Recent Shark Incidents
Reports on current shark incidents.


Bronze Whaler Shark Bites Charter Boat

Four Perth fishermen had a interesting boat ride when bronze whaler shark bit into their charter boat motor on Wednesday.

The men's annual fishing trip took a turn in Coral Bay when the three-meter predator attempted to swallow the boat's propeller.

It had been fighting on a line for an hour before it took a bite of the motor.

"Oh man, this is nuts," one man can be heard saying as they filmed, in awe of the shark.

"He has chomped the motor."

Captain Matt Zen said never in his "wildest dreams" did he expect a giant shark to take a bite of his boat.

"He took a liking to the engine and he hung on there for a good few minutes.  We started to get a bit worried about how we were going to get him off."

All up, the boat bite lasted five minutes before the predator swam off – fishermen, shark and motor unharmed.

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Fisherman Suffers Injuries after Falling Overboard

A fisherman has been injured in a shark incident.

The incident happened after the fisherman fell overboard. He received severe injuries on the calf of his right leg..

The shark bite victim has been identified as a 62-year-old Maldivian man.

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) revealed that the man fell overboard and suffered the shark bite off Maafilaafushi island of Lhaviyani atoll.

The incident was reported to MNDF at around 10:57am on Tuesday, and immediately dispatched a team from their Northern Area Coast Guard Squadron, also joined by a team from the Lhaviyani atoll hospital, to provide emergency medical treatment.

14 other crew men were on board the fishing boat Shavona at the time of the incident.


Ukrainian-Thai Boy Wounded in Suspected Shark Incident

 An 8-year-old boy of mixed Thai and Ukrainian heritage was bitten by what was believed to be a shark, while playing in the sea off Kamala beach in Kathu district on Sunday.

The bite left a long deep cut in his right calf.

Rescuers arrived at the beach after the boy was brought ashore. He was given first aid before being admitted to the Bangkok Hospital Phuket for further treatment.

One Doctor who examined the wound believed he had been bitten by a barracuda or seapike fish about 80-120 centimeters long.

But later Kongkiat Kittiwattawong, the Phuket Marine Biological Centre director, stated, the culprit was most likely a shark that mistook the boy's calf for a fish.

He stated that the tooth marks on the leg showed that the boy might have been bitten by a blacktip reef shark or a bull shark, both of which are found in the Andaman Sea.



Tiger Shark Bites Paddleboard While Chasing Turtle

An Australian YouTuber captured an encounter with a tiger shark who took a bite out of his board while paddleboarding in the middle of the ocean.

Brodie Moss, who runs the channel YBS Youngbloods, was paddleboarding earlier this week when he came across a big shark chasing a turtle in the water.

It wasn't long before Moss found himself observing the encounter from only a meter away as the turtle and pursuing tiger shark swam underneath his paddleboard.

The turtle manages to get away and swims under the YouTuber's paddleboard again with the tiger shark still in pursuit.

"Oh this is intense, they're underneath me! I don't know if I'm in the best position right here," Moss stated. 

The tiger shark then turns around and proceeds to take a bite out of the YouTuber's board.

The momentum from the bite causes Moss to fall off his board into the ocean and drop his GoPro. 

Moss was unharmed in the encounter.

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Shark Bites man at Florida Keys

A man was bitten on the leg by a shark while he was swimming at a popular Florida Keys sandbar with weekend partiers.

The incident happened last week, but the Coast Guard did not confirm the bite until this week. Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Estrada, a Coast Guard spokesman, said the 56-year-old man, who the agency has not named, flagged down a patrol boat from Coast Guard Station Islamorada around 4 p.m. after being bitten.

The man was at the sand bar off Whale Harbor near Windley Key, Estrada stated.

He suffered an eight-inch laceration on his lower leg from a shark bite, Estrada stated.

The Coast Guard crew took the man to the marina at the Post Card Inn on Windley Key, where medics were waiting. It was not immediately clear how serious the man’s injuries were, nor the type of shark that bit him.




Family Encounters Shark while Fishing in Australia

A family encountered a shark while fishing off the coast of Mandurah, south of Perth. 

David Tuckfield was out on the water with his wife Kunya and 14-year-old daughter when they spotted a shark approximately 13 feet in length,  beneath the surface. The great white swam up to the side of the boat and bit down on the boat’s outboard motor. 

The shark continued to circle the boat for an hour; however, no other harm was done. 

Source: Daily Mail



17-Year-Old Bitten by Shark while Vacationing at the Gulf

A 17-year-old boy from Kentucky is recovering from a shark bite earlier this week in Gulf Shores.

Blake Berry says he was in chest deep water swimming with friends Tuesday afternoon.

The teen shared the likely painful event with his friends in pictures on social media. He says he is grateful he survived.

Doctors told Berry it could’ve been a much more dangerous experience. The bite barely missed a major artery.

Source: NBC



Girl Receives Small Bite by Shark in NJ Zoo

A 12-year-old girl has been bitten by a shark in New Jersey.

The girl was feeding the stingrays swimming around Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, Essex County when a shark bit her on her finger. “Staff responded quickly and provided the girl with a band-aid and antibacterial cream,” officials said. “When EMS arrived, the cut was covered by the band-aid, bleeding had stopped and the family declined care from the technicians.”

Source: Miami Herald



Boy Treated for a Shark Bite at Highland Beach, Fl.

A boy was bitten by a shark in Highland Beach.

Delray Beach Fire Rescue were called to 3300 S. Ocean Blvd. at 4:00 pm for a shark bite. The child, simply described as an adolescent, said that he saw a small shark dart toward him as he stood in shallow water. The shark bit the boy’s right foot near his big toe before swimming away. 

Paramedics bandaged the wound before transporting him to Bethesda Hospital. The child’s condition has not been released at this time but officials stated the wound was small but deep. 

Source: WPTV



Body Washed Ashore with Shark Bites in South Africa

Man’s body discovered washed up on a beach in South Africa.

The unidentified body was discovered by a person walking along the shore of Durban beach. It is reported that the partially decomposed body was mutilated by what is believed to be a shark. 

“Parts of the man’s right upper arm and right chest area were missing when medics examined the body on La Lucia beach, said Netcare 911 spokesperson, Shawn Herbst”

While authorities still need to determine the exact cause of death, it is expected to be a man who was reported as downing a few days earlier. 

The body has been turned over to Durban North Police for further investigation. 

Source: Times LIVE



Fisherman Bitten by shark

A fisherman was taken to a hospital in the morning after he was bitten by a shark off Lake Worth Beach.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue was called to respond to the area near Lake Worth Beach Park, located at 10 S. Ocean Blvd. 

Officials stated that a man in his 50s was fishing when a shark bit him on the knee. He was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

The man's injuries were not life-threatening and his leg likely won't have to be amputated.

It's unclear at this time what type of shark bit the man.





Tourist Dies from Shark Incident on Colombian island

There was a shark incident on the Colombian island of Isla de San Andres on Friday afternoon, were 56-year-old Italian tourist Antonio Roseto Degli lost his life.

The incident took place in La Piscinita, a popular tourist spot on the island. The shark bit the victim's right leg several times as he was swimming.

He was rushed to the Clarence Lynd Newball Hospital, but had lost too much blood to survive.

According to The Archipielago Press, it was a tiger shark that bit the tourist.

Click Here to see the video of the shark that was apparently involved in the encounter.



Man Bit by Shark in Australia

A 32-year-old man has been bitten by a shark in Australia.

Tim McAndrew had just paddled out off shore at Crowdy Bay when he felt something his right side.

"I thought it was one of my mates playing silly buggers… trying to scare me," said McAndrew. He realized he had been bitten when he saw red in the water. McAndrew managed to paddle to shore while a colleague grabbed a first aid kits and treated his wounds before taking him to a nearby hospital. 

McAndrew suffered bite marks and puncture wounds on his ankle and lower leg.
The breed type of shark is unknown as McAndrew did not get a good look at the shark. 

Source: 9 News



2nd Shark Bite Reported at New Smyrna Beach

A second shark bite has been reported in New Smyrna Beach. 

At approximately 3pm a 20-year-old man was surfing in about 7 feet of water when he was bitten on the right foot. 

The injuries sustained were non-life-threatening and the resident was not taken to the hospital. 

Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal 



NJ Man Bitten by Shark in New Smyrna

A New Jersey man has been bitten by a shark while in Florida.

The 21-year-old man was bitten while fishing in waist-deep water at New Smyrna Beach when he was bitten by a black tip shark that was reported to be five or six feet in length. 

The unidentified man’s injuries were not life-threatening and he was not hospitalized.

This mark the first bite of the season in New Smyrna. 

Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal



Swimmer Bumped in back by Great White Shark in WA

A close call shook the beach area south of Perth in the afternoon after a man was nudged by a 10 foot great white shark.

The shark reportedly bumped into the side of his back as he was swimming off the back of a reef 164 yards offshore, before he quickly exited the water unharmed.

A shark warning was issued in Mandurah and the beach closed for 24 hours.



Surfer's Board Damaged by Shark

A surfer encountered a shark at Maroubra Beach, Australia. 

The Australian was in the water early morning when a shark bumped his board. The unidentified man returned to shore and found the shark had left a bite mark on his board.

Lifeguards patrolled the area and confirmed a shark had been swimming nearby.
The city council temporarily closed all local beaches in order to protect swimmers and surfers. 

Source: UPI



Shark Incident Reported off San Miguel Island, CA

A shark incident has been reported off the coast of San Miguel Island in Santa Barbara, California.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Aidan Cooney reported a call came in at 11:24, Saturday and the unidentified person was transported via helicopter to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital at 1:23.

No information has been provided regarding the extent of the victim’s injuries, nor was any personal information released regarding age, gender or hometown. 

Source: KTLA News  



Fisherman Bitten by a Shark

A 51-year-old fisherman was bitten by a shark near the Bahamas. He was pulled to safety by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew after his mates tightened a tourniquet around his arm to prevent further blood loss.

The crew from Air Station Miami lifted the man from his fishing boat near Bimini on Monday afternoon and flew him to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where he is listed in stable condition.

"This was the best possible outcome to a truly terrifying situation," stated Sean Connett, command duty officer at Coast Guard District Seven. "This individual was fortunate a fellow crew member was able to render aid prior to the Coast Guard's arrival which, allowed for a quick extraction from the vessel."

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Woman has Shark Incident in Florida

A 42-year-old woman was bitten by a shark while snorkeling off the Dry Tortugas in Florida.

Heather West, from Texas, was heading back to shore when a lemon shark bit her ankle and did not let go.   

“I was wearing flippers and my kick wasn’t doing much damage,” she said, “so I decided to lean forward and start punching it.

“I punched it in the face over and over again as hard as I possibly could, and after about 30 seconds it finally let go.

“For the next two minutes I was in complete shock and couldn’t swim, but by this point my friends had ran back in the water to help me.”

West returned to shore feeling triumphant that she had won over the shark. “In the water I was convinced he’d bitten it off, so seeing it still there, even though it was completely mangled, was a huge relief.” 

She was treated by park rangers on shore before being taken to a hospital in Key West.

Source: The Guardian


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