Recent Shark Incidents
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Woman Bitten by Tiger Shark in Western Australia

A woman has been bitten by a shark while in Jurien Bay, Western Australia.

The 40-year-old unidentified woman was participating in a sea lion tour on nearby Sandland Island. The woman was swimming in waist deep water with the sea lions at Jurien Bay Beach when she was bitten by is what is believed to be a 6-foot tiger shark. 

The tour vessel whisked her to shore where she was treated by St John Ambulance paramedics before being rushed to Jurien Bay Health Centre. She was then airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital in critical condition.

Source: Daily Mail



Girl Loses Leg in Shark Incident in Florida

A teenage girl has lost her leg after suffering serious injuries after shark bite in Florida. 

The unidentified teen was scalloping at Keaton Beach located about 75 miles outside of Tallahassee in northwestern Florida. At about 3 p.m., while in five feet of water, the girl was bitten on the leg. 

“A family member reportedly jumped in the water and beat the shark until the juvenile was free,” authorities said in the statement.

The girl was airlifted to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare where she was listed in critical condition. 

Source: Aol.



Fisherman Bitten by Shark in India

A fisherman has been injured by shark in Mumbai, India

34-year-old Vikya Suresh Gowari was fishing in Palghar district of Maharashtra when the incident happened. Gowari was fishing in a creek connected to a river when a 4-foot-shark suddenly bit him on his leg before he was rescued by other nearby fishermen. 

Gowari was rushed to Astha Hospital in Manor and later transferred to Vinoba Bhave Hospital. 

Source: United News of India



Woman Suffers Serious Injuries in Australia

A woman believed to be in her 20s suffered serious injuries in Australia.

The unidentified woman was swimming about 60 feet off shore in a private wharf in Elizebeth Bay, within Sydney Harbour when the incident occurred. Emergency services reported her with a serious injury to her right leg. 

Bites marks are consistent with a bull shark. 

Source: Reuters



Boy Bitten by Shark while on Vacation in Bahamas

A 10-year-old boy has been bitten by a shark in the Bahamas. 

The unidentified boy was on vacation with his family on Paradise Island participating in an expediton in a Shark Tank at a local resort. They were taking part in an underwater encounter called “Walking with the Sharks,” run by an outside company. It was described on the resort’s website as “easy and fun” allowing visitors to “see Caribbean reef sharks and nurse sharks up close,” but the experience appears to have been removed from the site since the incident.

It is not reported as to how the boy sustained injuried but on witness, Tori Massie said, “We saw the sharks hone in on him and then just like a pool of blood afterwards.”

There is no other information as to the treatment or condition of the victim. 

Source: NBC News 



Fisherman Dies off the Coast of Mexico

A 22-year-old man was killed by a shark in Mexico.

Victor Alegandro Soto Garcia was diving for scallops off the coast of Yavaros, Sonara. 

"The body of the young man was taken by his fishermen colleagues to the pier in Yavaros," the Sonora Civil Protection agency CEPC reported on social media.

Authorities said the victim was not wearing an anti-shark repellent bracelet, which uses electrical pulses or magnets to deter the predator.

After the fatal attack, the Sonora Civil Protection agency urged fishermen to "have the necessary preventive measures to carry out their activities."

Source: CBS News



Surfer Fatally Wounded in while Surfing in Hawaii

Surfer has been fatally wounded after an encounter with a shark in Hawaii.

The 39-year-old man, who has yet to be identified, encountered the shark in Paia Bay, Maui, around 11:10 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Ocean Safety officers transported the wounded man to shore via jet ski. 

He received treatment on shore before being taken to the hospital, where he died. 

Beaches were closed and warning sighs posted.

The type of species involved is unknown.

Source:  CBS News



Teen Fatally Injured while Surfing in Southern Australia

A 15-year-old boy was killed while surfing in South Australia. 

Khai Cowley was surfing off Ethel Beach on the Yorke Peninsula west of Adelaide, Crowley’s home town, when he was bitten by what is suspected to be a great white. 

The boy was brought to shore, but emergency services were unable to revive him. 

The boy was with his father at the time. 

Source: NBC News



Teen Injured while Surfing in NSW

A 16-year-old teen has been bitten by a juvenile great white in New South Whales.
Julian McLennan was surfing off the coast of Old Bar, near Tarree when the shark bit into his board and thigh. 

McLennan’s friends helped the teen to shore and used a tee shirt to slow the bleeding before rushing him to the hospital. 

He was treated for puncture wounds to his upper thigh and was released in stable condition. 

The experience left him in shock, and he plans to take a break from surfing for a few weeks, but it hasn’t deterred his love for the sport. He expressed his intention to return to the waves after his recovery.

Source: BNN Breaking 



Man Bitten by Shark in WA

A 46-year-old man has been bitten while foil boarding off Wedge Island in Western Australia. 

Troy Brown was on holiday with his family when the incident happened. Brown said he came off his board and felt pain, thinking he clipped his ankle only to realize he “fell” into the shark’s mouth. 

Brown reported, “Straight into the water, like I fell straight into its mouth. Then I quickly realized the pain was on both sides of ankle, and I realized it wasn’t the foil, so I put my feet on board and saw the injuries.”

Brown, familiar with the area, raced over 1.5 miles back to shore. 

"I was watching the blood run out all over the deck of the board, cause it's concave there was a big puddle of blood on the board as I sailed all the way back," he said.

"I walked on my tip toes because there was a lot of soft sand so tired to keep my injuries out of the sand."

When he arrived to his shack, his wife and children were able to get him medical assistance at Joondalup Health Campus where he underwent surgery receiving over 40 stitches to over 20 puncture wounds. 

Brown is looking forward to getting back into the water. 

Source: 9 News AU



Woman Bitten by Shark in New Zealand

A woman has been injured by a shark incident in Riverton, New Zealand.

The 21-year-old was wading in knee-deep water around 2:00 am when a shark bit her in the leg.

The woman was taken to an unidentified hospital for treatment of a significant laceration.

She was reported in stable condition.

Police said the shark may have been a sevengill shark.

Source: Southland Times


Young Mother Killed in Mexico

A 26-year-old mother has been killed in Mexico.

Maria Fernandez Martinez Jimenez died after she was severely bitten in the leg by a shark in the Pacific Ocean off the beach town of Melaque, just west of the seaport of Manzanillo. 

The mother was swimming with her five-year-old daughter toward a floating play platform about 75 feet from the shore. As she boosted her child aboard the floating platform the shark bit her. 

Despite a quick response by rescuers, the woman died of blood loss from the massive bite would on her leg near the hip. Her daughter was unharmed in the incident.

Authorities closed the beaches in Melaque and Barra de Navidad to swimming as a percaution.

Source: CBS News



Fatal Shark Incident in Bahamas

A 44-year-old woman from Massachusetts who died Monday after being bitten by a shark in the Bahamas has been identified by the Royal Bahamas Police.

Lauren Erickson Van Wart, 44, of Lowell, died late Monday morning after being bitten while paddleboarding near the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort in New Providence.

According to the woman's mother-in-law, she was in the Bahamas on vacation with her husband.

"Shortly after 11:15 am, police were notified that a female visitor from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, was subsequently bitten by a shark," the Royal Bahamas Police Force said in a statement. "According to initial reports, the female — along with a male relative — were paddleboarding just at the rear of a resort in western New Providence, some 3/4 miles out from the shoreline, when she was bitten by the shark."

Police said a lifeguard saw what was happening and went out in a rescue boat to treat the victim along with the man and bring them to safety.

Police said CPR was administered to the woman, who suffered serious injuries to the right side of her body, including serious injuries to her hip and upper limb. She was pronounced dead at the scene.





Man Injured by Shark in Florida

A 60-year-old man was bitten by a shark in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Steven Reinhardt was about 100 yards offshore when he was bitten in the arm by a shark at about 10:30 in the morning. 

"It just felt something hit my arm and thrash it," Reinhardt said. "I lifted my arm up and it looked like a Halloween prop. I could see the muscles hanging and blood and the bone and I thought, 'Oh man,' so I said I just got to get into shore before I bleed out, so I just kept my arm out of the water and swam for shore."

A woman onshore helped Reinhardt by applying a tourniquet. He was then taken to the hospital and treated by Dr. Matthew Ramseyer. 

"Aside from managing lacerations, and then requiring some closure of the wounds with skin grafting, his recovery has been very speedy," Ramseyer said.

Reinhardt was released from the hospital feeling like he was, “The luckiest guy,” he said. 

Source: WPTV



Woman Bitten on Head in South Australia

A woman has been bit on the head while diving off a South Australia beach. 

The unidentified woman, 32, had been diving near a reef around 1:20 pm near the Port Noarlunga Jetty, to the south of Adelaide, when the shark bit the woman. A group of children on a field trip, as well as other beachgoers, fled the water in a panic as the woman began bleeding heavily. A rescue boat help the woman to shore, but not before treating her injuries on board. 

On shore, an ambulance crew rushed her to the hospital. The hospital reported the woman having serious but not life-threatening injuries.

It is unknown as to the species of shark involved. The beach was cleared but activity resumed after no sharks where spotted. 

Source: Newsweek



Man Bitten in Western Australia

A man has been bitten by a shark in waters off the Western Australian North West Cape tourist town of Exmouth.

It happened about 2pm Friday when the victim was spear fishing in waters off Peak Island, about 50 miles from Exmouth.

It’s understood he had a run-in with a lemon shark, during which he suffered minor injuries.

A WA Country Health Service said the man was taken for treatment at Exmouth Hospital, where he’s in a stable condition.



Diver Escapes Shark Mouth

A diver has escaped a shark encounter in New Zealand. 

The diver was a part of a commercial crew collecting paua, a large edible snail, east of the small fishing village of Ngawi, near Cape Palliser. 

It’s reported that the diver was bitten by what is believed to be a great white, but was able to yank his feet out of the shark’s mouth, swim to nearby rocks, and crawl out of the water. 

The man’s wetsuit was reportedly shredded from his stomach to his legs. In his attempt to escape the shark’s jaws, he lost both flippers, which may or may not have gone down the animal’s throat. 

The diver is reported to be injury free but is quite shaken. 

Source: New Zealand Hearald



Man Presumed Dead after Shark Encounter

A surfer identified as Tod Gendle is presumed dead after a great white knocked him off his surf board in South Australia’s west coast. 

Witness Jack Martin was a nearby cliffs when he saw Gendle get knocked off his board.

“He got knocked off his board by the shark and then it circled back around and grabbed him.” 

Waters were immediately searched. Gendle’s surfboard and other small items were found, but authorities have yet to recover a body. 

The family has released a statement expressing gratitude. 

"We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the police and volunteers for their dedicated efforts in the recent days," it said.

"We extend our appreciation to his friends and the local community of Streaky Bay, who had the chance to know Tod.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were with Tod on that day."

Source: ABC


Surfer Suffers Injury in Hawaii

A 30-year-old surfer has been bitten by a shark in Haleiwa, Hawaii.

The unidentified man was surfing a Puaena Point on Oahu’s North Shore when he was bitten by what is believed to be a young tiger shark that had been sighted in the area.

The man and his wife were helped to shore by Zach Murphy, a surf instructor of the North Shore Ohana School of Surfing. When on shore Murphy used his leash to tourniquet his leg and put pressure on the top of his cut. Ocean safety continued medical treatment until EMS arrived. At that time he was taken to ER. 

There is no information regarding the extent of the bite or his current condition.

Source: Hawaii News Now



Surfer Bitten by Shark in Kaua

A surfer has been bitten by a shark in Hawaii.

According to a preliminary report from the Kaua’i Fire Department, a male resident of Kaua’I was surfing in waters off Hanalei bay at a place known as “The Bowl” when he was bit by a large shark. 

The unidentified man was taken to Wilcox Medical Center in Lihu’e with non-life threatening injuries to his leg. 

Signs have been posted along Hanalei Bay and lifeguards were warning surfers and beachgoers to stay out of the water. 

Source: Kaua’i News



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