her board but sustained no bodily injuries. 

“The victim was reportedly shaken, but unharmed. Ocean Safety personnel on a jet ski cleared the waters of ocean-goers in the immediate vicinity and continued patrolling the area,” said Maui Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro.

Source: Maui Now

 



2019-09-25

Teen Bitten by Black Tip off the Coast of Florida

A 13-year-old teen was bitten by a shark in Florida. 

Logan Radd was surfing off Satellite Beach with his family around 4:30 p.m. when he suddenly felt something snag his foot. 

"I was coming in and he bit my foot and then he bit it again. It was probably a 2-foot shark," said Logan, recalling how he made it to shore in the knee-high surf.

His mother, Jennifer Radd, took him to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne where he received treatment for two gaping wounds on the heel of his left foot.  

Radd stated she saw a black tip shark just after her son was bitten. 

Source: Florida Today

 



2019-09-24

Man Bitten at a Jacksonville Beach

A man has been bitten by a shark in Jacksonville, Florida.

According to reports, an unidentified man was swimming in the waters off Huguenot Park on Tuesday afternoon. Around 5 p.m. the man was bitten on his forearm.

He suffered non-life threatening injuries that were treated by medical staff at UF Health Shands Hospital.

He is expected to make a full recovery. 

Souce: Newsweek

 



2019-09-20

22-Year-Old Woman Bitten by Shark off Coast of South Carolina

A 22-year-old woman has been bitten off the coast of North Carolina by what is believed to be a shark.  

Erica Hedrick, from Indianapolis, Indiana, was swimming in the ocean off the coast of the Isle of Palms when she was bitten by something. The Isle of Palms Fire Department received a call around 1:15 and upon arrival near 9th Avenue and Front Beach, emergency response found Hedrick with a bite mark on her foot that was consistent 

She was treated by emergency medical services and transported to a nearby Mount Pleasant hospital where she received 29 stitches. In addition, X-rays showed a partial tooth was embedded in her foot.

Source: Moultrie News



2019-09-18

Three People Bitten off Hawaii Coast

Three people were injured while snorkeling off the coast of Hawaii.

Shortly after 10:30 am on wednesday a free-diving tour hosted by Hawaii Adventure Diving, encountered a group of sharks off Haleiwa. Apparently several sharks swarmed into the area in a frenzy while chasing after a school of fish. 

Lauren Russell, 24 along with her father, 57, and a 31-year-old man who has not yet been identified were bitten by the sharks. 

"At first there was like two sharks and then there was a whole swarm of fish.The sharks were trying to get the fish and they bit my arm and then we were freaking out, trying to get to shore, and then they bit my dad. I just got bit on the arm, I got grazed on the leg, but I think that's more of a scratch than a bite. My dad got bit on the forearm and the other guy got bit on the chest," Russell said.

The three bite victims were taken to a nearby harbor for treatment but did not go to hospital. 

It is unclear how many sharks were involved or what type of shark were involved in the incident.

Source: Newsweek

 



2019-09-07

Great White Bites Fin off Diver

Joe Petrovich had a close encounter with a great white while diving off the coast of Burns Beach, Wester Australia. 

Just before 9:30 am the unnamed man was diving from a boat with two others approximately two miles offshore and one hundred yards away from the northern boundary of the Marmion Marine Park. Joe stated that he had sighted the shark several times, reported the Primary Industries and Regional Development. After swimming with the shark for about five minutes, it bit the diver’s fin which came off his foot.    

No injuries were reported. The shark, which was suspected to be a great white, was approximately 15 feet in length. 

Source: WA Today



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