Recent Shark Incidents
Reports on current shark incidents.


Two Teens Encounter Shark in California

Two teenagers encountered a shark while paddle boarding in Santa Cruz, CA.

The two were paddling past the kelp beds in the waters off Pleasure Point when one felt a jolt and was knocked off his board. He scrambled back atop his board he saw a shark biting down on the back of it. The teen punched the shark causing it to let go. 

The two were able to get to shore without further incident and reported the event to the Central Fire Department. 

Source: KSBW8



Woman Bitten by Shark in Australia

A woman in her 20’s has been bitten by a shark in Cairns, AU.

The unidentified woman was met by paramedics at Marlin Marina after receiving a call about an incident involving a shark. 

The woman was taken to Cairns Hospital in stable condition with an injury to her arm. 

The incident took place just after drumlines were reinstalled off beaches to ensure swimmers safety. It is believed that the incident occurred on the outer reef. 

Source: Cairns Post



Man Bitten in Fiji

A 26-year-old sustained injuries from a shark in Fiji.

The unidentified man was diving off the coast of Tawake in Cakaudrove with two others when witness said a shark bit him in the elbow. The man was admitted to the Men’s Surgical Ward at the Labasa Hospital where he is recovering. 

There are no reports as to the type of shark involved in the incident. 

Source: FBC News 



Surfer Punches Shark in Snout

Pauanui surf life-saving club captain Stuart Upjohn told news the man was in the water around 10:30am when the "pretty big" shark had a go.

"He was surfing out the back and the shark ended up coming at him," Upjohn said.

"He ended up putting the board in the way and the shark ended up biting his board and then he ended up punching the shark in the snout and managed to get away."

The man was fortunate to make it back to shore, safe but rattled.

"He definitely had the adrenaline going," Upjohn told news.

"He didn't actually sustain any serious injuries but he did have a good bite mark in his board."

A member of the public then called the Pauanui Surf Life Saving Club, which closed the beach for two hours.

Despite this, Upjohn said a shark incidents like this was "extremely rare".

"The main message is sharks are out there all the time, they're pretty much always harmless," he stated




Mako Bites Boat off Coast of New Zealand

A mako shark has been caught on camera biting down a boat in New Zealand.

Marine biologist, Riley Elliot, and his fiancé were doing research off the coast of New Zealand when a mako shark bit down on the outer rim of the boat. The shark then cruised around for a while afterwards.

There were no injuries reported. 

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Source: Daily Mail 



Paddle Boarders Encounter a Tiger Shark in Maui

A shark bit a paddle board in Maui.

According to news reports, a tiger shark was aggressively following a group of stand-up paddle boarders in the areas of Wailea and Makena. The paddle boarders used their paddles to attempt to fend off the shark before one of the boards where bit.

No injuries were reported: however, standard protocols call for warnings and signs to continue until a survey has been done in the area to ensure not further shark activity is noted. 

Source: Big Island Now



Teen Bitten in Neck in Indonesia

A shark is not responsible for a 16-year-old boy’s rare fish bite in Indonesia.

Muhammad Idul was fishing with his parents in Burton waters off South East Sulawesi when a needle fish jumped out of the water. The fish’s snout sliced straight through the boys neck and pierced the back of his skull. 

Idul was rushed to a hospital to undergo complex surgery aimed at removing the fish in a way that avoided slitting his throat. “To remove the fish snout, one must be very careful because there is a large vessel in the neck,” said Dr. Syafri K. Arif. 

Muhammad is recovering in the hospital due to infection risks. 

Source: Ary News  



Teen Bitten while Surfing in New Zealand

A 13-year-old girl has suffered a possible shark bite in New Zealand.

Jordan King was suffering with friend Ella Burdon around 8:30 pm at Orteti Beach. She felt something nibbling on her leg rope of her surfboard. Startled, she jumped back onto her surfboard and saw a tail fin about a few feet long emerge from the water before it swam away.

The girls, along with Burdon’s father paddled back to the shallow water to assess the situation. They didn’t notice any blood so King continued to surf for another hour. Upon returning to shore she noticed that there was blood coming out of her wetsuit. 

King was treated at the Emergency Department where she received stitches for her wounds.

Source: Southland Times


Surfer Bitten by Shark in Australia

A 60-year-old man has been bitten while surfing in Australia.

The unidentified man was surfing at Windang Beach around 8 am. While waiting for a wave and felt a tug on his left leg. When he looked down and saw blood, he immediately got onto his board and made his way back to the shore where he was treated by paramedics at the scene and then taken to Wollongong Hospital to be treated for a significant laceration to the top arch of his left ankle area.

He is reported in stable condition.

Source: ABC News


Shark Bites German Tourist in Thailand

A 75-year-old man has been bitten by what is believed to be a bull shark in Thailand.

Hans-Peter Malten, on vacation from Germany, was walking along Nang Thong beach in the Phang Nga province with his wife when he decided to go for a swim.  He was about 20 feet off shore when he felt a large fish next to him and then was bitten on his right leg. 

Malten was taken to the Andaman Hub Medical Center in Khao Lak before he was transported to Bangkok Hospital Phuket. Malten sustained a bite wound approximately 8 inches in length and had his tendon reattached before being released.

Source: Newsweek


Man Bitten while Surfing in the Outer Banks, NC

A 26-year-old man has suffered an apparent shark bite off the Outer Banks, NC.

The man was surfing Monday afternoon when he was bitten on the foot about 2:30 p.m. off Sudie Payne Road in Rodanthe. Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The bite victim is Samuel Horne from Manteo, according to his cousin Justin Copeland. Horne will get stitches or staples to repair the injury.

Dare County Emergency Medical Services transported Horne to the Outer Banks Hospital for further treatment.

There is no information as to size or type of shark involved in the incident. 

The injury will not stop Horne from surfing, Copeland said.

“No, he’ll get back out there.” 

Source: OBX Today



21-Year-Old Body was Found off Twiliaht Beach

A 21-year old man was found dead after he had gone missing in Australia.

Police launched an extensive search for the 21-year-old, with the search ending when his body was found in the water off Twilight Beach on Tuesday. When the body was discovered it was being chewed on by 3 sharks.  

Eric Birighitti went missing five days ago when he slipped while walking along Twiliaht Beach with friends. Friends desperately attempted to pull him in but the current was too strong.

His remains were discovered by authorities who were searching for the body of 57-year-old Gary Johnson who went missing while scuba diving with his wife this past month.

Source: Daily Mail 



Queensland Girl Bitten by Shark

An unidentified girl has been bitten in the leg by a shark off the coast of Queensland.

The nine-year-old was in the waters around North West Island when the she was bitten by the shark. The unidentified girl was assisted by paramedics and a rescue helicopter. She was taken to Heron Island where a Brundaberg based rescue helicopter and Volunteer Marine Rescue met the paramedics. 

The girl was treated for lacerations on her leg and was in stable condition. 

Source: Brisbane Times



Man Dies in Western Australia after Being Bitten by Great White

An unidentified man has died while diving off the coast of Cull Island near the south coast town of Esperance.

Surf Life Saving WA confirmed the diver was bitten by a great white shark around 1:30 pm. Police confirmed the victim was in the area on a boat, and diving at the moment of the incident. A woman who was on board the boat at the time was returned to shore suffering from shock and taken by St. John Ambulance to a hospital.

The search for the man is ongoing as fisheries officers, police air wing and divers conduct patrols in the area.



Tourist injured by Shark in Seychelles

A French national was severely injured after being bitten by a shark over the weekend, but is in stable condition, acording to the French ambassador to Seychelles.

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) stated that the 45-year-old woman was severely injured on her arm while swimming at Amitie Beach on Praslin.

STB said the shark incident occured around 7 p.m. at an estuary where the victim was swimming and that no precisions were given on the kind of shark that bit her. The victim was airlifted and rushed to the Seychelles Hospital on the main island of Mahe for treatment.

The French ambassador to Seychelles, Dominique Mas, stated that he visited the victim in hospital whom he said had surgery and is in stable condition.

The French national is on holiday in Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean. 




Man Airlifted after Central Queensland Shark Bite

A middle-aged man has been airlifted to hospital with minor injuries after a shark bite off the central Queensland coast.

The shark incident occurred in waters off North West Island in the Coral Sea, about 76 kilometres north-west of Gladstone.

Paramedics responded to what was reported as a shark bite to the leg around 1pm today.

"The crew there has found the patient was ... bitten by a shovel-nosed shark and sustained minor lacerations to his lower limbs and hand," Gladstone senior operations supervisor Alistair Vagg stated.

The helicopter crew treated the middle-aged man on the scene before he was airlifted in a stable condition to Gladstone Hospital for further treatment and assessment.

The largest island in the Capricornia Cays National Park, North West Island features a camping area accessible only by boat that can accommodate up to 150 people.



Human Remains Discovered in Shark

Body parts believed to be those of a man who went missing early December have been found in the stomach of a tiger shark caught in a program to reduce shark incidents off Renunion Island in the Indian Ocean.  

Two human arms and a bracelet were found in the stomach of the 11-foot shark which was dissected by scientists as a part of the preventive fishing program. The family of the man in question who went missing while kayaking identified the bracelet found in the sharks stomach. The condition of remains indicate they were not ingested within the last 48 hours.

It is unclear whether the man drowned and was eaten or was killed as a result of a shark bite.



Surf Ski Paddler Encounters Shark in South Africa


A person fell victim to a shark incident in South Africa.

Little information has been provided regarding the incident that happened early morning on Boxing Day. According the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, a surf ski paddler encountered a shark off Nahoon Reef in the Eastern Cape around 7 a.m.

The city confirmed the incident and reported there were no injuries sustained but the area is being monitored.

Source: The South African


Shark Bites Boat in Shellharbour


Three fishermen encountered a shark trying to come aboard their boat.

The men were in their boat a few miles off Shellharbour, New South Wales when the shark came out of the water and tried to board the boat

"My mate had just put his line in off the back, when all of a sudden a great white tried to jump in the boat," Jason Dunn said.

"It came out of nowhere - he had to sprint to the front of the boat.

"It then slid back into the water, and we could feel it go under the boat - we could feel it bumping it.

"Then it came round to the driver's side where I was and started pushing it sideways and then took a bite out of the boat.

"You can see the serrated teeth marks where it's been gouged."

They immediately started the boat and headed off. While the shark did follow them in the wake for a bit, no one was injured.

Source: Illawarra Mercury


Man Bitten by Shark off California Coast

A 37-year-old man was bitten by a shark while surfing near Santa Barbara, CA.

The unidentified man was surfing northwest of Santa Rosa Island when he was bitten. The coast guard was called and was told a tournequet had been placed on the man's leg to prevent bleeding. The man was hoisted to safety and taken to the airport where he was transported to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara for further medical treatment.The man was reported to be stable.

“This individual was fortunate to be with a buddy who was able to communicate their position to the Coast Guard. We are all happy that he will be able to be with his family in time for the holidays,” Lt. Benjamin McIntyre-Coble, the Coast Guard Sector-Los Angeles Long Beach command duty officer, said in a statement.

Source: Daily News

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