Recent Shark Incidents
 
Reports on current shark incidents.

2020-07-04

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



2020-07-02

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



2020-06-28

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. 

Source: Africa.com 
  



2020-06-25

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



2020-06-19

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



2020-06-18

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



2020-06-07

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 

 



2020-06-06

Surfer Bitten by Shark in Australia

A woman has been bitten by a shark near Exmouth, Australia.

The unidentified woman was surfing at Tantabiddi Beach in the Ningaloo Marine Park when she received non-threatening injures from an unknown species of shark. 

The woman was taken to Exmouth Medical Centre for treatment. 
Swimmers and snorkelers are advised to exercise caution in the area while the

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) investigates the incident. 

Source: Perth Now

 



2020-06-05

Shark Bite in Delaware

A 12-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while swimming at Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware.

The unidentified boy was conscious and breathing but seriously bleeding when he was taken by ambulance to Beebe Healthcare for treatment for puncture wounds to one of his legs. 

While initially reported as a shark bite, officials said, the appearance of the bite mark is being reviewed by state and fisheries experts to confirm if it was from a shark or potential other creature.

Herring Point has been closed to surfing and swimming. Beachgoers are also restricted to knee deep waters. 

Source: Cape Gazette

 



2020-06-02

Surfer Bitten by Shark in Hawaii

A man has been bitten while surfing in Hawaii.

The unidentified man was surfing in the waters off Kekaha at a spot commonly known Davidsons, when he was bit by what appeared to be a tiger shark.

The man was taken to Kaua’i Veterans Memorial Hospital and was treated for injuries sustained to his right hand.

Shark Sighted and No Swimming signs have been posted at Davidson’s Beach and Ocean Safely Bureau personnel are roving the shoreline to warm beachgoers to stay out of the water until further notice.

Source: Khon 2



2020-06-01

12-Year-Old Boy Bitten by Bull Shark

A 12-year-old boy was bitten by a shark in Thailand.

Harafat Limapicharsakul was playing on a boat at Chebilang pier in Muang district of Satun province when the incident happened. According to the Bangkok Post, the boy was swinging his legs in the canal when he was bitten on the foot by what is believed to be a bull shark. 

Harafat was taken to the hospital where he received 50 stitches before being released. 

A controversy rose from the incident shortly after when a Chebilang mayor offered a monetary reward for the live capture of the shark involved. The action angered Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, who publically criticized the action, “Don't offer a bounty for a shark or support the hunt for a reward," the minister said on Sunday. 

Source: Bangkok Post

 



2020-06-01

Teen Encounters Shark while Spearfishing

An 18-year-old teen encountered a shark while spearfishing in North Queensland.

Lachlan Pye was spearfishing when a 4-5 foot bull shark approached him from underneath and bit down on his swimming fin. Pye kicked in hope of the shark releasing. 

“It pulled my foot down, I felt my ankle move and I looked down and it had taken a couple of chomps at the fin,” reported Pye.

Aside from the fin and “two minutes of terror” Pye experienced, no injuries were reported.

“I feel pretty lucky I’ve got my feet still,” he said of the encounter. However, Pye insisted he’ll be back in the water, doing what he loves.

Source: Australian Times

 



2020-05-25

Man's Kayak Bitten by Great White in Northern California

A 40-year-old man from Eureka encountered a shark while kayak fishing off the waters of Southern Humbolt County in Northern California. 

Michael Thallheimer, Jr. said he had taken is peddle kayak out to fish about 6:15. After catching a fish about 36 inches he put it on his fish clip cutting through the gills which pumped all the blood out. Within 30 seconds a 16-18 foot great white latched onto the side of his kayak. 

“All of a sudden, it was attached to the side of my kayak. I saw a nose and an eyeball with no soul,” he said. “That animal doesn’t give a shit… [The shark bit] right in the middle of the kayak directly next to my knee and thigh, about 6 inches away.”

Thallheimer punched the shark in the nose and it immediately let go and quickly swam away but not before thrashing the vessel with its tale. He then called 911 just before his kayak filled up with water and flipped over. Thallheimer climbed on the kayak and waited for help to come. A local fisherman arrived at his location and took him safely to shore.

Thallheimer suffered no injuries and is glad to be alive and grateful to those who rescued him. 

Source: kymkemp.com



2020-05-10

French Tourist Bitten by Shark in Australia

A French tourist was bitten by a shark in Australia.
The 23-year-old surfer was on his board when he felt a bite at his right leg. “I punched him one time, he stay in my legs, two times after …. he go,” the victim told 9News. 

Local surfer Matt Sedunary was also out in the water at the time of the incident. He thought he was joking around when he first heard his screams for help. He quickly rushed to help.

"I'm not just going to ditch this guy… most people would do the same thing," Mr Sedunary told 9News.

 



2020-05-09

Surfer Dies after Shark Bite in California

A 26-year-old was killed by a shark while surfing in California.

The unidentified male was surfing off Manresa State Beach on the northern end of Monterey Bay when he was bitten by a shark. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies notified the man’s family. 

Water one mile north and south of the incident has been closed for the next five days and signs have been posted.

“State Parks expresses its deepest sympathy to the family of the victim,” the department said in a statement.

Source: NBC News

 



2020-05-02

Woman Bitten by Suspected Shark

A  woman in her 50s suffered injury near Padaro Lane in Summerland, California by what is believed to be a shark.

The unidentified woman stated she was lap swimming about 60 feet from the shore when a probable shark around six feet long with a black dorsal fin bit her foot and swam away quickly. 

Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District and AMR Ambulance responded to the call and the woman was taken to Cottage Hospital with relatively minor wounds, including two 1-inch lacerations to her foot. 

Serveral sightings were reported in the area including Santa Claus Lane and Carpinteria State Park. Santa Barbara County Parks posted “Shark Advisory signs and will continue to monitor the area. 

Source: Noozhawk

 



2020-04-30

Surfer Sustains Minor Injures from Shark Bite in California

A surfer was bitten off of Moonlight Beach, CA which recently reopened Monday after corona virus closing for limited activities of walking, running, swimming and surfing. 

The unidentified was reportedly bitten around 5:45 pm. No details were provided as to how it happened.

Medics took the victim to Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas for treatment of minor injuries. 

A two-mile stretch of shoreline in the area was close as a precaution, stated Encinitas lifeguard Capt. Larry Giles. 

It’s unreported as to the species of shark involved in the incident. 

Source: kpbs.org

 



2020-04-26

Surfer Encounters Shark Australia

A surfer had his board bumped by a shark in Australia.

The incident happened at Dunes Beach just north of Exmouth. The unidentified surfer reported that he was “nudged from his board and minor marks were made to his board.” 

Although the species is unknown, the surfer reported the shark to be about 7 feet in length. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is investigating the incident and are examining pictures of the surfboard to try and identify which species was involved. 

Beaches in the Lighthouse Bay area have been closed and locals are advised to be extra cautious. 

Source: Perth Now

 



2020-04-21

Shark Bites Woman in Foot at Crescent Head, AU

A woman was bitten by a shark at Crescent Head, Australia. 

The unidentified woman was swimming in Killick Creek near the boat ramp when the incident occurred. An eyewitness saw the shark’s fin in the creek. “My son saw the shark in the creek and I saw it after the attack frolicking in the shallows at the entrance of the creek,” she said. 

The victim was taken to the hospital by a friend before Lifesaving Club members arrived scene. They were told locals wrapped the woman’s foot before she was taken to the hospital and that she had four deep lacerations to her foot. 

No information has been provided regarding the woman’s condition. 

Source: The Macleay Argus

 



2020-04-14

Man Encounters Great White in Australia

A man encountered a great white while kayak fishing in New Zealand.

Steve Dickinson was fishing out on Auckland’s Stanmore Bay when he “heard a kind of swirling sound.” He looked to his right and saw what he described a big fish. The 7-9 foot shark continued to swim around the kayak as well as under it. 

Dickinson has been using a berley bag tied to the side of his kayak to bait fish that the shark seemed interested in so he cut the bag free and threw it as far from the kayak as he could. The shark went after the bag which got tangled in its teeth. This seemed to anger the shark. 

“The great white started pushing its head against the side of the kayak, while Steve repeatedly hit it on the snout with his paddle, as if digging a spade into the ground. ‘I did it as hard as I could - it did not deter him. He just kept coming’."

Dickinson freed the anchored kayak by cutting the line and paddled as fast as he could. Once reaching the shallows, the shark seemed to give up following him. 

There were no injuries reported in this incident. 

Source: NZ Herald  

 



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