Recent Shark Incidents
Reports on current shark incidents.


Boy gets his Leg Amputated

A 10-year-old boy was bitten by a shark in the Florida Keys. 

Jameson Reeder Jr was snorkeling with his family along a shallow reef near Looe Key Reef when he was bitten just below the knee by what is believed to be an eight-foot bull shark. 

The family pulled the boy into the boat and put a tourniquet above the bite to stop the bleeding. Family members then flagged down another boat that happened to have a nurse aboard. He was rushed to shore and then airlifted to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.

Reeder underwent surgery where doctors had to amputate from just below the knee in order to save the boy’s life.  

Source: NBC Miami



Man has Shark Encounter at Pacific Grove Beach

A man and his dog encountered a shark while paddle boarding in California.

Around 11:30 a.m. the unnamed man was paddling on his board with his dog about 150 yards from Lovers Point Pier in Pacific Grove when he saw a shark swimming toward him. The man and his dog were thrown into the water from the shark’s impact.

Pacific Grown Police Department reported, “The shark swam underneath, turned, and bit the paddleboard device. The Pacific Grove resident and his dog were thrown off the board during the encounter. They were able to get back on the board and paddle to shore, uninjured.”

The beaches were cleared and closed until the weekend as a precaution. 

Source: KRON4


8-Year-Old Bitten by Shark in the Bahamas

An eight-year-old boy has been bitten by a shark while on vacation in the Bahamas. 

Finley Downer was swimming in a lagoon near Compass Cay when he and his two siblings decided to join a crowd of people where nurse sharks were swimming. 
Downer’s father said he suddenly “heard a terrified scream and saw dozens (of sharks) circling Finley”.

Finley was pulled from the water by his older sister Lily and was taken to Nassau, for a three-hour operation on his legs.

Nurse sharks are not typically known for aggression. 

Source: The Scotsman



Snorkeler Wounded In Cornwall, England

A woman has been injured while snorkeling off the coast of Cornwall, England.

The unnamed woman was snorkeling with an organized tour when she was bitten by what is believed to be a shark. 

The coastguard was notified just before 12:30 pm and met the woman at Penzance Harbor where the ambulance service administered additional care. 
Blue Shark Snorkel Trips released a statement stating that the person involved received first aid and was able to walk off the boat. The snorkeler also received further treatment once returning to shore. 

No further details have been provided about the type of shark that may have been involved. Shark incidents are very rare in British waters. 

According to the UK charitable organization The Shark Trust, there have been no unprovoked shark bites in 175 years. 



Man Severely Injured at Jacksonville Beach

A man has been seriously injured while swimming at a Jacksonville beach. 

Eye witness, Robert Alexander, heard people screaming near the 10th Avenue South area around noon and saw the man in the water waving his hand for help.
A lifeguard and Alexander rushed out into the water. Alexander described seeing a lot of blood and also a 6 to 7 foot shadow of what could have been a shark. 

“I started splashing, making a lot of loud noises and next thing I know it was kind of tunnel vision, and I grabbed him, put him on his boogie board. His foot was dangling as we were carrying him to shore. You could tell he had no movement in his foot,” Alexander recounted. “I kept telling him to keep eye contact with me.”

The man is currently in the hospital being treated for what lifeguards described as “severe injuries”.

Source: New 4 Jax



Teen Bitten by Nurse Shark

13-year-old Fischer Hricko of Oviedo, and his family went on vacation to the Florida Keys — where he suffered an unexpected shark bite while lobstering.

While in the water to capture a lobster, Fischer told News he was bitten by a nurse shark — a species that is usually docile.

“It was scary, like, I tried getting away, but it was so fast,” Fischer Hricko stated.

After Fischer pulled the shark off his face he swam back to the boat screaming.  

Kent Hricko said when he first heard his wife screaming shark, he just assumed there was one nearby. He said he had no idea a shark had bit his son.

“When I’m approaching him, I’m just seeing blood gushing out of his face," Kent stated.

In a team effort, they got him back on the boat and rushed him to shore where they drove him to an urgent care clinic. He received 10 stitches on his upper lip.

The family said that for now, Fischer cannot go back into the water while his lip is healing, but Fischer claims that as soon as he recovers he plans to get right back in the water.

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Man Hospitalized at Daytona Beach

33-year-old Bryan Olivares was hospitalized after suffering what investigators believe was a shark bite at Daytona Beach, according to Volusia County Beach Safety team.

Deputy Chief Tamra Malphurs stated that the man was wading in waist-deep water along the beach at approximately 3 p.m. when he was bitten on his right foot, “presumably by a shark.”

Mr. Olivares was taken to the hospital, though his injuries were not life-threatening.

Malphurs stated that the incident marks the 6th shark bite of the year in Volusia County.



Shark Bites Fisherman in Florida

A Florida man was bitten on the pinky finger while fishing in the Florida Keys. 

Brett Reeder, of Parish Florida, was fishing near Summerland Key when he hooked a 5’-6’ foot lemon shark. When he tried to unhook the fish from his ling the shark bit down on Reeder’s left pinky.

“He got the left side of my hand and got my pinky and started twisting it,” he said. “Luckily, he let go.”

Reeder’s cousin was on board the boat who is a nurse. She put a tourniquet on his arm and upon reaching shore, first responders met them. 

Reeder was taken by way of helicopter to Miami for treatment. Reeder did not lose the pinky. 

This is consider a provoked incident.

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Source: WSVN 


Surfer Bitten by Shark in Long Island

The 16-year-old surfer, Max Haynes, was bitten about 15 to 20 yards out from Kismet Beach on Fire Island.

Max was surfing off Kismet Beach around 5:45 pm when he suffered a minor bite while playing with his friend James. 

"We were actually flipping each other off our boards, scaring each other, you know, grabbing each other's feet in the water pretending we were sharks," he said. "And then all of a sudden, 30 seconds later, I actually get chomped on."

"I felt on my foot like a bear trap just get me from below, like hard," he said. "It felt like it broke my foot."

He suffered a 4-inch cut on his foot.

The doctor used his bite marks to estimate the size of the shark's jaw and in turn the size of the shark, which he believed to be about 6 feet in length.

Haynes is a Fire Island and Jones Beach junior lifeguard, as well as a surf instructor.

Max's dad was at the shoreline along with his mom.  They were able to carry him a hundred yards to the family's vacation home where his dad, who is a trained EMT, helped control the bleeding until the ambulance arrived. .


This marks the sixth bite of the season off the shores of Long Island.

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Shark Bite Near Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral

Fire rescue says 17-year-old suffers shark bite in Cape Canaveral. 

Teen bitten roughly 20 yards from Jetty Park, according to Canaveral Port Authority.

Canaveral Port Authority told the News that the incident occurred around 10:45 a.m.

The area where the bite occurred was not lifeguarded, though the people involved walked to the Jetty Park lifeguard station where lifeguards administered first aid and called Canaveral Fire Rescue.

Canaveral Fire Rescue stated that the teen suffered minor injuries from the bite and was taken to the hospital afterward.

No other information is available at this time.




Fisherman Bitten by Shark

A fisherman was airlifted to a Miami-Dade County hospital Sunday evening after a shark he caught bit him as he tried to remove the hook from its mouth.

Officer Jason Rafter, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, stated that the man, who has not been named, was bitten on the hand by what witnesses describe as a 6-foot-long lemon shark.

He caught the shark, reeled it in and “got too close to its mouth” as he tried to remove the hook to release the fish, Rafter stated. 

Medics flew the man by helicopter to Jackson South Medical Center. His condition is not immediately known. The incident happened between 5:30 and 6 pm near Content Keys, a group of mangrove-covered islands north of Big Torch Key in the Lower Keys, Rafter stated.

This is considered a provoked incident. 




Ohio Woman Bitten by Shark in Florida

A 40-year-old woman has been bitten by a shark off the shores of Daytona Beach.

The unidentified woman from Ohio was in waist-deep water when she was bit in her lower leg. The incident occurred at 1:12 pm in the 3300 block of Atlantic Ave.   

The woman was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment. Her wounds were not life threatening.

Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal 



2nd Shark Bite on Long Island in Same Day

A 49-year-old man from Arizona has been bitten by a shark on a Long Island beach 11 hours after a surfer was bit.

Shortly after 6 p.m. the unidentified man was in waist deep water at Seaview Beach when a shark bit him on the left wrist and buttocks. 

The man walked out of the water and was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, including a 6-inch gash on his left hand. 

Source: Long Island Press 


Man Sustains 4-Inch Gash in Long Island

A surfer was bitten by a shark at Smith Point County Park, Long Island, marking the second incident in the past few weeks.

The 41-year-old Shawn Donnely, reported the shark knocked him off his board and bit him on the leg. He then punched the shark repeatedly as it kept circling him until a wave helped carry him to the shore and safety. 

Donnely was taken to the hospital where he was treated for a four-inch gash. 

It is believed to be a sand tiger shark involve in the incident. 

Source: NBC 4 New York


New Smyrna Beach has second Shark Bite in a Week

A surfer was bitten by a six-foot shark at New Smyrna Beach, according to beach patrol. He was treated at the beach for an injury to his foot and drove himself to the hospital.

Captain Tammy Malphurs stated that the surfer, who was visiting from Miami, was in about waist-deep water near the south jetty when the shark bit his foot. Source :


Texas Woman Bitten in the Florida Keys

A Texas woman is still recovering from a shark incident that occurred in the Florida Keys last week. The 35-year-old suffered extensive bleeding after she was bitten on the leg by the shark and had to be airlifted to a hospital in Miami, according to an incident report filed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

On June 29 Lindsay Bruns and her family were boating on the Gulf side of the Keys. Around 7 p.m., the family decided to stop for one last swim near Sawyer Key in roughly 10 feet of clear water.

 As she hit the water, her husband heard an unusually loud splash, and when she surfaced, she started screaming for help. Mr. Bruns then saw a huge cloud of blood surrounding his wife, so he jumped into the water and helped her back onto the vessel. She had a large open wound on her right leg that looked consistent with a shark bite, according to the FWC report.

Mr. Bruns was able to construct a makeshift tourniquet with a rope, and he alerted emergency services of their location. The responder told him to head for Tonio’s Restaurant on Summerland Key, where medical personnel would meet them. 

Several FWC officers who were already on the water responded to the incident right away. They were able to intercept the couple’s pontoon boat at the restaurant.

“When I boarded, I saw Mrs. Bruns. She had a half-circle wound on her right leg. It extended from the top of her hip to just above her knee,” officer Christopher Boley explained in the report.

A trauma team gave Mrs. Bruns a blood transfusion and transported her by helicopter to Jackson South Medical Center in Miami, according to Monroe County Fire Rescue. Basing their opinion on the size of the laceration and the nature of the wound, medical experts confirmed that it was the result of a shark Bite. The species and size of shark is unknown.




Life Guard Bitten on Fire Island

OCEAN BEACH, N.Y. -- A Long Island lifeguard is recovering after being bitten by a shark. 

The incident happened near Ocean Beach on Fire Island. 

This follows another sighting Wednesday by Davis Park and an incident on another lifeguard last Saturday at Smith Point Beach. 

Beachgoers on Long Island are being told to stay out of the water as a precautionary measure. 

At least three reported shark incidents have occurred since the start of July. 

Officials say the lifeguard on Fire Island was bitten on the foot and has minor injuries. 

It happened just days after a lifeguard at Smith Point Beach was bitten by a shark while conducting a training exercise with fellow lifeguards. 

The commissioner of parks for Suffolk County says officials are keeping a vigilant eye on the water from above with state-of-the-art equipment, including drones. 

"We have them out there with different tools, including jet skis, kayaks, surf boards, paddle boards and binoculars on land," Commissioner Jason Smagin said. 

Officials say shark sighting are increasing due to warmer waters, which have sent them north earlier than usual. 



Surfer Bitten by Shark at New Smyrna Beach

A 28-year-old man was bitten by a shark in New Smyrna Beach, Fl. 

The unidentified man was surfing next to New Smyrna Jetty when he fell off his board and was then bitten on his left foot.

He suffered a minor injury and was driven to the hospital by a friend. 

Source: WESH 2


Lifeguard Receives Stitches after Shark Encounter on Long Island

A lifeguard has been bitten in the chest by a shark off a Long Island beach.

The unidentified male was participating in a safety exercise when the shark approached and bit the lifeguard in the chest. When he tried to get the shark away, he hit him with his hand injuring his that as well.

The victim was able to get out of the water and to the station where he was bandaged up before being transported to Southside Hospital where he his wounds were stitched up. He has since been released and is recuperating at home. 

It is unclear as to the type of shark involved. Beaches will be monitored by lifeguards, drones and personal water craft. 

Source: 4 NBC New York 


2nd Woman Dies from Shark Bite in Egypt

A second woman has been killed by a shark while vacationing in Egypt. 

Romania’s Foreign Ministry reported that a tourist from the country was involved in a second incident in the same area as the 68-year-old Austrian woman was killed. The Romanian tourist in her late forties was discovered hours after the first incident. The two women were bitten 650 yards from each other off the coast of Sahl Hasheesh, south of the city of Hurghada.

The Egyptian Ministry of Environment said in a statement that a committee has been formed to examine the circumstances of the incidents and any scientific reasons behind them.

It also mentioned that the Governor of the Red Sea Governorate, Major General Amr Hanafi, has issued an order to suspend all activity in the area surrounding the incidents.

Source: NBC News

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