Recent Shark Incidents
Reports on current shark incidents.


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


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



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



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. 



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.



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



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



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. 




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



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



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  



Man Bitten by "Toothy Sea Creature"

An unidentified man was injured at Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Despite the beach being closed to exercise related activities paramedics were called to the beach between North First and North Second Streets around 10:00 a.m. 

The man was taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 

Brevard County Fire Rescue could not confirm whether the animal was a shark, saying only that it was a “toothy sea creature.”




Surfer Suffers Serious Injuries to Hand

A 38-year-old man was bitten by a shark while surfing in Australia.

Hayden Edwards approached Central Coast Lifeguards at Wamberal Beach with injuries from a shark bite. “I paddled out, once I was out the back the perfect day became a nightmare within a split second a 6 foot shark grabbed my hand severing 3 tendons and tearing a hole in my hand. “Both extremely lucky that it didn’t rip my arm off but unlucky it happened.” 

An ambulance was called while the surfer was treated on the scene. Edwards was then rushed to Gosford Hospital where he will have surgery to reconnect tendons on his hand.

The species of shark is unknown at this time. 

Source: The Daily Telegraph



Man Succumbs to Injuries from Shark Bite in Australia

4-7-2020 Update: The man has succumbed to the life threatening injuries he obtained to his leg, hand and elbow in yesterdays incident. 

A man has identified as 23-year-old Zachary Robba suffered serious injuries after being bitten by a shark in the southern Great Barrier Reef, AU. 

It is believed that he and friends had been on a charter boat moored off the shore of North West Island. Robba was swimming with a group of friends and when he was swimming back to the chartered boat was bitten by a shark. 

A rescue helicopter was dispatched from Rockhampton. A paramedic was winched down to the beach and taken to Robba by way of a tender vessel. He was then winched onto the helicopter.and flown to Gladstone Hospital where he had succmbed to his injuries around 10pm last night.  

Source: The Courier Mail  


Shark Nudges Kayak in Western Australia

A warning has been issued in Perth after a shark nudged a kayak. 

An unidentified man was trolling for fish off the Alkimos wreck site when a 6 foot shark hit is kayak. 

The department of Fisheries has issued a warning and has advised near the area to exercise caution. The City of Wanneroo has also taken precaution by closing beaches on mile on either side of the wreck.

The species of shark has not been identified.

Source: WAtoday  



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 


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