Recent Shark Incidents
Reports on current shark incidents.


Young Girl Bitten by Shark in Florida

A 10-year-old girl was bitten by a shark at Hobe Sound Beach, Florida.

Jasmine Carney of Palm City was at the beach with her grandmother and younger brother. Suddenly, Carney felt something sharp grab her foot. As she came running out of the water her foot was bleeding.

Martin County lifeguards applied first aid and a tourniquet to Carney’s ankle. She was then taken by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach where she received surgery to repair deep lacerations to her ankle. 

Source: TCPalm.



Bodysurfer Encounters a Shark in California

A bodysurfer encountered a shark while surfing at Windandsea Beach, California.

John Holman was out body surfing when a shark bumped his leg.

"Felt something kind of bump against my leg, and I looked over to my buddy who was next to me – we both looked down, and we saw this grey back, like a dark grey back, but I couldn’t tell what it was at first, I didn’t see a fin or anything," said Holman.

Hofman reported the shark to be about 6 feet long which indicates it was a juvenile. 
No injuries were reported. 

Source: CBS 8



Andros Resident Bitten by Bull Shark in Bahamas

A 32-year-old man was bitten by a shark on the island of Andros in the Bahamas. 
Navado Sweeting, a spear fisherman by trade, was fishing with his brother and nephew when a shark approached the men.

“All I could remember is me and my brother was in the water and I spotted the shark and he was coming with so much speed so I quickly got in between the shark and my brother so I tried to protect my brother,” he said.

 “But the shark ended up grabbing hold of my hand and started shaking and that’s when my brother pulled me back up to safety and called for the boat to come for us and so my brother was actually the one who saved me.”

Sweeting had to break his hand in order to free himself from the shark.

There is little information on his condition and expected recovery at this time.

Source: The Tribune


Mako Intrudes on Fishing Excursion in New Zealand

Fishermen were startled by a mako shark in New Zealand. 

The fishermen were off the coast of Witianga when the large mako shark leaped out of the water and landed on the front of their boat. Eventually the shark was able to wiggle its way off the boat. 

No injuries were reported and the shark was unharmed in the incident. 

What footage of the event by clicking the link below. 

Source: YouTube



Swimmer Bitten by Shark in California

 A 50-year-old woman has been bitten by a juvenile white shark in Del Mar, California. 

Lyn Jutronich was swimming with another man when the incident happened. Meredith Rose, a friend of the victim, spoke with the swimmer’s brother who said she was finishing a swim, waiting at the surf line to come in, when the bite happened.

“The shark first bumped her pretty hard, said it felt like a baseball bat from what the brother told me. As she came down from being lifted out of the water a little bit, the shark bit her in the thigh area,” Rose said.

Jutronich and her swim partner made it to shore calmly, where lifeguards treated her leg and is expected to make a full recovery. 

Source: FOX5



Fisherman Receives 50 Stitches in Florida

A man is in stable condition after he was bitten by a shark while fishing in Cape San Blas, Florida.

“We were just fishing out here and we caught a shark,” fellow fisherman Blake Freeman said. “It was probably five or six feet and we dehooked it, was going to turn it loose and the guy was kinda in the water right there at the shelf where the water breaks and he went to grab his tail because he was spinning around and he slipped and wound up underneath the shark.”

The South Gulf County Fire and Rescue volunteer fire department responded to the call and the man was assisted by firefighters, along with members of the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office and the Gulf County EMS.

He was rushed to a Bay County hospital and is reported to be in stable condition after receiving 50 stitches. 

SharkBytes considers this a provoked incident. 

Source: My Panhandle



Surfer Escapes Injury after Encountering Shark in California

A surfer was uninjured after encountering a shark in California. 

The unidentified surfer was about 100 yards offshore at Otter Point in Pacific Grove when he was knocked off his board after being grazed and bumped by the shark. The surfer was knocked into the water but was able to paddle to shore uninjured. 

There was no major damage to the surfboard, but officials said it will be tested to attempt to determine the shark species. 

Signs were posted, but the beaches remained open. 

Source: KSBW



Man Has a Close Call with a Shark in Hawaii

51-year-old man lost a chunk of his flpper while snorkeling in Hawaii.

Scott Hill was snorkeling at Kalapaki Beach on the island of Kauai when he felt something tug at his flipper as he swam through cloudy water. He didn’t this much of it but when he returned to the beach, he noticed a half-moon shaped chunk missing from his flipper. 

Testing is underway but experts think it was an 11-12 tiger shark that was responsible for the bite. 

Hill, from Helena and in Hawaii on vacation with his wife, returned to the water the next day. 

Scott Hill said he had a little nervousness, but otherwise did fine.

“I didn’t let it ruin my time here,” he said.

Hill, the owner of Design+Craft Inc. in Helena, said Hawaii officials have said they will return his fin to him when they are done testing so that he can keep it as a souvenir.

Source: Independent Record



Man Bitten by Shark off the Coast of Mississippi

A commercial fisherman has been bitten by a shark in Mississippi.

The U.S Coast Guard reported the man was fishing west of Horn Island when he was bitten by a five-foot shark. The unidentified man received four lacerations above the waist, specifically bites to his side and abdomen. 

First aid was applied and the injuries considered minor. 

Source: WXXV



Teen Narrowly Escapes Shark Bite In Southern Australia

A 19-year-old male narrowly escaped being bitten by a shark during a surf ski race in Australia. 

Nat Drummond was pushed off his ski when a shark thought to be around 9 feet long bit Drummond’s ski, ripping a chunk out of the bottom.

South Australian Ocean and Surf Ski Paddlers race director Craig Burton said Drummond's peers quickly responded to the incident and he was able to walk away uninjured.

"All the paddlers in this event are surf lifesavers," he said.

"When something like this happens, they turn into rescue mode and it was fantastic the way they got him onto their surf skis and safely returned him to shore.

Drummond did not sustain any injuries and is reported to be in good spirits. 

Source: ABC News



Teen Bitten by Nurse Shark in Key Largo

A 15-year-old teen has been bitten by a nurse shark in Key Largo.

Malec Mata was casting bait when a small nurse shark got wrapped up in their fishing line. He jumped in to help free the shark when it bit him in the leg. 
It was upside down underneath the water, so I went to go unwrap the line and he turned around and he swam at my leg," said Mata. 

“I was shocked because I have gone swimming with nurse sharks a lot and they don’t typically act like that," Mata said.

Mata was able to unhook the baby shark, but it did leave a mark. The bite was small, but Mata bled a lot.

Mata was stitched up and said the incident will not deter him from returning to the water.

Source: 6 South Florida



3 Men Injured by Shark while Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

Three friends were injured while fishing for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. 
Phong Le, Son Nguyen and Luan Nguyen were about 25 miles off the coast of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana when their boat starting taking in water. After experiencing engine problems, the boat started taking in water and sank.
While hanging onto an ice chest, Nguyen said suddenly a shark was trying to bite him. 

"The head part was in front of me and the shark from just out of nowhere bit the vest,” Nguyen said. “So, I pushed the shark and then I tried to push his nose. That didn’t do anything. So, I stuck both of my thumbs and jabbed him in the eyes, and it took off.” 

"The head part was in front of me and the shark from just out of nowhere bit the vest,” Nguyen said. “So, I pushed the shark and then I tried to push his nose. That didn’t do anything. So, I stuck both of my thumbs and jabbed him in the eyes, and it took off.”

While the shark bit his vest, it caught his hands and fingers as well. 

The three friends were reported missing early the next morning when they didn’t make it back to the marina. The Coast Guard boats and helicopters searched an area roughly the size of Rhode Island before located, rescued, and flown to University Medical Center in New Orleans where they were treated for minor injuries. 




Victorian Teen has Shark Incident

17-year-old Zaak Johnstone was surfing with mates at night at Portland off the far south-west coast when they felt something brush up.

"I felt my foot go down its throat and then it bit me," Johnstone told the news.
Despite the wounds and frightening experience, Johnstone believes the shark encounter has somewhat "overhyped".

"It's not like I lost my leg or anything. I could definitely feel it but not as bad as it probably was," he stated.

"I didn't realize how bad it was until I got up to the top and started looking at it."
Johnstone's friend, Nathan Malady, stated he didn't believe his friend until he looked at his face.

"He's going pale and lifted up his foot and it's just blood pouring down his foot."
Johnstone's mother, Frances, got the call but even she stayed relatively calm.

"I didn't feel too too freaked out so much really because I knew they would be in good hands," she stated to the news.

Johnstone underwent surgery this morning and is back on his feet with the help of some crutches. He stated that once his foot heals, he intends to get back in the water.



Shark Bites Man in Port Hedland Waters

A man has nearly lost his arm during a shark incident off the West Australian coast near Port Hedland.

Robbie Peck was bitten by an unconfirmed species of shark while spearfishing offshore from Port Hedland on Friday morning. He sustained the injuries after spearing a fish, authorities stated.

The St John ambulance service was called about 11.30am after Mr Peck was brought to shore by boat with serious injuries.

Emergency services stated he was transferred to Hedland health campus as a priority-one patient.

A Royal Flying Doctor Service spokesperson stated that he sustained multiple injuries and his left arm had "nearly been severed".

The WA Country Health Service said the Mr Peck was in a stable condition.



Surfer Suffers Serious Injuries on California Beach

A 31-year-old male has been seriously injured in California. 

According to the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department, Jared Trainor was surfing at Centerville Beach when the incident occured. As he paddled out on his board to where the waves were breaking, Trainor was suddenly pulled underwater by a shark. "Coffin style," he said. "Its lower jaws had the board and its upper jaws had my leg."

Trainor fought back, holding onto the shark's body with one hand and kicking its head with his free leg until the animal let him go, he said, according to an AP report.

After swimming back to shore, Trainor used another surfer's phone to call for help.

He was transported by City Ambulance to a hospital where doctors closed extensive wounds on the upper thigh. 

Bites in the area are not common. however; Northern California experiences an increase of shark activity this time of year when adult sharks return to the west coast. 




Woman Fatally Injured in South Africa

A woman has been fatally wounded by a shark in South Africa.

The unnamed woman was out for a morning swim; just before 8am, the body of a Cape Town tourist was recovered from the waters of Plettenberg Bay near Central Beach. 

Beaches have been closed while the National Sear Rescue Institute looks into the incident.

Source: Daily Maverick



Marathon Scuba Diver Bitten by Shark

A scuba diver has been bitten by what is believed to be a reef shark in Marathon Florida Keys.

The male victim was spearfishing while diving with friends approximately 70 feet of water along the reef line about five miles south of Marathon when he was bitten on the elbow. 

Emergency responders dispatched to Marathon’s Captain Hook’s Marina, where the victim was bought to shore. He was then transported to the Marathon airport and flown via Trauma Star to Jackson South Medical Center in Miami.

It’s been reported by friends that the man is in stable condition and recovering. 

Source: Keys Weekly



Woman Bitten by Shark in New Smyrna

A 27-year-old woman was bitten by a shark at New Smyrna Beach. 

The unnamed woman was wading in waist-deep water near Crawford beach when a shark bit her on the foot. Only the dorsal fin and tail were seen during the incident leaving the shark type in question. 

The woman was taken to the hospital by ambulance with nonlife-threatening injuries. 

Source: Fox35 Orlando



Woman Dies while Snorkeling in the Bahamas

A 58-year-old woman has died as a result of a bull shark while in the Bahamas.

Caroline DiPlacido of Pennsylvania was vacationing with her family on the Royal Caribbean ship, Harmony of the Seas. While docked in Nassau the family booked an excursion with a local tour company that took them snorkeling in the area of Green Cay.

Shortly after 2:00 pm family members saw DiPlacido struggling with a shark and rushed to her aid. They were able to pull her onto the boat where she was then rushed to the nearest dock to meet paramedics who found no vital signs of life. 

The beach has been closed and the incident is under investigation. 

Source: NBC



French Woman Seriously Injured in Hawaii

A woman has been seriously injured from a shark bite in Hawaii.

The 51-year-old woman from France was about 100 feet from Paia Bay shore when she was bite by the shark. Bystanders helped her to shore until emergency personnel took over. 

The woman was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition. 
Warning signs were posted on Balwin Beach Park, Lower Paia Beach and Kuau Bay Beach Park. Beaches were also closed and will reopen in the morning. 

Source: Hawaii News Now


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