Recent Shark Incidents
Reports on current shark incidents.


79-Year-Old Woman Bitten by Shark

A 79-year-old woman has been bitten by a shark in Brazil.

The unnamed woman was bathing at the popular Praia Grande in Ubatuba when she was bitten on her left leg by a medium to large size shark. 

After being rescued she was rushed to Santa Case de Ubatuba where she was treated for a cut approximately 10 inches in length. 

After an analysis of the bite mark, shark specialist Otto Bismrk Fazzano Gadig identified the species to be a tiger or flat-head shark. 

Source: Play Crazy Game


French Tourist Bitten by Shark in Brazil

A French tourist has been bitten by a shark while visiting Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

The 39-year-old man was bathing on Lamberto Beach in Ubatuba when he was bitten in the leg. Argonauta Ocean Research Institute verified, “The injuries are well compatible with a shark bite.”

Family reports the unidentified man sustained 2 wounds about the ankle 2 and 4 inches in length; however, he was in good health and has returned to France.

Source: Paris Beacon



Woman been Bitten by Shark in Hawaii

A woman has been bitten by a shark in Hawaii. 

The 27-year-old woman was spearfishing about 100 yards offshore Mala Warf, Lahaina, when she was bitten on the leg. 

The woman told rescuers that the shark – which she believed was a 4-6 foot Blacktip reef or Galapagos shark – at first just bumped her. Later, after she lost sight of it, the woman said the shark returned and bit her on the leg. 

It is unknown as to the severity of the wound but is understood that woman’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Source: KITV



Man Missing from Suspected Shark Bite: Update

Update: The search for Paul Mallachip has been called off. Mallachip was 57-years-old and described by his wife as a lovely man and great father. After an extensive search, the decision was made to suspend the search Sunday. 

A man has gone missing in Western Australia after a presumed shark bite.
According to witnesses, the man was swimming next to a dinghy off Port Beach when a tiger shark and a great white bit him. A group of boys where in the dinghy reported seeing the incident.

The boys got everyone else out of the water and notified everyone of what was happening.

 “One man who was surfing at the time of the attack told the West Australian newspaper that a young teenager in a boat came ‘flying up in the beach’ warning everyone.” Emma Barnes of WA police stated, “The actions of the witnesses were heroic and very brave”.

A spokesperson for St. John’s Ambulance WA said they had received a call at 10:03 of a shark bite and sent a three crew to the scene. Water police, police air wing, Surf Life Saving and the Surf Rescue helicopter responded to reports of a shark incident at 10:10. 

Source: The Guardian



Surfer Suffers Injuries to His Hand in New Zealand

A 26-year-old man has been bitten by a shark while surfing in New Zealnd.

Tai Juneau was surfing off the coast of New Plymouth when he was bitten on the hand.

"I caught a couple of waves in and was close on the inside section, paddling back out and when I was paddling I felt something hit my hand and I was like 'oh no', and lifted up my hand and one finger is drooping and my hand is all kind of messed up. I thought 'what the heck was that, that's not good'. I kind of looked around a bit and there was nothing around me."

Juneau then felt something tug at his leg rope. 

"It was real quick though and I actually threw my board because I thought whatever it was might have been tangled in my leg rope and I didn't want to get it stuck with me, which was an odd reaction."

Juneau not being able to see due to the murky water gave two or three kicks and luckily stuck the shark. He was able to jump back on his board and rode a wave back to shore where a fellow surfer bandaged his hand. 

Juneau was taken to Taranaki Base Hospital where he was underwent surgery for severed tendons.

Experts feel the shark involved was a broadnose sevengill which are fairly common around the coast this time of year. 

Source: NZ Herald



Surfer Sustains Critical Injuries off California Beach

A male surfer in his thirties was surfing off Salmon Creek when a shark crept up under his board and bit him in the thigh. His friend Jared Davis saw "the shark's dorsal fin and then the tail fin. They were submerged in the water. It certainly wasn't fast. It was nice and slow. It's like a dolphin peaking." 

Davis, who was swimming about 15 yards away said Eric shouted "Shark!" When he fought his way back to the shore a "bloody red stripe" could be seen through his wetsuit.

About 12 sufters rushed to help Eric and provided first aid, applying a tourniquet, until medics arrived. 

Eric was then airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Although his wounds are critical he is expected to survive. 

Source: California News Times


Man Bitten by Shark in Queensland

A 34-year-old man has been bitten by a shark off Hook Island, Queensland.

The unidentified man was climbing back into his boat after a swim when a shark bit him on his left leg. He managed to pull himself to safety were the crew assisted him and called for help. 

The wound was treated for excessive bleeding while the sailed to nearby Hamilton Island where he was transferred to the car of paramedics. 

The Middlemount man was taken by CQ Rescue helicopter to Mackay Base Hospital where he is recovering. He was described as in “good spirits” and “philosophical” about the ordeal.

Source: The Sun



Man Bitten at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, Florida

A 25-year-old man was bitten by shark at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, Florida
Truman Van Patrick reported after catching a couple waves he was getting back out to the lineup when he turned and saw a dorsal fin pop out of the water. 

“I was like, ‘Oh, let me just catch one more in,’” Patrick said. “But you see sharks kind of like all over the place down here.”

After catching another wave, he said he hopped off his board about 20 to 30 yards from shore and felt “a massive bite on my foot.” 

Patrick as a couple of people on the beach to call 911. The ambulance crew treated his foot before he drove himself to the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Peirce. 

“I felt pretty good. I knew I wasn’t going to die,” he said. “I could feel my toes, I could move my toes OK.”

Patrick received 70 stitches, sustained broken bones and had to have a part of tooth removed. 

Source: TCPalm



Shark Bite at Jensen Beach

A person has been bitten by a shark at Jensen Beach Park, Florida.

Martin County Fire Rescue responded to a call around noon Sunday. 

The unidentified victim was taken to a local hospital. 

No other information about the victim or the extent of his or her injuries is available at this time. 

The park was closed for the day. 

Source: TCPalm


Surfer Severely Injured off California Coast

A surfer has suffered severe injuries after getting bitten by a shark off the California coast. 

The unidentified man was surfing along the Sonoma Coast north of Bodega Bay. While he was lying on his stomach paddling his surfboard a shark swam up from below, according to a nearby surfer who witnessed the incident. 

The shark approached the man from his side and sunk its teeth into him, clamping down on the back of his upper leg and the bottom of his surfboard. 

With the aid of fellow surfers, the man was brought to shore, put on a longboard and carried up the staircase to the parking lot. A tourniquet was applied to stop the bleeding while they waited for an emergency crew to arrive. 

He was then treated by ambulance and flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Official reported the man to be conscious and is expected to survive. 

A two mile stretch along the coast has been closed to swimming, surfing, kayaing and paddling thorugh Tuesday; however, beaches remain open.

Source: The Press Democrat



Young Girl from Colorado Bitten in Texas

A young girl from Colorado has been bitten by what is believed to be a shark at South Padre Island, TX. 

A call came into the SPI Fire Department at approximately 3 p.m. regarding an 11-yar-old girl with reported injuries to her thigh. The girl’s family told firefighters they saw a shark in the water nearby. 

The child was transported to a local hospital for medical attention. There is no word at this time as to her condition. 
SPI Fire Chief Jim Pigg stated shark incidents on the island are rare. 

Source: KRGV  



16-Year-Old Georgia Teen Suffers Minor Injuries in Volusia County, Fl

A Georgia teenager was bitten by a shark while surfing in Volusia County, Florida.

The 16-year-old Doyle Nielson was paddling his surfboard approximately 500 feet off shore just north of Ponce Inlet when he felt something grab his right arm underneath the water. 

The Nielson was treated onshore by Ocean Rescue along with Volusia County EMS, but he refused hospital treatment. 

Although the teen did not see the shark, witnesses reported seeing a 6-foot shark in the area.

Click link to see live footage captured by photographer, Sam Scribner

Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal


Shark Bites Man in Egypt’s North Coast

A shark bit a tourist resort employee in the Sidi Abdel Rahman area, on the northern coast of Egypt.

The man was reportedly swimming in the Mediterranean Sea when the incident happened, about three kilometers from the shore.

Recently, the northern coast of Egypt has seen whales rush towards the beaches, but they have not seen any shark activities in the area.

As a result, the civilian sustained an deep lacerated wound in his left arm, approximately 5 x 20 cm long.

Dr. Mohamed Ali, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health in Marsa Matrouh Governorate confirmed that Al-Alamein Central Hospital had received the injured, named “Tariq Khalaf Mohamed” 58 years old, from Alexandria Governorate.

Ali indicated that the injured person had a laceration in the left arm, as a result of a shark incident, while he was swimming in a resort in Sidi Abdel Rahman.




Man Dies after Encounter with Shark in New South Whales

Timothy Thompson was reported to be in his 20s has died after encountering a shark while surfing in Australia. 

The incident took place off Emerald Beach 342 miles north of Sydney. Timothy was bitten in the arm while surfing.

Fellow surfers and bystanders tried giving him CPR before medical helped arrived but could not save him. 

Source: DW



Fisherman Critically Injured in the Gulf of Mexico

A 64-year-old man was critically injured after a shark encounter approximatley 35 miles from Grand Isle, Louisiana.  

While fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, the unidentified man was untangling a fishing net that was cut up in the vessel’s propeller when he fell overboard and was bitten by the shark. 

Crew members of the fishing vessel applied a tourniquet to the man’s leg and called for help.

The Coast Guard evacuated the critically injured man by helicopter after applying a new tourniquet to the partially severed leg. He was then transferred to University Medical Center in New Orleans where he remains in critical condition.

Click Here to watch the rescue video. 




Man Bitten while on Vacation in United Arab Emirates

A 24-year-old man from County Derry, Ireland was bitten by a shark while vacationing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Ruairí McSorley, was swimming and mistaken a shark for a dolphin. As he attempted to swim away, the shark bit him in his right leg. 

He was taken to King’s College Hospital in the UAE and is recovering well according to McSorley. 

“Ah sure, it’s nothin’ at all. Just a couple of stitches, and I’m back to me best. I should be back up and running shortly. It was only a matter of getting to the hospital to heat back up.”

Source: Mean While In Ireland 


Boy Bitten by Small Shark in Rare Incident in Galveston

An 11-year-old-boy was bitten by a small shark in Galveston, Texas. 

The unidentified boy was in waist-deep water near Pocket Park about noon when something bit the boy above the ankle, leaving deep lacerations on both sides of the ankle.

He was then transported to John Seay Emergency Room at the University of Texas Medical Branch. 

Peter Davis, chief of Galveston Island Beach Patrol reported shark bites are not common in the area. “One every two to three years here on the average get reported to us,” Davis said.

Source: The Daily News



Woman Bitten by Shark in Spain

The middle-aged woman was in the water at El Pinet Beach, south of Alicante in Spain, when she was bitten on her right foot.

First-aiders were dispatched to the scene and many others left the water, fearing a blue shark like the one spotted in Benidorm earlier this month.

However, local reports identified the specimen as a bluefish.

They can weigh as much as 30lbs  and grow to 4ft in some cases.

Bluefish are fast swimmers that prey on schools of forage fish, favoring the likes of anchovies, shrimp and squid.

Source: The Daily Star


Surfer Experiences a Shark Bite

A surfer has been bitten by a shark in St. Lucie County, Florida. 

Jeremy Carr was surfing in an undisclosed location when a shark came from underneath and latched onto his foot then quickly let go. At first he thought he just needed stitches but in reality it was much more.

 "It came up from underneath. I thought it was just a fish at first because their teeth were so sharp and it was so efficient when it bit me that it didn’t hurt. It was more like really strong pressure all around my foot. I was like, 'OK, that’s weird.'" Stated Carr. 

Carr suffered cuts and broken toes. After two surgeries, Carr will not lose his foot and his goal is to be surfing again by January. 

Source: First Coast News



Woman Bitten by Shark in Spain

The middle-aged woman was in the water at El Pinet Beach, south of Alicante in Spain, when she was bitten on her right foot.

First-aiders were dispatched to the scene and many others left the water, fearing a blue shark like the one spotted in Benidorm earlier this month.

However, local reports identified the specimen as a bluefish.

They can weigh as much as 30lbs  and grow to 4ft in some cases.

Bluefish are fast swimmers that prey on schools of forage fish, favoring the likes of anchovies, shrimp and squid.

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