ALL Recent Shark Incidents
 
Reports on current shark incidents.

2019-11-18

Swimmer Bitten on Both Legs in Florida

A man was bitten while swimming at Haulover Beach, Florida. 

Ocean Rescue lifeguards said they became aware of a shark lurking near the beach and began clearing the water. As one beachgoer exited the water, he was bitten on both legs by what is being reported as a 4-5 foot bull shark. 

The person was able to get to shore where he was taken to Aventura Hospital. 

No report has been issued on his condition. 

Source: Valliant News

 



2019-11-13

Surfer Bitten by Shark at Cocoa Beach Florida

A man was bitten by what is believed to be a black tip shark at Cocoa Beach. 

The man identified only as Miller was surfing in the Atlantic Ocean near the Cocoa Beach Pier when he was bitten on the foot. Witness, Mark Koehler stated, "He started swimming toward shore, another surfer helped him out and they pulled him out of the water."

He was was transported by Brevard County Fire Rescue to Cape Canaveral Hospital where he was treated for a non-life-threatening laceration to his left foot.  

Miller was released and returned home stating, "All stitched up, have some ripped tendons and a couple toes not doing too well but Cape hospital took care of me and I'll be back to surfing ASAP."

Double red flags are being flown at the beach.

Source: Click Orlando



2019-11-12

Diver Bitten by Shark in Mexico

A 23-year old man was bitten while diving off the Baja California Sur coast.
 
The unidentified American was diving in Magdalena Bay near San Carlos when he was bitten on his forearm. The man was able to make it back to his dive boat on his own and was then taken to a local hospital for treatment for non-life threatening wounds. 

There is no immediate information on the species of shark involved in the attack.

Source: Washington Post

 



2019-11-08

Man Identified by Hand Found inside Tiger Shark

A man was killed while snorkelling off Reunion Island. 

The 44-year-old man was snorkelling off Reunion Island when he went missing. It is believed he was on a week-long holiday with his wife in Saint-Gilles. Local resident Erick Quelquejeu reported the man had left his wife for just "a few minutes" to go for a swim. His wife became concerned and a search commenced for the man. Many helicopters, planes, swimmers and boats went to try and find the unidentified man but couldn't find him for a few days.

A few days later his hand, identified by his wedding ring, was found inside a tiger shark which was caught for research purposes. Authorities are not sure if the man drowned before encountering the shark.

Reunion Island beaches are well marked with warning signs for beachgoers.

Source: BBC

 



2019-10-29

Two Men Bitten by Same Shark in Australia

Two men were injured by the same shark while snorkeling in Australia.  

The incident happened while Danny Maggs, 22, and friend Alistair Raddon, 28, were taking part in a snorkelling boat tour when the incident happened at 10:17. Both men were swimming in the ocean off Hook Island when they bitten. The two were wrestling in the water when one “thought his mate grabbed him really hard by the leg and turned around and saw blood in the water.” Maggs was bitten on the right calf and Raddon’s right foot was bitten off. 

Both made it back to the tour boat safely where they were treated by medics who happened to be participating in the snorkel tour by tying tourniquets to their legs.

From there they were flown to Mackay Base Hospital in a 'serious but stable' condition, where they have both since undergone surgery.

Although unconfirmed, it is believed to have been a tiger shark involved in the incident. 

Source: Daily Mirror

 



2019-10-28

Surfer Suffers Minor Injuries after Shark Bite in Florida

A 27-year-old man was bitten by a shark while surfing at New Smyrna Beach, Florida. 

Rescue crews responded to a 911 call of a shark bite at an inlet at around 1 p.m., after a man "jumped off his surfboard and onto a shark." The unidentified surfer suffered minor cuts and was treated at the scene.

After the incident, the surfer drove himself home to Orlando, reports said.

It was unclear what species of shark the man encountered.

Source: Newsweek

 



2019-10-25

Man in Kayak Encounters Shark in California

A kayaker encountered a shark in California.

The unidentified kayaker was off the coast of Cambria when he said his kayak was flipped over by a shark.A distress call was made and the fire departments of Cambria and Hearst Castle responded to the call, as did Cal Fire and North Coast Ocean Rescue.

The kayaker was met at the beach by the Cambria Fire Department and a CHP helicopter, Cambria Community Healthcare District, State Parks and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife also assisted with the rescue.

No injuries were reported for the kayaker.

Source: sanluisobispo.com

 



2019-10-23

French Tourist Looses Hands in Rare Shark Incident

A 35-year-old French tourist was bitten while vacationing in French Polynesia.
 
The unnamed woman was swimming off the coast or Moorea while taking part in a whale watching expedition when she was bitten by an oceanic whitetip shark. 
 
Local firefighter Jean-Jacques Riveta told French news outlet, AFP, that the victim was treated on the scene by two nurses who happened to be with her on the excursion.

“When we got to the hotel jetty, she was conscious but in a critical condition. She had lost a lot of blood and both her hands had been cut off at the forearm," he said, adding that she also lost her left breast. 

The woman was airlifted to Tahiti and is reportedly in stable condition.

Source: Travel and Leisure
 

 



2019-10-17

Surfer has Board Bitten In Australia

A surfer had a close call while hitting some waves in Australia.

Brad Highlands reported on Facebook that his friend was surfing at Woorim on Bribie Island when “his buddy was knocked off his board while waiting for a wave to come his way.”

“He's shaken pretty bad but otherwise all is OK.”

Dorsal Shark Reports registered a shark sighting at the beach off Eighth Avenue at Woorim on Thursday about 11am; however, A Surf Life Saving Queensland spokeswoman told Yahoo News Australia lifeguards are aware of the surfer’s claim but no shark has been found.

“We heard about the surfer’s account secondhand while closing the beach yesterday afternoon,” she said.

“We’re not sure when the incident happened but patrol couldn’t find any sharks.”
As there was no confirmation of a shark sighting, Woorim’s beach remained open on Friday.

Highlands reported his friend suffered no injury. 

Source: AU News

 



2019-10-11

Shark Involvement Believed in Missing Diver Case

The disappearance of Alan Delatorre on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, was possibly the result of a shark encounter according Maj. Robert Wagner, of the Hawai'i Police Department.

 Search-and-rescue divers recovered clothes and equipment, which were found in "shredded" condition. Because HFD responders were unable to locate a body, police filed the initial report as a missing person.

Delatorre, 45, failed to return home following a solo dive last Friday night. Neither his family or friends have heard from him in the six days.

His truck was located on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 6 in the area of Aliʻi Drive. Rescue personnel on Sunday searched the shoreline and waters near Bubba’s Beach, the beach area near Waterfront Row. Helicopter has been deployed to help in the search. 

A dive buoy that is believed to belong to Delatorre was also located approximately 100 yards offshore in the same area.

Alan Delatorre is described as being 5 feet, 4 inches, 156 pounds, medium build, with black hair and brown eyes.

Source: www.bigislandnow.com.



2019-10-08

Man Encounters Great White while Kayaking in California

Kayaker encounters great white off the coast of Catalina Island. 

Danny McDaniel and Jon Chambers were kayaking Saturday morning near Ship Rock, about two miles east of Catalina when McDaniel’s kayak was bitten by the shark. 

“Felt push to the left, looked to right, giant great white shark a foot from my boot,” said McDaniel. “His upper half of body was out of the water, his dorsal fin was out of the water.”

Chambers was the first to notice the 19-foot shark before McDaniel turned around.
"Look at it and said, 'oh crap, oh crap, oh crap'," said Chambers. "I yelled at him to hit it."
The shark had its jaws clamped on the back of the nine-foot-long kayak, inches from McDaniel.
"Saw a giant, triangular, conical-shaped head right there and a huge body. Just a massive body," said McDaniel.

The shark eventually let go, leaving damage to the kayak but no injuries to McDaniels. 

Source: 10 News



2019-10-06

Surfer's Board Bitten In Australia

A 29-year-old male encountered a great white in New South Wales. 

Mike Bruton was surfing at Lighthouse Beach near Seal Rocks. While waiting for a wave, paddling, Burton what hit from underneath by what he estimated to be a shark approximately 8 feet in length. 

Witnesses saw the shark shoot up into the air after knocking Bruton off his surfboard, snapping his leg rope and leaving a huge bite mark on the right rail of his board. Burton retrieved his board and made it safely back to shore. 
 
Bruton was uninjured in the attack but was impressed with the force of the shark. 
“The sheer power of the thing, it felt like I was getting hit by a bus.”

Source: Daily Mail

 



2019-10-04

Surfer Encounters Shark in Guam

Surfer encountered a shark while crossing the mouth of Talofofo Bay, Guam. 

Rain Williams was paddling across the mouth of Talofofo Bay when he had a close encounter with a shark. 

Williams recounts, "I fell off the board and I was in the water for a few seconds maybe 10 seconds," he said. "Then I grabbed onto my board the shark had bumped my board couple times maybe three times and while I was in the water. I felt it swim by me earlier it must have bumped up against me and left some teeth marks on my leg, my left thigh." He did not require medical attention. 

Williams thinks it was a juvenile shark but did not comment on what type.  

Source: Kaum.com



2019-09-30

Man Bitten by Shark in Australia

A 45-year-old man was bitten by a shark in Australia. 

Jamie Hall was fishing with friends off Nightcliff Jetty on Saturday afternoon, when one of his friends hooked into something.

In a bid to help him land the catch, Hall climbed down onto the lower level of the jetty and found his friend had hooked a shark. Once getting the shark up onto the landing, Hall grabbed the shark by the tail and it swung around and latched onto his leg.

 "I was like: 'He bit me!' and then I smacked his head against the steel,” Hall said. 

Hall was transported to Royal Darwin Hospital where he was treated and spent two nights recovering.

Although was unable to recognize the species of shark, he reported it to be just over 3 feet long and was bronze in color. 

This would be considered a provoked incident.

Source: 9 News



2019-09-27

Surfer Escapes Injury In Maui

A female surfer is safe after encountering a shark in South Maui. 

The unidentified woman was surfing around 9:00 a.m. off Halama Street in Kihei. The woman was about 150 offshore when she began yelling for help. Emergency crew from Engine 6 from Kihei met up with the victim who had already made it to shore. 

She reported a 6-7 foot shark had bitten the back of her board but sustained no bodily injuries. 

“The victim was reportedly shaken, but unharmed. Ocean Safety personnel on a jet ski cleared the waters of ocean-goers in the immediate vicinity and continued patrolling the area,” said Maui Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro.

Source: Maui Now

 



2019-09-25

Teen Bitten by Black Tip off the Coast of Florida

A 13-year-old teen was bitten by a shark in Florida. 

Logan Radd was surfing off Satellite Beach with his family around 4:30 p.m. when he suddenly felt something snag his foot. 

"I was coming in and he bit my foot and then he bit it again. It was probably a 2-foot shark," said Logan, recalling how he made it to shore in the knee-high surf.

His mother, Jennifer Radd, took him to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne where he received treatment for two gaping wounds on the heel of his left foot.  

Radd stated she saw a black tip shark just after her son was bitten. 

Source: Florida Today

 



2019-09-24

Man Bitten at a Jacksonville Beach

A man has been bitten by a shark in Jacksonville, Florida.

According to reports, an unidentified man was swimming in the waters off Huguenot Park on Tuesday afternoon. Around 5 p.m. the man was bitten on his forearm.

He suffered non-life threatening injuries that were treated by medical staff at UF Health Shands Hospital.

He is expected to make a full recovery. 

Souce: Newsweek

 



2019-09-20

22-Year-Old Woman Bitten by Shark off Coast of South Carolina

A 22-year-old woman has been bitten off the coast of North Carolina by what is believed to be a shark.  

Erica Hedrick, from Indianapolis, Indiana, was swimming in the ocean off the coast of the Isle of Palms when she was bitten by something. The Isle of Palms Fire Department received a call around 1:15 and upon arrival near 9th Avenue and Front Beach, emergency response found Hedrick with a bite mark on her foot that was consistent 

She was treated by emergency medical services and transported to a nearby Mount Pleasant hospital where she received 29 stitches. In addition, X-rays showed a partial tooth was embedded in her foot.

Source: Moultrie News



2019-09-18

Three People Bitten off Hawaii Coast

Three people were injured while snorkeling off the coast of Hawaii.

Shortly after 10:30 am on wednesday a free-diving tour hosted by Hawaii Adventure Diving, encountered a group of sharks off Haleiwa. Apparently several sharks swarmed into the area in a frenzy while chasing after a school of fish. 

Lauren Russell, 24 along with her father, 57, and a 31-year-old man who has not yet been identified were bitten by the sharks. 

"At first there was like two sharks and then there was a whole swarm of fish.The sharks were trying to get the fish and they bit my arm and then we were freaking out, trying to get to shore, and then they bit my dad. I just got bit on the arm, I got grazed on the leg, but I think that's more of a scratch than a bite. My dad got bit on the forearm and the other guy got bit on the chest," Russell said.

The three bite victims were taken to a nearby harbor for treatment but did not go to hospital. 

It is unclear how many sharks were involved or what type of shark were involved in the incident.

Source: Newsweek

 



2019-09-07

Great White Bites Fin off Diver

Joe Petrovich had a close encounter with a great white while diving off the coast of Burns Beach, Wester Australia. 

Just before 9:30 am the unnamed man was diving from a boat with two others approximately two miles offshore and one hundred yards away from the northern boundary of the Marmion Marine Park. Joe stated that he had sighted the shark several times, reported the Primary Industries and Regional Development. After swimming with the shark for about five minutes, it bit the diver’s fin which came off his foot.    

No injuries were reported. The shark, which was suspected to be a great white, was approximately 15 feet in length. 

Source: WA Today



2019-09-01

Man Bitten by Nurse Shark in Cayman Islands

A 70-year-old man sustained serious injury while diving in the Cayman Islands. 

Paul Egleston was taking part in the Cayman United Lionfish League tournament on Saturday when a nurse shark aggressively went after the fish in Egleston’s container. The shark ended up taking a chunk out of his leg instead. 

Egleston was taken to Cayman Islands Hospital where he received a skin graft over the wound and is expected to make a full recovery. 

Source: Cayman News Service



2019-08-31

Man Bitten by Shark at Jacksonville Beach

An unidentified man was bitten by a shark off the coast of Jacksonville beach Saturday. 

Eye witness, Eric Hernandez, said he saw a man described as being in his 60’s with a wound that appeared to be from a shark bite. He notified emergency crews by calling 911 and notified lifeguards who treated the man at location. 

According to officials at the lifeguard station, the man refused to be taken to the hospital. 

Source:News 4 Jax

 



2019-08-28

Surfer Bitten by Shark at New Smyrna Beach, FL

A 40-year-old man was bitten by a shark while surfing in the waters off New Smyrna Beach, Flordia.

Tuesday morning, Donald Walsh was surfing when he caught air on a wave and landed on top of a shark. The shark, estimated to be 6 ½ feet long, bit Walsh’s hand and leg. 

Walsh was treated on the beach by Ocean Rescue as the injuries were not subsantial enough to be taken to the hospital.

Source: Newsweek



2019-08-25

Woman Bitten by Shark While Vacationing in Florida

A woman was bitten by a shark last Sunday while vacationing in Florida.

Kathy Garringer was jumping waves on a Jacksonville beach when she felt something bite her foot. She looked down and saw a dorsal fin and immediately ran trying to reach her fiance, Mark Collett. Upon reaching the beach she saw the blood and Collett was convinced it was a shark.

"Once she came up out of the water, I saw the blood," Collett said. "I was convinced."
 

Garringer was treated at a local hospital where she received 28 stitches.  

Garringer feels lucky it wasn’t worse, “I am actually doing pretty good," she said. "I really am, considering I could have lost my whole foot and my toes."

Source: 13 WTHR

 



2019-08-21

11-Year-Old Canadian Boy Bitten by Shark

An 11-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while vacationing with his family in Ft Lauderdale. 

Christian Mariani, from Canada, was in the water with his father and brother when he felt something bite down on his foot. According to witnesses he screamed for help and his father and brother helped him out of the water. The boy said he was bleeding and in pain. 

"It was really scary because I knew something bit me, but just the fear of not knowing what bit you and what, what's going to happen to your foot after that is the scariest feeling that, I think, I have ever experienced in my life"

Firefighters treated Mariani at the scene for two cuts to the bottom of his foot and was then taken to Broward Health Medical Center where he received 17 stitches, painkillers and antibiotics.

Mariani stated, "I'll still go in [the water], but I'm going to definitely look around before everywhere I go" 

Source: ABC Local 10 News



2019-08-20

Swimmer Bitten off the Coast of Hawaii

A 27-year-old swimmer was seriously injured Tuesday morning after being bitten by a shark off the Big Island’s Napoopoo Beach Park.

Authorities said the incident happened about 8 a.m. when the visitor was swimming about 100 feet from shore.

The woman received injuries to her lower back and right hip, and was taken to the Kona Community Hospital in serious condition.

Her condition has since been upgraded to stable condition.

Warning signs have been posted on both sides of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. Warning signs will remain in place until noon Wednesday.

The public is being asked to stay out of the water until the all-clear is given.

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com



2019-08-17

Dog Pulls Shark off Owner's Ankle

James White was fishing on July 21 off Bodega Bay when he hooked a 6-foot, sevengill shark.

White's pitbull Darby was watching from his car close by as he fought to reel in the catch. When White went to remove the hook, the shark wrapped its jaws around his ankle. White struggled but could not free himself from the shark’s grip.

Hearing White’s calls for help, Darby managed to open the car door, ran down a hill then launched himself into the shark, causing the shark bite down harder. 

White told Darby, “no, back off.” So, the 100-pound pup repositioned himself and grabbed the shark by the tail. "He literally ran up the hill with it and pulled it off my leg." White let the shark go back into the water and it swam off.

White is recovering from his wounds. He had no idea Darby was capable of such heroics. 

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Source: www.nbcbayarea.com



2019-08-16

9-Year Old Girl Bitten by Shark

A 9-year-old girl was bitten by a shark at a Florida beach on Friday, officials said.

Her injuries are not considered serious and she's expected to recover, according to a shark incident report released by Volusia County.

Just before 11 a.m, the girl was wading in about knee-deep water at New Smyrna Beach, when she felt a bite to her right leg, the incident report said.

Volusia County's ocean rescue team treated her on the beach but EMS was not called, the incident report stated.

Source: www.abcnews.go.com



2019-08-12

Shark Bites Surfer's Board in Hawaii

A 16-year-old surfer from Hawaii narrowly escaped getting bit by a shark around sunset.  Luckily the shark only took a huge chunk of his board.

Max Keliikipi, a junior lifeguard, was surfing about a hundred yards offshore of Makaha Beach when he saw what he thought was a turtle's fin in the water.

When the animal was right beside him, Keliikipi realized it was, in fact, a shark of about 12 feet in length.

As the shark dove down into the water beneath him, Keliikipi put his feet up on the board and kept watch for it.

Suddenly, the shark struck him from beneath, with a force that knocked the teen into the water, as it bit his surfboard.

"It's bigger than my head. I didn't really recognize how big this shark bite was until right now," Keliikipi said as he held up the damaged board.

"It was literally—I'm not exaggerating this at all—it was literally an inch or two away from my feet."

Keliikipi said he felt the "fear factor" and that instinct kicked in.

"It was the fight or flight thing," he told the station. "And for me it was just, it was flight.

"As soon as I hit the water I just started swimming. I didn't really think about where the shark was. I just had to get in."

The boy added: "Next time, I'm just going to go in the daytime and with my friends."

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Source: www.newsweek.com



2019-08-05

Nashville Man Bitten by Shark at New Smyrna Beach

A 68-year-old man was bitten by a shark in New Smyrna Beach, making it the third bite in three days. 

Shortly after 3 p.m., the unidentified man, from Nashville, Tennessee, was standing in knee deep water when he was bitten on his right foot.

According to Volusia County Beach Safety, the man refused to be taken to the hospital and was given a bandage and dressing, then released.

Source: WESH2
 

 



2019-08-04

Two Surfers Suffer Shark Bites in New Smyrna

Two surfers were bitten by sharks at New Smyrna Beach minutes apart. 
 
According to Volusia County Beach Safety, the first incident happened around 3:30 p.m. near the Inlet at New Smyrna. A 20-year-old woman was bitten on the left hand and wrist. 

The unidentified woman was taken by ambulance to Halifax Medical Cetner where she received several stitches. 
 
As she was leaving in the ambulance, a 21-year-old Crystal Beach man showed authorities a bite on his right foot. He was treated on scene and did not go to the hospital.
 
It is undetermined as to the size and type of shark involved in the incidents. 
 
Source: Orlando Sentinel

 



2019-08-03

Fisherman Hospitalized after Shark Encounter off Key Biscayne

An ambulance rushed a 40-year-old man -- who was injured while fishing -- from Key Biscayne to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center this morning.

Erika Benitez, a spokeswoman for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, said a boater took the man to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and paramedics responded to a report of a diver who was bitten by a shark offshore.

Officials said the victim was diving in the area, and at some point he was bitten.

“The patient had serious traumatic injuries due to a bite,” said MDFR spokesperson Erika Benitez.

Officials said some good Samaritans rushed to his aid.

“This person was transported by a group of boaters to the park, where Miami-Dade Fire Rescue then responded,” said Benitez.

Cameras captured paramedics as they rushed the patient to the emergency room at Jackson Memorial Hospital in unknown condition. The victim was seen with an oxygen mask and a bandage on his arm.

Trauma doctors immediately began to treat his injury.

Officials took the opportunity to advise beachgoers to observe caution when swimming off shore.

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www.wsvn.com

 



2019-08-01

Man Bitten by a Caught Shark in Cape Hatteras

A man was bitten by a shark in Cape Hatteras. 

A fisherman on charter captain Rick Caton’s boat reeled in a blacktip shark. When Caton attempted to get the shark in the boat, he was bitten in the right shin. The video can be viewed by clicking the link

Caton stabbed the shark causing the shark to let go of his leg. He then treated the wound with bleach. 

This is considered a provoked incident. 

The condition of Caton is unknown at this time. 

Source: News Channel 12



2019-07-30

2nd Shark Bite at New Smyrna in 3 Days

Volusia County beach patrol officials reported that an 18-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark in New Smyrna Beach.

It happened at around 1:30 p.m. as Reed Zipperer was paddling out at the inlet.

Officials say Zipperer was bitten on the hand and was treated on scene.

Ocean Rescue stated that Zipperer choose not to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. 

"There's a lot of bait in the water. The water is super murky and like, I don't blame him. My hand probably looks yummy to them. I would do the same thing," Zipperer told the news.

Zipperer said he received 19 stitches but avoided any ligament tears. Ocean Rescue Capt. Tammy Malphurs says the teen was in waist-deep water at the time of the bite.

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Source: www.cbsnews.com

 



2019-07-29

Snorkeler Bitten near Magra Islet, off Cape Grenville

A 21-year-old crew member from a crayfishing boat has been bitten by at least one shark in Great Barrier Reef waters off Cape York Peninsula.

The incident happened when the woman was snorkelling around the boat near Magra Islet, off Cape Grenville, around 6:30pm on Sunday.

She was brought ashore to the islet where a rescue helicopter flew her to the Lockhart River Medical Clinic. She was then taken to Cairns Hospital by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). The hospital has her listed in stable condition.

Paramedics said she suffered serious injuries to her lower right leg.

Babcock Australasia's rescue helicopter, based in Horn Island in the Torres Strait, picked the woman up from Magra Islet to take her to Lockhart River.

Rescue crew officer Dominic Hodalin said the woman had severe lacerations but was speaking and conscious.

"They were actually in quite good spirits," he said.

"We had a pretty good chat about diving and recent movies on the way back to the mainland.

"The crew did an outstanding job in saving their teammate's life thanks to their quick and appropriate first aid response to what was indeed a very stressful situation far from the mainland.

"They were all a bit shook up and very happy to see us, but their actions definitely saved their teammate's life in this case."

Mr Hodalin said it was thought two sharks might have been involved.

"The patient stated themselves it was a tiger shark they saw in the vicinity," he said.

Mr Hodalin said shark attacks were extremely rare but the rescue helicopter had been tasked to them in the past.

The woman is an employee of seafood company MG Kailis, which exports tropical rock lobsters.

In a statement, the company said it had spoken to both the woman and her family, and asked for their privacy to be respected.

"The MG Kailis Group is assisting her family to join her in Cairns to provide support," the statement said.

"Our thoughts are with her and we will provide whatever additional support we can."

Source: www.abc.net.au



2019-07-28

Shark Incident at New Smyrna Beach

A man visiting from Arizona was bitten by a shark while boogie boarding off New Smyrna Beach,  according to Volusia County Beach Safety.

William Angell, 49, was bitten on his right thigh while in the ocean off the 2000 Block North on Saturday around 4:30 p.m.

Angell received lacerations from one strike, the report stated, and did not see the shark. He was treated at the scene and chose to drive himself to Bert Fish Medical Center for further medical care.

Source: www.orlandosentinel.com



2019-07-27

Surfer Bitten on Arm at Jax Beach

Surfer Frank O'Rourke was out near the pier at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday when the shark latched onto his arm, knocking him off his board.

O'Rourke's friend, RJ Berger, was right there when it happened.

"It was kind of panic, like, 'Did that just happen?'" Berger said. "It kind of took him a couple seconds to, like, gather himself and realize, like, 'Wow, I just got bit by a shark,' and then we all went into the beach."

Berger stated it was a 3 to 4-foot spinner or blacktip shark. He said O'Rourke will be okay. In fact, he was eager to show off his arm.

"He immediately went to a bar 'cause he was like, 'I got bit by a shark,' and people were like, 'I'll buy you drinks.' So he went and hung out at the pier," Berger said.

O'Rourke is 23-years-old and is a competitive surfer. He chose not to go to the hospital, but his friend told the news that he thinks O'Rourke could have afforded a stitch or two.

O'Rourke can be seen on VIDEO struggling with the shark.

Source: www.news4jax.com



2019-07-24

Diver Dies after getting into Trouble in Haleiwa

A 37-year-old diver died Tuesday after apparently getting into trouble off Kaiaka Beach Park in Haleiwa.

Firefighters said just before the incident, the victim saw a shark in the water and panicked.

The friends brought the man to shore, and started CPR. Paramedics then took over and transported the man to Wahiawa General in critical condition.

The diver was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

SharkBytes wants to remind everyone that 99% of time sharks are just being curious and are not a threat to humans.

Our thoughts go out to his family. 

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

 



2019-07-23

Surfer Bitten at Rhode Island Beach

Chase Clary, 18, said he was vacationing in Rhode Island when he stopped to surf at Moonstone Beach Monday.

"I got right into the water. As soon as I got about waist-deep, something just snags my foot. I pull it, I have to shove it off and I bolt back to the beach.  My foot was just covered in blood, holes all over it. I was kind of freaking out like, Did that actually just happen?," Clary stated.

Clary was treated for his wounds at The Miriam Hospital and is taking antibiotics. The recovery will take about a month, he said.

"It was an experience for sure. It’s not going to keep me out of the water. I love the ocean," Clary stated.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said it believes Clary was bitten by a sand tiger shark.

Source: www.turnto10.com



2019-07-22

New Zealand Diver Encounters Shark

A 45-year-old driver encountered a shark while diving in an archipelago of New Zealand. 

Val Croon while searching for mollusks of Green Point at the southern end of the Chatham Islands suddenly felt himself being dragged through the water. “It was like being hit by a freight train, I didn’t see it coming,” he said. 

A shark approximately feet long had taken hold of him and began swinging Croon around in the water like a rag doll. Croon began lashing at the shark’s tail with his hook. When the it took hold he pulled hard with both hands and the shark let go.   

"I didn't know whether it bit my arm or my back or my leg I just didn't know. And I just said to myself 'f... if you want to get out of this alive you need to calm down'."

When back on the surface, Croon discovered that the shark had bitten down on his backpack - it was ripped and torn but he had no injuries to his body. 

Source: New Zealand Herald 
 



2019-07-19

Virginia Woman Bitten by Baby Shark

A woman vacationing in North Carolina was bitten by a shark. 

Melissa Chase, a radio host from Virginia, stated on Facebook that she was playing in the ocean at Sunset Beach with her children when she felt something rubbery bump into her. She said she knew it was a shark but didn’t have time to react before it bit her on the ankle. 

“The immediate pain felt exactly like you’d think it would when you watch a shark movie and it chomps down - my stomach felt completely nauseous,” Chase wrote on Facebook.

She and her children got out of the water and she was helped by a friend to control the bleeding before taking herself to the hospital she was treated and x-rayed for possible teeth still in the wound.

Although the hospital confirmed it was a baby shark that bit her, the incident went unreported to authorities and there will be no investigation. 

Source: News Observer  



2019-07-18

Shark Bite in Waters Off Miami Beach

A boater was bitten by a shark off the coast of Miami on Thursday afternoon. 

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded at about 12:40 p.m. to an emergency call from a boater who had been diving in an area approximately 2 miles off the Haulover Inlet just north of Miami Beach, Erika Benitez, a spokeswoman for the agency stated.

Benitez stated that an emergency crew raced to the victim by boat and took the individual to Aventura Hospital.  The condition of the boater has not yet been released.

Source: Abc News



2019-07-12

Teen Bitten by Shark on Amelia Island

A teenage girl was bitten on the foot and ankle by a shark this morning while she was vacationing on Amelia Island, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper stated. 

It happened about 7:30 a.m. as the 16-year-old was boogie boarding at the beach near the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, where she was a guest,  It's unclear how far out she was at the time.

A security officer from the hotel called 911 for help.

Leeper described the shark bite as "serious." The teen was taken to a hospital in Nassau County about 20 minutes away from the resort. The sheriff was unable to say where she and her family were visiting from.

Source: www.news4jax.com



2019-07-10

Surfer Bitten by Shark in South Africa

A surfer was bitten by a shark in South Africa. 
 
The unidentified man believed to be in his 20’s was surfing on East Beach in Port Alfred at 10:30 am when he was bitten on his leg. 
 
Durban - A surfer has been rushed to hospital after being bitten on his leg by a shark on East Beach in Port Alfred on Wednesday. Craig Lambinon, a spokesperson for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) stated, “The surfer was bitten on the leg by what appeared to be a juvenile white shark. The surfer believed to be in his 20's had safely made it to the shore. He was transported to a hospital where he is in a stable condition.”
 
The extent of the bite wound was not yet known.  

Source: iol.co.nz



2019-07-09

Paddle Boarder Bitten in the Canals of Pelican Waters

Craig McDougall was paddling in the canals of Pelican Waters on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland at around 7am this morning when he was bitten by a shark.

He said he knew he was in trouble when he felt something getting tangled in his leg rope.

As he reached down to free the rope, he was bitten on the wrist and pulled under.

"It pulled me off the board and grabbed hold of my hand, tried to pull me back into the creek then let go," Craig stated.

"It didn't hurt, the bite, but the sensation of him pulling me back towards the water was a little bit out there, yeah, he was a pretty strong little bugger." 

Mr McDougall said he wasn't able to call anyone as his phone fell to the bottom of the ocean during the shark encounter.

He was taken to a medical center, in Caloundra, where he was treated for a minor puncture wound on his wrist.  

He suspects he was bitten by a bull shark and it was no bigger than one meter long. 

Despite this incident, Mr McDougall said he'll be returning back to the waters as early as tomorrow.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk



2019-07-08

Holbox Fisherman Suffers Shark Bite

A fisherman suffered a shark bite while fishing near Cabo Catoche off the island of Holbox.

The incident happened Saturday when he and several co-fishermen were on the sea and one man was bitten by a shark in the leg. His companions say that Edgar Hernández, who is originally from Tabasco, was working when the incident occurred.

They say they managed to help him back into the boat and transfer him to the mainland to receive urgent medical attention. The injured man was first stabilized in a hospital in Kantunilkin and later taken to Playa del Carmen for further treatment.

The fisherman suffered a substantial bite to his leg, however, he has been receiving specialized medial attention and is not likely to lose his leg. It is believed blood in the boat from caught fish attracted the shark.

Source: www.riviera-maya-news.com



2019-07-04

American Tourist Bitten by Shark in Bahamas

An American tourist was injured by a shark in the Bahamas yesterday. The incident comes just a week after a 21-year-old woman died after she was attacked by three sharks on another Bahamas island.


Police said that they were alerted to the attack on the 32-year-old man, who was visiting from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at around 5:30 p.m. local time. The man was riding on a 41 ft. Bahama Craft with two other Americans and snorkeling off Nippers Beach in Guana Cay when he was bitten.

The man, whose name was not released, was brought to the Marsh Harbour clinic, where he was treated for his injuries. He was flown to New Providence for further medical treatment. His current condition is unknown.

Source: www.cbsnews.com



2019-07-02

Man has Shark Encounter at Shelly Beach

A beach in Manly has been closed after a man was bitten while swimming early this morning.

Emergency crews were called to Shelly Beach about 5.50am after reports of a possible shark bite.

Paramedics arrived at the scene to find Manly resident Peter Schultz suffering "superficial wounds to his abdomen and left leg", a spokesman for NSW Ambulance said.

But scientists from the NSW Department of Primary Industries believe Mr Schultz was bitten by a "generally harmless" grey nurse shark (sand tiger shark) based on photos of Mr Schultz's wounds.

"The length of the shark was unable to be determined," a department spokeswoman stated.

Grey nurse sharks are listed as critically endangered and it is an offence to harass, harm or threaten them.  Their docile nature and largely nocturnal habits make them largely unthreatening to humans.

Mr Schultz, an experienced ocean swimmer who has swum across the English Channel, had been swimming with a group of friends in the dark when he was injured by something in the water.

He was able to swim to nearby rocks and raise the alarm.

Bystanders including a nurse, administered first aid while waiting for paramedics to arrive.

Mr Schultz was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.

Source: www.smh.com.au

 



2019-06-30

Surfer Bitten by Shark at New Smyrna Beach

An 18-year-old surfer's foot was bitten Sunday afternoon by a shark at New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County Beach Safety officials stated.

The shark bite caused "very minor lacerations" and the unidentified male was not taken to a hospital, Capt. Tamra Malphurs said in a statement. No one at the beach spotted the shark, she added.

Beach officials flew the red flag Sunday indicating high surf and a strong current in addition to the purple flag, which warns of dangerous marine life.

Source: www.orlandosentinel.com

 



2019-06-26

Southern California College Student Killed in the Bahamas

A 21-year-old female student was killed while vacationing in the Bahamas.

Jordan Lindsey, of Torrance, California, was vacationing with her family off Rose Island, which is northeast of Nassau. While snorkeling around 2 p.m. Lindsey encountered three sharks. Witnesses tried warning her but she was under water and didn’t hear.  It is unclear as to if all three bit her but she sustained multiple bites on her arms, legs and buttocks and one arm was completely gone.  

Michael Lindsey, Jordan’s father, reported that his wife was “a few feet away when the shark attacked. She said it happened so fast … My wife got to Jordan and pulled Jordan to shore by herself.” 

Lindsey was transported by ambulance to a hospital in New Providence where she was pronounced dead. Her death was attributed to blood loss. Our thoughts are with her family.  

The Royal Bahamas Police believe three sharks were involved; however, the incident remains under investigation. 
 
Source: The Charlotte Observer



2019-06-20

Shark in the Clear With Incident in California

A 13-year-old teen has sustained a bite while swimming but not by a shark this time.

Megan Pagnini was in knee deep water at Pismo Beach when a sea lion lunged toward from the water and bit her on the thigh. 

"I was just kind of jumping around, dancing, just having fun, and they’re taking funny pictures of me, and we’re just all laughing,” she said. “And then, yeah, the sea lion attacked me."

Cell phone footage shows Pagnini in the water and the sea lion charging toward her and biting her on leg. People nearby her came to her rescue and it is unreported as to whether or not Pagnini was taken to the hospital for treatment or to the degree of her injury.

California Fish and Wildlife Patrol Captain, Todd Tognazzini, stated that this kind of aggressive behavior is extremely rare in sea lions. After biting the girl, the sea lion then came on land and bit some metal lifeguard stands leading the department to treat the sea lion for possible poisoning by domoic acid, a toxin that impacts the brain.   

This is the season for shark incidents but this time maybe California wishes they had more sharks in their waters to keep those dangerous sea lions in check. ;) 

Source: WITN



2019-06-17

Georgia Man Bitten by a Shark in Wilmington River

A Georgia man was bitten by a shark in Chatham County, Georgia.

Ron Flowers was backing his boat into the Wilmington River Sunday morning when he was bitten by a shark. Devin Dumont, Curator at UGA Aquarium, says that while it is not commonly known, but the salty water of the river can make it appealing for sharks. 

Flowers stated, “Spent just about my whole life on saltwater, and sharks live there. We’re just visiting. People shouldn’t be surprised that sharks are in the water.” 

Flowers sustained a line of bite marks on his upper arm. 

Source: WTOC



2019-06-16

8-year-old Bitten by Shark at Bald Head Island

 

Brunswick County Offical confirms EMS was called to Bald Head Island on Sunday for a shark bite.

According to Village Manager Chris McCall, the 8-year-old boy was in the ocean when a shark bit his leg.

The call came in around 4 p.m. Sunday from S. Bald Head Wynd.

The boy was taken to the hospital on the Bald Head Island ferry. He was being treated for multiple puncture wounds but is expected to make a full recovery.

Source: www.wral.com



2019-06-10

19 Year-Old Teen Bitten by Shark in North Carolina

A 19-year-old teen was bitten by a shark in North Carolina. 

Austin Reed was surfing off Ocean Isle Beach with a friend when he was bitten on his right foot. 

"I asked for [my friend] to look at my foot cause I was kind of scared to look at it -- like I was scared that maybe the shark took a toe off or something," Reed said. "It's pretty bad. And I looked at it and there was blood everywhere."

Reed was treated on the beach by first responders who were able to control the bleeding before transporting him to a hospital in Wilmington in stable condition. 

Reed was treated for a wound that went right to the bone and might be ordered to do physical therapy. 

Officials with the Ocean Isle Police Department and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are investigating the incident to confirm the type of bite he suffered.

Source: ABC News



2019-06-09

Fisherman Kayak Bitten by a Great White

A fisherman’s kayak was bitten by a great white in South Africa

Muir Robertson was kayak fishing approximately 2 miles offshore in Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal coast when a great white bumped his kayak.

“I felt a shark bumping the back but that has happened before, so I wasn’t too worried.Then the shark came back and bit into the ski. Once it started biting, the boat started lifting up. I only saw its head out of the water and estimate it was about 3.5m long. I tried hitting it with the paddle, but the ski came out of the water and rolled over,” said Robertson

He and his fishing companion were able to paddle back to shore quickly without injury. 
.
Source:www.iol.co.za 



2019-06-07

Diver Bitten on the Head in Fiji

Somewhere in Beqa, a Fiji island, a woman was reportedly bitten by a tiger shark. 

Details are vague but a woman who requested to be anonymous said that she and 11 others were part of a diving group arranged by a resort. While diving, a tiger shark came after the victim and witness after being poked by one of the dive masters. The unidentified victim had his hood and mask pulled off by the shark before the dive masters could ward off the shark by pushing it away.

He was taken to a local hospital for treatment to a cut on his head approximately three inches long. 

No other details are known at this time as to time, specific location … etc.  

Sharkbytes will update when more information is available.

Source: Fiji Times



2019-06-05

Surfer Bitten by Wobbegong Shark


A surfer was bitten on the hand by a shark at Lennox Head Point this afternoon.

A shark scientist from the NSW Department of Primary Industries believes the bite was most likely from a Wobbegong shark. 

The surfer was driven to the Ballina Hospital by a member of the public.

Even though the injury was minor the other swimmers were ordered out of the water for a few hours as a safety precaution.

Ballina Shire Council, in conjunction with NSW Police have made the decision to close all Ballina Shire beaches for 24 hours. 

This closer extends from Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Head to South Ballina Beach.

Source: ABC North Coast
 

 

 



2019-06-02

17-year-old Girl Bitten by Shark in NC

A 17-year-old girl was bitten Sunday afternoon by a shark, according to a park ranger.

Atlantic Beach firefighters and paramedics responded to Fort Macon State Park at about 12:20 p.m. in response to the shark incident.

Paige Winter, 17, suffered severe injuries to her leg and hands and was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

A social media post by Winter's mother read, "Paige is out of surgery and awake, she’s still pretty groggy but cracking jokes. She wants everyone to know that sharks are still good people."

According to the post, Paige's left leg was amputated.

A woman who was on the beach described the moment Winter crawled out of the water.

"All of a sudden, everyone started screaming, and I looked to my left, and they were rushing towards this little girl. She looked little, but she's actually 17," said Lacy Whorton. "It looked like she was belly crawling on the beach, and officials were running towards her, and whistles were blowing, and everyone was screaming, and they quickly got everybody out of the water."

Source: www.wral.com 

 

 

 



2019-05-31

Fisherman Dies in New Caledonia

A 43-year-old man was killed while fishing in New Caledonia.

The unidentified man was fishing near a reef off Belep when he was bitten by a shark. No information was given as to the type of shark or where he was bitten. 

The incident in the second in the area within the past week when a boy lost his leg as a result of a shark bite. 

Source: Radio New Zealand



2019-05-26

Man Dies from Shark Bite in Hawaii

A 65-year-old California man died Saturday morning resulting from a shark incident off the waters off Kaanapali, Hawaii.
 
Thomas Smiley was found unresponsive off the shores of Aston Kaanaplai Shores hotel around 8:50 a.m.. According to Gregg Okamoto, a spokesman for the Maui Police Department, Smiley was brought to the beach with life threatening injuries after being discovered 60 yards off shore. “They pulled the man up. He looked unconscious when they transferred him to the other gurney. And we could see that they were trying to do CPR on him,” said Allison Keller, a witness on the beach.

He was given CPR to no avail and unfortunately died at the scene. 
 
Shark warning signs have been posted at Kaanapali Beach Park
 
The species of shark involved in the incident was not confirmed, although tiger sharks are most common to the area.

Source: Star Advisor



2019-05-25

Young Boy in Serious Condition After Shark Bite

A 10-year-old boy has been severely injured while swimming in New Caledonia.
 
 Anthony Guillon Larrouyand his sister were swimming off the back of a boat in a restricted area in Noumea when around 4:30 the boy was bitten by a shark. The father jumped into the water to rescue his son but the boy had already lost his leg and suffered injuries to his abdomen as well. The boy was taken to for treatment in very serious condition. 
 
New Caledonia, a French Territory located off north-eastern Australia, is known for shark incidents. Eye witnesses said it was most likely a bull shark involved in the incident. 

Source: Tech Times



2019-05-15

Surfer is Knocked off Board in Hawaii

A man surfing off the waters of Diamond Head was knocked off his board Tuesday morning. 

Eye witness, Jonah Kogen, said that a  shark about eight feet in length knocked the unnamed man into the air and then landed on top of him. “This thing was on top of him and trying to attack him,” said Kogan, who was surfing 10 feet away from the victim. “I had no doubt in my mind it was going to take him.” The victim surfaced and it was stated the shark then disappeared and everyone in the water quickly paddled to shore. 

No injuries were reported.

Source: Hawaii News Now

 



2019-05-14

Man Bitten by Shark In Yandaran AU

A 53-year old man has been bitten by a shark in Australia.

Paramedics were called to Yandaran where the unidentified man had been bitten by what is believed to be a shark. When they arrived the man was out of the water and sustained a deep puncture wound to his right ankle.

The victim was transported to Bundaberg Hospital where he is in stable condition. 

It is unknown as the species involved in the incident. 

Source: Central Telegraph



2019-05-09

Surfer Fatally Wounded off Reunion Island

A surfer has been fatally wounded while surfing off Reunion Island. 
 
The man, reported to be in his late 20s, was surfing off the town of Saint-Leu in a prohibited area when according to witnesses the man disappeared from the surface and all that was visible was his board.
 
Rescue officials stated the unidentified man was recovered from the port of Saint-leu where he was pronounced dead and that one of his legs had been tore off.
 
The three men that were surfing with the victim made it back to shore safely. 
 
Source: BBC News



2019-05-08

Oahu Woman Bitten by Shark

A 34-year-old woman has been bitten by what is believed to be a shark in Hawaii. 

The unidentified woman reports she was approximately 3 miles off the North Shore of Oahu when she was bitten in the arm by a shark. According to Honolulu Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), the initial 911 call was for an injury to the arm caused by a spear at the Haleiwa Boat Harbor; however, while being treated by medics the woman said that the injury was caused by a shark.

Shayne Enright, HEMS spokeswoman, says the wounds are consistent with a shark bite. The woman was treated and is in serious condition at a local hospital.

More detail will be made available as more is learned about the incident. 

Source: ABC News

 

 



2019-05-02

Fisherman Falls in Water and gets Bitten by Shark

BOCA GRANDE, Fla. - A fisherman was bitten by an 8-foot bull shark Wednesday off the coast of Boca Grande.

The captain of Boca Grande Fishing Charters, Danny Latham, said Paul Kelly fell into the water while tarpon fishing near Boca Grande Pass. While he was in the water, the bull shark swam over and bit him in the leg. 

"I reeled him all the way down and one foot slipped, and 150-pound tarpon just threw me into the water," Kelly explained from his hospital bed. "Next thing I know, something hits me and it's the tarpon. But it's not, it's the bull shark." 

Captain Latham said they pulled Kelly out of the water and had him back to shore within 15 minutes. Fire crews rushed to the dock directly across from the Pink Elephant Restaurant to meet the fishing crew.

"I never had any pain, I never felt that. Never felt the shark, I thought the tarpon hit me," Kelly said. 

Kelly was rushed to the hospital. He said he will be okay, and only has about five stitches and a few staples.

"He didn't like me, so he spit me back out," Kelly explained, trying to shake the whole thing off.

Click Here to watch the news interview. 

Source: www.nbc-2.com



2019-04-30

Surfer Knocked off Board in Australia

A man was knocked off his surfboard at Injidup Beach, Australia. 

The local surfer was paddling for a wave when the incident happened. 

He returned to shore unassisted and uninjured. 

A shark warning has been posted and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development would like to, “remind the public that a Reg 44 beach closure issued by DBCA remains in place due to a whale carcass,” an alert said. In addition,  the closure will remain in force at least until 6pm on Wednesday 29 May 2019, however further reviews will be conducted up until this date.

Source: The West Australian

 



2019-04-29

19-year-old Man Bitten by Shark in New Smyrna

A 19-year-old Sanford man has been bitten by a shark off New Smyrna Beach Fl.
 
At approximately 7:45 p.m., Mathew Cornell was wading in waist-deep water near the Flagler Avenue beach approach when he was bitten by a shark on the right calf.

Cornell was treated for lacerations at the beach and then drove himself to a hospital, officials said.

It is unknown at this time what what type of shark involved in the incident.

Source: Click Orlando



2019-04-26

Grey Nurse Shark Bites Spear Fisherman at Tomaree

18-year-old Max Carey and his father Aaron Carey had noticed about six grey nurse sharks lingering while they were participating in a spearfishing competition. 

Max was swimming about 30 meters from the boat in an attempt to deposit their catch to divert the sharks' interest when he felt pressure on his arm - applied by a 3 meter female grey nurse shark (aka sand tiger).

"I didn't see it ... It came from behind and underneath me," Max stated.

"It was only on me for a second and let go. Thankfully I was wearing a wetsuit and it didn't shake around."

His father, who was also in the water, helped him back to the boat and drove him to the Tomaree Medical Centre.

Max's wound, consisting of two rows of neat puncture marks, did not require stitches. Instead, he was treated with antibiotics for infection.

Despite their fearsome appearance, grey nurse sharks are not generally considered a threat to swimmers or divers unless they are provoked.

Source: www.theherald.com.au



2019-04-23

California Woman Bitten by Shark in Hawaii

65-year-old Kimberly Bishop was bitten on the leg while vactioning with her husband in Hawaii.  
 
Kimberly and her husband were kayaking in Anaehoomalu Bay Tuesday morning when out of nowhere a shark bumped her off her single kayak. 

"The water was really clear. I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary and then all of a sudden something hit me from behind and immediately dumped me over and bit my leg like right away," Kimberly stated.
 
 Bishop sustained a bite that was about 12 inches in diameter.  Bystanders brought her to shore on a kayak where she was treatedand was airlifted in stable condition to North Hawaii Community Hospital. 
  
The shark involved is suspected to be a 12-foot black tip reef shark. Warning signs have been posted at the beach and the fire department conducted shoreline checks of the water and found it to be clear of sharks. 

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com



2019-04-21

Man Bitten by Shark at Jacksonville Beach

An unidentified man has been bitten by a shark at Jacksonville Beach on Easter Sunday. 
 
According to Jacksonville Beach Police Department, a 25-year-old man was bitten in the leg by what they believe to be a shark. 
 
The man was taken to a local hospital and treated for his injuries. 

SharkBytes will update when more information comes available.
 
Source: Action News Jax

 



2019-04-13

Child Bitten at a St. Johns County Beach

10 year old Peyton Shields was bitten by a shark near a St. Johns County condominium Friday. 

The reported bite occurred in the 8100 block of A1A south in Crescent Beach by the Four Winds Condominiums.

Peyton was boogie boarding in waist-deep water about 5:45 p.m. when she was bitten on both her legs by the shark. She said she tried to push it away and she was bitten on her left hand before the shark swam off. 

Her parents saw her screaming and struggling in the water. Her father said he thought she was yelling because she had been stung by a jellyfish, but then he saw the blood.

Peyton's parents put pressure on the wounds and called 911. 

St. Johns County Fire Rescue and the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident and transported her to Flagler Hospital where she received 40 stitches. 

Source: www.news4jax.com



2019-04-09

Woman Bitten by Sand Tiger Shark in Southern China

A woman was bitten by a shark while diving inside an aquarium tank located in Dalian, China.
 
The diver only named as Nana was participating in a diving lesson at Laohutan Aquarium when she was bitten by a sand tiger shark. No information has been offered as to what provoked the rare incident as these sharks are not usually aggressive. 
 
The woman was taken to a hospital where she underwent hours of surgery to repair lacerations to her head, face and jaw. After receiving 70 stitches, Nana is still in under observation. 
 
Source: LAD Bible  
 

 



2019-03-27

Man has Shark Incident while in Canoe, Hawaii

A 75-year-old man encountered a shark while paddling an outrigger canoe in Hawaii. 

The unnamed man was paddling with another person in the waters between Anaehoomalu and Kiholo Bays when the man felt a bump. He thought he had hit a rock but turned to see a shark. The shark went after the canoe, knocking the man into the water. He hit the shark with his paddle scaring it off. 

He was assisted by his companion and another paddler who was a doctor, examined, and taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital where he was treated for a six-inch laceration to the leg above the calf and released. 

The man couldn’t identify the type of shark but did say it was approximately 12 feet in length. The area was scanned by a helicopter but there were no signs of sharks. 

Click Here to watch the news video.

Source: West Hawaii Today



2019-03-26

US Tourist Bitten by Shark in Mexico

A 32-year-old tourist from the United States was bitten by a shark in Mexico. 

Alex Wilton was swimming at a beach in Troncones, Guerrero approximately 20 yards off shore when at around 5:30 a shark bit him on his right leg.

Wilton’s girlfriend along with other beachgoers help him out of the water and took him to a private clinic in Zihuatanejo for treatment where he was treated for a 20 inch gash on his leg. 

Officials are monitoring beaches and Wilton has returned home in good health. 

Source: Mexico News Daily

 



2019-03-25

Surfer Bitten by Shark in Florida

Chris Bryan, 42, said he was surfing on Friday around 4:30 p.m. when a shark bit him on the foot.

Bryan said he had surgery at Jupiter Medical Center to repair an injured tendon and is on antibiotics to prevent infection.

He hopes to be released Tuesday.

Source:  WPTV



2019-03-24

Man Bitten on the Thigh at Hardy Reef

A man was bitten by a shark in the Whitsundays. He is in a serious but stable condition after being rescued from a diving pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef.

The man, 25, was bitten on the thigh in waters at Hardy Reef, about 50km north-east of Hamilton Island about 12:30 pm today.

The man managed to swim back to the private boat he was staying on. 

Crew aboard the boat applied first-aid and called EMS while rushing him to the nearby Heart Pontoon, about 70km northeast of Airlie Beach. A critical care paramedic and rescue crewmen were dispatched from Mackay, about a 30-minute flight away, to the pontoon.

The man was winched from the pontoon with a critical care paramedic about 1:45 pm.

Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor Shane Tucker said the wound showed “multiple teeth marks” but the victim did not sustain major blood loss and was conscious throughout the flight to the hospital.

Click Here to watch the rescue video.

Sources: www.theguardian.com & www.townsvillebulletin.com.au



2019-03-16

Swimmer Injured by Cookiecutter Shark in Hawaii

A Pennsylvania man was bitten by a shark in Hawaii.

58-year-old Eric Schall was attempting to swim the Molokai channel. Approximately nine hours into the swim, Schall was bitten in the abdomen by a cookiecutter shark.   

The escort boat grabbed Schall from the water and began first aid as they made their way to Hawaii Kai boat ramp. Upon arrival paramedics performed advanced prehospital trauma life support before being transported to a Queens Hospital in Honolulu. 

Schall is listed in serious but stable condition.

Cookiecutter sharks are typically a foot and a half in length and spend most of their time in deep water only coming to the surface at night to feed. 

Click Here to watch the news video. 

Source: Khon2



2019-03-15

11 Year-Old-Boy Bitten by Shark in Stuart FL

An 11-year-old boy was bitten by a shark in Stuart, Florida.

Kael Dewey, while on vacation from Iowa with his family, was out on boogie boards with his mom at Stuart Beach when he said he felt something grab the back of his leg and foot. The boy screamed and he and his mother paddled back to shore where he was greeted by lifeguards and others on the beach.

“A lot of people there, they brought me on to the beach. Wrapped my foot up in a towel. (It) didn't look the best," said Dewey.

“We’re very thankful for their quick response, the beach patrol, and paramedics. Nurses and doctors did a great job," said Kael's mom Jessica Dewey.

Dewey received 16 stitches and plans on not letting the incident deter him from vacationing in Florida. 

It is believed to have been a spinner shark involved in the incident.

Source: wptv



2019-03-11

Whale Swallows Diver Giving Shark Relief from Headline

A 51-year-old man was not bitten by a shark but rather swallowed by a whale in South Africa. 

Rainer Schimpf, a dive tour operator was out with his team to film a sardine run when he was swallowed by a Bryde’s whale. Rainer said he was busy concentrating on the sharks when suddenly it got dark and he felt pressure on his hip. It was then he realized he was inside the mouth of a whale. Fortunately for Rainer his size was to big for the whale and it spit him back out.   

Schimpf stated the whale came out of nowhere which is unusual as they are generally spotted by the divers before they make an attempt to swim close. Bryde’s whales don’t generally eat humans and are known for feeding on large fish and plankton.

Source: India Glitz

 



2019-03-06

Surfer's Board Bitten in Oregon

A surfer had a close encounter while surfing in Oregon.

Nate Holsdtedt was sitting on his board off the coast of Cape Kiwanda when he saw a shark. He pulled his leg out of the water as it approached and the shark bit his board reports Halstedt. He said as the shark bit the back of his board it pulled him underwater. He was able to swim back to the surface keeping the board between him and the shark. It was then he climbed back onto his board and swam back to shore. 

He exited the water unharmed. Oregon State Parks and Recreation officials put up warning signs and informed other surfers about the incident. 

Source: KATU News 

 



2019-03-06

Fisherman Bitten by Shark Tangled in Net

A Cape Town man was bitten by a shark while fishing off the coast of South Africa. 

The 46-year-old crewman was on a fishing trawler 30 nautical miles off the coast of Port Elizabeth when he was bitten. According to reports, the man was attempting to free a shark 7 feet in length that had been caught in fishing nets and hauled aboard when the shark bit him in his left arm. 

The crew tended to his wounds while the trawler made its way toward shore where it was greeted by National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI). The man was rescued and treated by EMS ambulance before being taken to the hospital for further treatment.

The unidentified  man suffered lacerations to his left forearm and left upper arm. He was in stable condition at the time of rescue.

The shark was successfully released. 

Source: The Citizen 

 



2019-03-02

Fisherman Bitten by Shark in Fiji

A 29-year-old man was bitten by a shark in Fiji.

Llivasi Niudamu and three others were fishing in the waters off Yasawa-i-Rara when a shark bit him. Niudamu was able to fight off the shark saving him from loosing his left hand. 

Niudamu reports he is adamant he will return to the sea stating, “It wasn’t the shark’s fault.”

There are no details as the the treatment or current condition of the victim. 

SharkBytes will update when more information becomes available.

Source: The Fiji Times

 



2019-02-17

Shark Bites Surfer near Byron Bay

Sam Edwardes, 41, was surfing near Belongil Beach, north of Byron Bay, about 6.40 this morning when he was bitten on the leg.

The surfer managed to fend off the shark and swim to shore while clinging to his surf board. Members of the public tried to treat the man while they waited for emergency services to arrive.

He was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

This shark incident comes just a day after a 69-year-old surf lifesaver disappeared while swimming at nearby Ballina.

His flatmate, Dane Davidson, told media the pair had just entered the water and were paddling out when the shark - which he believed to be a baby Great White - struck.

"Keen for a wave this morning, went for a surf and had literally only just paddled out of the water," he said.

"I was about 20 metres behind him (Sam Edwardes), he sat up on his board and instantly a shark smashed up from underneath and knocked him clean off his board.

"There was a lot of thrashing and splashing. He started screaming, we didn’t realise until we paddled back to the beach that there was a big chunk taken out of his leg. There was a lot of blood, a lot of bleeding. The bleeding was pretty bad. We didn’t see the shark but a bloke who was out there earlier said he saw a fin and he reckons it was a juvenile Great White."

"I was freaking. When I heard the screams he was making in the water and then I saw a chunk of his board floating off, that’s when I realised it was pretty bad. He was conscious but … his eyes were drifting around a bit, he seemed a bit dizzy," he said.

"He was saying his breathing was labouring … overall I think he was alright, he was just in a bit of shock."

The incident has prompted surf life saving crews to patrol beaches around Byron Bay, sweeping areas on jetski notifying the public of the risk of swimming.

Source: www.news.com.au



2019-02-14

Scuba Diver Encounters Hammerhead while Filming off the Coast of Australia

A scuba diver had a close encounter with a hammerhead in Australia. 

The unidentified man was filming hammerheads with a GoPro when the shark bit the camera taking hold of it for a few seconds. The incident resulted in an incredible glimpse of inside the shark's mouth. 

Hammerheads are not typically a threat to humans. There are nine known species of hammerheads and of them only 3 have ever bitten a human: the scalloped, great, and smooth hammerhead. There has never been a reported death link to this shark species. The one in this video happens to be a great hammerhead which is the largest of all hammerheads. 

Hammerheads in general tend to be very docile sharks.

Click Here to watch the video. 

Source: Daily Mail

 



2019-02-11

Spear fisherman Bitten by Whitetip Reef shark in Northern Territory

A 25-year-old man was bitten by a shark off the Northern Territory coast. 

Karl Waters was spearfishing about 8 miles off tshore of Goote Eylandt when a whitetip reef shark grabbed for the fish Waters had caught and latched onto his forearm instead.Water’s freed the catch and checked for tendon damage to his arm before swimming back to the boat. His friend helped bandage the wound. 

Upon arriving back to shore, staff from the nearby Umbakaumba health clinic treated Waters before a CareFlight took him to Royal Darwin Hospital in Darwin. He was admitted in stable condition and wounds were treated by surgeons and released.

Waters stated, “I’d be happy to jump back in tomorrow and go and retrieve the gun I had to leave behind."

Source: ABC.net



2019-02-05

Surfer Bitten by Tiger Shark off Hawaii's Hanalei Bay

A man was bitten by while surfing at Hanalei Bay, Hawaii.

According to the Kauai Fire Department, the unidentified man was surfing off Hanalei at a spot known as “the bowl” when he was bitten by what is believed to be a tiger shark at 1:45.

The man sustained multiple lacerations to his leg and was transported to Wilcox Hospital where he was treated for his injuires.

The beach has been posted with "Shark Sighted" and "No Swimming" signs along Hanalei Bay and will reassess the water Tuesday to determine if it's safe for swimming.

No report has been issued as to the condition of the victim. 

Source: CNN



2019-02-04

Surfer Encounters Shark in New South Wales, AU

A local surfer encountered a shark while surfing near Hungry Head Beach in New South Wales, Australia.
 
The unidentified man was surfing between Hungry Head Beach and North Beach near the small town of Urunga when he spotted what he believed to be a fin around 6:15 am. 

The surfer was not injured in the incident but the shark did leave behind a bite mark on his surfboard. 

Photographs of the board have been sent to NSW Department of Primary Industries scientists who will attempt to identify the species of shark involved.

The beaches will be monitored and signs have been posted. In addition, beach goers are being directed to swim at Coffs Harbour, the nearest patrolled location. Signs will remain up for the next 24 hours. 

Source: The Bellingen Shire Courier Sun



2019-02-03

Shark Bites Boat at Mtunzini

A father and son were out on their boat when it was damaged by a shark in Mtunzini over the weekend.

According to reports, the two had been fishing off-shore where sharks were in the vicinity and one bit into a pontoon, causing a puncture.

The father and son were able to get their motor started and make it safely to shore. 

Reports indicate that the width of the bite was 47cm (18.5 inches) and the bite height was 30cm (12 inches).

Source: www.zululandobserver.co.za



2019-02-02

Man Injured by Possible Shark Bite in Key Biscayne Florida

A 50-year-old man was bitten by what may have been a shark in Florida.

Little detail is known about the alleged incident but it is known that the unidentified man was in a boat off the coast of Key Biscayne when when the incident occurred around 10 a.m.

Paramedics picked up the victim at No Name Harbor and transported him to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was treated for traumatic injuries at the Ryder Trauma Center. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission along with other agencies are investigating the incident. 

Source: www.local10.com



2019-01-31

Fisherman Killed by Shark off Reunion Island

A fisherman was killed while fishing off Reunion Island in the Indian ocean.
 
The 41-year-old unidentified man and several fishing friends were retrieving fish traps approximately 15 yards off the coastal town of Sainte Rose when he was bitten by a shark ripping off his left leg. Several of the man’s friends rescued him from the water and administered first aid but the man succumbed to his wounds bleeding out in less than a minute. 

“We tried to get him to shore… we tried to make him a tourniquet, we tried our best, but it was hard for us,” one of the man’s friends said.  

Two of the victim’s five friends went into shock and had to be hospitalized.

Due to a government ban in 2013 surfing, swimming, and other aquatic activities are prohibited across the island.

Source: The Inertia 



2019-01-29

Teenager Bitten by Shark at Oreti Beach in Southland

A 17-year-old girl has been bitten by what is believed to be a sand shark at Oreti Beach, Southland, on Tuesday evening. The girl was with a group who were boogie boarding when the incident happened.

Other members of the group reported feeling something bumping their legs before the teenager was bitten. 

She has a large gash on her thigh as well as a couple of bites elsewhere on her leg. 

Lifeguards helped by placing a tourniquet on her leg. She was then sent by ambulance to Southland Hospital. 

A friend of the girl said it appeared she'd need "quite a few stitches".

Source: www.stuff.co.nz

After looking at the wounds SharkBytes is not 100% sure this wound was caused by a shark. Injury could possibly be from a Stingray encounter.  

 



2019-01-15

Teen Bitten by Wobbegong in Western Australia

A 15-year-old Perth girl was bitten by what is believed to be a wobbegong in Western Australia.

At about 11:30 am, Isabella Brett-Jensen was swimming in waist-deep water at North Cottesloe beach when something latch onto her foot but she couldn't see anything beneath the surface.

"I was trying to wriggle it out and then I realized there was something actually actually suckling on my foot," she reported. As she exited the water she noticed deep lacerations to her foot once she collapsed back on the sand. "Bits of my foot or like flesh actually fell off as I was walking up. There was blood everywhere," Isabella said.

Upon calling relatives for help, she was taken to Claremont Medical Centre where she received seven stitches in the deepest wound.

Click Here to watch Isabella tell her story. 

Source: Perth News

 



2019-01-11

Twist in Whitsundays' so called "Double Shark Attack"

The real culprit behind an alleged shark incident on a grandmother and granddaughter has been revealed to be a much different creature then you would expect. 

Experts believe Thursday's Whitsundays incident that left a 10-year-old girl with a foot injury and her 60-year-old-grandmother with a bleeding leg was the result of an aggressive toadfish, reported the Brisbane Times. 

Medical staff downgraded the severity of the Catseye Beach incident after taking the size, shape and location of the bite. 

The toxic toadfish is also known as a "toe fish" for its tendency to bite beachgoers' feet.

Independent testing has suggested a fish was responsible in this instance, not a shark, a spokesperson for Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stated.  

While toadfish are generally only toxic when consumed, their four fused teeth have been known to sever the toes of of unsuspecting swimmers. 

Despite the downgrade, Catseye Beach remains closed pending safety checks.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk



2019-01-08

Student Bitten by Great White in California

A 19-year-old Cal Poly student was bitten by a great white while surfing in Montaña de Oro State Park.

At approximately 10 am, Nick Wapner was surfing about 100 yards off the shore in 4 to 5 foot waves when a great white reportedly 15-feet in length clamped down on his right ankle and then all the way up to his left thigh.  He was able to kick at the shark to free himself. 

Wapner then took himself to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, where he received medical treatment for bites to both of his legs receiving about 50 stitches. 
Warning signs about the attack have been posted from Morro Strand State Beach to Montaña de Oro.

To watch an interview with Nick click here

Source: The Tribune

 

 



2018-12-20

Baja Man Dies from Shark Bite in Mexico

A 35-year-old scuba diver suffered a fatal shark bite in Mexico.
 
Nahum Verdugo Aguilera of Baja California was fishing off the coast of Puerto Penasco in an area called Hawey 6.2 miles off shore with friends. At approximately 11:00 am lost his life. Witnesses report not even a minute had passed after entering the water when a shark bit off the victim’s leg and a portion of his abdomen. Aguilera was seen floating on the surface of the water. Friends brought him on board the dive boat and rushed him to Puerto Penasco. Upon arriving ashore Aguilera had already passed away. 
 
It is unreported as to the species and the investigation is ongoing at this time.
 

Source: Daily Mail



2018-12-19

Diver Bitten on Leg by White Tip in the Red Sea

A 28-year old man has been bitten by a shark in the waters near Brothers Island in the Red Sea. 
 
Dan White was diving with a tourist group when a white tip shark bit down on the man’s leg. The incident was captured on video. Soon after the area filled with blood divers from the group helped White on board of the boat and he was taken to the hospital. Another tour group assisted in getting the remaining divers out of the water. Despite the incident, White and his girlfriend returned to the water the next day. 
 
The water’s around the Brothers Island have been since closed and will remain so until the end of the year. 

Source: Daily Mail
 

 



2018-12-16

Man Bitten by Mako In New Zealand

It's been reported a man has been bitten by a shark in Northland, New Zealand. 

24-year-old Kevin Lloyd was spear fishing near the Cavalli Island. The incident happened just after 11am on Saturday morning at Matauri Bay, and involved a 7 foot mako shark. Lloyd had just speared a kingfish when the shark came out of nowhere and latched onto his leg and then bit his arm. 

Lloyd was taken to Bay of Islands Hospital and treated for injuries to his arm and leg. He recieved 10 stiches in his arm and doctors are letting the leg heal over time to lessen the risk of infection.  
 
Source: New Zealand Hearald 



2018-12-09

Surfer Bitten by Shark near Scotts Head Beach

 A surfer was severely injured by a shark off Australia's east coast, officials said Sunday.

The 36-year-old Joel "Sonny" Mason was surfing near Scotts Head Beach some (300 miles) north of Sydney this morning when he was bitten, New South Wales state police said.

"The man suffered a severe leg injury below his knee on his right leg," a NSW Ambulance spokesman told AFP. "He had five deep lacerations and he suffered a lot of blood loss."

Sonny was in the water with several other surfers when he disappeared, Surf Life Saving NSW said.

"One of them has seen him disappear under the water, with a flume of water spraying up and then the victim has lifted his arm up to indicate he was having a problem," Surf Life Saving spokeswoman Donna Wishart stated.

The man was flown to a hospital in serious condition.

Officials said it was not yet known what shark species was involved.

The shark incident was the 8th off Australian beaches in the last three months.

New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has trialled non-lethal measures such as aerial drones to track shark movements and "smart" drum lines that alert authorities to their presence.

Source: www.ndtv.com

 



2018-12-01

8-Year-Old Utah Boy Bitten on Bahamas Vacation

Eight-year-old Asher Jones and his family were swimming with small nurse sharks  in swallow water when he was bitten.

"I heard Asher scream — and not just any scream, the kind of scream that makes a mom’s world go into slow motion," his mother, Christine, from Sandy, Utah, told the news agency. "Just thinking about his scream makes me feel sick and makes my heart rate go up."

But her son was "very lucky," she says. Her husband, Jeremy, quickly grabbed the shark, causing it to release and swim away.

"The shark’s upper jaw got him along the spine of his scapula," she added. "I think this, along with Jeremy quickly pulling the shark off, prevented it from really latching on and the bite from going deeper — or worse, taking Asher under the water."

"It could easily have pulled Asher under where there would have been five other sharks, chum, people panicking and a bleeding little boy," she said.

Asher, told the news outlets that he thought he was going to die and that "it was horrifying."

"At first I thought it was my dad pretending, but then I was like 'no, my dad would not try to hurt me’ because it was digging into my freaking flesh," he said. "It was the most scary thing in my entire life."

Luckily, two medics were on the same excursion and helped clean his wounds.

"Once he realized he was okay, he was really amazing," said Christine. "He experienced many intense emotions in a short amount of time."

Click Here to watch the video.

Source: www.people.com

 



2018-11-29

Surfer Suffers Bite Wound to Foot in Manly, Australia

A man was bitten while surfing at at South Steyne beach, Manly.
 
The unnamed man, said to be in his late 20s, was 65 feet off shore when he was struck by a shark around 6:30 pm. As the shark alarm sounded, lifeguards scrambled to get swimmers out of the water. 
 
Paramedics arrived on scene to find the victim with a deep cut to his foot. They rushed him to North Beaches Hospital where he is listed in stable condition. 
 
Source: news.com.au

 



2018-11-19

Teen Bitten by Reef Shark in Northern Territory, AU

A 17-year-old was bitten by a shark while spearfishing off the Northern Territory, Australia.
 
Sean Whitcombe was fishing approximately 18 miles off Bromby Eyelet when he was overcome by 7 reef sharks one latching onto his arm. His reaction what to gouge at the shark’s eye and swim to the surface. Once there the teen called for help from friends in a boat nearby. Once rescued Whitcombe waited nearly two hours for medical attention. 
 
After being treated by paramedics, Whitcombe was taken to the hospital in Gove where he was treated for severe lacerations to his arm and leg.  

 The teen was later airlifted to Royal Darwin hospital for additional surgeries where he still remains. 
 
Source: abc.net.au

 



2018-11-17

Man Bitten by Shark in NSW

A 24-year-old man has been hospitalized after being bitten by a shark in New South Wales.

The unnamed man was in waist high water participating in a surfing lesson when, “He felt quite a signfancan force and lashing against his legs”, reported Jordan Emery of NSW Ambulance. Bystanders helped the man to the beach and applied a tourniquet and pressure to the wound. 

He was flown to St. George Hospital in Sydney for treatment for lacerations to his right leg and hand. 

There was no shark sighted but “"But certainly based on the circumstances around the incident and the injuries that have been sustained, it would appear that this is a shark attack.", said Emery. 

Source: abc.net.au



2018-11-16

Fisherman's Kayak Bitten off Queensland Sunshine Coast

A man’s kayak has been bitten while he was fishing off Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. 

The unnamed man in his 30s was fishing off Moffat Beach, Caloundra when out of nowhere a tiger shark latched onto the end of his kayak knocking the man into the water. With the kayak still in the jaws of the shark, the man was able to flip the kayak right side up and get to safety. With the kayak taking on water and shark circling, the man was able to get to safety because he had a radio and called for help.  

Jacob Thomson fro Surf Life Sanding Queensland reported, “He was having a paddle out to sea, and fishing, and yeah unfortunately out of the blue a shark has just attacked his kayak and latched onto it, throwing him out. The shark still had its jaw on his kayak, which was upside down. But he’s managed to flip it and at some point the shark has let go.But it was starting to sink — there was only small pocket of air holding it afloat. The shark continued to circle him for some time until we got there.” 

About 45 minutes after the call for help, the man was brought back to shore where he was checked by paramedics and was fine, other than feeling a little rattled.

Source: news.com.au



2018-11-14

Durban Man Thrown from His Fishing-Ski in South Africa

A man encountered a great white while fishing in Durban, South Africa.

Bryan Machado set out on his fishing-ski just before 5 am and paddled out for approximately 30 minutes. “I had my feet hanging over the sides as I normally do and I put on line in with a live bait.” Around 5:30 a shark latched onto the side of his fishing-ski. 

“All I remember is seeing a flash on my left side – then the impact came and knocked me and my boat right into the air.” Machado stated and added he does not know how he landed safely back in his ski. After a minute the shark released the ski and swam away. 

With the ski filling with water, Machado managed to paddle to a nearby ski boat, which followed him back to shore. 

After an official examination of his board, it's been determined that it was a great white approximately 9ft long. 

Source: The Citizen



2018-11-11

Man Bitten by Shark in Western Australia

A 20-year-old body boarder has been bitten by a shark in Western Australia.

Noah Symmans was surfing with another person in the area known as Mandurah when he felt something grab his left leg. Symmans “stomped the shark until it released” him and made it safely to nearby rocks. 

Once at the beach, Symmans was treatedfor wounds to his left calf by paramedics and then flown by chopper to Royal Perth Hospital where he had surgery.

Source: Perth Now



2018-11-07

Surfer Fights off Shark with Surf Board

A 43-year old man has been hospitalized after being bit by a shark. 

The unidentified man was surfing near Ballina on the Far North Coast of New South Wales when a shark grabbed him on the leg and pulled him off the board. After fighting off the shark with his board, the surfer made his way to shore, wrapped his calf up and took himself to Ballina District Hospital. 

The man was treated for a 8 inch gash to his left calf and remains in stable condition. 

Officials say the shark was  approximately 7 feet long. 

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald



2018-11-05

Man Dies after Being Bitten by Shark Near Cid Harbour



2018-10-25

WA Man Bumped off His Surf Board in Western Australia

A man was knocked off his board while surfing in Western Australia. 

The unnamed man was surfing about 80 yards off shore at the Guillotines surf break when he felt a bump. The surfer was knocked off his board and saw a white shark approximately 7 feet long. The man made his way back to shore along with a number of other surfers who had also been with him. 

Despite no injuries being reported the beach will remain closed until further notice

Source: WAToday



2018-10-24

Man Bitten near Farallon Islands in California

A man was bitten by a shark near the Farallon Islands. 
 
Ron Elliot, a commercial diver and documentary film maker, was diving near the Farallon. It is believed he was bit while filming underwater. He was pulled from the water by resuce vessel NorCal1 and transported to Standford Medical Center by helicopter.
 
Elliot was treated for bite wounds to his wrist and forearm and is doing alright. 
 
Source: 10 News

 



2018-10-23

Man Bitten by Shark while Surfing in Ponce Inlet

A  29-year-old man had just hopped off his surfboard and into ankle-deep water after riding a wave when the 3.5-foot shark bit his toe.

Four bystanders reported seeing the same shark circling the area looking for mullet.

The man suffered a minor cut on his toe and was not taken to the hospital for further treatment.

The incident marks the fifth shark bite in Volusia County this year.

Source: www.clickorlando.com



2018-10-20

Man Punches Shark while Surfing Australian Beach

A 50-year-old man was bitten by a shark while surfing at an Australian nudist beach. 

Paul Kenny was riding the waves off Samurai Beach when what he thought to be a bronze whaler shark latched onto his arm. “As soon as he latched onto my arm all I could do was punch it until it let go”, Kenny said. 

Once free of the shark, Kenny caught a wave back to shore where he was treated by paramedics for wounds to his upper right arm before taken to the hospital. 

Source: MSN



2018-10-19

Surfer taken to Hospital after Great White Shark Encounter in Northland

A 25-year-old surfer has had a close call with a shark in Northland and he has a souvenir to prove it. 

Lodged near the tip of man's board was a shark tooth and an impressive-looking bite mark, which is believe to belong to a great white shark.

The incident happened at Baylys Beach, near Dargaville, at around 6pm on Friday.

The Northland Emergency Services Trust helicopter arrived on scene at 6.41pm, and later transported the man to Whangarei hospital with serious injuries.

Department of Conservation (DOC) marine scientist Clinton Duffy said he could tell immediately what type of shark it was from the photograph of the tooth in the board.

"The tooth is definitely from the lower jaw of a great white shark.  The whole bite is quite distinctive; the size of the teeth, the spacing and the number of teeth are all characteristic of a great white shark. Very few sharks have jaws as large and teeth as large as a great white shark and they have a relatively low number of teeth in the jaw."

Clinton said the species was relatively common around the Northland coast.

Source : www.stuff.co.nz



2018-10-18

Australian Paddler Loses the Back End of his Surf Ski in Shark Encounter

 

An Australian paddler lost the back end of his surf ski while paddling off the coast of Upolu, Samoa.

Andrew Wheatley was paddling off the south coast of the island of Upolu when he was lifted into the air by a sudden impact on the back of his vessel.

"I was going pretty fast, when I was lifted from behind, flung up and to the right," he said

He said he got back into the boat and began paddling back to shore as fast as he could, without too much thought to what might have happened, before he realized the boat was beginning to sink. He looked back and saw the tail end of his boat was gone. Due to the design of the vessel, he was able to make it back to shore despite his tail gone; however,  the journey back was slow going.

Wheatley escaped unharmed but regrets he was not paying proper heed to basic safety precautions. “Normally I paddle in a lifejacket, take a phone in a pouch and wouldn’t probably go out that far without going with someone,” he said.

Wheatley will continue to enjoy the ocean and encourages people to do the same. He said he has been paddling for nearly twenty years, all over the Pacific and has never seen a shark out in the waters, or even considered encountering one.

"It was just one of those one in a million chances, and you never think it will happen to you. I’ve known sharks are out there, I know I’m in their environment but really thought they don’t want anything to do with me," he said so keep on beaching safely!

Source: www.sobserver.ws



2018-10-11

Woman Knocked of Surf Board in Bethune Beach, FL

A woman was knocked off her board while surfing at Bethune Beach in New Smyrna Beach, Fl.

Kara Huan was in the water about 45 minutes when she felt something land on top of her. 

“I was laying on my board faced down, just looking out into the ocean waiting on the next wave, and it landed on top of me really, really heavy and hit me in the face and knocked me off my board”, said Haun. 

Huan struggled back to her board and waited a few minutes before paddling back to shore. Aside from a black eye and bruised body, Haun sustained no significant injuries.

Source: Daily Mail

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2018-10-10

Fisherman Bitten by Reef Shark in Queensland

A man was bitten while fishing in the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

A radio call was received around 6 am by Queensland Ambulance Rockhampton from a man fishing Swains Reef reporting he had been bitten by a reef shark. According to senior operations supervisor Brad Miers the 55-year-old man had been bitten on the upper arm around 5 pm the previous day leaving him to nurse his would for 12 hours before getting medical treatment from the ambulance crew. 

“He presented quite well but had a large bite to his left upper arm,” Mr Miers said.
“The man had caught a large reef shark and as he went to pull it onboard, the shark turned around and bit him on the arm.Despite the large wound to his upper arm, he is in a remarkable condition,” he said.

The unidentified man was treated by a critical care paramedic and transported in stable condition to Rockhampton Base Hospital.

Source: News.com.au



2018-09-29

Teen Bit by Shark in California

A 13-year-old boy is being treated for serious injuries after an encounter with a shark.

The unidentified boy was on a lobster diving trip with his church group off  Beacon's Beach in Encinitas when witness Chad Hammel heard cries from the boy saying he had been bit. 

“His group had been out diving for about a half hour that morning when they heard screaming. At first he thought it was the excited yell of a fellow lobster diver. But then, "I realized that he was yelling, 'I got bit! I got bit!'" Hammel said.

Hammel helped rescue the boy and bring him to safety on their kayak. As the group paddled to shore, Hammel turned around to a terrifying sight: "Once we threw him up on the kayak and started heading in, that's when I looked back, and the shark was behind the kayak. He didn't want to give up yet."

Once on shore, friends put pressure on the wounds while paramedics were called. He was then airlifted to Rady Children's Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgeries. The teen is in critical condition, but is expected to survive.

The shark is reported to be approximately 11 feet long and despite no other shark sightings, the beach was closed for 48 hours. 

Source: FOX5



2018-09-24

Woman Bitten by Shark while Spearfishing in the Bahamas

A 32-year-old woman was bitten by a shark while spearfishing in the Bahamas Sunday.

The unidentified woman was swimming to her boat with a speared fish when she was bitten on the left hand. The woman told authorities that she “isn't mad at the shark because getting attacked is a common risk with spearfishing."

She was flown by air ambulance to a Ft. Lauderdale hospital where she underwent treatment for severe trauma to her hand. 

Source: WFTV9



2018-09-21

Woman Bitten by Shark at Jax Beach-First Reported Bite of the Year

A woman was bitten by what was likely a shark in Jacksonville Beach. 

The unidentified woman was in waist deep water around 12th Avenue South when she was bitten by what is believed to be a small shark. At the time the water had low visibility, possibly causing the shark to misidentify its target. 

The woman was transported to a local hospital for treatment on cut wounds to her hand. 

Source: First Coast NBC News 



2018-09-20

2nd Shark Incident at Cid Harbour in 24 hrs

There has been a second shark incident in a 24 hour period at Cid Harbour in the Whitesunday Island.

A 12-year-old girl who goes unnamed was rescued by helicopter from Cid Harbour after being bitten Thursday afternoon. The young girl was flown to the Mackay Base Hospital and is listed in critical condition. She is schedule for surgery today.

Tracey Eastwick, an operations manager for Queensland Ambulance Service, said the situation was horrific.

"For us, as a community of paramedics, it is quite confronting to have two similar incidents in the space of less than 24 hours, The injuries today are again a shark maul bite to the patient's thigh area with significant blood loss and serious injuries. It was a wonderful job done by the first-aiders.They were very large wounds.She was bitten just below the groin." Eastwick said. 

Source: News.com.au



2018-09-19

Woman Severely Injured while Snorkeling in Cid Harbour, Queensland

A 46-year-old woman has been bitten by a shark while snorkeling Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays, Queensland. 

Justine Barwick, a Tansmanian tourist and mother of two, was pulled from the harbour water around 5:00 Wednesday evening after being bitten in the upper right leg. 

Dr. John Hadok was on a nearby boat when he heard people going from boat to boat looking for help for the screaming woman. Barwick’s husband and friend had pulled the woman onto the boat and were applying first aid when he arrived on scene. Dr. Hadok observed Barwick’s condition was extreme and she had lost a lot of blood. The doctor took over treatment until the rescue helicopter arrived. 

Barwick was transported to Mackay Base Hospital where she underwent surgery and transported to Brisbane for additional treatment on Thursday. She is listed in serious condition with severe wounds to her leg. 

Source: Mobil ABC Net. 



2018-09-15

26-Year-Old Man Dies from Shark Bite Wounds in Cape Cod

A 26-year-old man has died from a shark bite wound in Wellfleet Massachusetts. 

Arthur Medici was on his boogie board in waters about 300 yards south of Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet when witness Joe Booth said he was on shore when he “saw Medici aggressively kick something behind him and a flicker of a tail from the water”. Booth realized what the commotion was when he saw a man dragging his injured friend on shore. 

Many off duty life guards came to the medical attention of Medici applying tourniquets to stop the bleeding while others called 911. First responders performed CPR before he was transported to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis where Medici was pronounced dead. 

Footage from Sky 5 spotted a number of sharks in the area around two hours after the incident along with seals. Beaches will remain closed until further notice.

The incident is being investigated by State Police and Cap Cod District Attorney. 

Click Here to watch the news clip.

Source: WCVB5 News



2018-09-09

Surfer was Bitten on Ankle by Shark at Ponce Inlet

A surfer was bitten on the ankle by a shark and drove himself to the hospital Saturday afternoon, lifeguards said.

The 39-year-old Port Orange man was surfing near the Ponce Inlet Jetty shortly after 1:15 p.m. in New Smyrna Beach when he felt something chomp down on his ankle, according to Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue.

The man, whose name was not released, was not seriously injured and drove himself to the nearest hospital, lifeguards stated.

Source: www.nwfdailynews.com 



2018-09-08

Man Suffers Serious Shark Bite Injuries while Surfing in Honolulu

A 23-year-old man was seriously injured by a shark while surfing Laie Beach Park in Honolulu.

According to eyewitness, Ryan Hailstones, the unnamed man was sitting on his 8-foot board when he saw a fin going back and forth and the victim yelling out for help. There were several surfers in the area that came to his aid, using surfboard leashes as tourniquets. They assisted the man to shore where they called 911. 

Hailstones says the shark bit a large chunk of his elbow and wrist. "It looked like he was losing blood really quick and the tourniquet really helped."

Other witnesses tell me the victim was in good spirits when he left the scene. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition suffering two bites on his arm. One at his elbow and the other at his wrist. 

There are no reports as to the type of shark involved in the incident.

Source: Khon2



2018-09-07

Surfer Seriously Injured by Shark Bite in St. Lucie County Fl.

A 60-year-old man was seriously injured by a shark while surfing in St. Lucie County, FL.

According to St. Lucie County Fire District spokeswoman Brenda Stokes, fire crews responded to the report of a shark bite at the 900 block of Shorewinds Drive at 9:29 am.  The unidentified victim was surfing at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park when he suffered a sizable bite between the knee and ankle. 

The man was taken to a local trauma hospital and is in serious condition. 

Source: TCPalm 



2018-09-02

Fisherman Suffers Injury by Shark off the Coast of Cork

The man from Belfast sustained an injury to his lower arm when he was bitten by a Blue Shark while he was angling about 4 miles south of Roches Point.

Crosshaven RNLI were called to the scene at 6pm and launched a rescue lifeboat. Volunteers rushed to the scene where the man was given emergency treatment on the angling boat before being transferred to Cork University Hospital.

The RNLI, which also helped in the rescue, said the fisherman was involved in a violent "struggle".

The spokesman added: "This was more of an angling accident than a shark attack, there was a bit of a struggle when pulling the shark on board."

Click Here to watch the rescue video. 

Source: www.thesun.ie



2018-08-25

Boy Bumped in Chest by Shark in Huntington Beach CA

A 14-year-old boy encountered a shark while swimming off Huntington Beach in Southern California. 

The unidentified boy was swimming 25 feet off shore in 4 feet of water when he saw a dorsal fin approaching him. He felt the shark bump his chest, then watched its tail swim away. According to Lt. Claude Panis of the Huntington Beach Fire Department, “Based on the size of the fin, it was likely a juvenile between 5 and 8 feet long,” 

Although the boy was not hurt in the 8 p.m. encounter, the beach was closed around 10 p.m. and reopened the next morning after an inspection of the area by search and rescue vessel and police helicopter.

Source: The Sacramento Bee



2018-08-21

Kayak Bitten at Pokai Bay

A kayaker’s boat was nudged and bitten off Pokai Bay, HI.

An unidentified male was kayaking about 400-500 yards off shore. At approximately 10:15 a shark bumped and bit his boat. The kayaker reported the incident to ocean safety upon arriving back to shore at 12:30. 

No injuries were reported but ocean safety took precautionary measures by alerting beachgoers with posted signs and announcements. 

Source: Island News



2018-08-19

Teen Surfing in NC Bitten by Shark

The 14-year-old was surfing when the shark incident occurred just before 1 p.m., Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder stated.

The boy was in the area of the Dunes Club, near the Oceanana Pier, when he was bitten by the shark.

Snyder stated that the shark bit the teenager twice in his right leg.

The shark released the boy when “it realized it wasn’t a fish,” and the teen then swam to the shore, Snyder reported.

The 14-year-old suffered non-life threatening injuries, and he received stitches at an area hospital.

Source: www.thestate.com



2018-08-18

Man Possibly Bitten by Shark in Maryland

A man was bitten by what is thought to be a shark in Chesapeake Bay. 

Chris Bowden was returning from a paddleboarding trip in Edgewater. As he stepped off his board into around three feet of water he felt something bump his leg then felt a stinging sensation. Bowen said. "It just felt like something hit my leg, and I felt a weird, tingling feeling. I got out of the water and saw the blood running down my leg." 

After an examination of the 6-inch-wide wound and cleaning it up, Bowen felt pretty confident it looked like the teeth marks of a shark, but he wasn't completely sure.

"It could be something else," Bowen said. "I don't know what else it could be."

Some have argued the wound could be from a catfish, but that is unlikely because of how a catfish's teeth are posistioned in their mouth; they are sunken into the mouth and rather flat, unlike a shark's tooth. 

The Department of Natural Resources Fisheries officials will have a biologist look at Bowen's wound to determine what happened.

Source: wbaltv.com



2018-08-15

Man was Bitten by Shark at Long Nook Beach

A man was bitten by a shark at Long Nook Beach in Truro. The beach is on the Atlantic Ocean side of the peninsula.

The assistant harbormaster in Truro stated that the victim is a 61-year-old man. Gary Sharpless says the unidentified victim suffered puncture wounds to his torso and legs Wednesday afternoon.

The patient told first responders he was standing in the water about 30 yards offshore when the shark bit him.

Officials with the Cape Cod National Seashore said the location of the incident was approximately 300 yards south of Longnook Beach in Truro, within the boundary of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Beachgoers Kerstin Peter Leitner and Molly Tobin found the victim lying alone along the shore.

"He had a large wound in his lower left leg," Tobin, a graduate from the Boston College School of Nursing said.

"We grabbed all the towels that we could, put them on him to stop the bleeding," Kerstin Peter Leitner, another Boston College nursing school graduate said.

"Unfortunately, there's no cellphone service, so someone had to run up to a house to call 911," Tobin said.

A medical helicopter transported the victim to Tufts Medical Center in Boston. 

Officials closed Long Nook Beach to swimming until further notice. 

In the past decade or so, the Cape Cod region has seen an increase in its population of gray and harbor seals. The increased seal population has attracted great white sharks, which depend on seals as the staple of their diet.

Click Here to watch the video

Source: www.wcvb.com



2018-08-09

Man Bitten by Shark on Crystal Beach

A 42-year-old man from Brazoria County is in the hospital after possibly being bitten on Crystal Beach.

The incident happened around 10 a.m. this morning.

The Galveston County Sheriff said the man was swimming in the water along Stingaree Drive when he felt a tug. He was bitten above the knee on his right leg.

The victim is at UTMB hospital. He's expected to be okay.

At this time, the sheriff's office does not plan to close the beach.

Source: www.abc13.com



2018-08-06

Minor Bitten by Shark in North Carolina

A girl was bitten by a shark  in North Carolina, Sunday. 

The unidentified girl was swimming off Bald Island around 10:30 when a shark bit her on the right calf, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Her father took her from the sandbar to the beach using a surfboard where he reported the incident to 911. 

The juvenile whose name or age was not released, was taken New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for non-life threatening injuries. 

Source: Charlotte Observer

 



2018-08-05

Czech Tourist Killed by Shark in Egypt

A 41-year-old man was killed by a shark in Egypt.

The tourist from the Czech Republic was swimming off the coast of Marsa Alam, a small resort town on the Red Sea, when he was killed by the shark. The man was on holiday with his family when the incident occurred. 

There are no reports as to what kind of shark it was. 

We will update when more information is available.

Source: Egyptian Streets 



2018-08-02

Private Charter Deckhand Bitten by Sandbar Shark

A deckhand on a private charter boat was bitten by a sandbar shark. 

Mike Ruthenbeck was working as a member of the group when they hooked a shark and began reeling it in. As it was pulled to the side of the boat, Ruthenbeck grabbed the lead line and as he did the shark thrashed biting his left forearm. 

The charter captain immediately returned to shore where Ruthenbeck was transported by ambulance to the hospital. He underwent surgery to repair nerves, tendons and an artery.  

This shark incident took place on Apirl 28th, but wasn't reported until this week. 

This is would be considered a provoked incident. 

Source: Tracking Sharks



2018-07-31

14-Year-Old Bit by Shark at St. Augustine Beach

A 14-year-old boy was bitten on the hand while surfing at the St Augustine Pier. 

Hunter Hylton was putting surf wax into his pocket when he said he felt something slam into him."I didn't know what happened at first, and I pulled my hand out of the water and it was just gushing blood," he said.

Hylton was able to get to safety by riding a wave to shore where a lifeguard tended to his wounds.

"Once he started wrapping it up, afterwards I started feeling it -- hurting and just stinging a lot," he said.

Source: Action News Jax



2018-07-29

Shark Bites Hand In Shopping Mall Aquarium

The 6-year-old girl, who was identified by her nickname Xiao Li, was holding onto the edge of the open-top tank when the shark swam to the water's surface and bit her right hand.

Xiao Li's grandmother claimed the shark had jumped out of the water before biting the child. However, the authorities at the shopping mall insisted the 6-year-old had put her hand into the water.

“In the CCTV footage of the incident, the child is seen reaching into the water, which is why this has happened,” said the mall’s sales manager. “If you don’t put your hand in the water, a shark wouldn’t normally jump out and attack."

The video showed signs saying "Do not reach into the water," "Warm reminder to our dear customers: our aquarium has sharks, groupers, sea turtles and other types of aggressive of fish" and "Parents, please take good care of your children" placed around the tank.

Xiao Li was taken to Guizhou Orthopaedics Hospital by her family immediately. The mall has also agreed to pay for the girl's medical treatment.

Xiao Li's right hand reportedly had nine different cuts from the shark, while her index and little fingers were fractured with possible damage to nerves and tendons in the whole hand.

Source: www.ladbible.com



2018-07-24

Man Bitten by Nurse Shark while Trying to Release It

A man was bitten by a nurse shark while attempting to release from his fishing line.

On June 18th, Cody Wabiszewski who operates a site designed for anglers to share information on the best fishing spots and newest gear was fishing in the Flordia Keys when he snagged a nurse shark on his line.   

“I will say that I underestimated the shark’s suction power twice that day. First, I was just trying to get the shark to chase my bait which was a large dead mullet. It sucked in the large bait and got hooked more quickly than I expected,” said Wabiszewski.

Then he attempted to release the shark while still in the water, “This was a mistake because the shark was able to use the water suction to pull my fingers into its mouth.While trying to remove a circle hook with my index and thumb the shark sucked in my other three fingers and bit down. I could feel the teeth cut into my skin. My first thought was, nurse sharks do have teeth!”

This was a provoked incident that Wabiszewski takes full responsibility for. 

Click Here to watch the video. 

Source: Tracking Sharks



2018-07-18

Two Teens Suffer Shark Bites off Long Island, NY

Two teens have suffered bite wounds from what appears to be a shark. 

Shortly after noon 12-year-old Lola Pollina was wading in waist-deep water at Sailor Haven on Fire Island when she was she saw a three to four foot shark. "When I first got bit, I couldn’t feel it, so it didn’t hurt that bad" and that it wasn’t until lifeguards started dressing the wound that she winced. 

Shortly after the incident a 13-year-old boy was on his boogie board at Atlantique Beach on Fire Island. The unidentified boy was knocked off his board by a wave and was then bitten on the leg by another shark. The two beaches are several miles apart. 

Emergency medical workers removed a tooth from the boys leg while dressing a puncture wound. It is now being examined to determine whether or not it is from a shark. The boy was transported by police boat to a local hospital.

Beaches within the Town of Islip and all Fire Island National Seashore beaches are closed for at least the day in the wake of the incidents.

Source: ABC News



2018-07-17

Woman Injured While Surfing at Galveston Beach

 Laura Dean took her surfboard out before sundown just out past the jetties, near 38th Street in Galveston about 3 weeks ago.

"It just felt like something punched me in the leg really hard. I looked down because I thought I had run up against the jetty or something but I wasn't anywhere near it," Dean said.

Dean stated that when she looked down, she noticed her leg was bleeding. She believed it was a shark bite because she was swimming off of the coast and there was nothing visible in the water.

Once she got to the emergency room, 

"First, they asked me if I had been stabbed. Then I told them that it happened in the water and I wasn't sure what happened. They said it was obviously something really sharp and that I was lucky that it missed the tendon," Dean said.

Dean added, "I was surfing around 6, which is when the larger marine life becomes more active. I was taking a risk. It's a risk we all take. All of the time. Early morning or early evening. I wasn't surprised at all. I know what's out there."

"I can move around and everything. It's still difficult to bend it because it's still healing. I'm just looking forward to getting back into the water," she said.

After reviewing those pictures and hearing her story, SharkBytes is not convienced this was a shark incident. The injury she received to her leg does not appear to be consistent with normal shark bite wounds. 

Click Here to watch her news interview. 

Source:  www.click2houston.com

 

 



2018-07-16

Teen Bitten by Shark at Playalinda Beach, FL

A 14-year-old girl was bitten by what is believed to be a shark at Playalinda Beach.

According to Brevard County Fire Resue, the unidentified girl was airlifted to a trauma center for treatment after being bitten on Saturday.

There is no immediate word on the teen’s condition. 

Source: Florida Today

 



2018-07-16

Woman Bitten by Shark at Trinidad State Beach

A woman was bit by a shark at Trinidad State Beach Sunday.

At about 2:15 pm the 59-year-old Redding woman was standing in knee deep water trying to take a picture of a salmon shark when it bit her in the ankle. Eye witness Jason Self stated, "a lady got too close trying to take a photo, a wave came and washed [the shark] into her foot. Its gangly teeth cut her foot."

The unnamed woman was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for the bite wound to her ankle and some minor injuries she sustained while attempting to get away from the shark. 

SharkBytes considers this to be a provoked incident. 

Source: KRCR News

 



2018-07-13

Two Shark Bites within Minutes of Each Other at Fernandina Beach, Florida

Two people were bit by sharks minutes apart at Fernandina beach yesterday. 

A 30-year-old man was bitten around 3:35 and then minutes later at 3:38 approximately a mile south of the first incident a 17-year-old was bitten. 

Eye witness Tia Walker said of the 30-year-old, "He yelled, he like went down and he started hopping and he looked over at me and goes, 'I got bit, I got bit,' he started motioning toward the beach" 

While neither victim saw a shark, the fire department reported them as alleged shark bites. “Both patients are reportedly stable, with non-life-threatening injuries," the Fernandina Beach Fire Department said in a press release. "Neither patient could advise what type or size of marine life had caused their respective injuries."

Authorities said the Division of Ocean Rescue was monitoring for "dangerous marine life" and that swimming was prohibited "until further notice."



2018-07-11

Boy Bitten by Shark in New Smyrna, FL

A 14-year-old boy was bitten on the foot while surfing at New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

The unnamed boy was paddling in chest-deep water near the 27th Ave beach when he encountered the shark reported Capt. Tamra Malphurs of Beach Safety Ocean Rescue.

The boy sustained a minor cut to his foot.

Source: Orlando Sentinel



2018-07-09

California Instagram Model Bitten by Shark in Bahamas

Katarina Zarutskie, a 19-year-old nursing student and Instagram model from Laguna Beach, California, had been swimming with nurse sharks when one bit her arm and started to drag her under the water. 

"He had my wrist in his mouth and I could feel his teeth sinking into my arm," Zarutskie told NBC News on Monday. "I was pulled underwater for a few seconds and then ripped my wrist out of the shark’s mouth as fast as I could."

"My boyfriend’s family was freaking out when I went to swim with the sharks and I was like, 'it’s fine,'" she said.

According to David Hocher, who owns Staniel Cay marina, people do get bitten from time to time while around these sharks.

"These animals are considered quite docile but can and do bite on occasion," Hocher wrote in an email. "Normally when they mistake a hand or fingers for a piece of food."

Immediately after getting out of the water, Zarutskie went to a clinic at the marina and had her wound cleaned and wrapped. But after learning of the high risk of infection following a shark bite, Zarutskie decided to fly back to Florida the next day for further treatment.

"The doctors now believe that I still have pieces of the shark teeth in my arm and I will forever have a scar," said Zarutskie, who noted she was worried about the injury affecting her modeling career. But, she added, "I am so fortunate that I still have my arm and my life."

Souce: www.nbcnews.com



2018-07-08

Man Bitten while Snorkeling at State Park in Florida Keys

The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that a shark incident occurred at 1:30 p.m. in Key Largo at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. A 49-year-old Georgia man celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary was bitten while on a snorkeling trip in the Florida Keys.

"Within about 15 minutes of all the snorkelers going out there, I saw one of the snorkelers, a male, was waving his hands in distress," said a witness.

"He had indicated that it was a shark bite. Other passengers maybe mentioned a barracuda, but there were other snorkelers that said they did see sharks in the water," said the witness. 

One member of the boat crew jumped into the water to help the victim. The witness commended the captain and crew for keeping calm and getting the other people out of the water.

The man was transported to a local hospital, the U.S. Coast Guard stated that his condition is not yet known.

Click Here to watch the video. 

Source: www.nbcmiami.com

 



2018-07-03

Girl Bitten by Shark at Myrtle Beach

Updated: 7/5/18

While swimming close to Pier 14 near downtown Myrtle Beach on Monday, 11-year-old Peyton Force was bitten by a shark.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Peyton and her family about her shark incident that took place on Monday the 2nd.

The family was very thankful knowing things could have been much worse. Peyton’s father was just feet away and rushed to his daughter as quickly as he could when the incident took place.

“To see it happen and to be that close and to see the tail of shark flapping next to your daughter, it was the most terrifying event of my life,” said David Force.

“The lifeguard by our station was there within seconds but it seemed like forever. Also, a nurse vacationing on the same beach helped give emergency treatment." stated David.

“So I was just waiting for a wave on my boogie board; then a shark came up and just bit my leg. At first I felt pressure then a tug and lots of pain,” said Peyton. She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after suffering several dozen punctures on her leg.

Peyton told me that despite her injuries, she considers herself lucky and won’t let this keep her from getting back in the ocean. 

“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal because people have gone through way worse with sharks. Next year, when we come down on vacation I plan on going back in,” said Peyton. 

“I’m just trying to be positive and make light out of it because I don’t want to be negative about it. I don't blame the shark. I was in its envirornment," Peyton stated.

I was very impressed with how well this young girl handle this very scary incident. 

And as for summer, back to school stories, “I think she’s going to be king of the storytelling for a long time; hopefully that’s the biggest story ever.” said David.

The Force family would like to thank all the lifeguards and first responders who helped Peyton after her shark incident.

Click Here to watch a video of Peyton's first time returning to the same spot where she was bitten on Monday. 

 



2018-06-30

Woman gets Finger Bitten by Nurse Shark

A Perth woman was bitten on the finger while cruising the Kimberley, Western Australia.

Melissa Brunning was on a friend’s superyacht when she was given the opportunity to feed a tawny nurse shark. Brunning attempted to hand feed the 6-foot shark when it bit her finger. Brunning said the suction forced her finger into the shark’s row of razor sharp teeth. She said with the intense pressure she felt she feared she had lost her finger.  

Brunning chose to continue her vacation and sought out medical help upon returning from her trip. She had surgery to flush out infection and xrays revealed a fracture and torn ligament. Brunning is being treated with antibiotics.

Click Here to watch the video of the incident.

Source: Perth Now



2018-06-28

Woman Encounters Great White on Canoe

Lifeguards in Oceanside are investigating a woman’s outrigger canoe possibly getting bit by a shark in California. 

Julie Wolfe was approximately two miles off the coast of Oceanside Habor when she felt something hit the bottom of her canoe. She said, “Like a car had hit me, and I knew right away what it was. I wasn’t sure if it was chasing me, so I was paddling real fast. And then about a minute into my paddle, I felt a tug," she said. "I felt it tug on my paddle, and that’s when I screamed like a little girl.”

Wolfe was able to make it back to shore despite her canoe taking on water.

Experts told Wolfe she was more than likely in the shark’s feeding area and based on information provided it was probably a 11-12 foot great white. 

Source: 10 News



2018-06-20

11-Year-Old Girl from Tennessee Biten by Shark in GA

An 11-year-old girl was bitten by what is believed to be a sand shark in St. Simons Island.

McNeely of Knoxville, Georgia was vacationing with her family when she was bitten on the leg while standing in waist-deep waters off the Southeast coast. McNeely said she didn’t see the shark so has no idea how big it was. McNeely recounted, “I was walking back and I see my mom wailing her arms. I thought, ‘What is my mom acting so dramatic about?’”

The girl was treated by a doctor and released. The wounds were thought to be exploratory bites. 

McNeely returned to the beach the next day but sat under an umbrella per doctor’s orders stay to out of the water until her wounds heal.

Source: news4jax



2018-06-14

Pete Wicks Bitten by Shark while Filming Celebrity Island

Towie star Pete Wicks was bitten by a shark while filming for the upcoming series of Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls.

Pete was fishing for food on the show in which celebrities are left on an uninhabited island in the Pacific.

A source said, "Pete and the rest of the Islanders were checking their fishing nets when he was bitten by the shark. It just came out of nowhere and bit his hand.”

"It was terrifying – there was blood everywhere and everyone was panicking and trying to run out of the water."

Medical professionals were able to take care of the 29-year-old tattooed star on the island.

This year's Celebrity Island contestants have just returned home from filming, with the show set to air in the autumn.

Source: www.ok.co.uk



2018-06-10

Man Injured While Surfing in Hawaii

A 48-year-old man was bitten by what is believed to be a shark in Hawaii.

The man was surfing off shore Hau Bush in Ewa Beach when he was bitten on his lower left leg. 

Honolulu EMS responded to the call around 9:00 am. They treated the unidentified man for wounds consistent with a shark bite and transported him to the emergency room where he is in serious condition.

The beach remains open; however, warning signs were posted and will remain up through Sunday. 

Source: Star Advertiser 

 



2018-06-05

Shark Bites Surf Board in Australia

Surfer Board Bitten by Shark in Australia

A shark left one of its teeth in the board of a surfer over the weekend in what police believe to have been Flat Rock. Ballina police are investigating the incident in addition to the Department of Primary Industries which is now assessing the tooth and board to identify the shark and size of species.

Source: Northern Star



2018-06-04

Man Critically Injured by Shark in Brazi

Update:  After having emergency surgery to amputate his leg as a result of injuries sustained from this incident, Jose Ernestor da Silva died Monday night. Our thoughts are with the family.

18 year-old Jose Ernestor da Silva was swimming at Piedade Beach near Recife when he was bitten in the groin and upper thigh, losing his penis and part of his thigh. The man was swimming with his brother and a few others.  When the group gradually drifted farther away from shore, they had been told by lifeguards to come closer and that is when Ernestor da Silva was bitten by a tiger shark. 

After being dragged ashore by lifeguards, onlookers attempted to help him while waiting for medics to arrive. One man applied pressure to his wound until Ernestor da Silva was rushed to the hospital. It is reported he suffered two heart attacks before arriving in critical condition. 

Local tending medic, Wanger Monteiro said, “The shark bite amputated his femur and his penis. He last a lot of blood and is critical condition.” The victim has since undergone emergency surgery and remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Source: LAD Bible 



2018-05-29

Man Bitten by Lemon Shark in Ponce Inlet, Florida

A a Mount Dora man was bitten on the foot while fishing at Ponce Inlet.

The 52-year-old man was fishing at Lighthouse Point Park in Ponce Inlet when he caught a three foot lemon shark. When he released the shark it swam around and bit the man on his foot. 

Injuries were minor and the man was not treated at the hospital. 

We consider this a provoked incident.

Source: WFTV



2018-05-28

Boy Bitten by Shark in Cocoa Beach Florida

15-year-old Cody High, of San Angelo, Texas was walking in knee-deep water at Cocoa Beach when he was bitten by a 6-foot bull shark.

The Cody was outside the lifeguard zones near Cocoa Beach Pier and Shepard Park when he suffered a bite to his lower left calf just after 5 p.m. Saturday. He was assisted by a Cocoa Beach police officer to the boardwalk where they were met by Brevard County Fire Rescue. 

Cody was then taken to Cape Canaveral Hospital for treatment.  

Source: Brevard TImes



2018-05-26

12 Year's Old Foot Bitten at Daytona Beach

A 12-year-old boy was bitten on the foot by something, possibly a shark, while bathing on Daytona Beach Saturday afternoon, Volusia County Beach Safety officials stated. 

The Gainesville boy was standing in waist-deep water around 2 pm at a beach along the 200 block of North Ocean Avenue when something bit him on the foot, “presumably a shark,” officials said. 

The boy’s injury was minor, but he was transported to a nearby hospital as a precaution. 

We will update when more information is known. 

Source: www.wftv.com

 

 



2018-05-25

Aquarium Employee Bitten by Reef Shark in Queensland

An employee of Cairns Aquarium in Queensland was bitten by a reef shark during feeding time.
As the 32-year-old-man held out the stick used to feed the shark, a reef shark new to the aquarium bit the wrong end of the stick sinking its teeth into the man’s hand. 

Although the wound was not thought to be substantial, the man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he had undergone surgery, mainly to clean the wound. 

General manager Julie Cullen said the aquarium would review its procedures. The incident is under investigation by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

Source: ABC News Australia



2018-05-21

Child Bitten by Shark on the Isle of Palms, SC

A child has been bitten by a shark on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina. 

Emergency personal including officers, firefighters and EMS were dispatched to Palm Boulevard and 30th Avenue around 4:30 pm to tend to a child who was bitten in the calf and foot. 

The unidentified child was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Remaining details are limited but according to Mayor Jimmy Carroll the child’s injuries were not serious. 

Source: The Post and Courier



2018-05-17

New Zealand Prime Minister Husband has Shark Encounter

Clarke Gayford, the partner of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, has revealed how he fought off a shark with a pole while diving off Auckland.

Gayford was very surprised to see that a dolphin was swimming in the background.

"Instead of launching a Flipper-style rescue to chase off the shark, the dolphin was content to watch the underwater drama unfold from a distance. So it turns out that not only do Dolphins not help, they actually quite like watching.  A childhood myth is ruined." Gayford Stated.  

He and his cameraman were concentrating on filming bottle-nosed dolphins and false killer whales off Great Barrier Island near Auckland.

"They were feeding on kingfish and had been tearing some large ones in half and putting blood in the water, which attracted several large bronze whaler sharks," Gayford said.

"I got in the water and they turned their attention on me, I had to fend the large one pictured off with a pole several times, as it was getting quite agitated.

"We got out not long afterwards."

SharkBytes would like everyone to remember that the presence of porpoises does not indicate the absence of sharks, as they both often eat the same prey. 

Source: www.enca.com

 



2018-05-14

Fisherman Bitten by Porbeagle Shark off the Cornish Coast

 A fisherman was bitten by a shark while fishing off the off the coast of Isles of Scilly. 

Max Berryman was about 110 miles off shore when the 21-year old was bit while trying free the shark that had been tangled in the vessel’s fishing net. Crew members tended to wounds while they waited for a helicopter to transport Berryman to a hospital in Truro. The rescue can be seen on video.  

Berryman sustained four or five cuts below the knee by what is believed to be a porbeagle shark which is closely related to the great white.

This is considered a provoked incident.

Source: The Sun 

 



2018-05-13

Boy Bitten by Shark in Hilton Head

A 10-year-old-boy was bitten in the arm while swimming in shallow water around 3 p.m. Sunday at Palmetto Dunes. The boy was in front of the Disney Beach House at the time of the incident.

The unidentified boy was airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah where he was treated for a severe laceration to the arm.

Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue spokeswoman Fire Marshal Joheida Fister confirmed the incident occurred in the ocean but did not know the cause of the injury; however, Mike Wagner, operations manager for Hilton Head Island Shore Beach Service stated it was “very likely a shark bite”. A shark was reportedly in the water Thursday which evacutated swimmers to the shore for a short time. 

Source: Island Packet



2018-05-12

Shark Incident at Junior Surfer Event

A junior surfing event was cancelled due to safety concerns following a shark incident. 

Around 1100 am at Nahoon Beach, a junior surfing event was underway when a male surfer had reportedly been bumped off a surf board and bitten by a shark.

Eye witnesses report that the man was paddling just past Pinnacle when he was launched almost a meter in the air out in the packed line-up.

Luckily his board took the brunt of the damage from the impact. The surfer was eventually transported to hospital by private vehicle. He reportedly only sustained minor injuries to the side of his body.

Buffalo City Metro Municipality recreation manager Allen Zealand stated, "They will carry on tomorrow. According to procedure, we close the beach for public safety because the shark might be there for some time before it moves on so we do not want to open the beach when we know there is a shark roaming around."

Bathers and surfers have been encouraged not to enter the water as a precautionary measure for the time being.

Source: www.talkofthetown.co.za



2018-05-09

Possible Shark Incident at Sharpes Beach Australia

A surfer’s board has possibly been bitten by a shark at Sharpes Beach, Australia. 

Phillip Woolfe posted a picture on social media of the unidentified man’s short board showing a chunk out of it that is consistent with a shark bite.  Wolfe did not speak with the owner of the board but did warn a few people who were considering going into the water. In a photo shared on the Richmond Police District’s Facebook page of board, there is what appears to be a fin. 

Senior constable David Henderson said police were still working to confirm whether there had been a shark-related incident at Sharpes Beach yesterday morning. "We don't know if it's real or not," Sen Const Henderson said.

Police are asking anyone who had seen a shark or has information regarding the incident to contact the Ballina Police. 

Source: Northern Star



2018-04-30

Second Tourist Bit by Shark in Thailand

A Tourist from South Korea has been bitten by a shark in the Hau Hin area in Thailand where two weeks ago a Norwegian was bitten.

It is believed that the unidentified victim was swimming off the Sai Noi beach despite warning signs forbidding it.

The shark bite was confirmed by deputy govenor; however, injuries are not thought to be serious and apparently the victim did  not seek hospital treatment. 

Source: Thai Visa



2018-04-28

Third Surfer knocked off his Board in Australia

A third person has been knock off their surfboard this week in Western Australia.

An unnamed man was surfing around 5 o'clock and about 50 yards off shore at Greary’s Beach in Mandurah when he was bumped by a shark. Fisheries WA said the surfer described the incident as a 'very solid bump'.

Although the surfer was not hurt in the incident, authorities shut down the beach.

Source: Perth Now



2018-04-25

Man Knocked from His Surfboard by Shark at Surfers Point

Authorities closed beaches today for a second time in a two day period due to shark actvity today in WA.

Today around 1 p.m., an unidentified man was paddling out at Surfers Point at Prevelly in Margaret River when a shark approximately 6 feet long knocked him from his surfboard.

The first incident happened on Tuesday when beachgoers were ordered out of the water at Meelup Beach, north of Dunsborough after shark approximately 11 feet in length was spotted about 50 yards off shore.

There were no injures reported in either incident  

Source: Perth Now



2018-04-23

Fisherman Bitten by Tiger Shark in Maldives

A fisherman was bitten by a tiger shark while fishing off the coast of A.A. Madoogali, Maldives.

Details of this incident are limited but what we do know is the unidentified man was in a fishing boat to catch yellow fin tuna when the incident took place.

Reports state that the fisherman suffered extensive injuries to his leg which he was treated for at A.A. Ukulhas.

Source: Sun Media Group 



2018-04-22

Paddler Encounters Great White at Robberg Beach

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) at Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated at about 9.40am following  reports of a man being bumped off his paddle ski at Robberg Beach by a shark that had breached from underneath the paddle ski and bit a hole in it, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander Robbie Gibson stated.

"On arrival on the scene we found a 33-year-old local man safe ashore after a shark, reported to be approximately a 2.5 meter white shark, bit a hole underneath the hull of the man's paddle ski while he was paddling."

The shark encounter caused the man to lose his balance and end up in the water. He swam to shore, climbing on to rocks and was not injured. NSRI recovered his paddle ski from the water and transported him to Wreck Beach where his car was parked. He received no medical attention.

"NSRI urge bathers and paddlers to be alert, particularly at this time of the year, where it is known that sharks tend to come closer inshore to feed as part of their natural feeding habits," Gibson said. 

Source www.iol.co.za



2018-04-22

Paddlerboarder has Great White Encounter

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) at Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated at about 9.40am following  reports of a man being bumped off his paddle ski at Robberg Beach by a shark that had breached from underneath the paddle ski and bit a hole in it, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander Robbie Gibson stated.

"On arrival on the scene we found a 33-year-old local man safe ashore after a shark, reported to be approximately a 2.5 metre white shark, bit a hole underneath the hull of the man's paddle ski while he was paddling."

The shark encounter caused the man to lose his balance and end up in the water. He swam to shore, climbing on to rocks and was not injured. NSRI recovered his paddle ski from the water and transported him to Wreck Beach where his car was parked. He received no medical attention.

"NSRI urge bathers and paddlers to be alert, particularly at this time of the year, where it is known that sharks tend to come closer inshore to feed as part of their natural feeding habits," Gibson said. 



2018-04-19

Colorado Man Bitten by Shark while Surfing in Hawaii

A Colorado man was bitten by a shark while surfing in Hawaii.

29-year-old Dylan McWilliams was surfing in Keoneloa Bay around 7:30 a.m. when he was bitten in the leg while floating north of Shipwreck’s Beach. McWilliams stated to a beachgoer said he was floating on his board when a shark circled and came back at him. He was able to fend off the shark with a lot of splashing and punching.

Reported by beachgoers, McWilliams suffered three small puncture wounds. Emergency responders treated the wounds to stop the bleeding. He was then taken by private vehicle to obtain medical care.

Source: The Garden Island



2018-04-17

Man Loses Leg in Shark Incident

Pablo de Melo had to have his leg amputated after a shark caused servere injuries to his limbs while he was swimming in waist-deep water off Piedade beach in Recife, Brazil.

It is believed Melo, 34, only survived because two men, who were in the water nearby, risked their own lives by bravely chasing off the shark and hauling him out of the water to safety.

A team of lifeguards and fire officers admistered first aid before the victim was airlifted to Restoration Hospital for emergency surgery.

Doctors reported the tourist, who was vacationing with his family, underwent a four-hour-long operation.

A spokesperson from Pernambuco health department said surgeons could not save his right leg even after a four hour long operation due to the severity of the wounds.

Witness Maria Lourenço, 57, a beach snack seller, stated, "Someone started shouting shark, shark" because they said they had seen a shark fin.They tried to alert people in the water and particularly this man, who was near where the shark appeared but he didn’t have time to get out of the water before he was attacked many times."

He has been transferred to intensive caee on life suport and remains in serious condition. 

Click here to watch video (warning graphic)

 

 



2018-04-16

2 Shark Incidents at Gracetown in Same Day

A second man has been bitten by a shark in the same day in Gracetown.

41-year-old Jason Longgrass stated that he had not realized the beach was closed. He was surfing around 2:40 p.m. when he saw a "white pointer" aproxamately 4 years long coming towards him.

Paramedics were able to treat the Longgreass at the beach for what was reported as large gash to his right leg thigh.

"Happy to be alive," Jason told bystanders who asked if he was okay. The man insisted he could drive himself to a hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition.

A member of the public reported an unknown species of shark off Cobblestones just moments after the first incident, and the Surf Life Saving Westpac helicopter reported a four-year shark just after 10 a.m. near the Lefthanders surf spot.

The incidents occured in the midst of the Margaret Rivers Pro surfing competition which has been delayed again until officials can deem the water safe. 

Click here to watch the news video on both incidents.

Source: World Surf League



2018-04-15

Surfer Bitten by Shark in Gracetown

A surfer was biten by a shark off southwestern Australia and managed to swim to shore despite serious injuries to both of his legs. 

Alejandro Travaglini was surfing at Gracetown around 8 a.m. when he was bitten, St. John Ambulance spokesman Dennis Bertoldo said.

 The Argentinian-born 37-year-old was treated on the beach by paramedics before he was flown by helicopter 160 miles to a hospital in the city of Perth.

The hospital described his condition as stable.

The shark incident prompted the World Surf League to postpone the nearby Margaret River Pro international surfing contest for about an hour.

Source: wwwcbsnews.com



2018-04-08

12-Year-Old Boy from Scotland Bitten in Bahamas

A 12-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while vacationing in the Bahamas.

Shane McConnell, from Scotland, was in the Bahamas with his family when they decided to take a trip to Bimini which is in the westernmost district of the Bahamas. While walking on a dock, McConnell fell into the water. As the boy struggled to get out of the water, a bull shark bit him on his left foot.

I think, when I was swimming, it sort of bit me while I was pulling my legs in, and it came out and then swam away,” said McConnell.

McConnell was taken to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery to repair the badly damaged foot. The boy’s father said his son never showed any fear.

It was two and a half hours of putting stitches in. Never flinched, never flinched once,” said James McConnell. “He was so brave. He just kept on chatting and kept on smiling. He was reassuring everybody else; he was saying, ‘Don’t worry, I’m going to be fine.

The attending doctors say he should make a good recover and will be up and walking within a week.

7 News Miami


 



2018-04-03

Surfer Bitten by Shark in South Africa

A 19-year-old man was bitten by a shark while surfing at  Cape St Francis Beach, South Africa.

At approximately 3:00 pm the unidentified man was surfing near the shore when he suffered a bite wound to his knee. According to Stuart Obray of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) a crew responded to reports and found the victim on the beach after friends and fellow surfers helped him out of the water. Municipal lifeguards had begun treating the patient for shock and lacerations to his left leg, particularly the knee. NSRI medics and doctor assisted in treating the patient until he was transported by way of ambulance to a local hospital.

"NSRI medics and our local doctor assisted the lifeguards treating the patient.Private Care ambulance services were summoned and the patient has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by Private care ambulance and he is accompanied by family members," Obray said.

The shark species in unknown at this time; however, Obray stated according to the size of the wounds it was a relatively small shark.

Authorities are discouraging people from entering the water at this time.

 



2018-04-01

Man Bitten by Shark while Paddleboarding in Hawaii

A 25-year-old man is in critical condition after being bitten by a shark in Hawaii yesterday.

The unidentified man was stand up paddleboarding approximately 150 yards off shore at 9:30 a.m. at Kukio Beach in Kona, when he was bumped off his board. There was no lifeguards on duty but a private safety team was on duty that came to the aid of the victim.

Fire Captain Michael Grace reported, "Apparently they had heard a scream from the ocean and they took a four-man canoe out to find a male individual who had been bumped off his paddle board about 100-150 yards offshore. They recovered him from the ocean. He had injuries to his right side extremities."  

Upon getting the victim to shore, people on the beach were able to apply multiple tourniquets to his right arm and leg before paramedics arrived.

The victim was then flown to North Hawaii Community Hospital where he underwent surgery for multiple injuries and remains in critical condition.

Source: Fox News



2018-03-15

2 Boys Bitten at Watermans Bay Beach

Two boys were bitten by what has been determined by the Department of Fisheries to be a “marine animal”, although a mother of one of the boys believes the bite to be from a shark.

Finn Lydon-James and Luke Guy were wrestling in waist deep water when they were bit by something.

Luke said he thought his friend, Finn, had kicked him when he felt a “big hard pinch” as they played in the water just off shore. As they emerged from the water they “saw all this blood and thought it was a shark, ‘cause it looks like a shark bite,” Finn said.

Kellie Lyndon-James, Finn’s mother is n agreement with her son, “To me, looking at the teeth marks, I’m not sure what else (other than a shark),” she said.

Despite the fisheries conclusion, marine expert Hugh Edwards believes the bite marks appear to be from a wobbegong.

"One of their means of defence is to stay exactly where they are. So if you tread on it then you might get bitten and I would imagine that's probably what's happened,” he said.

“The boys were very lucky because normally a wobbegong has got very sharp teeth and the wounds could have been a lot more serious than they were.” 

The boys sustained minor injuries and were able to return to school. 



2018-03-09

Shark Nips Surfer at Bells Beach

Lachie Brown was surfing near Bells Beach when a 1.8-meter shark took a nip at his ankle.

Bells Beach is a coastal locality of Victoria, in Surf Coast Shire and a renowned surf beach, located 100 km southwest of Melbourne.

Lachie stated, "It came up beside me when I was sitting out there and I saw it right at my ankle and its whole body was alongside so I was just slapping at it." 

"It was pretty scary because when I was paddling in, it kept moving around me," he said.

A small hole was punctured in his wetsuit, but the 18 year old could not be deterred and returned to the surf.

Victoria's Life Saving crew reported that it was highly unlikely that the same shark was involved in both incidents that occured today.

Click Here to watch the interveiw from both incidents that happened on Friday.

Source: www.9news.com.au



2018-03-08

Shark Incident at Lorne on Victoria

Rob Crossland had a close encounter with a 3.5 metre shark at Lorne on Victoria's Surf Coast at 3.30pm on Friday.

Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. It is situated about the Erskine River and is a popular destination on the Great Ocean Road tourist route. 

Here is Rob description of the incident, "First thing I saw was the fin, it circled around me then came straight at me." 

"I was just treading water, waiting for it each time, six or seven times, just punched it each time, swam around, came back and I was waiting for the jaw to open," Mr Crossland told the local new station.  

Mr Crossland also believes that his bright pink board shorts made him stand out in the ocean, so he didn't resemble a seal to the shark.

The 69-year-old escaped injury and was back in the water the next day, providing children with tips on how to surive a shark incident.

"You never swim away from it because that's when they come after you," he told onlookers at the pier during an interview.

Source: www.9news.com.au

 

 

 

 

 



2018-02-23

Woman Suffers Severe Lacerations from Shark Bite at Congwong Beach AU

A 50-year-old woman has been bitten by a shark while swimming at Congwong Beach, AU.

The unnamed woman was swimming around 7:00 pm when she was severely injured by what is believed to be a shark, although the species type is undetermined at this time.

Parmedics treated the woman at the scene before transporting her to St George Hospital where she is reported in stable condition.

Lindsay Shurey, Mayor of Randwick City stated the community is in shock following the incident, “I’ve lived in the area for 25 years and this is the first confirmed shark [incident] in Randwick City. We are all a little shocked and concerned.”

Beaches in the area will be closed until further notice.

Source: abc.net.au

 



2018-02-16

Kiama Man Bitten by Bull Shark

Adam Hoare, 35, was injured by the 2-meter shark after taking his young children to a beach on Thursday in Kiama, south of Sydney.

He had just sent his kids, aged three and six, back to shore when the shark knocked him off his feet in shallow waters at Surf beach.

"I felt like I was hit with a sledgehammer in the leg. It was like falling on a slippery rock, it was that solid, It just sort of went underneath and it was gone... I was like my foot's still there, so it's all good", he said.

 Just a few minutes prior to the shark encounter, he had been holding his daughter April's hand in the exact same location the shark punctured him.

His children went back to shore and Mr Hoare stayed in, diving under two waves.  

Large tuna fish were swimming in the water and Mr Hoare believes  the shark was targeting the fish, not him. 

Lifeguards and ambulance officers treated Mr Hoare at the scene and from there he was sent to the local hospital for further treatment. Since then he has been released and is recovering well at home. 

Source: THe Daily Mail & Tracking Sharks

 

 

 



2018-02-06

London Man Bitten by Shark in Galapagos Islands

A 45-year-old London man suffered a bite wound while snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands.

Andrew Phipps Newman was on his final snorkeling excursion of the trip when he felt a “huge force” clamp down on his leg. Newman turned to see a shark approximately 12 ft in length with his foot in its mouth.

“His eyes were no more than a metre away from me - this massive shark head with white eyes,” he said. “We were just staring at each other with my whole foot in its mouth. He wouldn’t let go.”

Newman punched the shark in the face several times before it let go. A fellow traveller pushed him onto some rocks and had him keep his foot out of the water.

“Half of my foot looked like it was hanging off,” he said. “I didn’t feel any pain when I saw my bones and tendons.. I could just see the blood pumping.”

After returning safely to the boat, Newman endured a 3 hour trip before getting to land. Fortunately one of the passengers on the boat was a doctor who treated the wounds and controlled bleeding.

Upon arriving on the island of San Cristobal, Newman underwent surgery to reattach severed ligaments. He is scheduled to fly back to London where he will need further treatment.

Source: Evening Standard

 



2018-02-02

Boy Fends Off Shark with a Gidgee

A Falcon teenager fended off a grey nurse shark  at Avalon Beach yesterday evening.

Lucas Martin (14) was spearfishing with friends at about 5.30pm when he saw a black shadow speeding towards him.

"I had just pulled a cod off my gidgee and it was racing at me.  I knew not to turn my back on the shark. It came towards me face to face. I poked its nose with my gidgee and it swam away. I got a proper view as it left." Lucas stated.

Lucas thinks the shark took off to get his discarded fish, which leads us to believe that the shark was after his fish the whole time.

Lucas quickly got onto the reef and called out "shark" to alert his friend's father on the shore and a 12-year-old boy who was still in the water.

Everyone got out of the water without injury.

Despite his close encounter with a shark, Lucas stated that he would still go spearfishing, just not in the same place.

Source: www.communitynews.com.au



2018-01-28

Man Bitten by Shark in Western Australia

While working in a remote barramundi (asian sea bass) farm in northern Western Australia an 18-year-old suffered two bites to his right leg, one to the thigh and one to the lower leg.

The man was working on the farm in Cone Bay, north of Broome in the Buccaneer Archipelago, when he was confronted by a bull shark.

A spokeswoman said the man was being treated in the local Derby Hospital.

He is scheduled to be transported from Derby Hospital to Royal Perth Hospital tomorrow morning as he may need surgery due to tendon damage.

We will update the incident when more information becomes available.

Source : http://www.abc.net.au



2018-01-18

Surfer Bitten in Brazil

A 20-year-old surfer has been bitten by a shark in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil.

Ricardo Ferrari Bulhoes surfaced in Praia da Conceicao after falling off his board with the bite wound to his arm. Bulhoes stated, "I was surfing, I fell and I felt a tug, it did not hurt, it was another pressure." 

The surfer was rescued by the island's tour guide, Jefferson Cachorrinho. "I saw the boy leave the beach with his arm bleeding, I thought it was a cut with the keel of the board, then I saw it was a bite”, said the guide.

Bulhoes was taken to nearby Hospital Sao Lucas where he was treated and released after receiving 15 stitches.

While it was determined to be a shark bite, it is unreported as to what kind of shark was involved in the incident.

Source: Living Noronha



2018-01-15

Man Looses Fin to Great White in Wollongong's Five Islands

A free diver managed to swim away unharmed after great white shark removed the fin from his foot, in waters off Wollongong’s Five Islands.

Callum Stewart and another couple were making their way to the suface off Martin Island when what he thought to be a seal bump him from behind. The blow knocked him upward as he felt something brush against his left arm.

Stewart recounts, "I turned around to have a look and that's when I saw it was a shark. It did a full 180-degree turn and came back to look at me. That's probably the point I realized I might be in trouble. The most amazing memory I have is looking this thing dead in the eye, and wondering if that was the last thing I'm going to see. I was kind of caught up in the beauty of it. I realized later, it had my fin in its mouth."

Once at the surface the divers scrambled onto rocks as to exit the water quickly. 

Stewart sustained no injuries from the shark, although he reported soreness to his left side in the aftermath of the encounter, and attributes a bruise on his buttock to the initial blow he received. Other injuries, including scrapes that caused punctures to his wetsuit, may be the result of his scramble onto rocks, he says. 

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald  



2018-01-13

Authorities Investigating Possible Shark Incident in Port Kembla NSW

Police in New South Whales are investigating a possible shark incident in the Port Kembla and Windang area.

It is suspected a person who was snorkeling off one of the Five Islands was bitten by a shark around 2 p.m. It is understood no medical treatment was necessary but authorities are trying to determine if the person involved is okay.

We will give an update as more information becomes available.

Source: Illawarra Mercury News

 

 



2018-01-10

Marie Biologist Protected from Tiger Shark by Whale

 

A biologist was protected from a potential shark incident while snorkeling in the South Pacific.

Nan Hauser, a whale biologist and Brunswick native was snorkeling alongside a 50,000-pound whale when a tiger shark prompted the whale to protect the 63-year-old woman. Footage shows the whale began nudging her with its head, tucking her under its pectoral fin and lifting her out of the water.

Hauser stated, “I’ve spent 28 years underwater with whales, and have never had a whale so tactile and so insistent on putting me on his head, or belly, or back, or, most of all, trying to tuck me under his huge pectoral fin, I never took my eyes off him which is why I didn’t see the shark right away.”

The incident took place in October but is just surfacing on the social media now.

Hauser believes that thanks to the whale, she was not injured in the encounter. 

Source: Bangor Daily News  



2018-01-05

Man Suffers Bite Wounds while Surfing in Gracetown AU

A man suffered bite wounds while surfing in Gracetown AU.

The unnamed man was surfing when a shark bit him. It is unknown as to the species although it is thought to have been a small whaler or wobbegong.

Shark warning signs have been posted and authorities are monitoring the situation.

Source: Busselton Mail



2017-12-31

Woman Seriously Injured by Shark in Hawaii

A woman in her 50s was severely injured while surfing on Oahu’s North Shore, Hawaii.

According to reports from the city Department of Emergency Services, Marjorie Marianoa was surfing around 6 pm Sunday at Laniakea Beach when she suffered serious injury to her leg. Bystanders helped her to shore and she was taken to the hospital.

She was paddling back to the beach, when the shark incident takes place.

A nearby surfer who witness the incident stated, "When she realized she was bitten, she started to pull her leg out of the shark's mouth and kick it with her other leg as she was being shaken. She was fighting the shark, she could see most of its head, eyes, and body out of the water."

Marjorie was taken to Queens Hospital in Honolulu, where she underwent emergency surgery. She received more than 100 stitches on her thigh and behind her knee. She had a major artery lacerated and would most likely have bled to death if one of the two surfers who helped her to shore didn't immediately used his leash as a tourniquet and apply direct pressure to the wound.

Marjorie is now stable condition and expected to recover from her injuries.

After assessing the beach, Ocean Safety lifeguards posted shark warning signs.

Source: Hawaii News Now



2017-12-30

Shark bite at Point Reyes National Seashore

A shark bit a surfer on the foot at a Point Reyes National Seashore estuary on Saturday, prompting park officials to close that section of water.

The shark incident occurred near the mouth of Drakes Estero, a 2,500-acre estuary complex of five branching bays, according to the National Park Service. Drakes Estero is an expansive estuary in the Point Reyes National Seashore of Marin County on the Pacific coast of northern California in the United States, approximately 25 miles northwest of San Francisco.

Park officers have not immediately disclosed the identity of the surfer or the severity of his injury.

Entering the water around the area is still banned, officials said. There was no estimated date of reopening.

Source: www.sfgate.com  



2017-12-22

Baby Shark Bites Leg of Fisherman

A 24-year old fisherman was injured by a shark while fishing near Bagan Lalang Beach in Malaysia. 


Sairol Harun was netting near Bagan Laland Beach when he was bit in the leg by a shark pup. The pup refused to let go of Harun's leg as he walked to shore. Five members of the Civil Defense Department (APM) worked for ten minutes on the man before they could free the shark from his leg. 


Sepang Civil Defence officer Lieutenant Azli Muhidin said, "The APM took ten minutes to release the shark's bite using special equipment. The victim was sent to Sungai Pelek health clinic using the APM ambulance for further treatment."


Azli advises the public to be aware of sharks while they are in the waters of the Bagan Lalang beach to prevent similar incidents. 


The pup was about 1 ½ foot in length and it is unreported as to its condition.

Source: www.malaysiandigest.com

 



2017-12-18

Man Injured while Swimming in New Zealand

What was first thought to be a shark bite is now believed to be a sting ray injury.

A man in his 30s was treated by paramedics at Riversdale Beach for injuries sustained while in the water. The helicopter that dropped the paramedics, then flew the man to Wellington Hospital where he is reported in moderate condition.

Any new information will be reported as it comes to light.

Source: www.tvnz.co.nz

 



2017-12-12

Woman Bit on Wrist While Honeymooning in the Bahamas

While diving with nurse sharks on her honeymoon, a wife was bitten on the wrist.

Evan Caroll and Sarah Illig were honeymooning in the Bahamas when the incident occurred. The couple were swimming with nurse sharks when suddenly one approached Sarah and bit her in the wrist. Her husband filmed the incident. Sarah stated afterwards she hadn’t seen the shark and thought it was her husband playing a trick on her.

She said: “I felt a whoosh of water, something clamped down on my arm and I assumed my husband was playing a prank on me. Less than a second later I realized how much it hurt and looked past where my goggles were blocking my side vision to see the shark (bigger than myself) latched on to my arm.”

It is unreported as to the degree of injuries or treatment.

To view the couples video click here.

Source: The Sun



2017-12-01

Two Bitten while Diving in Costa Rica, One Suffers Fatal Injuries

An American tourist has been fatally injured while diving off the Isla del Coco.

An 49-year-old woman identified by her last name Bhandari was participating in a group diving session by a company called Undersea Hunter Group. The diving was being run by 26-year-old diving guide named Jimenez.  Mr Jimenez stated that it was a female tiger shark that wounded him and killed the female American tourist.  

According to Jimenez, who suffered a serious wound to one of his legs, the incident occurred during Bhandri’s ascent to a dive stop. The shark caused deep lacerations to both of her legs.

Upon noticing a first approach, Jimenez stated he tried to scare off the animal;  however, "upon reaching the surface, the bite on the tourist was already serious," the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energia (Minae) - ministry of Environment and Energy - said in the communication confirming the death of the tourist.

The Minae communication said two park rangers of the Sistema Nacional de Areas de Conservacion (SINAC) offered first aid, in addition to several doctors who were part of the diving tourism group of 18 people.  Undersea Hunter Group regularly organizes tours to the national park, which is a Natural World Heritage Site.

The boat with both victims sailed from the island Thursday and is expected to reach the city of Puntarenas sometime Friday night.

The Isla del Coco is 523 kilometers from the coast of Puntarenas. The trip by sea takes more than 24 hours.

Source: Q Coasta Rica



2017-11-25

Spear Fisherman Badly Injured by Shark in California.

Authorities stated that a spear fisherman was badly injured in a shark bite in California.

State fire Capt. Josh Silveira stated that a man and his father were several hundred yards offshore Friday at Pebble Beach when the son was bitten in the right thigh by a shark.

Silveira says the man's leg was intact but the bite was serious. The victim was taken to a trauma center for surgery but there was no immediate word on his condition.

Warning signs have been placed at the beach and Silveira says there haven't been any recent shark sightings at the Monterey County beach.

Source: www.abc7news.com



2017-11-18

14-Year Old Girl Bitten by Shark in Brevard Co. Florida

A 14-year old girl sustained an injury to her foot while surfing Saturday.

Kaia Anderson was surfing off the coast of Floridana Beach in Brevard County when she felt a tug on her foot. She then shouted to her friends that she had been bitten and rode a wave to shore. An area fisherman carried her closer to route A1A and contacted her parents.

Anderson underwent surgery, receiving 100 stitches to close the wound. She suffered damage to her Achilles tendon and according to her doctor is looking at a 9-month recovery before she will be able to surf again.

"I'm going to miss it because the surf is really good in the winter," she said. 

This is the sixth incident in Brevard County this year. No information was given as to the species responsible for the bite.

 Source: Florida Today



2017-11-13

British Doctor Fights off Shark by Punching It

A 25-year-old man was bitten by a shark while surfing at Avoca Beach in NSW, Australia.

Charlie Fry, a British doctor, was surfing off the central coast at around 4 pm when 6 foot shark jumped out of the water and hit him in the right shoulder. Fry thought of nothing else but to punch him in the nose. Which he did, "I saw a shark's head come out of the water with it's teeth and I just punched it in the face." He then shouted to two friends he was surfing with, also doctors, and paddled to shore as quickly as he could.

Once on shore the two friends drove him to the hospital where he was treated for minor scratches and puncture wounds to his shoulder. He is reported to be recovering well.

The shark species is unknown at this time.

Source: www.smh.com.au



2017-11-06

Man Dead after Shark Bite to Leg

A man has died after being bitten by a shark off Guardalavaca Beach near the city of Holguin.

The 22-year-old man was swimming approximately 10 feet off the shore around 11 p.m. with group of people consisting of five others when he was bitten by the shark. The man was heard shouting that he had been bitten.

The man suffered severe bite wounds to his left thigh where his femoral artery was ripped apart. Despite efforts to bring the victim to a nearby hospital, the man died within a few minutes.

The shark species responsible is unknown as incidents involving sharks in area are rare.

As a precaution, officials routinely warn against nighttime swimming on the country’s beaches.  

Source: www.local10.com



2017-11-02

Missing Couple Feared Dead from Diving Incident

A male diver was found dead on Ishigakijima Island just south of where remains of another diver had been discovered the day before. The male diver had both legs in tact which lead officials to believe the diving suit-clad body with a diving fin attached to its left foot belonged to another person. 

According to Prefecture police, a man and woman in their thirties from Osaka Prefecture have been missing since October 23rd. The couple was last seen in a hotel in Ishigakijima around 1:30 and their rental car was found two days later. Additionally, bags and sandals believed to have belonged to the couple were discovered on an unattended beach nearby. Police are now looking to link the two incidents.

No information is reported on shark activity in the area.

Ishigakijima Island is the commercial hub of the Yaeyama Islands, in Japan’s southwestern Okinawa Prefecture. It's known for beaches and sites for snorkeling, diving and surfing.

Source: The Asahi Shimbun



2017-11-01

7-Year-Old Boy Bitten by Rare Shark in Queensland, AU

A seven year old boy was bitten by a rare cookie cutter shark while swimming in Alma Bay on Magnetic Island, Queensland, AU.

Jock Tolley and his family were the waters when the boy was bite by the rare shark. Tolley’s older brother said, “The fish came along and Dad said, ‘This is a friendly fish’, and then it nudged Dad’s leg pretty hard and he thought, ‘No, this isn’t a friendly fish’,” he said. It bit Jack and Dad kicked it out of the water. When I saw the bite I was screaming for Mum to get out of the water. She’s lucky she didn’t get bitten as well.”

Advanced care paramedic Wayne Harper treated Jack’s injury after being called to a suspected fish bite. He was then taken to Townsville Hospital and underwent surgery to close the wound. Jack spent three days in hospital and and is fortunate to have avoided requiring a skin graft.

Jack has been busily researching the rare shark species since the attack, “They bite you, then flip upside down so they cut through the flesh, then they have a little vacuum to suck the chunk out,”

The Tolley family said that while the experience was a scare, it would not deter them from returning to North Queensland again.“We’ve met lots of people, it’s a wonderful island and we’ll be back so Jack can go snorkelling one day,” Mr Tolley said.

Source: Townsville Bulletin

 



2017-11-01

Women Bitten by Shark at Palm Beach Gardens


A 60-year-old Palm Beach Gardens woman nearly lost her left hand after she was bitten by a shark near MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach.

Susan Peteka, a former emergency room nurse, was on her daily swim around 8 in the morning when she felt a "swipe" and then realized that "blood and body tissue were flying out of me."

Peteka managed to reach the shore, but no one was on the beach. Bleeding profusely and becoming light-headed, her cries alerted the resident of a beach-side condo. The man wrapped a towel above the wound and called 911.

"I just started screaming, "Help me, I’m going to die," Peteka said.

Her injuries to her left hand and wrist are 20 torn tendons and ligaments, a severed artery, two fractured bones and nerve damage. A piece of shark tooth was recovered embedded in Peteka"s wrist.

"Her injuries are a life-changer," said Dr. Thomas Saylor, an orthopedic hand surgeon at St. Mary"s Medical Center who treated Peteka.

Source: www.palmbeachpost.com



2017-10-28

Shark Bites Paddle Board in Hawaii

Just before 3 pm a shark, estimated to be 8-11 feet long, bit down on a stand up paddle board. The person was approximately 200 yards offshore when the incident occurred.

No injuries were reported but federal lifeguards posted signs and cleared the water after the incident.

We will post more details as they come available. 

Source: hawaiinewsnow.com

 



2017-10-27

Beach Closed in Australia after Shark Bites Surfer

A man was bitten by a shark while surfing at Birubi Beach in New South Wales.

After receiving a bite wound to his right foot, the unidentified man was able to swim to shore. An off duty nurse tended to his wounds while they waited for ambulance paramedics to arrive.

The man was taken to John Hunter Hospital and was treated for minor puncture wounds.

No sharks were seen as jets skies combed the waters but the beach was closed as a precautionary measure.

Source: International Business Times

 



2017-10-25

Teen Bitten by Shark in Juno Beach, Florida

A 17-year-old male was bitten while surfing in Juno, Florida.

Jason Harti said he was paddling on his surfboard south of Juno Beach Pier when a shark bit him on the foot. Harti said, “I was like almost to the sandbar where like the waves crash and the shark just came up and bit my foot.”

After yelling for help to no avail, Harti paddled to shore where he his foot was bandaged.

He was then taken to Jupiter Medical Center where he received 22 stitches. According to doctors, he suffered no nerve or tendon damage.

When asked if he plans to surf again, Hartl said, “I would do it today if I wasn’t all bandaged up.”

Source: www.wpbf.com

 



2017-10-22

Teen Thrown from Kayak in Australia

A 15-year-old teen was knocked out of her kayak while fishing off the coast of Normanville, AU

Sarah Williams was fishing for squid with her family when a great white 12 feet in length hit her kayak. The teen was thrown into the water and as she scramble to climb back into her kayak the shark came back and knocked the girl into the water a second time. As the shark circled the girl and her kayak her family who were in a boat nearby came to her rescue.

Mr. Williams recalled the incident, “All of a sudden this awful sound of something hitting the plastic of the kayak, and I've turned around to see her hit the water," he said. With tears in his eyes, Mr Williams continued: "This scream... you cannot describe what this scream was like."

Williams taken to Victor Harbour Hospital and was treated for cuts, bruises and shock.  

Source: Daily Mail



2017-10-18

Lifeguard Sustains Injuries from Shark in Lantana, FL

While on duty Wednesday, Carlos Iribam, a life guard for Lantana and Boynton Beaches, says he was bitten while on duty Wednesday.

"I was out there swimming and then I got stung by a jellyfish, I was like 'Ahhh, I think I should go back in,'" he said. "Next thing you know, I felt a crushing pain on my foot." He believes it was due to a bite from a 4 to 5-foot spinner shark just 20 feet offshore.

Iribam was able to come to shore himself and receive assistance from his fellow lifeguards.

"I like to stay calm in these situations. I didn"t want anybody on the beach to freak out," he said. "I"m very happy that I didn"t lose my foot."

Iribam received injuries to his heel and tendons.

Source: www.wptv.com



2017-10-09

Man Survives Shark Bite in Hawaii

A 54-year-old man was bitten by a shark while surfing at Davidson’s surf break in Kekaha, Hawaii late Monday.

Mitch Milan was surfing around 6:30 p.m. when he felt “mass of energy that went up against me. Like if you get a brand new knife and you accidentally cut yourself, and then it’s like you don’t feel the pain until you see there’s blood,” Milan said.

"All of a sudden, I’m in the water and I'm going, 'Oh, my God. That's a shark," he continued. "I’m backpedalling and trying to get my board back from him because he had it in his mouth. It’s like, ‘What do you do?"

Milan’s friend Gary Watkins came to his rescue, "We were just surfing, and I heard some unusual sounds. I look over about 40 feet away, and Mitch was fighting off this shark,” Watkins said. “He was backpedalling and kicking his way off it. It had his board in his mouth. The board was, kind of, tomb stoning and moving erratic. I just paddled straight for him to try to help him fight the thing off.”

After escaping the shark’s grasp, Milan rode a wave back in. Watkins, too, rode a wave back in. But before he did, he stayed on his board while the shark swam nearby.

Soon after getting out of the water, Milan got his hand wrapped to stop the bleeding and they drove to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waimea.

Milan suffered an injury to his hand that required 50 stitches. Also, his surfboard now shows the bite of the shark measuring about 14 inches across.

While not sure of the species, Milan believes he was bitten by a tiger shark about eight to 10 feet long.

Source: The Island Garden

 



2017-10-05

Shark Incident at Kamaole Beach

A 40-year-old female tourist from Canada was snorkeling about 10 yards off of the point between Kamaole II and Kamaole III when she was bumped by an 8-foot grey shark around 1230 pm.

The shark then swam away and the woman was able to swim to shore without further incident.

The woman suffered minor abrasions to her left thigh and left arm and declined medical treatment.

Ocean safety personnel are patrolling the waters off of the Kamaole Beach Parks by rescue watercraft and are warning beachgoers to stay out of the ocean.

Source: www.mauinow.com



2017-09-28

Surfer Possibly Bitten by Shark in NYC-Experts Say It

A man was injured by what is thought to be a shark while surfing off Queens Beach, NY.

Michah Behrend, 33 was surfing around 4 p.m. Sunday when he felt something brush against in leg and noticed flaps of skin coming from his foot. Behrend ran to shore and used his towel as a tourniquet while calling 911. 

Paramedics treated Behrend before taking him to Jamaica Hospital where he received 40 stitches.

FDNY Spokesperson said they were unable to confirm whether the cuts came from a shark. George H. Burgess of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida states, “The long and short of it is it’s not a shark” after reviewing photos. As an expert on shark attacks Burgess said “the wounds didn’t look they’d been caused by a shark, which typically leaves a series of semicircular marks.” Behrend, agreed that he was unsure whether it was a shark that bit him although a baby great white named Bruin was spotted in the waters nearby the day after the incident, according to the marine biology research group OCEARCH.

Source: Patch.com



2017-09-27

Nurse Shark Latches onto Man's Stomach

A man struggles to free himself from a shark that bit him in the stomach.

Ervin MacCarty was on a fishing boat and was asked to retrieve a grouper that had been speared and retreated to a hole. MacCarty swam approxiamately 10 feet down and said a nurse shark came out of another hole and bit him in the stomach without letting go.

"It knocked the breath out of me so I had to get up for air but I felt the shark biting and trying to tear me open. It wouldn"t let go so I had to hold it tight with both hands so it wouldn"t rip me open and I had to get up for air with the shark pulling me down. I thought I would drown. I got up and saw the boat had floated away and everyone yelling that the shark had bit me. No one knew it was still on me. I had to get to the boat with no hands to swim with. It was a struggle and wore me out.”

There is no information at this time as to the treatment or condition of MacCarty.

This is a rare incident as nurse sharks are not noted as being that aggressive. 

Source: mirror.co.uk



2017-09-26

Surfer Bitten in Hanna Park Fl

 A surfer was bitten by a shark at Hanna Park, a city of Jacksonville park near Naval Station Mayport. The bite took place Monday morning. 

Surfer Justin White told the news he was surfing the big waves generated by Hurricane Maria in the morning. 

Justin stated, "I sitting on my board on the outside break waiting for a wave when a shark clamped onto my lower leg and foot.

Justin was then taken to a hospital in a personal car and he received 20 stitches to close the wound.

The shark was estimated to be 5 to 6 feet long.

Source:ActionNewsJax



2017-09-25

Woman Knocked off Board while Surfing in WA

A woman was knocked off her board while surfing in Gracetown, WA.

The woman had been surfing at the popular North Point surf break when an aggressive shark, reported to be approximately 10 feet in length, took a bite out of her board, knocking her off in the process.

The beach was closed until Tuesday morning.

No injuries were reported.

Source: WAToday



2017-09-24

Great White Bites Boat in Austraila

An aggressive great white shark bit a third boat in a week.

Fishermen Jacob Oversby, 25, and Luke Christian, 25, were fishing in Wylie Bay last weekend when their 36 foot boat was bitten by a 10 1/2 foot great white shark, the same shark they had seen two days earlier. Oversby said they encountered the same shark last week: “It’s got a black mark, scar, on its side. (It’s) 100 per cent the same one.”

There were no injuries reported as a result of the incident.

Click link to watch video of the incident. 

Source: Perth Now



2017-09-24

Surfer Bitten by Shark in Lake Worth Beach, FL

An unidentified surfer was bitten by a shark at Lake Worth Beach early Sunday afternoon.

According to witnesses Dean Holly, the surfer was mistaken for bait fish and had seen an 8-10 foot shark a few minutes before the incident happened.

 A few local surfers helped the victim to safety. Lake Worth lifeguards and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue treated an upper extremity injury before the victim was taken to a local hospital.

The type of shark is unknown. 

Source: WPTV



2017-09-20

13-Year-Old Boy Bit by Shark in Canary Islands

A 13-year-old boy was injured by what is believed to be a shark while swimming island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

Kenai Godoy was swimming in shallow water between El Charco and El Roque when he felt something grab his foot. The boy was able to swim to shore and was treated for bite wounds to his foot before being transported to a local hospital.

Godoy received 15 stitches for wounds thought to be caused by a 3-5 foot mako or porbeagle shark.

Credit : www.trackingsharks.com



2017-09-17

Fishman Bitten by Shark in Samoan Lagoon

An unidentified man was seriously injured while fishing in a lagoon in the village of Nofoali’i.

Villagers report the man was try to get a fish that he had caught when a shark came out of nowhere and bit him. A nearby villager helped him out of the water and he was then taken to Leulumoega District Hospital.

The man suffered injuries to his hands and legs and is considered in serious condition, according to an eye witness. 

Polcie were not available for comment. 

 

 



2017-09-17

Surfer Bitten in Volusia County Beach, FL

An unidentified man was injured by what is believed to be a shark while surfing Saturday afternoon. .

The 28-year-old Melbourne man was surfing near the jetty in Ponce Inlet around 4:30 when he felt a sharp pain on his left foot. According to Beach Safety Capt. Mike Berard, the man suffered several cuts from what appeared to be a shark bite on the top and bottom of his foot.

The man was taken by ambulance to Halifax Hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time.

Source: Orlando Sentinal



2017-09-11

Man Injured at Sam's Creek

An unidentified man suffered injuries at Sam’s Creek, WA

Local news reports the man was swimming in the Sam’s Creek area, near Point Samson around 3 pm when the incident occurred. He received minor injuries from what is believed to be a shark although the species is unknown.

He was taken to Roebourne Hospital for treatment and released.

A shark sightings has been issued and people are being advised to take extra care in the Sam Creek’s area. 

Source: The West Australian



2017-09-10

Great White Shark Bites Surfer at Iluka Beach in NSW

The 35-year-old man from Suffolk Park was surfing at Main Beach when he was struck from underneath his board about 6.30 am by what he believed to be a great white shark.

The impact caused the board to snap and he was thrown into the air.

The surfer stated that the shark then began to circle and turn away, so he grabbed half of his surfboard and swam in.

He was driven to Ballina Hospital where he was treated for lacerations on his right hip.  He has since been transferred to Lismore Hospital.

Bluff beaches have now been closed as a result of the shark Incident.

A shark biologist will assess his injuries and the damage to the surf board to try to determine the size and species of the shark involved.

A witness to the incident, Amber Hopkins stated, "This man is lucky to be alive."

Source: www.abc.net.au

 



2017-09-06

Shark Bite at South Padre Island, Texas

An unidentified woman was bitten by a shark on South Padre Island.

South Padre Island Beach Patrol Director, Jim Pigg reports the woman was in about knee-deep water at Bougainvillea Beach when a shark took a bite out of her foot. It is speculated that it was a 3-4 foot black tip shark.

The woman was taken to the hospital where is was confirmed by emergency room doctors that it was indeed a shark bite.

This is the first shark bite observed in decades in this area.

Source: Valley Morning Star

 



2017-09-04

Surfer Bitten by Shark at Ota River Mouth, Japan

A 42-year-old man was surfing off a beach in Iwata City, Japan when he was bitten by a shark on his ankle and foot.

The shark incident occurred at around 10am while he was surfing about 80 meters from the mouth of the Ota River.

The surfer stated he did not see the shark, although a man on shore apparently saw a dorsal fin moving towards the surfer.

It was also reported by police that there had been multiple shark sightings in the area in the last two weeks.

No other details were reported to the English media.

Credit: www.japantoday.com

 

 



2017-09-02

Surfer Bitten at New Smyrna Beach

Saturday around noon a shark bit a 17-year-old surfer from Ormond Beach. The incident occurred in waist-deep water near the jetty in New Smyrna Beach.

Beach Safety Capt. Mike Berard stated that the bite was a minor one, and the teen went to a medical facility by private vehicle, declining an ambulance ride.

A beachgoer told the news that large numbers of pelicans there were diving into the water to devour a big collection of bait fish where the shark bite occurred.

Capt. Berard said rip current conditions are a more significant concern, and people should surf and swim near lifeguard towers. If caught in a rip current, yell for help, and swim parallel to the beach until you clear the fast-moving currents pulling you away from shore, and then swim toward shore.

Credit: www.wesh.com

 



2017-08-31

11-Year-Old Bitten by Shark in Waters off Grao de Moncofa

The 11-year-old girl was bitten by a shark while swimming in shallow waters off Grao de Moncofa, just south of the tourist resort of Benicassim.

Lifeguards had to give her first aid treatment to stop the heavy bleeding when her dad lifted her from the water, the town's mayor Wenceslao Alos said.

She was then rushed in an ambulance to a nearby health center.

A small species of blue shark around 60-70cm long was suspected to have been the possible shark that bit her, Mayor Alos added.

Beachgoers were told to avoid the area where the girl was bitten, but a full evacuation was not ordered.

Authorities at the time were accused of covering up the incident in fear of upsetting the tourist trade.

Maritime experts stated, "There is a great possibility that this was a normally harmless animal that confused the girl with prey."

The girl has since been released from the hospital. 

Credit: www.thesun.co.uk

 



2017-08-29

Shark Incident Near Lorne Australia

A surfer received a superficial scratch on his back, a torn wetsuit and teeth marks in his board when he encountered a shark on Tuesday.

Marcel Brundler, 37, estimated the shark that bit his board was a 3-meter (10-foot) great white shark. He was surfing by Cathedral Rock, near Lorne 140 kilometers (90 miles) southwest of the Victoria state capital, Melbourne.

"At first I didn't think anything of it, we have lots of dolphins in the water here, but then I realised it was big, much bigger. I'm no expert but this was at least three meters long."  said Mr Brundler.

"At some stage, it had me in its jaw. I was shouting and punching it while it attacked me. I was really, really lucky this wave popped up out of nowhere," he added.

Lucas Von Graevenitz Sanchez said he watched the incident through his binoculars from the shore.

"The shark was massive," Von Graevenitz Sanchez said.

"The shark left bite marks in his board and tore at his wetsuit ... but he has no injuries. He was very, very lucky," police Senior Constable Mick Atkinson said.

"There were four surfers in the water at the time and they paddled in pretty quickly after that," Atkinson added.

Despite the ordeal, Brundler stated that he would probably surf again next week.

"Maybe not on my own though, it will be a little scary," he said.

Credit: www.abcnews.go.com

 

 

 



2017-08-28

Little Girl Bitten by Shark at Bathtub Reef Beach

Three-year-old Violet was bitten by a shark at Bathtub Reef Beach in Stuart in the early afternoon.

Jessica Veatch, the mother of 3-year-old Violet, spoke to reporters about what happened to her daughter. 

"I heard her scream and I looked up," said Veatch. "There was blood in the water, I picked her up and there was meat hanging off her leg."

"I had my head down in the water looking for her sunglasses." said Veatch. "She was like three feet away from me and then I heard her scream. I just picked her up and ran and screamed. She is my baby girl. I have three kids but she's my youngest."

Thankfully for Jessica and Violet, there was a doctor on the beach. 

"He just took over from there, he took her from my arms, and took her up to the lifeguard station to start the tourniquet so that she didn't lose too much blood."

Violet was transported by helicopter to St. Mary's Medical Center and immediately went into surgery.

Jessica believes she knows why the shark was in a family swimming area. "There were people there that were spearfishing off of the reef, that should not be allowed. They shouldn't be taking dead carcasses of animals into a swimming area."

Violet has a long road to recovery, but doctors are optimistic that Violet will be able to walk again. The first good sign was that she was able to wiggle her toes when she woke up from surgery today.

Click here to watch the news interview 

Credit: www.cbs12.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



2017-08-27

Shark Bites Canoe Near Tutukaka

Matt Kensington was paddling along, about 6km from Tutukaka, when he hit something solid in the water with his paddle.

"I took a few more strokes and he must have come up from underneath and bitten the canoe."

Matt said the shark, which was about a metre long, hit his canoe really hard.

"It was a hell of a bang. He wasn't a monster, but enough to give you a fright. The scary part was I had actually tipped out about five to 10 minutes beforehand."

His canoe group was having a practice run for this weekend's Poor Knights Crossing event, which is part of the Tutukaka Coast Winter Festival.

Matt didn't realise the shark had taken a bite at first. "It wasn't until I actually picked the canoe up out of the water that I realised it had water in it."

He didn't know what species of shark it was, but said some of the other paddlers thought it might be a mako.

The shark incident won't keep Matt out of the water long, he plans to have it patched up and ready for his race this weekend.

Credit: www.nzherald.co.nz.



2017-08-23

Beach Closed after Shark Bites Paddleboard

A Cape Cod beach is closed until further notice after a shark bit a surfer's paddle board.

The Incident happened around 10 a.m. at Marconi Beach in Wellfleet.

The National Park Service stated that the person on the board wasn't bitten or seriously hurt.

"He's in good condition," said Kathy Tethia, Interrim Superintendent at Cape Cod National Seashore. "He was not bitten by the shark. I think he sustained some minor injuries, we’re still waiting for more details on that."

"Per our protocols, any kind of shark sighting, confirmed shark sighting or incident, the beach will be closed to swimming," Tethia said.

According to NPS, the shark incident took place about 30 feet from shore, in about 3  feet of water.

"Seals were observed swimming nearby," the department added.

"It actually was about 75 yards south of our lifeguarded beach, but that’s fairly close," said Tethia.

Credit: www.bostonglobe.com 



2017-08-19

Diver Bitten by Shark

Rescuers responded to the call at 4:09 p.m. in the 1100 block of Love Street, Jupiter, Florida for diver who was bitten by a lemon shark. 

The man, whose name was not disclosed, had been spearfishing, stated Capt. Albert Borroto, spokesman for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. 

The diving company, called Shark Addicts, stated that the shark bite happened 60 miles away from South Florida, in the Bahamas.

The man was transported to the local hospital for treatment and released.  

 



2017-08-16

Shark Bites Japanese Tourist at Kamala Beach

Kamala rescue workers received a report around12:30pm  that a tourist had been bitten by a shark at Kamala Beach near Kamala Police Station.

Rescue workers arrived at the scene to find one male Japanese tourist with wounds to his left foot.

One rescue worker stated, "The male Japanese tourist was surfing 200 metres from the beach. He ran to the beach for help after he discovered that he had been bitten."

One local resident stated “The wounds were similar to a barracuda bite. This kind of fish has sharp teeth. We have found that there are a lot of these fish around coral reefs near the shore.”

The Japanese man was later identified by Bangkok Hospital Phuket as Mr Keita Koshigoe, 37.

Dr Kongkiet Kittiwattanawong, Chief of the Marine Endangered Species Unit at the PMBC, noted, “After checking the wounds we believe that it was a Blacktip Reef Shark.

The doctor also added, "There is no need to worry as these incidents happen very rarely."

Credit: www.thephuketnews.com



2017-08-10

Kayaker Encounters Great White near Half Moon Bay, CA

A kayaker was thrown from his board while fishing Bean Hollow State Beach just south of Half Moon Bay, CA.

Pat Conroy were fishing for over an hour when he caught a fish and was cutting the bait. It was then a great white rose above the water biting his kayak. The impact threw Conroy into the water.

“It hit like a freight train. I have the image of the shark’s head, three feet out of the water, burned in my brain. The only way I could get the boat turned over was to get back in the water,” he said. “I probably broke a record” getting the boat upright and climbing back inside.

Conroy made it back to shore safely and suffered no injuries.

Source: Half Moon Bay Review

 

 

 



2017-08-09

Boy Bitten by Shark in South Carolina

A 10-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while vacationing at Sea Pines Beach, SC.

Johnny Simatacolos was swimming in waist around 3 p.m. when he was bitten on the foot. The 4th grader recalls, “I thought something bit me or I stepped on something like a crab. I was screaming, a little. It was bleeding badly.”

The boy’s parents treated his foot as there were no life guards on duty at the time. Upon arriving home, it was confirmed by experts at the International Shark Attack File that is was a shark bite.

It is unconfirmed what type of shark is responsible. This is the 5th shark incident in South Carolina this summer.

Source: Island Packet



2017-08-07

Austrian Tourist Bit by Shark in Egypt

A 20-year-old Austrian tourist was bitten by a shark while snorkeling in the Red Sea.

Christine Schachinger was snorkeling at Marsa Alam beach, a popular tourist spot, when she received a shark bite to her right leg.

Schachinger was taken to a private hospital in Marsa Alam for treatment and was later transferred to Austria for further medical treatment.

Marsa Alam beach was closed for 48 hours after the incident as a precaution; however, “There is no threat to the Austrian tourist’s life,” medical sources in the Red Sea governorate reported.

Source: Egyptian Street



2017-08-06

Fisherman Suffers Bite in Massachusetts

A fisherman was bitten by a shark while fishing in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

The 34-year-old man was fishing on Menauhant Beach when he caught a 4 foot shark. As he attempted to unhook the shark from his fishing line he lost his grip and it fell near his foot. It was then the shark bit him.

A witness was able to release the foot from the shark’s mouth and the fisherman was taken to the hospital for treatment to the deeps cuts in his foot.

The shark was released back to sea.

SharkBytes considers this a provoked incident.

Source: http://www.masslive.com



2017-08-05

Great White Bites GoPro Camera

A great white is recorded biting a GoPro Camera.

Dr. Greg Skomal from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries was filming sharks while on a tagging expedition with the Altlantic White Shark Conservancy when a 12-foot shark swam up and chomped down on the camera. The clip shows the shark circling around in the murky green water and then as it approaches the camera, opens wide. According to Skmol, sharks tend to be a bit shy, avoiding the camera. Not this one. Skmol reports the shark’s bite was more curious than aggressive, “One of the ways they answer their curiosity is to do a test bite”

Skomal was not in the water at the time so no injuries were sustained. 

Source: YouTube



2017-08-02

15-Year-Old Boy Bitten while on Vacation in Jacksonville, Fl.

A 15-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while on his skim board.  

Colton Hurley, vacationing with his family from Hurdland Missouri, was bitten by a shark while skim boarding at Jax Beach.

The 15-year-old boy was in knee deep water when he felt something grab his leg and then a burning sensation.  Colton’s mother, Lisa McCarty reports, “He said it felt like little fingers wrapping around his leg and then his leg started burning from the saltwater. He dropped his skim board and yelled for his cousins and brother to run.”

Colton was transported to hospital after his mother called 911 where doctors confirmed his wounds to be consistent with a shark bite. Colton was treated and the family will head home this weekend. 

Source: Tracking Sharks



2017-08-02

Spear Fisherman Fights off Two Galapagos Sharks off Ascension Island

A spear fisherman fought off two galapagos sharks after spearing a yellowfin tuna.

Caught on video, the fisherman speared the tuna and shortly after the two sharks went after what they viewed as prey. The man was able to fight the sharks using a knife to ward them off.

Man and tuna made it back to the boat and no injuries have been reported to date.

Sharkbytes does not recommend handling a shark encounter this way. Cutting the line should be the first and safest choice when dealing with a shark going after your catch. 

 

Source: www.express.co.uk



2017-07-30

Two Girls Suffer Bite Wounds from Shark in Georgetown, SC

Two 12-year old girls were injured by a shark Saturday afternoon.

According to Fire Chief, Doug Eggman, Midway Fire Rescue responded to a report of a shark bite involving two children off Pioneer Loop in DeBordieu, Georgetown County. Apparently the two girls were in a raft in the ocean when a 2-3 foot shark somehow jumped into the raft and stared trashing around. It is thought, the shark was trying to escape. That is when the shark’s mouth came in contact with the girl’s leg.

One of the girls suffered a bite wound to the thigh and was transported to Georgetown Memorial Hospital. She is reported in stable condition. The other girl wounds did not need hospital attention.  

Source: WMBF News



2017-07-28

Tourist Bit by Shark while Snorkeling in Bahamas

A tourist from Switzerland has been bitten by a shark while vacationing in the Bahamas.

The unidentified woman was snorkeling Thursday when she encountered a shark that bit her.

According to Assistant Police Commissioner Stephen Dean, the woman’s condition was not immediately clear, and said he did not have further details.

It is unknown the type of shark involved; however, the handful of incidents that have occurred in recent years across the Bahamas, involved bull and tiger sharks.

Source: The Washington Post



2017-07-27

Man Survives Severe Bite while off Ascension Island

A 37-year-old man was injured while on his paddle board off the shore of Ascension Island.

Kawika Matsu of Hawaii was on his paddle board approximately 30 yards from shore when he fell off his board. It was then he was bitten by a shark. Despite his severe injuries, Matsu was able to climb back on to his board where he waited for rescue.

Matsu was pulled from the water by island rescue and was later flown to Florida.

Kai, Matsu’s brother, said, “he was amazed at the support and love from around the world.”

This is the second significant shark incident at Ascension Island since April.

 

 



2017-07-23

Man Receives Mild Injuries while Swimming at Popular Tourist Beach

An unidentified man suffered minor injuries while vactioning in Mallorca, Spain, Saturday. 

Swimmers were ordered out of the water at Estany’s Beach, Colònia de Sant Jordi after a shark was spotted by life guards.

As the swimmers found their way to shore, on man suffered injuries to his arm by what is reported to be a female shark. The mild injury was caused by the sharks rough skin rather than her teeth as she brushed him. Witnesses said the shark was not aggressive and seemed to be in some sort of "comotosed" state.

The incident is the third recent shark sighting in the area in a month. Red flags went up at nearby beaches to caution swimmers.

 



2017-07-22

Woman Bitten By Shark in Florida Keys

A 40-year-old woman was airlifted to the hospital after being bitten by a shark in the Florida Keys.

According to the Coast Guard, the woman was bitten by a shark at around 12:30 p.m near Snipes Point.

The Incident and location were reported by a good Samaritan.

Officials said the woman was bitten by a small shark and suffered injuries to her foot. She is currently in the hospital in good condition. 


Source: http://www.nbcmiami.com



2017-07-20

Two Shark Incidents in Santa Barber Area Leave Kayaker and Paddleboarder Unharmed

Reportedly two shark incidents involving a paddle board and kayak happened in the Santa Barber area Thursday.

Just east of Steam’s Wharf a 11:30 am a kayak was bitten by a shark leaving the kayaker unharmed.

Hours earlier, a second incident took place east of Goleta Beach when a paddleboarder was knocked off its board by an 8-foot great white shark again, leaving the person unharmed.  

An advisory has been posted and more information awaits.

Source: edhat



2017-07-12

Fisherman Bit by Mako in Tabasco, Mexico

A man was bitten while fishing off the coast of Tabasco, Mexico.

Around 1:00 pm, 32-year-old Andres Ovando Rodrigues hooked a large mako while fishing near the town of Sanchez Magallanes.

After reeling in the shark, Rodrigues pulled it alongside the boat. While others held the shark by its gills, Rodrigues attempted to pull the shark into the boat.  When he went to put a line on the shark near its head, it grabbed his right hand. Fearing the shark was trying to pull him into the water, Rodrigues pried open its jaw and removed his hand.

The 220 pound 6-foot mako was released by the crew and they headed back to shore where Rodrigues was treated for a bite wound to his hand, receiving over 40 internal and external stitches.

SharkBytes considers this a provoked incident.

Source: www.trackingsharks.com



2017-07-10

Santa Cruz issues 4-day Ban after Great White Shark Incident

A great white shark bit a kayak beyond the kelp bed offshore from Steamer Lane on the westside of Santa Cruz.

The City of Santa Cruz is ordering all beachgoers to stay out of the ocean for a 1-mile radius of coastline, between the San Lorenzo River mouth and Fair Avenue, for 4 days. The water ban is part of the county's official "Shark Incident Action Plan."

The city will order all kayak rental shops and surf schools to shutdown. Kids in Junior Guards will be restricted to land-based activities.

The shark incident happened around 11 a.m.

Steve Lawson felt something jolt his kayak, so he looked down, and saw a great white shark. When the shark struck his kayak again, he bit into the front, and Lawson was thrown into the water.

"I saw the shark hanging on the front end of my boat," Lawson told the news.

Lawson used his marine radio to alert the harbor patrol that he needed help.

"I spent a little time in the water swimming around. I panicked, everyone panics. There's a shark in the water. But he didn't come back. He wasn't interested in me," Lawson told the news.

"I never saw the shark again. I'm sure it was a mistake on his part," he said.

Lawson was rescued on a harbor patrol boat and escaped from the water uninjured. A 12-inch-wide bite mark from the shark's mouth was visible on the kayak.

Credit: www.ksbw.com

 

 



2017-07-09

Shark Incident off Haulover Beach

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Sunny Isles Police spotted a shark heading close to shore near Tower 16.

"We started closing down the beach and actually bringing everybody into shore, flying double red flags in our tower," said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Matthew Sparling.

But as beachgoers were evacuated the water, the victim was bitten by what was believed to be 4-5 foot bull shark.

"I thought it was just a joke," said beachgoer Natarrio.

Officials said the swimmer suffered deep gashes on both legs.

Paramedics transported the victim to Aventura Hospital. He is now in stable condition.

Source: www.wsvn.com



2017-07-07

Teen Encounters Shark While Surfing in South Africa

A teenager encountered a shark while surfing in South Africa.

Zoe Steyn was surfng in Nahoon Reef, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa when a 9-10 foot shark bit into her board and pulled it under her. JP Veaundry was nearby at the time of the indicent, "My first thought was to get out of there, but I couldn’t just leave her. She said she didn’t know if she’d been bitten. I paddled with her to the slipway and when we got out she said it hadn’t bitten her. But I saw it bit her board in exactly the place where her arm could have been.”

No injuries were reported. 

Source: Shark Attack Watch



2017-06-30

14-Year-Old Girl Sufferrs Shark Bite while Vacationing in South Carolina

A Central Ohio girl has suffered a bite would to the leg while vacationing in South Carolina.

14-year-old, Reagan Readnour was swimming off the coast near Hilton Head last week, when a 4-5 foot bull shark bit her twice in the leg. Readnour recounts, “I started screaming. I turned my leg over and my cousin saw the blood. I kind of balled up. It burned. It was a real sharp pain. It felt like someone took a knife and stabbed you a bunch.”

Doctors say although the wounds are minor, they could take up to 5 months to heal and it could be a year before the nerves are back to normal. 

Source: NBC4i



2017-06-30

Indiana Teen Bit by Shark in Hilton Head, SC

An Indiana teen was bitten by a shark while vacationing in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Olivia Wallhauser of Ferdinand, Indiana was swimming in murky water up to her shoulders when she kicked something. It was then she felt the teeth of a shark bite into her foot. 

"I was swimming and a wave came up so I wasn't actually touching the bottom at the time and then something bit me until I hit the floor," Olivia says. 

The teen was treated by what is suspected to be a shark. The family says they aren't sure what type of shark bit Olivia, but the ER doctor was certain it was a shark. 

Olivia is able to walk without crutches and will make a full recovery.

Source: Tristate Homepage



2017-06-29

Fisherman Bit on Arm in Attempts to Land Shark

A fisherman was bitten in attempt to pull in a landed shark.

Around 7:30 Thursday the unidentified man tried to help pull in a shark that was landed on the beach when it bit him in the arm.

Witness Catherine Patton told TV station WCET, “There was a lot of blood, but they took him away in an ambulance and I think he’s OK.”

Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House said the shark was about 4-feet-long. Reportedly it was later hauled back into the ocean.

The victim’s condition is unknown at this time. 

SharkBytes considers this a provoked incident.

Source: Charlotte Observer



2017-06-25

Panic Ensues at Magaluf Resort as Shark Approaches Shoreline

Magaluf beachers were put on alert yesterday as an 8 foot blue shark approached the shoreline of a Majorcan holiday resort. Lifeguards are said to have ordered people out of the water after spotting the predator just before hoisting up the red flag and alerting officials.

The same shark was seen the day before. A spokeswoman for Calvia Council, which covers the Illetas area, confirmed the blue shark approached the shoreline between midday and 1pm yesterday.

There were no injuries reported however the area is been kept under close watch.

It is very unusual to see a blue shark so close to shore.

Source: Daily Star



2017-06-22

Maui Fishermans Boat Bumped by Shark

A Maui fisherman was bumped while fishing at Makena Landing, Maui.

Nick Wakida was fishing using a plastic lure and no chum when he was surprised to see a Galapagos shark approach his vessel. "Out of the corner of my eye I could see an object just kind of racing up towards me and by the time i saw it, it was pretty close already." Wakida said.

Wakida just ducked and prepared for impact. "I've never had 'em come up and whack the boat, and this one came straight down too. It wasn't at the surface of the water. It was from down below. Maybe following my jig or something,” Wakida said.

He suffered no injury. Click the link below to watch the video.

https://youtu.be/XRFxfO7zOxM

Source: KITV4-Island News



2017-06-19

Surfer Bitten off Singer Island, FL

An unidentified man was bitten by a shark off Singer Island.

According to Jarrod Hedrick, who was vacationing from Ft Lauderdale at the time, the surfer was paddling approximately 30 yards off shore and in 8 feet of water when a shark bit him on the leg. He reported he saw bait fish in front of him, then a dark shadow followed by pain in his leg. The man was able to paddle to shore and immediately called for help.

He was treated by paramedics on the beach for a laceration 1-2 inches long on his leg behind his knee. 

Source: CBS12



2017-06-18

Shark Incident off the Coast of Ibiza

A Spanish man was treated for a 2-inch gash to his hand after being bitten off the beach at Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza. 

The bite victim, an 82-year-old man, was discharged from Can Misses Hospital near Ibiza town around 7.30pm on Saturday following treatment, some 4 hours after he had been admitted.

A blue shark is the suspected species in this incident.

We will update when more information is available.  

Credit: www.thesun.co.uk 



2017-06-11

WA Man in Shock after Encountering Great White

 A man was treated for shock after an encounter with a great white.

The unidentified man was on his boogie board approximately 50 yards off the shore of Casuarina Point at Bunbury when a great white bumped his board. Despite being shaken by the incident, the man was able to get to shore and call for help.

According to a St John Ambulance spokesperson, the man had been treated for shock but was not injured and did not need to be taken to hospital.

Earlier Sunday reports of a great white 12 feet in length was spotted approximately 50 yards off shore at Point Casuarina, Bunbury.

Casuarina Beach at Bunbury has been closed as a result. 

Source: au.news



2017-06-10

Surfer Bitten by Shark in Ponce Inlet

A man was bitten while surfing at Ponce Inlet early Saturday. 

The 19-year-old was in waist deep water when he sustain injuries to his foot. The man was just north of the jetty around 10 am when the incident happened. 

Nobody saw the shark but Tamra Marris of the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue says the wound is consistant with a shark bite. 

The man was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. 



2017-06-07

First Shark Bite Reported in UK

30-year-old male was bit while fighting off shark. 

Rich Thomson was surfing when he saw a shark attached to his thigh. He punched it in the head to ward it off and ended up with bites on his thumb. 

Thomson recounts, the shark, estimated at about 3 feet long, "grabbed me on the leg. I turned round and saw this little shark was on my thigh and wriggling its head side to side. I hit it on the head and it swam off. My hand was cut to pieces."

No information is reported as to treatment of Thompson's wounds but the shark involved is thought to be a smooth hound shark.

It is the first shark incident to be reported in the UK. 

Source: BBC



2017-06-05

Spear Fisherman Bitten by a Shark

A man was bitten by shark that "came out of nowhere" while spearfishing off the coast of Florida. 
 
The unnamed man was swimming near Boca Chica off the Florida Keys when he was approached by a 2.4m reef shark.
 
"He first went at my dive buddy Justyn but immediately turned toward me," the man wrote on his YouTube account.
 
"He first bit my left fin then took a chunk out of the right one before biting my leg and cutting the speargun line. I assumed he was trying to steal the black grouper I was holding. But after I lost the grouper and watched it swim to the bottom, the shark kept coming at us."
 
His friend Justyn helped him swim back to the boat where he was given first aid.
 
"The shark tore through the skin, fat tissue, muscle, muscle sheath and unfortunately my tibial artery which caused me to lose more than a litre of blood," he wrote.
 
"This clearly could have been much worse," 
 
Click here to watch the shark incident:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kL6tOP0askY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



2017-06-02

Women Loses Her Arm in Shark Incident near Athol Island

Bahamas Press is confirming a reported shark incident in the area of Athol Island just around noon on Friday.

An American tourist was snorkeling with a supervised group along the coastline of Athol Island, just east of Paradise Island, when the incident occurred.

The arm of the female tourist was bitten off during the shark incident.  

She was transported to the local hospital and rushed into surgery. She remains in serious condition. 

We will update this incident when more information is available. 

Credit: www.bahamaspress.com

 



2017-05-31

20 year old S.C. Girl Bitten on the Hand

20-year-old Mackenzie Higgins brother was holding up a 3-foot-long shark he had caught with their cousins and her fiancee Rob, who’d been fishing on the island’s shore.  

When Mackenzie went over to touch its back, the shark whirled around in her brother’s hands, lunged and clamped down on the fleshy part of her right hand, just below the thumb.

“They’re so strong and their body is like one big muscle,” Mackenzie recalled Thursday from the Awendaw house where she, Rob and her family are staying. “My brother dropped the shark, so it was just hanging from my hand. I shook my hand - like shaking hands with someone - and it finally dropped off. My mom ran over, Rob ran over and my mom grabs my wrist because I was bleeding.”

After Mackenzie was brought to the local hospital by her family she underwent surgery for about an hour and 15-minutes to repair the shark bite’s damage to her hand: a severed arterial artery, a hole in another artery and damage to one of her nerves.

“It went great,” Mackenzie said. “I was in recovery for 30 minutes to an hour and then I got to go home.”

This is considered a provoked incident.

Credit: www.chronicle-independent.com

 



2017-05-28

Captain of Charter Company Bitten on Hand

Randall Jordan, captian of Emerald Charters, was airlifted to St. Mary's Medical Center with bite wounds to his hand. 

It is unclear how Jordan sustained his injuries but the captian is known for feeding sharks. Palm Beach County Sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera said the sheriff's Marine One unit picked up the owner of Emerald Chaters after a distress call that he was bitten by a 'sea creature' 

According to Jordan a St. Mary's Medical Center spokesperson, Jordan was in good condition this morning but remains in the hospital.

Source: Palm Beach Post



2017-05-27

Shark Jumps into Fisherman Boat off Evans Head, NSW

73-year-old fisherman Terry Selwood has been rushed to Lismore Base Hospital after hooking a Mako shark while fishing at Evans Head, south of Lismore, on Saturday.

Around 5pm, Mr. Selwood was reeling the fish into his boat when it bit him on the right arm.

"I caught a blur of something coming over the boat … and the pectoral fin of the shark hit me on the forearm and knocked me down on the ground to my hands and knees," Mr Selwood said.

"The shark was 2.7 meters long and about 200 kilos."

"I was losing a fair amount of blood, I was stunned, I couldn't register what happened and then I thought, oh my God, I've got to get out of here."

Mr Selwood reached for his radio and called the local marine rescue volunteers at Evans Head.

Marine Rescue retrieved Selwood from his boat and brought him to the shore where the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter had been tasked by NSW Ambulance to the harbour with reports of a "shark incident". On scene paramedics treated the man who had suffered lacerations to his forearm. 

He was then transported by NSW Ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital for further treatment while the Westpac Rescue Helicopter returned to Lismore Helicopter Base.

Mr. Selwood has since returned home where he said he is nursing a very swollen arm.

This would be considered a provoked incident. 

Credit: www.abc.net.au

 

 

 

 

 



2017-05-26

Biki Model Bitten by a Nurse Shark

Bikini model has been bitten by a nurse shark.

Mareen Schauder of Germany was posing alongside a number of nurse sharks in Compass Cay, Exuma, when one of them bit her on the hand. Schauder blogged, "I cannot tell you the second of shock I felt when I saw this shark opening his mouth grabbing my hand."

Schauder suffered bite wounds to her hand which have since healed. She said: "My hand is ok again and has a scar now in shark teeth shape that will forever remind me of that beautiful day in the Exumas.

The private island is just south of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park and is known for an abundance of nurse sharks.  Workers at the local marina have been feeding the sharks, many of which have names, for years.

Schauder was appreciative of the being able to swim with the docile sharks, “It’s an amazing experience to swim with them and quite an adrenalin boost but consider even though they are usually calm they are still wild animal” she said.

 



2017-05-26

Shark Bites Kayak in Monterey, CA

An unnamed man waves down a sailboat to rescue him/her as a shark tangles with his kayak.

According to video footage taken March 18th a kayaker somehow ended up in the water and a shark was either tangled in the webbing of the kayak or was attempting to eat it. A video shows the angler several yards from his kayak while a shark thrashes all around it.

Despite the shark pushing the kayak very close to the man, he was unharmed before getting rescued by a nearby sailboat.

The video identifies the shark as a great white; however, that has not yet been unconfirmed. 



2017-05-16

Shark Bites Diver at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

A trained volunteer suffered a bite to his finger while in the water of  the 225,000 gallon South Pacific Aquarium Exhibit at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

Two divers entered the pool for cleaning when a four-foot sandbar shark bit one of the workers hands and then let go. The diver was able to swim to the side of the pool on his own. 

The unnamed diver was taken to Tacoma General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

It is unclear what prompted the shark to bite. Officials noticed in June the sharks began showing different swimming patterns prompting the zoo to halt dives. However, a six month study showed nothing was wrong with the sharks.

The zoo has cancelled all open water dives until the Diving Control Board reviews what happened.

Souce: www.kiro7.com



2017-05-14

Great White Bites Fishing Boat

A Perth man’s boat was bitten while fishing off the coast of Rottenest Island.

Andrew Holdsworth and friends were fishing about 2 miles off shore when a great white approximately 10 feet in length approached their boat. The shark made several attempts at biting the anchor that was lowered. Once the men pulled the anchor in, the shark set its sight on the boat. It circled it for about five minutes and then nibbled at the engine.

Nobody injuries were reported in the ordeal. To watch live footage click link below

Shark Bites Fishing Boat Video

Source: www.thewest.com.au 



2017-05-12

Spearfisherman Bitten by Shark Returning to Bout

County: United Arab Emirates

Location: Gulf of Oman, 6 miles off Khor Fakkan

Ali Mohammad Hamad Al Beloushi, a 41-year-old veteran spearfisherman in the Gulf of Oman was 10 feet from his boat when a shark bit down on his right leg.

He had just surfaced from a 59-foot exploratory dive when the incident occurred Friday morning, according to Gulf News.

Omar, a friend whom Al Beloushi fishes with every morning, saw the shark incident and used his speargun to shoot the shark, enabling Al Beloushi to free himself from the shark.

Al Beloushi's friend captured the shark and towed it to shore where an ambulance was waiting to take Al Beloushi to a hospital for initial treatment for the "severe bites in his right leg."

“If his friend hadn’t been around, my brother might have died,” Hassan told the Gulf News. “He would have bled to death.”

Al Beloushi was subsequently taken to a hospital in Abu Dhabi for further treatment where he was reported to be in stable condition and in "good spirits."

The area has now had two shark incidents in the past 5 months.

Credit: www.m.gulfnews.com

 

 

 

 

 

 



2017-05-06

North Queensland Man Bitten by Shark while Attempting to Wrestle It.

Country: Austrailia

Location:North Queensland

A 29-year-old man was bitten in the thigh while trying to lasso a shark. 

Josh Neille was dangling his legs over the boat as he tried to grab the shark's tale. Freinds filmed, as Neille decided to lasso the shark. The unidentified shark bit back causing injury to his inner thigh.

Neille explains, "Just wanted to land the 9 ft shark, so armed with a rope I dived into the shark and croc infested waters I remote far North Queensland and tried to wrestle it to the boat and tail rope it."

Neille was treated at Weipa Hospital.

This is considered a provoked incident.

Click Here to Watch the Video.

Source: www.thesun.co.uk



2017-05-03

Possible Shark Bite off Sunset Beach, CA

An 18-year old-female was injured while surfing with a friend.

According to NBC4 News, Sophia Raab was surfing when suddenly the shoreline became red with blood. "I had no idea"  she said, "I thought I was going to loose my leg".

Lifeguards, fellow surfers and friends came to her aid. 

Nobody really knows what caused the injury. 

Raab Googled orthopedic surgeons and found Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, who is convinced it's a great white. Mandelbaum, a marine biology major who became a surgeon says a great white shark is responsible even though lifeguards said there was no shark sighting before, during or after the incident.

"It's a shark bite by a great white or a mako," he said. "Probably three to four inches."

Mandelbaum also happens to be a former lifeguard who frequently swims with the sharks.

"I know my sharks," he said. "This is my first bite, but it's a bite."

Los Angeles County lifeguards say there was no shark sighting before, during or after the incident.

Source: www.nbclosangeles.com
 



2017-04-30

Swimmer Bitten by Shark near San Diego, CA

Country: United States

Location: California

A 35-year-old woman was bitten by a shark off San Onofre State Beach Saturday afternoon.

Leeanne Ericson  was wading in the ocean with her boyfriend when a rescuer who was surfing heard her scream.

"He jumped and dove off the board and went looking for her and found her on the bottom and brought her up on the surf board and paddled in with her and tied the leash around her leg to try to control the bleeding until they airlifted her down to the hospital, but if it wasn't for him she wouldn't have made it. He truly save her life." Ericson’s mother said.

Ericson’s injuries are extensive. The shark tore her right back leg from her glute to her knee and doctors stated that she had drowned when the shark pulled her under.

According to the victim’s mother, Ericson remains in the hospital fighting for her life.

He said the beach was likely going to be closed for at least 72 hours. This is the second incident in one year in this area.

Source: www.ocregister.com



2017-04-30

Teen Bitten by Shark off Coast of South Africa

Country: South Africa

Location: Plettenberg Bay

A teenager was bitten by a shark while surfing in Plettenberg.

The teen was surfing with two others when he turned to catch a wave and saw a fin approaching toward him. He then felt a bump and bite on his right calf.

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesman Craig Lambinon said the NSRI Plettenberg Bay crew responded to a call around 5:10 pm. “On arrival on the scene a 14-year-old Port Elizabeth male teenager was found already on the beach with bite marks and bite lacerations to his right calf sustained from a shark bite while surfing,” Lambinon said.

The teen was treated by paramedics on the scene for lacerations and bite marks to his right calf before being transported to hospital by ambulance.

 The incident is under investigation but all indications lean towards the bite being made by a great white shark approximately 6 feet in length.

Credit: www.heraldlive.co.za



2017-04-29

Woman Bitten by Shark at Folly Beach

Country: United States

Location: FOLLY BEACH, S.C.

Folly Beach got its first recorded shark incident of the year. On Saturday morning 33-year-old Holly Dyar was bitten in the area of 1655 East Ashley Boulevard.

Folly Beach Fire Department stated that she was bitten on the left foot while surfing. The bite diameter was five inches.

She was taken to the local hospital with minimal injuries and minimal blood loss.

Update: Her foot is healing, but she'll likely remain on crutches for the next few weeks. She's said there was no tearing, nerve, or ligament damage. So a full recovery is expected.



2017-04-29

Bodyboarder Dies in Shark Incident off La Reunion Island

Country: France

Location: Pointe au Sel, Reunion

28-year-old Adrien Dubosc, a trained shark spotter, was bitten in the leg in waters off Pointe au Sel, Reunion, on Saturday morning.

He was dragged to shore and given CPR in front of his family members, but rescuers could not save him. His death comes just weeks after his best friend Alexandre Naussac, 26, died on a nearby beach on the French island.

Adrien was a member of Shark Watch Patrol which is dedicated to cutting down spiralling shark deaths on the island. He was a known shark lover who regularly posted Facebook pictures of the animals he had seen.   

A police spokesman stated, “The young man was in the water with two friends, when a shark bit his right thigh and his groin area. The victim was pulled out of the water, and emergency workers arrived very quickly. Despite cardiac massage, he died within half an hour of the incident.”

The island, which is only 40 miles long, has seen 15 percent of all the world’s fatal shark incidents over the past 5 years.  Adrien is the 9th person to be killed by a shark off Reunion in the last 6 years.

Our thoughts are with Adrien's family and friends. 

Information Provided by www.thesun.co.uk

 



2017-04-27

French Tourist Bitten in New Zealand

A woman in her mid 20s was bitten by a shark while bodyboarding with friends at Curio Bay Beach.

The French tourist was bodyboarding around 2 pm when the incident occurred. Witnesses report her legs were engulfed in the sharks mouth up to her lower thighs. She was conscious while friends dragged her from the water and said she remained calm. They bandaged her wounds with blood soaked towels while a neighbor called emergency services.

She was lifted by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital where she was treated for two deep puncture wounds and had several slashes on her body from three different bites.

Southern District Health Board stated the woman was in stable condition.

It is suspected that a  broadnose sevengill shark was responsible for the bite wounds. 



2017-04-22

Shark Incident at Ascension Island

Country:  British Territory of St. Helena

Location:  Ascension Island

A British woman has been bitten by a shark while snorkeling off Ascension Island.

Frankie Gonsalves was snorkeling with her husband when a shark bit her in the leg. Sources say her husband punched the shark which in turn attacked him; however, this report is unconfirmed.

The mother of two was treated at a local Georgetown Hospital and then airlifted to the UK.

The extent of Gonsalves’s injuries is unclear as is the type of shark that bit her.

The government has issued a enter water at own risk statement. 

Credit:  www.independent.co.uk



2017-04-20

Man suffers suspected shark bite in South Carolina

An unidentified man has suffered wounds consistent with a shark bite.

Fire rescue was called to a beach near Pawleys Island in Georgetown County at 8:50 am. According to Chief Eggiman the man was swimming when he felt something bite him on the foot.

The man was transported to the hospital for and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Officials say the incident is being classified as a “possible shark bite” as no one has been able to confirm what animal injured the victim and no shark sightings have been reported in the area.



2017-04-18

4th Shark Bite in Volusia County Beach, Fl

A person has been bitten by a shark at Volusia County Beach Monday afternoon.

The victim was in very shallow water in Daytona Beach Shores near the Emilia Avenue approach, nearly 1 mile south of Dunlawton Avenue, when she suffered a minor bite to the foot.

No treatment was needed. 

This is the fourth bite this year in Volusia County. The first two reported shark bites both occurred in New Smyrna Beach, and the third occurred in Ormond Beach.

In 2016, there were 15 reported shark bites.

 



2017-04-17

Teenage Surfer Dies in Shark Incident


Country:  

Austraila 

Location: 

Kelp Beds, Wylie Bay, near Esperance, WA

Incident Details:

Teesh Brouwer has passed away after she was bitten by a shark while surfing with her father off Australia"s south coast.

The shark incident occurred at the Kelp Beds beach, approximately 3 miles east of Wylie Bay, near Esperance in the state of Western Australia, around 4pm on Monday.

The 17-year-old was unconscious when she was pulled out of the water by rescuers. It was reported that she lost her left leg in the incident and was in a critical condition when she arrived at the hospital.

Shortly after Teesh arrived at the hospital officials announced that the she had succumbed to her injuries. Our thoughts go out to her father and the rest of her family. 

Wylie Bay beach will be closed until further notice.



2017-04-15

Teenage Boy Bitten by Shark at Hanna Park

Country

United States

Location:

Jacksonville, Hanna Park, Florida
 

Incident Details:

A 17-year-old Jacksonville boy was bitten on his heel by a shark while surfing Friday afternoon at Hanna Park.
 

Keanan Perry was taken to Baptist Beaches Hospital were he was admitted. Overnight he went underwent successful surgery on his severed Achilles" tendon.
 

"I didn"t see anything at all. I had nothing on my mind about that. We had just seen dolphins. I had no fear at all, I was just doing my normal surfing like I do two to three times a week," Perry said.
 

"I was near the shore, away from everybody in a dead zone by myself, jumped off my board to see how deep it was. I was thinking about walking out. It was chest high, deeper than I expected. Right when my foot was hit, I didn"t see anything. It just latched, then was gone right after," Perry said. "Right when it happened, there was so much pressure. I was, like, that"s a shark bite. I could feel the teeth. It was very aggressive for a second. I hopped on my board and was trying to paddle in."
 

Once to shore, Perry and his buddy were able to flag down a nearby fisherman, who applied pressure to his wound for 10 minutes until paramedics arrived.
 

"He was in about 2 feet of water saying he"d been bit," said fisherman Kevin Rowland, who helped the teenager. "I grabbed him, pulled him up here. My wife got a towel and we wrapped it around the ankle. It was about a 4-inch laceration on the right back part of the ankle. Didn"t look like it had gotten to the tendon. Then one tooth mark in the bottom of the foot, about 3 inches."
 

"They (the paramedics) said, "You definitely got a good bite. It"s, like, a big, just, back of my heel, chunk gone. All around my foot is teeth marks," he said. "I"ll definitely get back in, but I ain"t going to put my feet in the water."
 

Even though he has a long road ahead to recover, Perry stated that he looks forward to getting back on his surfboard.
 

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www.news4jax.com



2017-04-14

Tiger Shark Bites Surfer at Kekaha Beach

Country
United States
Location:
Kekaha, Davidson Point, Hawaii

Incident Details:
A 28-year-old man from France had been surfing at a popular surf spot known as Davidson's, when he was bitten by a 12-foot tiger shark.

The surfer was roughly 100 yards offshore when his lower right leg was bitten and severely injured, and he was transported to Wilcox Hospital in critical condition.

Piegot, who friends know as Coach Mac, was the one to call 911.

"I saw the attack. I had just come in. I could tell he was being attacked. He was being thrashed around. I am watching the victim. I saw him paddling and I could tell his arms and shoulders worked well and he caught white water. Then he is yelling, and he is yelling for help. Once I saw the trail of blood I called 911," said Piegott.

The quick thinking from Piegott probably saved the victims life.

Lifeguards have posted "Shark Sighted" and "No Swimming" signs along Kekaha Beach and are monitoring the shoreline to warn beachgoers to stay out of the water until further notice.

Lifeguards will reassess the water conditions this morning to determine if it is safe for swimming.

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www.khon2.com



2017-04-13

Canadian Tourist Bit on Calf in Florida

Country
United States
Location:
Ormond Beach, FL

Incident Details:
A Canadian tourist was bitten by a shark while surfing at Ormond Beach.

Reports state approximately 4 pm Tuesday the 35-year-old woman jumped off her board into chest deep water and was bit on the calf.

She was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The incident is the third shark bite in Volusia County this year.

Credit: www.clickorlando.com



2017-04-13

Woman Bitten by Shark in St. Augustine, Fl.

Country
United States
Location:
St. Augustine, Fl

Incident Details:
A women from Putnam County is getting around on crutches Thursday, just one day after she was bitten on the foot by a shark while surfing south of the St. Augustine Beach Pier.

Kerry Keyton, of Palatka, said she has been surfing for at least 12 years and has seen only 2 sharks. She was paddling out and didn't see the one that bit her, so she doesn't know how big it was, but felt its teeth sink into her foot.

"I was off my board in the water and I was trying to get back on my board and something just hit me. It felt like my foot was just like, in a hole, which didn't make sense," Keyton said. "I got back up on my board and I was kind of afraid it was going to come after me again, so I knew I just needed to paddle and get out of there, so I just started praying."

She said she got to shore and asked another beachgoer to call a lifeguard. St. Johns County Fire Rescue took Keyton to Flagler Hospital, where she received 28 stitches and was released.

Credit: www.news4jax.com



2017-04-12

Man Dies After Shark Bite Near Shelly Beach

Country
South Africa
Location:
Shelly Beach

Incident Details:
A German citizen has been fatally wounded by what is believed to be a shark.

The 68-year-old man was scuba diving off Shelly Beach when friends reported him missing after surfacing from a dive.

Following an extensive search by National Sea Rescue Institute and police, the remains of a body were discovered and handed over to Forensic Pathology Services.

The incident is currently under investigation.

Credit: m.news24.com



2017-04-10

10-Year-Old Bitten by Shark in Melbourne Beach

Country
United States
Location:
Melbourne Beach, Florida

Incident Details:
A 10-year-old girl has been bitten by a shark in Melbourne Beach on Monday afternoon which resulted in a 6-inch laceration on the girl's leg.

The incident occurred around the 9000 block of A1A in Melbourne Beach around 4:45 p.m.

The girl was transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando with a serious injury to her left calf. Brevard County spokesman Don Walker made a statement saying that the injury is indicative of a shark bite.

The beach was cleared until officials determined it was safe to return.

www.spacecoastdaily.com



2017-04-07

Teenager Bitten by Shark at Daytona Beach

Country
United States
Location:
Daytona Beach, FL

Incident Details:
16-year-old Kody Stephens from Peachtree City, Georgia, was swimming in chest deep water while on vacation in Daytona, Florida when he felt something bite his foot.

Stevens told reporters that he didn't see what bit him because he got out of the water as fast as he could, but the first responders told him the wound on his foot appeared to be a shark bite.

Kody stated that he felt very lucky because he knew it could have been a lot worse and that the next time he goes to the beach he'll be more cautious.

www.11alive.com



2017-04-05

Woman Bitten by Shark at New Smyrna Beach

Country
United States
Location:
New Smyrna Beach, FL

Incident Details:
A 51-year-old Georgia woman is recovering after she was bitten by a shark on her thigh as she swam off of Florida's Atlantic coast.

Melanie Lawson stated that she had told her children not to go deeper than 3 feet as they swam off New Smyrna Beach on Wednesday. Shortly after her conversation with her children she felt something hit her, knocking her over in the water, and then felt the pain.

"I grew up in San Diego, so I'm used to boats and swimming. Something just hit me real hard on the side, knocked me over, scared me to death, and all of a sudden I felt something painful. I was kind of shocked because it was in such a shallow area. Scared me to death," Lawson told the news stations.

Lawson said she knows it could have been worse and she will go into the ocean again, just not for a long time.

Lawson, who lives in Marietta, north of Atlanta, was taken to the local hospital for treatment and was released with minor injuries.

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www.wfla.com & www.wesh.com



2017-04-03

Teenage Girl Bitten by Shark in the Gulf of Mexico

Country
United States
Location:
Florida

Incident Details:
Caitlyn Taylor, 17 from Louisville was bitten by a shark while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico near the Sandestin condominiums in Destin, Florida

The 17-year-old girl was swimming near a sandbar on Sunday around 3:30 when a 5-foot-long shark bit her on the leg, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says.

She was taken to a local medical center for treatment with injuries described as a scratch on her left leg, and a puncture wound on the right which required around 80 stitches, but no major damage was done.

Credit: www.wdrb.com



2017-04-03

Man Bitten by Shark at One Mile Beach

Country
Australia
Location:
Port Stephens

Incident Details:
A man has suffered a shark bite at One Mile Beach in the Hunter Region of New South Wales.

The 46-year-old man was treated by paramedics for minor lacerations on his left foot and calf around 5:30 on Sunday. He was taken to the John Hunter Hospital where he remained in a stable condition on Monday.

The species of the shark is unknown.

Credit: www.theherald.com.au



2017-04-02

Shark Takes Bite out of Kayak in Austalia

Country
Australia
Location:
Brisbane

Incident Details:
A Sunshine Coast man has escaped injury after a shark bit off the back of his kayak in Moreton Bay.

The 39-year-old man was paddling with eight others towards Mud Island when the shark bit his kayak. The man was able to call emergency crews as his kayak began to sink.

Police arrived around 4pm and pulled the shaken but unharmed kayaker from the water. Photos released by police showed a large portion of the kayak missing. Sergeant Gordon Thiry from Brisbane Water Police said the man was lucky were able to find him before the shark returned.

Credit: 9news.com.au



2017-04-01

Great White Bites Kayak off California Coast

Country
United States
Location:
Cannery Row, CA

Incident Details:
A man was thrown from his kayak while paddling to the shore after a trip to Pacific Grove.

On March 18, Brian Correiar was Kayaking back to the Coast Guard Pier by Cannery Row around 4:30. He recounted on a diving website, "I heard a loud bang as my kayak and I flew into the air. I landed outside my boat, look back to it and to my horror saw a large great white shark no more than three feet away had my kayak in its mouth."

After about five minutes of trying to get to shore with minimal splashing, Correiar thought to put in a mayday call to the Coast Guard using his Nautilus Lifeline.

"While this was going on, the shark was using my boat as a chew toy. I saw it spin with the boat at least three times. It started pushing the boat towards me and then left the boat and headed for me. Suddenly it dove. I put my face in the water to see if it was under me, but I couldn't see anything."

Within minutes a 29-foot Coast Guard Response boat arrived and brought Correiar to shore. Upon arrival his kayak was examined. "Bite marks show that it had the whole girth of the boat in its mouth. My boat is covered with bite marks from end to end with multiple punctures."

Correiar had no injuries other than numbing feet from the extremely cold water.

Credit: montereycountyweekly.com



2017-03-29

Great White Bites Boat off North Carolina Coast

Country:
United States
Location:
Wrightsville Beach, NC


Incident Details:
A man reports a great white shark took a bite out of his motor while fishing just off the North Carolina coast.

Jannick Shroder said he and two friends went fishing on Saint Patrick's day about 30 miles off the coast. As he was reeling in a fish he snagged, that happened to be a shark, he spotted what looked to be a great white chasing the shark he had on his line. It circled the shark on his line and suddenly snapped it in half.

During the ordeal, the boat took a hit. "I heard something and I was like half falling, half leaning back and then, suddenly I was on the floor," Schroeder said.

After returning to shore, Schroeder discovered bite marks and a tooth lodged in the motor casing. It was confirmed the tooth belonged to a great white shark.

According to Ocearch, Cisco, the great white, pinged off Wrightsville Beach on March 16 at 4:00 a.m. and has been hanging around the area.

Credit: http://www.wwaytv3.com



2017-03-27

Shark Bites Surfer on Foot in New Smyrna Beach

Country
United States
Location:
New Smyrna Beach, FL

Incident Details:
A 58-year-old Stuart man was bit in the foot by a shark in New Smyrna Beach on Monday morning, reports Volusia County Beach Safety Capt. Tamra Marris

Marris said the man was water surfing on his own around 10 a.m. near Beachway Avenue, approximately 30-40 yards off shore.

The unnamed man was able to get to safety on his own. His injuries are considered minor.

The shark was not seen so there is no report as to what type it was. Marris said it's the first shark bite this year at New Smyrna Beach.

Credit:orlandosentinel.com>



2017-03-19

Spanish Tourist Bitten on Bottom by Shark

Country
New South Wales
Location:
Killalea State Park

Incident Details:
Backpacker Gonzalo Fernandez was body-boarding at The Farm, near Wollongong, at dusk on Sunday when he was bitten by a shark.

30-year-old Fernandez said he was about to catch a wave at the Killalea State Park when the shark came up behind him and sunk its teeth into his backside.

"I was really scared and we started touching the back side of my bum to make sure it was all there," Fernandez said, "I started whacking (the shark) and hitting it hard until it let me go."

Fernandez was lucky to escape with only a few puncture wounds, and didn't require medical treatment.

Witnesses described the shark as possibly a six to nine foot bull shark.

Credit: www.au.news.yahoo.com



2017-03-11

Man Bitten by Lemon Shark in Bahamas

Country
Bahamas
Location:
Great Exuma

Incident Details:
A 58-year-old man has been bitten by a shark while fishing off the coast of Great Exuma.

George Keywood was wading while fishing when he caught a fish. As he released his catch a lemon shark bit his hand and calf.

"It was surreal. I'd released the fish I'd just caught and was washing some slime off my hand in the water. The next thing I know there's this thing banging against my leg. Then it went for my hand. It was a bit of a blur - there was a lot of blood," he reported.

Keywood was able to make in back to the boat and after a 20 minute ride he went to a local hospital. He suffered nerve damage to his hand that the hospital was unable to treat so was transported to Nassau and was seen by a specialist.

This is considered a provoked incident.

Credit:www.trackingsharks.com



2017-02-27

Woman Bitten by Bull Shark in Coral Bay, AU

Country:
Australia
Location:
Coral Bay


Incident Details:
A woman has been bitten on the hand by a bull shark at Coral Bay over the weekend while snorkeling.

The unidentified woman was snorkeling around 10 a.m. approximately 20 yards off the coast when she was bitten by what is believed to be a bull shark. She took herself to shore and was treated at a local nursing station.

The victim received minor injuries that were treated with stitches.

watoday.com.au



2017-02-21

Man, 26, Dies in Shark Incident off Reunion Island

Country:
France
Location:
Reunion Island


Incident Details:
The man, identified as Alexandre Naussac, entered the waters of Saint-Andre, which was officially closed to ocean goers, around 9:30 a.m. this morning.

Naussac was bitten by a shark on the thigh while boarding with a group in the mouth of the Mat River. Unfortunately his femoral artery was severed during the incident, causing a substantial amount of blood loss.

A rescue helicopter was dispatched to the scene, but Naussac had passed away before being pulled from the water.

The shark incident took place in a zone where water activities were banned. Fishermen told reporters they had warned the bodyboarders that sharks were in the area.

This is the 20th shark incident off Reunion since 2011, eight of which have been fatal.

www.trackingsharks.com



2017-02-18

Man Critically Injured while Spear Fishing in Great Barrier Reef

Country:
Australia
Location:
Hinchinbrook Island


Incident Details:
A 26-year-old man has been critically injured while spear fishing.

Glenn Dickson was diving off the coast when he was repeatedly bitten in the left leg by what friends said was either a bull or tiger shark.

Dickson was transported by boat to mainland where paramedics stabilized him before transporting via helicopter Cairns Base Hospital some 90 miles north.

Neil Noble, Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Supervisor described the attack as a "very close call", adding that the victim "lost consciousness and lost a significant amount of blood".

Dickson underwent surgery and is reported in critical but stable condition.

www.itv.com



2017-02-11

Swimmer Bitten by Shark in Melbourne, Florida

Country:
Untied States
Location:
Melbourne, Fl


Incident Details:
A 22-year-old was bitten by a shark at Melbourne Beach Saturday afternoon.

The unidentified man was swimming around 1:30 when he was bitten.

The victim was taken to Brevard County hospital for treatment.

Ocean Park, the beach where the swimmer was bitten, does not staff lifeguards during winter months, Florida Today reported. Signs are posted advising people to swim at their own risk.

Credit:www.nola.com



2017-02-08

South African Resident Knocked off Kayak while Fishing

Country
South Africa
Location:
Umhlanga

Incident Details:
An Umhlanga resident was knock of his kayak while fishing near Eastmoor Crescent Beach Monday afternoon.

Murray van Wyk and friend Owen McMillon were fishing approximately one and a half miles off the shore when the incident happened. McMillon recounted the events, "He was busy reeling in his catch, a tuna, and he saw a large splash near the kayak. He thought it was a shark and I didn't believe him. It wasn't until I was paddling towards him I just saw this large shark launch itself out of the water knocking him off. He popped up out of the water immediately and I went over to him. He was lying prone on his upturned kayak. Thankfully he was unharmed but everything he had was knocked out of kayak."

No injuries were reported. "When we reached the shore, we realized how much the kayak had been damaged. We think it was a tiger shark based on the markings. Last month we spotted a tiger shark's fin come out of the water while we were paddling in the area," McMillan said.

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2017-02-07

Tourist Suffers Bit Wound to Hand

Country:
Brazil
Location:
Fernando de Noronha,


Incident Details:
An unidentified woman was bitten on the hand in a provoked incident with a shark.

The tourist grabbed hold of the shark for a picture when the shark grabbed hold of her. As she attempted to relinquish the shark, it refused to let go leaving the tourist with a bite wound to her hand.

The woman was treated for stitches to her right hand.

www.dailystar.co.uk



2017-01-28

Woman Sustains Minor Injury while Surfing at Pelican Park Beach, Fl

Country:
United States
Location:
Pelican Park Beach, FL


Incident Details:
A woman was bitten by what is believed to be a blacktip shark while surfing at Pelican Beach, Fl.

Taylor Richard recounts the incident in an email to sharkbytesapp.com, "I had just caught a wave and was turning around in the white water to paddle back out. I felt something swim up against my leg so I quickly began to paddle away. I then felt the shark bite my foot and let go. I saw it swim away and it looked to be about a 2-3 foot shark. Not sure what type, but the guess is a blacktip because they are in the area right now."

Taylor refused hospital treatment; instead she closed the wound to her big toe with butterfly bandages.

www.sharkbytesapp.com/b>


2017-01-27

Man Bitten in Shallow Waters of Brazil

Country:
Brazil
Location:
Recife


Incident Details:
A 21-year-old man was bitten while swimming by what is believed to be a shark pup.

Arthur Andrade was swimming in waist deep water when he notice movement just after the tide began receding. As he swam back toward the beach, his father helped him out of the water just as Andrade was bitten on the right hand.

Andrade was taken to St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Derby, central Recife where he received medical treatment for a small bite to his right ring finger.

The hotel had signs posted warning of sharks but Adrade's father encouraged authorities to do more to alert people due to the large number of shark pups present in the area.

www.trackingsharks.com


2017-01-25

10-Year-Old Boy Surfs over a Great White

Country:
Australia
Location:
Samurai Beach, Port Stephens


Incident Details:
A 10-year-old boy encountered a shark while surfing late Tuesday off Samurai Beach at Port Stephens, AU.

Eden Hansen was out with his family when his father captured an image of his son surfing with a shark approximately 7 feet in length swimming underneath him with its mouth open.

Mr. Hansen said, "It was just one of those one-in-a-million shots." He started taking shots after going for a dip. "I saw something just before that and I was about to call him in but he took off on a wave and just click, click, click, click, click. Then I just had a gut feeling and so I zoomed in and went wow."

Southern Cross University marine biology associate professor Danny Bucher said it appeared to be a white pointer, trying to roll away from the surfboard.

"Well, it certainly does look like a great white," Dr Bucher said. "From the look of it, it looks like it's started to roll on its back as it has gone through the wave. That would probably indicate that it's trying to actually swim away from the approaching board."

Eden said, "Lucky I didn't fall off, Dad." Mr. Hansen reported his son had already gone back in for a surf. "You put your seatbelt on in the car and you don't worry about a car accident; you just have to be aware."

www.abc.net.au/


2017-01-24

Diver Has Close Encounter With Shark

Country:
Australia
Location:
Coral Bay


Incident Details:
Tim Van Beelen was spear fishing in the Coral Bay area when he encountered a shark.

Van Beelan caught a fish on his line when a shark decided he wanted the fish as well. Van Beelan along with his friends came very close to the shark as it circled out and around in hopes for a bite to eat.

The event was recorded and can be viewed below. There were no injuries reported.

Coral Bay Spearfisherman
www.thrillist.com


2017-01-22

Teen Bitten by Shark Near Vero Beach

Country:
United States
Location:
Vero Beach, River County, FL


Incident Details:
The 14-year-old teen was surfing with friends about 1.5 miles south of South Beach Park in the Vero Beach area. Local surfers call the area the Shorelands. There is an artificial reef there which attracts bait fish, which attract sharks.
According to Lt. Eric Flowers, the sheriff's spokesman, the teenage boy was bitten on the wrist while he was surfing.

The unidentified teen was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute Sunday afternoon .

The reported wound was described as a non-life-threatening injury but did need to be repaired surgically.

www.tcpalm.com


2017-01-21

Man Bitten by Shark while Diving on Great Barrier Reef near Torres Strait's Murray Island

Country:
Australia
Location:
Murray Island, Great Barrier Reef


Incident Details:
The 55-year-old boat skipper was diving about 60 nautical miles east of Murray Island when he was bitten by a shark.

The man suffered lacerations to the right hand, left bicep, chest and stomach. Other crew members helped him back on board the large fishing boat around 12:40pm, where a trained medic was able to performed first aid to slow the bleeding.

It took about 5 hours to get the man back to the tiny medical clinic on Murray Island. He then had to wait another 3 hours for a rescue helicopter to arrive from Horn Island, after an earlier attempt was called off due to bad weather.

The chopper eventually arrived at Murray Island just after 9:00pm and immediately left for the Thursday Island Hospital, which took another 3 hours. The patient finally went in for surgery just after midnight. He is now reported to be in stable condition.



www.abc.net.au


2017-01-13

Lifeguard Suffers Bite at Jensen Beach, FL

Country:
United States
Location:
Jensen Beach, FL


Incident Details:
A lifeguard suffered a bite wound to his hand at Jensen Beach.

The unidentified man was paddling in the ocean when he was bitten by a shark. It is unclear what kind.

It is reported he sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

An avid beach visitor says sharks in this area right now are common. "This is the time of year to be coming in. Let's say they're the unwanted snowbirds or the unwanted tourists," said Robert Gramer.

Swimming is prohibited at the public beach at Jensen Beach until further notice.

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2017-01-12

Man Suffers Bite to Hand in Queensland

Country:
Australia
Location:
Queensland


Incident Details:
A 50-year-old male suffered a bite to his hand in Queensland.

The unidentified man was swimming near Flaggy Rock, south of Mackay when he was bitten on the hand by what is thought to be a shark.

The victim was taken to Sarina Hospital just after 1:30 where he is reported in stable condition.

www.news.com.au


2017-01-10

Diver Plunges Spear Gun into Bull Sharks Mouth to Escape Injury

Country:
Australia
Location:
Queensland


Incident Details:
A 35-year-old male fended off a bull shark while diving near the Great Barrier Reef.

Kerry Daniel was spearfishing when a bull shark charged at him. Daniel reported fishing in a channel off the northern-most tip of Queensland when he swam away from the main group.

It was then that he saw the shark swimming around 50 yards below him, and tried to steer clear of it but he said the creature immediately turned to face him and started swimming toward him.

Daniel plunged his spear gun into the sharks mouth, "He ripped the gun out of my hand, ripped the line off too. I didn't realize the gun was stuck in his mouth so I was waiting for him to spit it out but then thought it wasn't worth it and swum away."

Daniel was able to record the incident. To watch the video click on the link below

Bullshark-Spearfisherman

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2017-01-09

Surfer Injured in Shark Incident at Balian Beach

Country:
Bali
Location:
Balian, Indonesia


Incident Details:
A 48-year-old male was allegedly bitten by a shark while surfing at Balian Beach, Bali.

Daniel Moore was out surfing when he was allegedly bitten by a shark at 7:30 am on Monday morning.

Moore was on his board and had his right hand in the water when a suspected bull shark grabbed hold severing his tendons. Moore was taken to BIMC Hospital in Badung, Tabanan Police spokesman Assistant Commissioner I Putu Oka Suyasa reported.

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2017-01-06

Man Bitten by a Shark at Merimbula Beach

Country:
United States
Location:
Merimbula Beach, SC


Incident Details:
A 20-year-old man received 10 stitches after being bitten on the foot by a shark while standing in waist deep water at Merimbula Beach.

Mitchell Collins was swimming just 10 to 15 yards from shore around 6 pm on Tuesday when he felt the shark bite his foot.

Collins stated, "I had my feet on the ground, I went to step and as I did it bit my foot. I knew it was a bite straight away and it knocked me down. It felt really sharp but it wasn't that painful and I was in shock I think. I didn't see it but I got a good feel of it."

Mr Collins cousin, Jayden, was next to him at the time of the incident and said he saw what he thought was a bronze whaler 5-6 feet in length swim away.

Mr. Collins was taken South East Regional Hospital, where he received 10 stitches to his toes and the top of his foot.

Mr Collins also stated he would be back in the water as soon as possible.

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2017-01-05

Shark Bite off Florida Coast

Country:
United States
Location:
Blockhouse Beach, Fl


Incident Details:
A 47-year-old male was bitten on the foot by what is believed to be a shark.

The unidentified man was wading in the water on the beach near Patrick Airforce Base around 12:30 pm when he was "bitten on the foot", reported Brevard County Ocean Lifeguard Chief Eisen Witcher.

The victim was transported to a nearby hospital for stitches to his left foot.

Witcher could not confirm if the creature that bit into the man's foot was a shark. However, a variety of sharks are known to be in the waters off of Brevard's 72-mile coastline.

www.floridatoday.com


2016-12-30

Female Musician Bit by Lemon Shark in Brazil

Country:
Brazil
Location:
Lion's Beach


Incident Details:
A 49-year-old female was bitten on the left leg by what is believed to be a lemon shark.

The unidentified musician was in approximately 4-feet of water with her 7-year-old son when she felt something grab her calf. The woman punched the shark and it swam away.

The woman suffered superficial wounds and was taken to the hospital by family members for treatment. Her wound appears to be similar to those of a lemon sharks small teeth.

http://www.trackingsharks.com


2016-12-27

Teen Bitten by Shark While Surfing on North Hutchinson Island

Country:
United States
Location:
Avalon Beach State Park on North Hutchinson Island, Fl


Incident Details:
A 16-year-old male was bitten on the right forearm while surfing Tuesday.

Zack Davis reported rolling into the end of a wave and dropping a few feet underwater. That was when a shark, about 5 feet in length, chomped down on his right forearm. Davis said the shark let go immediately. "The first thing I did was make sure not to panic," he said.

Davis wrapped a cord from his surf board around his arm to limit blood loss and ran home. Upon arrival, "He came into the house with blood spilling out of his arm and told me, 'Don't freak out, Mom'", Davis's mother said.

Paramedics responded and took the teen to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce where doctors stitched up the wound and continued to monitor Davis overnight. It took 42 stitches to seal it up.

Zack was wearing a new band with magnetic technology that advertises it repels sharks away from swimmers.

"I got this for Christmas," Zack stated, showing the green plastic band that looks like a watch with no face, "It is a shark band and it was supposed to keep sharks away and the first time I wore it, I get bit."

Zack's mom, who is shaken by all this says she hopes to at least get her $80 back for the Shark Banz.

Click here to watch an interview with Zack about the incident.

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2016-12-24

Snorkeler Bitten by Shark at Bundegi Sanctuary Zone

Country
Australia
Location:
WA, Bundegi

Incident Details:
On Christmas Eve a female snorkeler was bitten on the buttocks by a shark while out exploring a marine sanctuary, near Exmouth.

A WA Fisheries spokesman said the incident, that was only reported today, happened near Southern Dive Mooring at the Bundegi Sanctuary Zone.

He said the victim was snorkeling with her partner around 700 to 1000 meters from shore in a depth around 5 meters when a small shark bit her bottom.

The woman did not see the shark and left the water immediately. She was taken to Exmouth Hospital for treatment.

The species of shark is still unknown.

Credit:www.perthnow.com



2016-12-19

Man brought safely to shore after shark takes bite out of surf-ski

Country
South Africa
Location:
Plettenberg Bay

Incident Details:
A Pretoria man was knocked of his surf-ski by what was thought to be a 13-foot great white shark on Monday morning.

55-year-old Ben Swart reported, "that he and his two friends, Nick Bester and Ronald Pronk, regular paddlers on holiday in Plettenberg Bay, were paddling from Central Beach to Keurbooms on their three surf-skis." The three men were approximately 1200 feet off shore when Swart felt a huge bump to his board and he flew into the air, and then landed in the water.

Swart was able to swim back to his damaged surf-ski and the three friends rafted their vessels together and paddled to shore.

No injuries were reported and the beach is being monitored.

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2016-12-16

Man Bit at New Smyrna Beach

Country
United States
Location:
New Smyrna, FL

Incident Details:
A 19-year old man suffered bite wounds to his foot while surfing at New Smyrna Beach Sunday afternoon.

Shane Garthwait said he was floating on his board when he felt a sudden tug on his right foot, which was dangling in the water. Garthwait had been surfing south of the Jetty for about an hour when he was bit. He did not get a look at the shark but reports having seen two sharks swimming in the area prior.

Garthwait declined treatment and said his father, a nurse, would look at the wound later.

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2016-12-15

Perth Diver Bitten on Foot by Shark at Trigg Beach

Country:
Australia
Location:
WA, Trigg Beach


Incident Details:
A scarborough diver recovering from a shark bite. He claims fishermen gutting fish on the beach are attracting sharks to the area.

Tim Roberts has noticed a big increase in the number of sharks and other dangerous sea life, including stingrays, because of the fish tails and guts that wash out to sea after fishermen gut them on shore.

Mr Roberts, 61, was diving about a 100 meters offshore on Wednesday when a shark supposedly punctured his left foot four times through his fin.

"I swam like crazy after I felt that, I was waiting for the inevitable big bite, but it never happened. That was the worst part, that feeling like your legs are going like jelly," he said.

When he got to the shore he bound his foot with duct tape, then rode his motorcycle home where he applied the bandage you see in the picture above.

www.perthnow.com


2016-12-06

Wobbygong Shark Bites Fisherman in Australia

Country:
Australia
Location:
Geelong


Incident Details:
A fisherman suffered bite wounds to his hands while fishing along the NSW coast.

20-year-old Jesse Phillips, of Belmont, was fishing in shallow surf at Merimbula when he hooked the 6-foot shark. Philips said was trying to get it to shore when it reeled around and bit his hand. He received additional lacerations to his second hand while trying to pry the shark's jaws open.

Phillips was helped home by his younger sister and his mother took him to the hospital where he was treated and discharged.

The shark involved is believed to have been a wobbygong, a species that is generally not dangerous to humans but which has a savage bite when disturbed.

http://www.bay939.com.au


2016-11-30

Surfer Bitten by Shark near Elizabeth Beach, NSW

Country
Australia
Location:
Seven Mile Beach, Booty Point near Foster

Incident Details:
A man in his 60's was surfing at Seven Mile Beach, Booty Point near Foster, at 9:10 am on Thursday when he was bitten.

According to the emergency helicopter crew, the great white shark came up underneath the surfer's board and snapped it in half.

The man suffered puncture wounds to his arm and foot and managed to swim to shore and contact emergency services. He was taken to Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital.

The man told reporters "I'm a bit out of it, but I'm alive. That's the main thing."

A NSW Ambulance spokesperson told the news that paramedics treated his lacerations before airlifting him to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition.

Seven Mile Beach will be closed until further notice.

Click here to watch the news video and read the whole article.

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2016-11-29

Fisherman Bitten on Hand by Shark in Australia

Country
Australia
Location:
Point Lonsdale

Incident Details:
A fisherman has been badly bitten on the hand by a shark near Point Lonsdale in the township of Victoria.

The man, alone and in his 70's, was in his boat approximately one mile off shore. According to paramedic team manager Brad Pole, the victim caught a shark which he described as 5 feet long. He pulled it into his boat and the shark bit him on the hand.

The man wrapped the wound in a towel and drove himself to shore where he was treated by paramedics. Given the serious nature of the wounds, an air ambulance helicopter was dispatched.

The man was taken to Alfred hospital in a serious condition.

This is considered a provoked incident.

Click here to watch the news video.

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2016-11-18

German Tourist Get Up Close and Personal with Great White!

Country
South Africa
Location:
Mossel Bay

Incident Details:
A group of German tourist had a frightful experience while floating in an inflatable blue rubber boat.

The group was enjoying their day at sea when a 12-foot great white approached the boat and suddenly lunged up and out of the water, biting down on the boat. The tourists took a step back as the shark continued to bite through the side of the vessel.

With chunks of boat torn from the side driver, Rainier Schimpf, was able to get the engine going and powered the unbalanced boat to safety.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

Credit:www.dailystar.co.uk



2016-11-17

Fisherman Dies from Shark Bite in Brazil

Country:
Brazil
Location:
Rio Grande do Sul


Incident Details:
A fisherman suffered fatal shark bite wounds while on aboard the German Pescados, an industrial fishing vessel.

32-year-old Linaldo Gaudino de Brito was attempting to pull a shark off a fishing line or net around 10 a.m. when he was bitten on the calf. Crew mates attempted to stop the man's bleeding to no avail. Brazilian Navy was contacted by radio; however, due to mechanical difficulties the call went unanswered. A back up helicopter crew was dispatched but upon arrival the de Brito was found dead.

The fisherman's body was left on vessel during its return to its origin city of Itajai in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.

www.trackingsharks.com


2016-11-15

Woman Suffers Shark Bite in Maui

Country:
United States
Location:
Maui, Hawaii


Incident Details:
A 58-year-old woman sustained injuries consistent with a shark bite Monday.

The woman was reportedly floating on the surface and hanging onto a foam flotation device about 30 yards from shore at Kamaole Beach Park 1 when she was bitten on her right calf and right thigh by something. She reported seeing what appeared to be a shark before swimming to shore on her own accord.

Lifeguards treated the victim's wounds before paramedics transported her to Maui Memorial Medical Center where she is listed in serious condition.

Lifeguards immediately ordered swimmers out of the water and warned beachgoers to stay out of the water for one mile on both sides of Kamaole 1. Area beaches were then closed and were to reopen Tuesday morning.

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2016-10-31

Two Shark Bites Reported over Weekend in Mayport, FL

Country:
United States
Location:
Mayport, Florida


Incident Details:
Two men were bitten by sharks over the weekend in Mayport.

The first incident happened on Saturday afternoon near the Mayport Poles. Derrick Shoup was surfing when he was bitten on the right hand. Shoup was able to get to the hospital without the assistance of an ambulance. He was treated for bite wounds across the palm, requiring 17 stitches. He had no injuries to the tendons and is recuperating at home.

The second incident occurred Sunday afternoon, when a 42-year-old man was bitten on the right leg in the ocean off of the naval station's beach, receiving a non-life threatening injury.

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2016-10-24

Surfer Bit by Shark near Byron Bay, NSW

Country
Australia
Location:
Byron Bay, NSW

Incident Details:
A 36-year-old male suffered bite wounds to his leg while surfing near Byron Bay, NSW.

The unnamed man was surfing with others. Witness Geoffrey Knapp said, "Just to the north of me I saw the two surfers start to paddle very quickly towards the beach and I thought that's a bit strange, maybe they were spooked by the dolphins and they'd mistaken them for a shark."

When a friend waved him in, he knew something was wrong. At the shore they tended to the man's wounds with a first aid kit Knapp had in his car.

Upon arrival, emergency crews transported the victim to Byron Bay Hospital where he was treated for three puncture wounds to his upper thigh and released.

It is not yet known what sort of shark was responsible, but an approximate 3-yard great white shark was spotted at nearby Wategos Beach soon after the incident.

Credit: www.abc.net.au



2016-10-22

Maui Resident Seriously Injured while Surfing

Country:
United States
Location:
Ho'okipa Beach Park, Maui


Incident Details:
A 36-year-old man suffered injuries while surfing off the coast of Ho'okipa Beach.

The unidentified man was surfing approximately 50 yards off the shore off the west point of Ho'okipa Beach at a known surf spot known as "H-Poko". A surfer near the victim looked over after hearing the man scream, and saw a five-foot reef shark biting the surfer's left arm. The shark let go and then bit the man again in the left leg.

A call was placed and paramedics treated him before taking him to Maui Memorial Medical Center where he is listed in serious condition.

http://mauinow.com


2016-10-21

Surfer Suffers Injuries in North Carolina

Country:
United States
Location:
Duck, NC


Incident Details:
A surfer suffered injuries from what is thought to be a shark.

A 21-year-old male was rescued from the water after waving down help. Mark Klein and his wife Kim noticed the man in the water waving to what they thought to a person on one of the balconies. As he got closer to shore they realized he was yelling for help. Mark helped the surfer from the water as his wife called 911.

Emergency crew members responded quickly and the victim was taken to the Outer Banks Hospital. Klein described the bite wounds as "three marks, one by his ankle and two on the side of his feet."

Duck officials say it was an encounter with a marine animal that may or may not have been a shark.
"I know people like to jump to a conclusion but it could be blue fish or other things as well so we really don't know enough to speculate," says Duck's Director of Public Information, Denise Walsh.

As of Wednesday evening, Walsh say there is no public safety concern.

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2016-10-16

Surfer Survives Shark Bite in Queensland

Country:
Australia
Location:
Caloundra, Queensland


Incident Details:
A surfer suffered minor injuries Saturday afternoon at Kings Beach in Caloundra.

Cooper Hallam was surfing approximately 30 feet off the shore of Kings Beach when he was "hit hard" from the rear left side and then took two or three bites to his body before he could react and fight off the shark.

There is no information on the type of shark but Hallam stated the "Shark was obviously small, couldn't fit jaws around my waist, but still enough to give me the fright of my life".

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2016-10-15

Snorkeler Suffers Severe Bite Wounds to Leg in Maui

Country:
United States
Location:
Kihei, Hawaii


Incident Details:
Beach goers along Maui coast are alerted after snorkeler suffered a suspected shark bite.

A 66-year-old woman was snorkeling approximately 20-30 yards from the shore in 7 feet of water. There were no eye witnesses to confirm a shark sighting; however, two people came to her aid after hearing commotion. A male resident of Washington State swam to her assistance as well as a nearby stand up paddle boarder. They assisted the victim onto the board and took her to shore. Pierre Luc recalls the event, "We saw someone screaming and people came in to help us, so we swam into the water and helped the girl out." He reported the woman was bleeding profusely and "She was missing half her calf."

The victim lost consciousness upon reaching shore. She was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in serious condition with severe wounds to her leg.

It is not clear as to the type of shark involved in the incident; but, a recent study showed Maui has attractive waters for tiger sharks.

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2016-10-12

Second Shark Bite at Ballina in a Month

Country:
Australia
Location:
Ballina, NSW


Incident Details:
A surfer suffered shark bite wounds becoming the second victim in the past month in Ballina's north coast.

A 25-year-old male was surfing at Sharpes Beach north of Ballina when a shark knocked him off his board. Eye witness Scott Crump recalls, "I had been out for about 40 minutes and there was about a dozen guys out. A guy screamed and I saw his friend point to the beach. The guy had been knocked off his board. I said to him 'are you alright?' and he gave me a thumbs up."

The victim paddled himself to shore and appeared to be okay until standing in knee deep water he took his wet suit off and revealed a deep puncture wound to his right calf.

Friends drove the unnamed man to the the hospital in Ballina where he received stitches and was release the same day.

www.thecourier.com.au



2016-10-11

Man Injured by Shark in Papua New Guinea

Country:
Papua New Guinea
Location:
Morobe Province


Incident Details:
A 24-year-old man suffered severe shark bite wounds in the remote Lablab in the Siassi District.

A call came in around 2pm from Lablab for a shark bite victim. Paramedics treated the wound on scene, but due to its severity the victim was airlifted to Lae.

No further information is available at this time as to the condition of the man or the details of how he was bitten.

We will update this article as more information is available.

www.emtv.com.pg



2016-10-10

Surfer Suffers Serious Injuries off Cannon Beach, OR

Country:
United States
Location:
Cannon Beach, Oregon


Incident Details:
A surfer was bit by a shark north of Cannon Beach off the Oregon coast.

Oregon State Police spokesman Lt. Steve Mitchell says in a news release that 29-year-old Joseph Tanner of Portland, Oregon, was apparently bitten while surfing near Indian Beach at Ecola State Park on Monday afternoon.

Tanner suffered injuries to his upper thigh and lower leg. He was stabilized at the scene and flown to a Portland hospital with serious injuries.

There are no details available as to the type of shark was involved in the incident although authorities are investigating.

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2016-10-08

Surfer Bit by Shark on New Smyrna Beach FL

Country:
United States
Location:
New Smyrna Beach, Fl


Incident Details:
A man was bit while surfing waters leftover by hurricane Mathew.

Micheal Dunphy was surfing unusually warm and murky waters brought on by hurricane Mathew when he heard a man scream 'shark'!Dunphy caught the wave behind him to help him reach the victim who was approximately 20 yards away. He found Brian Brock and a "fair amount of blood".

Brock said, "As I turned around to grab my board in the whitewater after a wave, I felt the shark circle me and then it nailed me on the kneecap."

Lifeguards and fire department came to take Brock to the hospital, and it turned out to be a fairly harmless bite on his knee and he was released.

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2016-10-07

Sand Tiger Shark Bites Man's Kayak

Country:
United States
Location:
Ocean City, Maryland


Incident Details:
A man's kayak was bitten by a shark while he was fishing.

A group of kayakers were out fishing when they encountered a sand tiger shark. The shark appears to get held back with a fishing rod, begins to struggle, and bites the kayak of one of the fisherman. No injuries were reported.

Sand tiger sharks can widely distributed throughout warm waters and are usually found near the surface.

Sand Tigers are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources and is a candidate species for the US endangered species list.

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2016-10-06

Teenager Bitten on Forearm after Grabbing Shark's Tail

Country:
Australia
Location:
Whitehaven Beach


Incident Details:
A young teen was bitten while trying to pick up a lemon shark by its tail.

Fifteen-year-old Wilson Statham said he saw the small shark swimming in shallow water and was "in shock" after it bit him on the forearm while he tried to pull it from the water. "I grabbed it by its tail and pulled it out of the water. As I was pulling it out of the water, it latched onto my forearm and wouldn't let go," he told Channel 9 in Brisbane.

Statham was treated by a former paramedic at the scene before being rushed to hospital where he received 30 stitches. The bite narrowly missed severing the artery in his arm.

This is considered a provoked incident.

Credit: http://www.chinchillanews.com.au



2016-10-05

Fisherman Killed off shore of Mozambique

Country:
Mozambique
Location:
Maxixe


Incident Details:
A fisherman was killed while fishing off the shore of a southern Mozambique beach.

The victim, reported only as Julio, was fishing with a friend in the waters near Maxixe when a shark bit and killed the man. He was 5m from his friend who helplessly witness the incident.

Maxixe is the economic capital of Mozambique's Inhambane province, which is well-known for its beautiful beaches. Shark incidents are not frequently reported in Inhambane province.

Credit: http://m.news24.com



2016-10-02

Two Surfers Suffer Minor Injuries at New Smyrna Beach, FL

Country:
United States
Location:
New Smynra Beach, FL


Incident Details:
Two surfers were bitten by sharks at New Smynra Beach over the weekend.

Just after 5:30 Saturday evening a 32-year-old man was bitten on his side while surfing near the Flagler Avenue beach approach. Due to the minor injuries, the unidentified man declined medical treatment.

Then, approximately 11:30 Sunday morning, a 21-year-old surfer was bitten on his left foot. The man had minor lacerations on the top of his foot. He went to Florida Hospital New Smyrna on his own for treatment.

dd>The bites come just two weeks after three people were bitten off New Smyrna Beach making these the 13 and 14 bites of the year.

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2016-09-26

Surfer Bitten by Shark at Lighthouse Beach, NSW

Country
Australia
Location:
Lighthouse Beach, NSW

Incident Details:
A 17-year-old male was bitten by a shark while surfing off Lighthouse Beach in New South Wales.

Cooper Allen was surfing when he was bitten in the upper thigh. Other surfers helped him to shore where, according to Richmond Police Inspector Nicole Bruc, he was treated by an off duty nurse.

Dan Weber, who was in the water at the time, reported Allen requested nobody tell his mother about the attack. "You can call my dad, but don't tell mum yet", said Allen.

Allen was taken to Ballina District Hospital where he is in stable condition.

It is thought to have been a great white involved in the incident. The Department of Primary Industries has the surfboard and will analyze the bite marks to confirm.

Credit: www.telegraph.co.uk



2016-09-21

Man Encounters Shark While Kayaking

Country
United States
Location:
St. Augustine, FL

Incident Details:
A man encountered a shark while kayaking Florida's Matanzas Inlet.

Drew Trousdell was kayaking earlier this month when he felt something bump his kayak and paddle from behind. As he began to paddle quickly, his kayak was hit a second time. When he reviewed the Go Pro video, he realized it was a shark.

Trousdell was not harmed in the incident; however, his paddle shows curved bite marks that are consistent with sharks teeth.

Click Here to Watch the Video

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2016-09-20

Shark Bites Boy at Indian Harbour Beach

Country
United States
Location:
Indian Harbour Beach, FL

Incident Details:
A 13-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while surfing off the coast of Indian Harbour Beach.

Joshua Michael Stuart, surfing with friends, waded out into the water at Bicentennial Park when he felt something hit his leg, "I took a wave and I jumped off of my board. That's when I felt something hit my leg. I looked down and my foot was just gushing blood," he said, quickly calling for help and making his way back to the shore from the chest deep water.

Stuart was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center by his mother where he received 6 staples.

Stuart, who wants to grow up to be a professional surfer, is adamant about getting back in the water.

Click here to hear Joshua tell his story
Credit:www.floridatoday.com.com



2016-09-19

Surfer's Board Bitten by Shark in California

Country
United States
Location:
Humbolt, CA

Incident Details:
A surfer's board was bitten by a shark off the coast of Humbolt, CA.

Delia Bense-Kang, Surfrider Foundation Chair, reports that the surfer known as Yuma encountered a shark while surfing near the South Jetty. The shark bit through the surfer's board and wet suit, but he was miraculously unharmed.

Bense-Kang said. "He's a great guy, super friendly and a really good surfer. I heard it got his board and his wet suit a little bit, but he's mostly unscathed."

It is suspected that the shark Yuma encountered was a great white. .

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2016-09-18

3 Separate Shark Bites Reported Sunday at New Smyrna Beach, FL

Country:
United States
Location:
New Smynra Beach, FL


Incident Details:
Three beachgoers were bit by sharks at New Smynra Beach Sunday.

Just after 10:30 am a 43-year-old man was bitten on the leg while surfing just south of New Smyrna Jetty. It is reported that he suffered significant injuries but is expected to survive.

Thirty minutes later a second surfer was bit. A 36-year-old man from Miami was bit on both hands while surfing. He was taken to the hospital and treated.

The third bite happened just before 1 p.m. A 16-year-old surfer was bitten on his thigh. His injuries were described as minor.

There is no information as to the type of sharks involved in the three incidents.

Credit: http://www.wesh.com



2016-09-16

Surfer Knocked off His Board at Bells Beach AU

Country
Australia
Location:
Bells Beach, Victoria

Incident Details:
A surfer was knocked off his board while surfing with a group of 20.

The unidentified man was surfing off the coast of Bells Beach in Victoria, Australia, when a shark knocked him off his board. A witness reported, "I heard the guy scream, he was knocked off his board, there was water thrashing all around him." The shark then just swam off.

Other surfers came to the man's rescue, helping him to shore . No injuries were reported.

It is believed to have been a 2-meter long thrasher shark which are known for stunning their prey with their huge tail.

Credit: www.theage.com.au



2016-09-16

Man Suffers Bite Wounds to Hand

Country
Australia
Location:
Woolgoolga Beach, NSW

Incident Details:
A 78-year-old man was bitten by a shark at Woolgoola Beach Thursday.

Ken Cook reported to family member Michelle Batterham that he was swimming at Woolgoolga main beach when a shark approximately 9 feet in length hit him from behind and underneath. As he wrestled free he saw the white belly of the shark which nearly gave him a heart attack.

According to NSW Department of Primary Industries spokeswoman, the victim received a small cut to his hand; however, Batterham reports he had lacerations all over but were mostly concentrated on his on his hands and chest.

Credit: coffscoastadvocate.com.au



2016-09-13

Spearfisherman's Toes Bitten by a Great White Shark in California

Country:
USA
Location:
Santa Barbara, California


Incident Details:
On September 1, 22-year-old Tyler McQuillen was spearfishing off the coast of Santa Barbara in about 10 feet of water when something grabbed his right fin and pulled it completely off, causing him to drop his speargun.

At first Tyler thought it was just a fishing buddy playing a joke on him, then he saw the shark.

Tyler thankfully was able to regain control of his spear gun and jabbed the shark with with it, causing it to lose interest and swim away.

He managed to capture the whole life-threatening situation on video. The bite broke 2 of his toes.

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Credit: Inside Edition & Tracking Sharks



2016-09-12

Man Bitten by Shark at Ponte Vedra Beach

Country:
USA
Location:
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida


Incident Details:
St. Johns County Fire Rescue responded to a call at Ponte Vedra Beach on Sunday afternoon for a man who suffered a shark bite to his right arm.

The man, who is in his 60s, was wading in knee-deep water and saw the 3 to 4-foot shark just before he was bitten.

A nearby couple who called 911 for the man told local news stations that the man was able to walk out of the water by himself and was losing a lot of blood.

SJCFR was called to the scene around 3:30 p.m. The man was then taken to the local hospital for minor lacerations to his right elbow.

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2016-09-11

Great White Bites Fisherman's Boat

Country:
South Australia
Location:
Adelaide


Incident Details:
A veteran fisherman and fellow angler report a great white bit their boat while fishing off the coast of O'Sullivan's Beach in Adelaide.

Adon Samoilenko states a great white 4 meters in length had been circling the area most of the day. He speculates, "There was another boat nearby that disturbed the boat with his motor. Next thing he just flipped, breached right out of the water. That's when he came for us." The shark rammed his boat and took a bite of his motor.

Mr. Samoilenko said it was his first brush with a great white in nearly 20 years fishing in those waters. No injuries were reported.

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2016-09-10

Fisherman Airlifted to Hospital after Being Bitten by Shark

Country:
Portugal
Location:
Peniche


Incident Details:
A 55-year-man was bitten by a shark while fishing off the coast of Portugal.

The unidentified man was part of the crew on the vessel, Parma. They were fishing 93 miles off shore when the man was bitten in the leg. The crew administered first aid to get the bleeding under control until the man was airlifted to an air base Montijo.

The victim is being treated at Hospital at St. Joseph in Lisbon. His condition is unknown at this time. It is also unknown how the bite occurred or what type of shark is was.

Credit: www.theportugalnews.com



2016-09-08

12 Year-Old-Girl Bitten by Shark in SC

Country:
United States
Location:
Myrtle Beach, SC


Incident Details:
A 12-year-girl was bitten by a shark while vacationing at Kingston Plantation with her family in Myrtle Beach.

According to reports from Heather Williams, the victim's mother, stated her four children were riding boogie boards in the water when her daughter, Rylie, told her something had bit her. Lifeguards treated the victim before she was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Williams reports her daughter was treated for 39 puncture wounds, receiving 25 stitches. She is back in school recovering well from the incident.

Horry County spokesperson Lisa Bourcier said she was reaching out to county police for details on any shark bites reported over the holiday weekend.

Credit: www.wmbfnews.com



2016-09-07

Lifeguards Rescue Shark Bite Victim

Country
United States
Location:

Incident Details:
A 51-year-old woman was bitten by what appears to be a shark Wednesday.

At 2:30 p.m. an unidentified woman was rescued approximately 300 yards off the shore of Makaha Beach. Lifeguards paddled out on rescue boards and brought the woman to shore.

The victim suffered injuries to her arm and shoulder and was taken to the trauma center in serious condition.

There is no speculation as to the type of shark at this time. Lifeguards have posted shark warning signs and cleared the water. Officials will reassess Thursday morning whether to reopen the beach.

Credit: www.indianexpress.com



2016-09-07

9 Year-Old Boy Bitten at New Smyrna Beach FL

Country
United States
Location:
New Smyrna Beach, FL

Incident Details:
A 9-year-old boy was bitten by a shark over the weekend.

The unidentified boy was holding a boogie board in about four feet of water when he was bitten by the shark. He said he never saw the shark but certainly felt it bite.

The victim suffered four deep puncture wounds to the bottom of his right foot, and the skin of his shin was torn to the bone.

The boy was taken to a hospital for treatment and is expected to have a full recovery.

Credit: www.wesh.com



2016-09-06

Kite Surfer Sustains Fatal Wounds in New Caledonia

Country:
South Pacific Islands
Location:
New Caledonia


Incident Details:
50-year-old David Jewell from Fremantle, Australia suffered fatal injuries while kite surfing in New Caledonia.

According to reports from Nicolas Renaud, head of the archipelago's marine rescue coordination center, "The man was kite surfing inside the reef at Koumac. He fell and was bitten." The unidentified man was out on a catamaran with several other people, who raised the alarm.

Emergency crews were unable to save the victim who died about an hour after the incident. "He suffered a deep bite to the thigh from a big shark. We don't know for the moment what species it was", Renaud said.

Australian consular officials are assisting the man's family.

Credit: www.abc.net.au



2016-09-05

Surfer Saved by Brother While Encountering Shark in WA

Country:
Western Australia
Location:
Injidup Beach, Yallingup


Incident Details:
A surfer encountered a shark while surfing at Injidup Beach.

Fraser Penman of Perth was surfing in a popular surfing spot when he was knocked off his board by what is thought to be a great white. Fraser reported on Facebook, "Scariest moment of my life, yet walked away intact with nothing but a smashed board. The biggest thank you to my lil brother Logan for instantly paddling across yelling 'punch it' and throwing me his board - saving my life. That takes a hell of a lot of courage and so much love. I am truly lucky to have you."

Penman suffered no injuries; however, his board was broken up.

Although the species of the shark is unconfirmed, Surf Lifesaving WA reported on social media the shark may have been a great white.

Credit: www.watoday.com.au



2016-09-01

Shark Bites Freediver at Refugio State Beach

Country:
USA
Location:
Refugio State Beach, California


Incident Details:
Thursday morning a shark bit a freediver on the foot at Refugio State Beach, prompting officials to recommend that beachgoers stay out of the water until Friday afternoon.

Around 9 am on Thursday, the diver was bitten by a shark estimated to be 6 to 8 feet long, said Eric Hjelstrom, state parks superintendent for the Santa Barbara area.

The injury was not life threatening, Hjelstrom said, and State Parks were notified about the incident after the diver swam to shore and told someone manning a kiosk.

The diver then drove himself to the hospital, where he was later interviewed by State Parks Official to confirm the shark incident.

That confirmation of the shark incident prompted State Parks to issue a 24-hour recommendation that people stay out of the water at Refugio.

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2016-08-30

Two Surfers Suffer Shark Bite Injuries in Florida

Country:
United States
Location:
Ponce Inlet, FL


Incident Details:
A 25-year-old man was bitten by a shark off while surfing off the Florida coast in Volusia County.

Sam Cumiskey of Edgewater, Florida was in five feet of water paddling his board when he was bitten on the foot. "I looked down and my foot was in the shark's mouth," Cumiskey stated. "It kind of felt like kicking a wall really hard is a good way to describe it or a wall kicked me. I knew what was going on. It was a big gray bull shark biting my foot." The shark released the victim's foot allowing him the opportunity to swim to shore using the leash as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

Doctors reattached four severed tendons and treated lacerations to the bottom of his foot. Cumiskey is ordered to remain out of the water for two months but looks forward to returning to the surf, "All I want is to get better so I can go surf again."

Cumiskey believes the perpetrator was a bullshark approximately six feet in length.

The second shark bite victim was 37-year-old man who was bitten on the ankle while surfing near the New Smyrna Beach jetty. He was not transported to the hospital, but was going to have the injury looked at on his own.

Credit:www.wptv.com



2016-08-29

Shark Incident at Reunion Island

Country
Island Region of France

Location:
Reunion Island, Boucan Canot

Incident Details:
A 21-year-old student lost his arm and foot after a horrific shark incident on Reunion Island over the weekend.

Laurent Chardard was surfing at Boucan Canot when he was bitten by a shark at about 5 pm Saturday, August 27.

It was reported that medical staff had to amputate Chardard's right arm and right leg due to the severity of the shark bites.

He was rescued by a lifeguard and treated on the beach before being flown to the hospital in a helicopter.

Chardard was surfing with a dozen other surfers at one of the beaches that had recently been installed with anti-shark safety nets.

However, at the time of the incident, the beach was closed due to concerns about a 2.5 meter hole discovered in the nets.

According the news reports, Chardard and the other surfers were warned to not enter the water, with the large swell also causing waves to break out past the shark safety nets.

Reunion Island has a long history of shark incidents, with 19 taking place since 2011 and forcing the government to ban all surfing and swimming on beaches in 2013.

Other shark prevention measures have also been introduced to the island, including shark barriers, monitoring technology and even employed spotters who swim in the lineup with spear guns.

Article provided by www.surfinglife.com.au



2016-08-26

Shark Bite at Sawgrass Country Club

Country:
United States
Location:
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Incident Details:
St. Johns County Fire Rescue responded to a call Thursday afternoon of man bitten by a shark at the Sawgrass Country Club.

Around 4 p.m. a man suffered a small cut to his ankle and told rescue personnel that he felt the shark bite him and let go.

The man was transported to Baptist Medical Center Beaches with minor injuries.

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2016-08-11

Illinois Resident Bitten by Shark in Bahamas

Country
Caribbean
Location:
Bahamas

Incident Details:
A 15-year-old boy from Homer Glen, Illinois was bitten in the leg while vacationing with his family in the Bahamas.

Johnny Stoch was snorkeling in clear water when his mother started screaming there was a shark. Johnny recalls, "I saw a big gray head about a foot wide and it was on my leg, tearing through." With the assistance of family members, Johnny was able to get into the boat, which is when his father saw the extent of his son's injuries.

"I thought it was bone. I thought my whole leg was almost gone, but turns out it wasn't," Johnny said.

Johnny's family transported him to hospital in a pick-up truck which took over an hour. Doctors reported the wound as being severe and worked on reconstructing the calf which had a large chunk missing. "I really want to thank the doctor that saved my leg because without him I wouldn't have one, Dr. Downs."

Despite his experience, Johnny has not changed his perspective on sharks, "I don't blame it at all. I still like them, I'm not afraid of them!"



2016-08-10

Tiger Sharks Bites Foilboard off the Coast of Maui

Country
United States
Location:
Hawaii, Maui

Incident Details:
Last weekend, champion SUP racer Connor Baxter board was bitten while downwind standup foilboarding Maui's Maliko Run with friends and fellow professional paddlers, Zane Schweitzer and Alex Aguera.

The shark that bit his board was believed to be a 10 ft tiger shark. The shark latched onto his board's foil underwater and began thrashing relentlessly. The turbulence was enough to knock Baxter a 3-time Molokai 2 Oahu champion and multiple SUP Award recipient on to his back. Luckily Baxter was able to stay on his board and out of the water.

"After about 20 seconds (of thrashing) I realized, OK, this thing is not letting go and I need to do something quick," Baxter told the local news.

Baxter spent the next few minutes fighting off the shark, jabbing it with his paddle from atop the board. It took about 10 blows before the shark released the board and left Baxter alone.

"I was on my knees for the next 20 minutes, shaking," Baxter stated

All 3 paddlers finished the run physically unharmed, despite their scare. Click the link below for a follow up interview with Baxter about his experience.

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2016-08-05

Man Bitten by Shark in New Smyrna

Country
United States
Location:
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Incident Details:
22-year-old Nolan Tyler is recovering after he was bitten by a shark while surfing at New Smyrna Beach Thursday.

"Got a few stitches. It nipped the tendon on my pinky toe, and gosh man, it was freaking crazy. My foot is pretty swollen and I am still in a bit of pain," Nolan said.

Nolan has been surfing most of his life. He told the news that when the shark bit him, he was about 10 feet away from his surfboard and in waist deep water.

"And as soon as it bit, I kind of like jumped back and the thing spooked out, and it actually ended up thrashing his body and hitting me in the leg and it scurried off," said Nolan.

According to beach patrol, 5 of the 6 shark incidents in New Smyrna occurred at the jetty where Nolan was bitten. In 2015, there were 7 recorded shark bites in New Smyrna Beach.

"Every time you surf, you know they are out there. It's pretty much a matter of where and when you know. Just hit the lottery," Nolan said.

Nolan said he will be only staying out of the water for about a month while his injuries heal, he's not going to let the shark scare him off.

The jetty at New Smyrna Beach is attractive to sharks because of the bait fish that frequent the area, and people often just get in the way.

Nolan Tyler of Holly Hill is the sixth person this year to be bitten by a shark at New Smyrna Beach.

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2016-07-29

Man Bitten off the Coast of Spain

Country:
Spain
Location:
Costa Blanca

Incident Details:
A 40-year-old man was bitten by a shark while swimming a hundred yards off a packed beach on the Costa Blanca in Spain. First responders said he had come out of the sea at Arenales del Sol, just south of Alicante, with blood pouring from a large bite mark on his hand. The victim was rushed to hospital in Elche where he was given stitches to a wound in his hand.

People were hurriedly ordered out of the water after the incident around 11:30 a.m. Friday and the beach remained closed with its red flag up until around 1:30.

The incident has been blamed on a blue shark, a species of requiem shark which rarely bite humans. Fernando Frias, President of the Canary Islands Shark Alliance which promotes shark conservation, says incidents involving sharks are rare in the Mediterranean. He added, "I doubt something like this will happen again in the next 50 years so people shouldn't be afraid."

Credit:www.dailymail.co.uk



2016-07-27

Warren Sapp Bitten by Shark in the Florida Keys

Country
United States
Location:
Florida Keys

Incident Details:
Former Buccaneers star Warren Sapp was bitten by shark on his forearm while lobstering on a trip to the Florida Keys on Wednesday.

Sapp was on a charter boat that was fishing for lobster when he grabbed ahold of one, which attracted the attention of a what was believed to be a nurse shark. The shark appeared to be going after the lobster.

Captain Jack Carlson stated,"It's simple. He was lobstering with me and a shark bit Sapp while he was grabbing the lobster. He's OK."

Captain Carlson added that Sapp may need stitches, but the incident didn't put an end to the lobstering trip.>

"We bandaged it up, put some gauze on there, some black electrical tape and hit a couple more spots, then headed in."

Credit: www.ftw.usatoday.com/



2016-07-24

Man Bitten by Shark in Japan

Country:
Japan
Location:
Irino Beach


Incident Details:
A 29-year-old man was bitten by what is believed to be a shark.

The unidentified man was surfing off the coast of Irino Beach in Kuroshia. While paddling his board in approximately 1 to 2 feet of water he was bitten on the foot. Another surfer contacted emergency services that responded to the scene and transported the victim to the hospital.

The shark, which is thought to have been around 3 to 6 feet long, had been seen multiple times in the area throughout the month.

Credit: www.trackingsharks.com/surfer-bitten-shark-japan



2016-07-23

Man Bitten by a Shark in the Bahamas

Country
United States
Location:
Bahamas

Incident Details:
Dr. Steven Cutbirth DDS, of Waco, TX, was spear fishing Saturday with his son-in-law and 2 ocean guides on a remote island of the Bahamas.

Dr. Cutbirth said he speared a 10 pound hog fish and was swimming to the surface when he was hit.

"He said he was coming up from spearing this fish and it felt like just like something hit him in the head. He said it felt like a truck hit him and it just kind of rung his bell. He didn't realize exactly what had happened until he came up and he was pouring blood and obviously had been hit," Bo Durkin, Chief of Staff at Dr. Steven T. Cutbirth DDS, said.

The bull shark was going after the fish he had speared, not Dr. Cutbirth. The shark bit him on the leg and face.

The dentist was brought to a local clinic in the Bahamas where he was treated and released. The incident happened on the first day of Dr. Cutbirth's vacation, but he says he has no plans of returning home early.

"I can't go into the water anymore. So I guess I'll get to play with my 5-year-old granddaughter all week," Dr. Cutbirth stated with a laugh.

Dr. Cutbirth and his family have been free diving in the same spot in the Bahamas for 25 years and have never had a problem with sharks before.

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2016-07-19

Fisherman Bitten by Small Reef Shark

Country
Australia
Location:
Broadbeach, Gold Coast

Incident Details:
Scott van Burck, 31, was bitten while fishing off Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.

The fisherman was approximately 20 km out when he caught a small reef shark on his line and reeled it in. Once in the boat, the shark managed to bite him in the lower leg before being released. His deckhand was able to free van Burck by using pliers and the wound was wrapped with duct tape. Ambulance crew spokesperson stated, "He actually walked up the beach to meet our paramedics. He was actually quite jovial about the whole incident."

The van Burck was taken to Pindara Private Hospital for some minor surgery after the incident and is reported in stable condition.

This is considered a provoked incident.

Credit: www.chinchillanews.com.au



2016-07-15

Swimmer Bitten at Myrtle Beach

Country
United States
Location:
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Incident Details:
A man was taken to the hospital Friday after his foot was bitten by shark while he was swimming in the ocean around 27th Avenue North, police said.

Myrtle Beach fire and police were called about 10:15 a.m.

The victim told authorities that he did not see any fish or animals around when he suffered the injury to his foot, but witnesses said the man was bitten by something.

Jill Revella, who was by the ocean when the man limped in, stated that he seemed unfazed by the incident. "He was really calm. You wouldn't even have known anything had happened," she said.

Beachgoer Jordan Cates stated, "They said it was just like a small sand shark bit him on his leg," He added, "It wasn't like a serious bite. It was more like a little puncture than anything serious."

Credit: www.myrtlebeachonline.com/



2016-07-14

Lemon Shark Breaks Diver's Mask

Country:
Bahamas
Location:
Tiger Beach


Incident Details:
A professional videographer was 'punched' in the face while capturing underwater footage.

Michael Dornellas was underwater when a 9-foot lemon shark head-butted him in the face. Donnellas, owner of Reefhunter based out of West Palm Beach, Florida, reported, "It felt like someone punched me. The shark broke my mask and smashed it against my face."

Dornellas feels as though it was not intentional and thinks he scared the shark.

According to Sharks World, lemon sharks rely heavily on their sense of smell because they have very poor eyesight. Not only that, Dornellas told the Daily Mail they learned later that the offending shark was blind in its left eye.

No injuries were reported except maybe a bruised lemon shark's ego.

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2016-07-13

Fisherman Bitten by Dogfish off Cape Ann

Country
United States
Location:
Cape Ann, Massachusetts

Incident Details:
An unidentified male was bitten by a shark Tuesday morning.

The Coast Guard Sector Boston command center answered a call for the shark bite around 10:00 Tuesday morning. The captain of 26-foot Miss Molly, reported being bitten on the arm by a dogfish shark while fishing alone 16 miles off the coast east of Cape Ann. It is not reported as to the details of how the shark was able to bite him.

Emergency crews arrived on scene at 10:45 and took the victim on board where they treated him for his injuries. The crew then took him to Station Gloucester where he was met by an ambulance.

The patient was reported in stable condition and expect to be transported to Cape Ann Medical Center for further treatment.

Two Coast Guard crew members brought Miss Molly safely back to the state pier in Gloucester.

Adult dogfish can be 3 to 5 feet long.



2016-07-12

Two Incidents of White Sharks Biting Boats in California

Country
United States

Location:
Capitola & Dockweiler State Beach, CA

Incident Details:
Keith Poe and Mark Davis of California, recently experience a rash of shark bites to their vessels.

Keith Poe, a shark tagger, was tagging sharks in the vicinity of a dead humpback whale which was towed approximately 10 miles off shore of Dockweiler State Beach. Over the course of three days, Poe's boat was aggressively bumped, slammed, and bitten by great whites, one measuring around 18 feet. One strike shoved the boat several feet across the water.

"Words cannot describe how loud the impact was around my head while I was inside the boat's v-berth," Poe stated. "The boat was full-on attacked 7 different times... usually at sunrise or sunset."

The most violent blow happened one evening when Poe was sleeping. "I thought a sailboat slammed into me because I didn't hear a motor," Poe said. "I was sure the fiberglass was broken through; then I saw the teeth marks and was blown away. It scared the hell out of me."

Meanwhile, in Capitola, recreational fisherman Mark Davis was fishing for squid when a 15-foot great white bit his boat. Davis recounts the incident: "It was a full on slam attack from down below. He came and hit the boat full speed and knocked it into the air. He wasn't fooling around, and I'm glad it didn't knock me out because I wouldn't have wanted to be in the water. He was aggressive and fired up."

Sean Van Sommeran, of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation in Santa Cruz, said based on the teeth marks that were left on the boat's bow, he believes the great white is at least 15 feet long and weighs a ton and a half.

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2016-07-10

Texas Man Recovering from Shark Bite

Country:
United States
Location:
Matagorda Bay, TX


Incident Details:
Justin Culpepper was boogie boarding in waist deep water on Matagorda Beach when he was bitten by a shark. He is recovering from injuries sustained to his ankle.

Matagorda Bay, popular for fishing and vacationing, is located approximately 80 miles northeast of Corpus Cristi.

We will update you when more information comes available.

Credit: www.baycitytribune.com/



2016-07-07

Second Time a Surfer is Knocked Off His Board this Week by a Shark at Middleton Beach

Country
Australia
Location:
Middleton Beach, Western Australia

Incident Details:
Middleton Beach surfer Christian Le Ray is still shaken from being knocked off his board by a shark as he surfed with his teenage son.

Although this is the second incident this week, Middleton officials stated it is still safe to surf and they do not believe local shark activity is on the rise.

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2016-07-06

Women Bitten Several Times by a Shark at Melbourne Beach

Country
United States
Location:
Melbourne Beach, Brevard County, Florida

Incident Details:
A 42-year-old woman suffered several injuries consistent with shark bites Wednesday afternoon at Melbourne Beach, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue.

The woman suffered a bite on her buttocks and thigh and a deeper bite on her left hand and wrist area, Chief Mark Schollmeyer stated. She also saw the shark, but didn't know what kind it was.

The unidentified woman is from New Jersey, according to Brevard County Ocean Lifeguard Division Chief Eisen Witcher.

The 3:30 p.m. incident took place near 2999 S. Highway A1A less then a mile from a lifeguard tower.

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2016-06-27

Shark Incident off the Coast of Sullivan's Island, SC

Country
United States
Location:
Sullivan's Island, SC

Incident Details:
Sullivan's Island Town Administrator Andy Benke says the Sullivan's Island Fire and Police Departments responded to a shark incident on the beach near Station 22 Street at 4:20 p.m. on Monday, June 27.

A 35-year-old man was in knee deep water when he was "nipped" by a small shark estimated to be 3 to 4 feet in length, Benke stated. The bite was confirmed to be from a shark based on a visual sighting by the victim.

The man was transported to a local hospital for further medical attention. His wounds were not considered to be life threatening.

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2016-06-25

2nd Shark Incident at Atlantic Beach this Month

Country:
United States
Location:
Atlantic Beach, NC


Incident Details:
Fire Chief Adam Snyder of the Atlantic Beach said first responders were called to Fort Macon State Park just west of the bath house at 2:34 p.m. for the reported shark bite.

Snyder stated the 11-year-old boy was bitten while surfing. He suffered "deep wounds" to his left foot and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The size of the shark is unknown at this time.

Snyder stated the beach was never closed during the incident which he described as most likely "a case of mistaken identity."

This is the 2nd reported shark incident at Atlantic Beach this month.
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2016-06-23

Spear Fisherman Bitten By Great White Shark

Country:
South Africa
Location:
Ryspunt, Cape Agulhas


Incident Details:
A spear fisherman was bitten by a Great White Shark near Cape Agulhas, off the coast of Ryspunt on Thursday, the NSRI said.

Cape Agulhas is a rocky headland in Western Cape, South Africa. It is the geographic southern tip of the African continent and the beginning of the dividing line between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans

A nearby spear fisherman brought the 43-year-old man to Arniston harbour around noon and used the rubber bands from his spear gun as a tourniquet on the wounds.

National Sea Rescue Institute Agulhas station commander Reinard Geldenhuys said in a statement,"It was reported that he was safe in the harbour and suffering bite wounds following a reported shark encounter, believed to be with a Great White shark, while spearfishing off-shore of Ryspunt."

The man did suffer multiple lacerations, a tear to his left leg, and lacerations to his right hand, caused by trying to fight the shark off.

NSRI medics and Fire and Rescue Services paramedics treated the man before he was taken to Bredasdorp hospital. He was stabilized and airlifted to a Cape Town hospital where he is listed as serious but stable condition.

Credit: www.news24.com/



2016-06-21

Shark Incident at Satellite Beach

Country
United States
Location:
Satellite Beach, Florida

Incident Details:
Brevard County Ocean Rescue is investigating an incident involving a surfer who was apparently bitten by a shark while wading in the water just off of Pelican Beach Park in Satellite Beach on Tuesday afternoon around 3pm.

The surfer declined an offer by Brevard County Fire Rescue to go to the hospital for further treatment. The man had "wounds indicative of a small shark bite or similar toothed sea creature," according to Brevard County Fire Rescue's spokesperson.

We will update when more information is available.

Credit: Florida Today



2016-06-21

Delaware Resident Bitten by Shark in Myrtle Beach

Country:
United States
Location:
Myrtle Beach,
South Carolina

Incident Details:
A 42-year-old Delaware resident was bitten on the foot while swimming in the ocean at Myrtle Beach by what is believe to be a three to four foot shark.

North Myrtle Beach spokesperson, Pat Dowling says the victim was floating on his back around the area of 12th Avenue South when he states he felt a tug on his foot, then felt his foot taken into a fish's mouth. The man was able to shake his foot free and swam to shore.

The victim sustained puncture wounds to his foot, was taken to the hospital where he was treated.

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2016-06-17

Woman Bitten by Shark in Tampa Bay

Country
United States
Location:
St. Petersburg, FL

Incident Details:
A 22-year-old woman was bitten by a shark while swimming in Tampa Bay.

On the afternoon of May 21, Kyrstal Magee was boating with her family approximately 3 miles off shore of St. Petersburg. Around 5:30 they decided to stop for a swim. She reports they were jumping in and out of the boat. As she was swimming back to the boat she felt something bite her foot from underneath. Magee recounts, "I didn't think it was a shark at first, and then I realized something bit me, and I started screaming."

Her brother-in-law lifted her out of the water and parents called the Coast Guard. As they returned to shore, Magee's father covered the wound and applied pressure to stop the bleeding. Upon reaching shore, paramedics were waiting and she was transported by ambulance to Bayfront Hospital.

Magee underwent initial surgery to stitch her wounds and had surgery three days later to repair tendons. Overall Magee had 20 outer stitches, 10 staples and 15 internal stitches to repair the damage she sustained which is consistent with a shark bite.

Magee's family recalls seeing a 4-5 foot shadow in the water shortly before the incident. It has been determined it was likely a bull shark which are common to the bay.

Credit: wptv.com & Julie Forrest



2016-06-16

Spear Fisherman Bit by Shark in Western Austraila

Country
Australia
Location:
Coral Bay, WA

Incident Details:
A spear fisherman was injured after encountering an aggressive reef shark while scouring the ocean floor for fish.

Brad Vale, 19 was fishing Wednesday with friends near Coral Bay, a small town north of Perth, WA. The teen was swimming along the ocean floor when he noticed a shark circling him. To ward off the curious shark, Vale poked it with his spear. The shark became enraged, lunged at the teen, and bit him in the abdominal area.

"When I poked him he just turned back and without me noticing I looked down and he was already chewing on my gut," Mr. Vale told Perth Now. Continuing, "I got to the surface and was going to shoot it but I didn't even have time to do that. He sort of latched on to my stomach and I tried to hit it with my gun in my hand but he let go pretty quick."

Vale escaped with only punctures to his wet suit and no bodily harm.

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Credit: 9news.com.au



2016-06-15

Surfer Bitten on Arm by Shark in Hawaii

Country
United States
Location:
Kauai, Hawaii

Incident Details:
A surfer was bitten by a shark while surfing Wednesday morning.

The surfer reports he was paddling approximately 25-30 yards off the shore of Kalapaki Beach in Lihue, when a shark bit him. He suffered a single puncture wound to his arm, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The surfer drove himself to the hospital, was treated and released.

Officials have posted signs and are encouraging people to stay out of the water today until at least noon when they will reevaluate conditions. Kalapaki Beach is not a lifeguard protected beach.

Credit: The Garden Island



2016-06-14

5-Year-Old Girl Bitten on the Leg by Shark in Glaveston

Continent:
North America
Location:
Galveston, TX
USA

Incident Details:
A 5-year-old Marin Melton was bitten by a shark off Pirates Beach on Galveston Island Tuesday around 5:30 pm.

The Kerrville, TX resident was swimming off the coast in a pink ring tube with her father and brother when she was bitten on the leg. It is reported they were among a school of bait fish.

Beach-goers assisted the Marin by using a dog leash as a tourniquet to help stop the bleeding. "That tourniquet ... definitely made an impact on this little girl's condition", reported Nathan Jung, Galveston County Health District EMS Administrator.

Galveston EMS took the Marin to University of Texas Medical Branch. The victim suffered significant tissue damage to her leg and is listed in stable condition.

Pirates Beach is located on the west end of the island near Galveston Island State Park. Incidents involving sharks are rare, the last one being October of 2015 where a boy was bitten after he became surrounded by a school of fish while swimming about 25 yards off shore.

The victim's father told first responders the shark was 3-4 feet long and had a white belly. Peter Davis, Galveston Island Beach Patrol Chief, speculates it may have been a blacktip shark which is common in the Gulf of Mexico.

Credit: USA Today KHOU-TV, Houston.org



2016-06-11

Shark Bites Teen at Atlantic Beach, NC

Country:
United States
Location:
Atlantic Beach, N.C.

Incident Details:
Emergency crews responded to a call for a shark bite around 2:30 on Saturday afternoon.

Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder stated the victim was 18-year-old male, Dillon Bowen. He suffered bites to his hands and wrist from a 3 foot shark in around 3 feet of water.

"As soon as I turned around, it grabbed me and I went to go swing and I hit it and it let me go and it was just a mess of blood." Bowen stated. He added, "It just happened so quick and I was in such a shock, it just scared me."

The Bowen was transported to a hospital and received 26 stitches in his wrist.

The beach remained open after the incident.

Credit: www.greensboro.com/



2016-06-08

Swimmer Bitten by Shark off Flagler Beach

Continent:
North America
Location:
Flagler Beach, Florida

Incident Details:
The Flagler county paramedics rescued a 64-year-old man Sunday morning near 10th Street North. The lifeguards report he was bitten in the left leg by a shark while swimming.

The county's chief stated that the man was able to pull himself ashore and call for help after he was bitten.

Andreas Stocker, Flagler Beach Ocean Rescue co-captain stated,"I am somewhat surprised. Sharks have been known to latch onto fishing lines and bite the fisherman trying to throw it back."

"Sometimes fishermen might catch a shark and when they're trying to get the hook out they might get bitten. But never anything deadly normally, just bandage it out. I've worked at the beach for 6 years and we've never actually had a shark attack or shark ever bite anyone in the ocean," said Stocker.

The victim was taken to Florida Hospital in Flagler with non life threatening injuries.

Flagler Beach Ocean Rescue wants to remind everyone to always check with a lifeguard before you go into the water because they can let you know of any reported dangers.

Credit: www.mynews13.com



2016-06-07

Folly Beach Surfer Claims Shark Bit his Board in Half

Continent:
North America
Location:
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Incident Details:
Jack O'Neill, a long time Folly surfer, was out on the waves when he says a shark bit into his board. Jack stated that he was able to disconnect from his strap and swim back to shore unharmed. After the waves had carried his board back to shore he brought it to the islands Ocean Surf Shop.

"I couldn't believe it," General Manager Bates Hagood stated Tuesday. "I was blown away."

"We just rarely hear about an encounter where a shark actually grabs the board," Hagood stated.

"He was a little bit shaken up I think but no, I mean, I probably would have been a little more shaken up than he seemed to be," Hagood said.

Hagood added that he has never heard of something like this happening in his 30 years of surfing at Folly Beach.

Some of local surfers are doubting Jack's story.

Josh Wilson, a surfer of 33 years, said he doesn't believe it was a shark. "Looks like a board that's been hit and buckled and then pulled. You know, pulled apart, but definitely not a shark bite," he stated.

"I've never in the 33 years I've been surfing seen anything that looks like that nor has anybody that we surf with on a daily basis," he said. He did acknowledge, however, anything is possible.

Some others say there were multiple witnesses and that Jack O'Neill "would not make up a story like that."

Credit: www.abcnews4.com



2016-06-05

2nd Fatal Shark Incident off the Coast of Perth this Week

Continent:
Australia
Location:
Mindarie, about 35 kilometers north of Perth,
Western Australia

Incident Details:
60-year-old Doreen Collyer has died after being bitten by a shark while she was diving at Mindarie, north of Perth on Sunday.

Police said her 43-year-old diving partner pulled her from the water but she had died before they made it to shore. Three men who came to their aid reported seeing a shark which was longer than their 5.3 meters fishing boat. Police said the Collyer's injuries were apparent and severe and consistent with a shark incident.

The Department of Fisheries also said it was treating the incident as a shark bite and said in a statement the people who brought the woman to shore reported seeing a shark. It is understood fisheries officers are set to deploy baited drum lines later today in the area. The Department of Fisheries believes the shark is more than 3 meters long and officers have set gear to catch and kill the animal.

The incident on Sunday is the second fatal shark incident in the Perth area in a week.

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Credit: www.dailymail.co.uk



2016-06-04

Egyptian Man's Leg Amputated After Being Bitten by Shark in the Red Sea

Continent:
Africa
Location:
Ain Sokhna,
Egypt

Incident Details:
A 23-year old Egyptian man was bitten on the leg while swimming in the Red Sea.

The victim was swimming 6 kilometers off shore in the Red Sea city of Ain Sokhna when a shark bit him causing severe damage to his leg. He was taken to Suez Public Hospital where his leg was amputated. He is currently receiving treatment in the intensive care unit.

Ain Sokhna is a popular resort town lying on the western shore of the Red Sea's Gulf of Suez, about 120 kilometers east of Cairo. Shark attacks in the Red Sea resort are exceedingly rare; the last recorded sighting of sharks in Ain Sokhna occurred in 2012 when eyewitnesses saw three sharks in the area. No casualties were reported at the time.

"What may raise concerns, if we found a shark within 500 meters from the beach, where most of the locals and tourists swim," Suez governor Ahmed Helmi El-Hiatmi said, adding that he commissioned an environmental committee to investigate the incident.

Credit: www.ahram.org.eg



2016-06-03

Shark Bites off Portion of Kitersufer's Heel

Continent:
Oceania
Location:
Noumea,
New Caledonia

Incident Details:
A kite-surfer reported being bitten by a shark while sailing his board off the Pacific Ocean archipelago of New Caledonia, tearing off part of his heel.

Pierre de Rotalier told Les Nouvelles-Caledoniennes newspaper that he was sailing along the coast towards Noumea on Thursday. When he turned his board, the shark struck from behind. "I was hit hard," said Rotalier, and thought he was going to die when he saw the shark rush toward him. The animal, believed to be longer than three meters, bit the board and tore off part of his heel.

There are no reports of Rotalier's treatment or condition at this time.

Credit: www.telegraph.co.uk & www.trackingsharks.com



2016-05-31

WA Surfer's Dies From Injuries Sustained in Shark Incident

Continent:
Australia
Location:
Falcon Beach, Perth, WA

29-year-old Ben Gerring was mauled by a shark around 4pm while surfing south of Perth at Falcon Beach. Gerring suffered serious injuries and is due to be transferred 80km to the State Trauma Center.

Paramedics treated Gerring on the beach for about 20 minutes before he was transferred to Peel Health Campus 13km away.

The emergency department medical team was able to stabilize Gerring enough to take him to the Royal Perth Hospital's State Trauma Center, stated the hospital's chief executive Margaret Sturdy.

"He is currently in a serious condition with a serious injury, a significant shark bite and is getting a lot of medical input," Dr Sturdy stated. She would not say if the injuries were life threatening.

A Falcon Bay Beach Cafe worker told reporters that two men rushed in asking for ice, saying someone's leg had been bitten off.

A spokeswoman for the City of Mandurah said the beaches are closed from Falcon Bay to Westview Parade, including Yeedong Bay.

Surf Life Saving WA reported a 3.5 meter white shark in the surrounding area shortly before 8am.

*************Update*****************

Australian news has reported that Ben Gerring died from the injuries sustained while surfing last week. He remained in critical condition since the incident and succumbed to his injuries at Royal Perth Hospital Friday, 6/3/2016.

Credit: www.theguardian.com & www.9news.com.au/



2016-05-30

Woman Bitten off the Shore of Newport Beach in Orange County, CA

Continent:
North America
Location:
Newport Beach,
CA

Incident Details:
A woman was bitten by what is believed to be bitten by a shark Newport Beach, CA.

According to Tara Finnigan, a spokesperson for the city of Newport Beach, a woman swimming about 150 yards offshore at Corona del Mar State Beach on Sunday about 4:15 p.m. was apparently bitten by a shark. Life guards, who used a boat to pull the woman from the water, found her with bite marks on her torso and arms.

The woman was conscious and talking to emergency responders during her rescue and was taken to the hospital where her condition was not released.

Authorities were working to identify what type of animal inflicted the injuries. Battalion Chief Brent Jacobsen told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that the wounds were consistent with a shark bite.

Credit: Los Angeles Times



2016-05-30

Boy Suffers Severe Injuries After Being Bitten by Shark

Continent:
North America
Location:
Neptune Beach,
FL

Incident Details:
13-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with a severe injury after he was bitten by a shark believed to be 6 feet long in Neptune Beach on Sunday.

According to Neptune Beach police, the teen was swimming in two feet of water when he was bitten on his calf. Witnesses saw the boy being taken from the water and being tended to by emergency response who were bandaging his wound. One witness, Frank Gamble, said, "The father got on top of his son and was trying to calm him down. While he was talking to him, he says, 'I can't feel my toes' or something, so he was hurting."

Police said the boy had a severe laceration and was taken to UF Health. His injuries were not considered life-threatening and is reported by officials in stable condition.

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2016-05-23

Swimmer Bitten by a Shark at Huguenot Park, Florida

Continent:
North America
Location:
Huguenot Memorial Park, North Jacksonville
Florida

Incident Details:
A 11-year-old girl is recovering after being bitten by a 4-foot bull shark on Saturday at Huguenot Memorial Park.

Firefighters say they responded to a reported shark incident around 5:45 pm at the park in North Jacksonville.

According to the victim's mother who requested to be unnamed, her daughter and some cousins were swimming in the water off a beach near Jacksonville when a shark bit her on the arm and hand. The mother reports no life guards in the area and stated, "luckily a nurse was nearby and helped her daughter while they waited for paramedics".

The victim is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday morning to reattach tendons.

It is not known how deep the water was where the person was bitten.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC), shark bites in Florida waters are rare, but there are several steps beachgoers can abide by to minimize their chances of encountering a shark.

We at SharkBytes and FWCC advise swimmers to avoid being in the water during darkness or twilight hours when sharks are most active. It is also not a good idea to wear shiny jewelry or enter waters that are murky.

To learn more about how to avoid shark incidents check out the Tips section of our app.

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2016-05-22

Woman Bitten on Thigh by Shark at Florida Beach

Continent:
North America
Location:
Vero Beach,
Florida

Incident Details:
A 57-year-old woman was hospitalized after a shark bit her on the upper thigh in Vero Beach, Florida, on Sunday. Vero Beach is the seat of Indian River County.

Mary Marcus was able to swim back to shore after she was bitten near the Costa d'Este Resort, Officer Anna Carden of the Vero Beach Police Department stated.

She was taken to the Indian River Medical Center in stable condition, Carden said.

Hospital staff described the shark bite as exploratory, according to police, which is when a shark swims away after one bite.

Source:www.abcnews.go.com



2016-05-18

Swimmer Reported Bitten by Possible Shark

Continent:
North America
Location:
St. Augustine,
Florida

Incident Details:
A local man was taken to a medical center after being bitten by something on his foot while swimming in the ocean on Wednesday.

Firefighters responded before noon on Wednesday to the North Beach access of Guana State Park in St. Johns County located on the northern east coast of Florida. Noted for swimming, sunbathing, surfing, fishing, and shelling, the beaches are a popular spot for tourist and local beachgoers.

Beachgoers on this particular day saw bloody footprints on the boardwalk that provides access to the beach. Will Rand, who decided against getting in the water stated, "There's a bunch of bloody footprints all the way down the boardwalk, [and] obviously someone was bleeding pretty bad."

Charles Setting, another beachgoer, witnessed a guy being lifted into the back of his truck, stating, "You could see a towel wrapped around his foot with a little bit of blood dripping from it."

Witnesses said the man was merely hanging out in waist-deep water when something grabbed his foot; however, firefighters haven't been able to confirm the bite was from a shark.

No one saw a shark, but people who frequent the beach said sharks have regularly been seen in this area of St. Johns County.


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2016-05-15

Woman Taken To Hospital With Shark Still Attached to Her Arm

Continent:
North America
Location:
Boca Raton,
Florida

Incident Details:
According to a spokesman for Boca Raton Ocean Rescue, a 23-year-old woman was bitten by a small nurse shark and taken to the hospital with the 2-foot shark still attached to her arm.

At approximately 1:30 pm ambulance crews responded to a call from the lifeguard at Red Reef Park. They arrived to a calm, victim who suffered a bite to her arm and still had the now dead nurse shark attached to her appendage.

"I have never seen anything like it. Never even heard of anything like this," said Ocean Rescue Capt. Clint Tracy, who saw the woman and the shark as they were put into an ambulance. Tracy said the woman remained calm, and there was little blood.

Several beachgoers said the woman and her friends were seen antagonizing the shark. Nate Pachter, 11, of Boca Raton, said he and his cousin were snorkeling when he saw a group "holding the shark by its tail. They were messing with it. Sharks are like the most humane thing ever," Nate said, as he sat with his family on the beach. "wouldn't bite them if they hadn't been messing with it."

The unnamed woman was taken to Boca Regional Hospital by Boca Raton Fire Rescue in stable condition, according to spokesman Robert Lemons.

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2016-05-04

Man Bitten Off the Coast of South Maui

Continent:
North America
Location:
Maui, Hawaii, United States

Incident Details:
Officials closed a portion of shoreline along South Maui yesterday after a man was suspected of being bitten by a shark.

Maui Police Department police department answered a call at 3:50 p.m. from a 59-year old man who was swimming on a floatation device 30-40m off the coast of Wailea Beach Park when he was bitten and suffered puncture wounds to his right shoulder.

A local resident, Garett Rundle, was working at a conference at the Grand Wailea when he looked over and saw "three or four guys that were holding up one of their buddies. His whole shoulder was dripping with blood."

The man was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement measured the bite mark on the flotation device to be approximately 16 inches across. It is to determined if it is consistent with the man's shark bite.

Maui is a host to many vacation resorts. Officials will consider reopening the beach Wednesday morning after a thorough examination of waters for any shark sightings.

Credit: www.mauinews.com



2016-05-03

Fisherman Bitten on Foot

Continent:
Australia
Location:
Coromandel Penisula, New Zealand

Incident Details:
A man was bitten on the foot while fishing in the Coromandel, a peninsula on the North Island of New Zealand which extends north from the western end of the Bay of Plenty.

Otego Daily Times reports that a man in his 30's caught a 1.5m Mako shark. Apparently, the fisherman thought the shark was dead and was "in the process of cutting its head off and gutting it," a spokeswoman for the Westpac Auckland Rescue Helicopter service said. She continued, "He was on a boat and he was just gutting it and it thrashed about and got his foot."

It is unclear how the man made it to shore but he was taken by ambulance to Tairua, where he was then transported to Middlemore Hospital by rescue helicopter.

The man suffered lacerations to one of his feet and is reported in moderate condition.

This would be considered a provoked incident.



2016-04-26

California Man Bitten in Bali

Continent:
South East Asia
Location:
Balian
Western Bali

Incident Details:
According to The Inertia, a surfer from San Diego California was bitten by a shark early Monday morning. A local resident, Twiggy Van Ryan, witnessed the victim exit the water holding his elbow. "I thought he just injured himself and his girlfriend came running up the beach and said it was a shark attack".

While surfing at approximately 7 a.m., the surfer encountered a shark. After being bitten, he rode a wave all the way to shore where he was rescued by local surfers. The victim had apparently lost some blood which was evident when he passed out upon reaching shore.

Van Ryan and a few other locals wrapped the wound which was reported to be four inches either side of his elbow. Van Ryan speculates, "Basically his whole elbow had gone into the shark's mouth and it was pretty badly damaged as the shark pulled back." Van Ryan, the few locals, and victim's girlfriend rushed the man to the hospital where he was treated for moderate to severe injuries.

Van Ryan said due to the aggressive nature of the bite, it was likely to have been a bull shark. Balian is a town in Western Bali, Indonesia that is located near the Balian River where bull sharks have been known to stroll the area.

Friends state the victim is recovering after surgery and is lucky to have bruising and muscle tears with no ligament damage.

Credit: Inertia5 and Coconuts Bali



2016-04-24

Teen Surfer Bitten on New Smyrna Beach

Continent:
North America
Location:
New Smyrna Beach
Volusia County, Florida

Incident Details:
A 15 year old male was bitten by a shark while surfing about 75 yards off the coast of New Smyrna Beach, located on the central east coast Florida.

The teen, who has been identified by a friend as Kelton Beardall, was surfing a wave Saturday evening when he was bitten on the foot. According to his friend, Beardall pulled back and the shark bit again, this time giving the foot a shake. Beardall suffered minor lacerations.

Beardall was taken to Bert Fish Memorial Hospital where he received stitches. He is expected to make a full recovery although will be out of the water for six weeks.

Credit: www.news4jax.com



2016-04-22

Man's Surf-Ski Bitten in Plettenburg Bay

Continent:
Africa
Location:
Plettenburg Bay
Cape Town, South Africa

Incident Details:
A man while water sporting in Plettenburg Bay encountered a shark.

A man was part of a group of surf-skiers when his surf ski (an ocean kayak powered by paddling) was hit hard from behind causing him to fall into the sea. Upon climbing back aboard his surf-ski, he learned the shark had bitten it causing enough damage to make it start sinking.

Craig Lambinon of The National Sea Rescue Institute's says it's not surprising that this incident took place as this is the time for sharks to migrate. Plettenberg Bay, nicknamed Plet or Plett, is the primary town of the Bitou in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is a popular place for tourism. Lambinon urges the people to be aware "that at this time of the year sharks do migrate closer inshore as part of their natural feeding habits and urges the public to be aware of this phenomenon".

"The five paddlers, Dave Manson, Douglas Hill, Peter Green, Mike Briereley and Neil Kilpatric are certain that the shark was a White Shark and quite large," said Craig Lambinon.

The bite marks are being investigated to determine an accurate size and species of the shark.

Credit: www.ewn.co.za



2016-04-20

Two Spearfisherman Bitten in Makemo

Continent:
Oceania
Location:
Makemo, French Polynesia

Incident Details:
Two fisherman managed to fight off a shark while fishing around an atoll Makemo, which is one of the larger of the Tuamotu atolls in French Polynesia.

Hoatua Iotua, 22, stated that he and his cousin Teva Tokoragi, 27, were fishing with a harpoon gun when a grey reef shark about 2 meters (6 ft) long tried to steal the fish that he had speared!

Tokoragi then attempted to chase the shark away, piercing it in the fin with a spear.

Iotua said they had tried to remove the spear believing the shark was stunned, but the animal went for Tokoragi grabbing him by the arm. Iotua contentiously hit the shark in the head until it let go and they managed to lift themselves back into their boat.

"I started to get into the boat, but (the shark) grabbed my knee so I fell into the sea and I had another fight with the shark; I grabbed it so it didn't tear my knee," Iotua said.

While he held the head of the shark, Tokoragi tried to cut its tail in an attempt to weaken the animal, however with wounds to his calf and wrist he was too weak and had lost a lot of blood.

Iotua managed to pry open the shark's mouth: "I pushed his head down and quickly jumped in the boat," he said.

The fishermen managed to reach the village where they were taken to the town clinic. The nurses treated him until he reached the hospital eight hours later.

Teva lost a liter of blood and suffered the most serious wounds of the two with injuries to his calf and hand. Iotua had torn the flesh around his knee, which was stitched up at the hospital. Teva is scheduled to be released later this week.

Credit: www.tntv.pf & www.trackingsharks.com



2016-04-19

12 Year Old Bitten at Byron Bay

Continent:
Australia
Location:

Byron Bay, New South Wales

Incident Details:
According to a report from 9 news, a 12-year-old boy was taken to hospital today by his parents after he was bitten on the foot by what is believed to be a wobbegong shark.

The incident took place around midday at Byron Bay which is a coastal town in the southeastern part of Australia. The bite happened while the boy was swimming at Sun Beach, near the popular surfing spot known as The Wreck according to a surf lifesaving NSW spokesperson.

The boy sustained a minor non life threatening injury. Staff at the Department of Primary Industries still need to official confirm the species responsible for bite.

Credit: www.9news.com.au



2016-04-13

Shark Bites Free Diver While Spearfishing

Continent:
North America
Location:
Singer Island
Palm Beach County, Florida, USA

Incident Details:
According to the Palm Beach Post, an unnamed man, described in his 20's was free diving and spearfishing when a he was bitten multiple times on the right shoulder, doing "significant" damage, officials said.

Riviera Beach Fire Rescue responding to the shark bite at Sailfish Marina on Singer Island, located on the Atlantic coast of Palm Beach County, reported the unidentified victim was bitten by a 7-foot bull shark on Wednesday afternoon.

The victim was brought to Sailfish Marina where witness, Kai Survance, 17 from North Palm Beach stated, "He was lying on his back. He was conscious. There was blood all over his shoulder and the boat gunnel. He was pretty calm." The victim was then taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in nearby West Palm Beach.

Credit: www.palmbeachpost.com



2016-04-11

69 Year Old Pronounced Dead in New Caledonia

Continent:
Oceania
Location:
Poe Beach, New Caledonia
French Territory, South Pacific Islands

Incident Details:
69 year old Nicole Malignon was bitten by an 8-foot tiger shark around 11am on Saturday while playing with her dog in five feet of clear water about 60 meters off of Poe Beach.

Theirry Song, who was about 50 meters away teaching his son to wind surf, was alerted by screams, notices the shark and commotion in the water and immediately swims to her rescue.

The shark then started to approach him; his initial reaction was to swim toward the shark as an attempt to scare it. The shark then swam away and Theirry was able to carry Nicole back to the beach and apply first aid while beachgoers covered her with blankets.

Nicole's husband and emergency personnel arrived; CPR was performed after she lost consciousness. Shortly after, she was pronounced dead.

The juvenile tiger shark may have been drawn to the scene due to a wound on Nicole's dog. This was the third shark incident this year near near the island.

Credit: www.trackingsharks.com



2016-04-08

Spinner Shark Knocks Paddleboarder into Water

Continent:
North America
Location:
Jupiter Beach, Florida, USA


Incident Details:
Paddleboarder Maximo Trinidad got a little more than he bargained for Thursday afternoon at Jupiter Beach when a spinner shark shot out of the water, hitting his board knocking him into the ocean.

Trinidad stated, "As soon as I saw that big beautiful animal jumping next to me, everything went into slow motion."

"I didn't want to be on top of it and thought I was a fish," he told several news stations.

The close encounter took place during Trinidad's lunch break. The video below shows Trinidad's jaw drop just before the shark hit his board, catapulting him into the ocean.

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2016-04-07

Shark Tangles With Jet Ski

Continent:
Australia
Location:
Fraser Island, Australia, AU


Incident Details:
Two unnamed tourists encountered a shark while jet skiing, according to RT Top News Stories, while touring the waters of Fraser Island off the coast of Queensland.

The tourists noticed a shadow in the waters below and followed the shark. It appeared to become agitated and lunged toward the jet ski.

The couple reported, 'No one was injured although the jet ski did get some small scuff marks where the shark contacted the ski.'

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2016-04-07

Bodysurfer Suffers Sliced Achilles Tendon

Continent:
North America
Location:
Vero Beach
Florida, USA

Incident Details:
According to the TCPalm, a 19-year-old man suffered injuries to his leg after he claims to have been bitten by a shark last month.

Daniel Kennedy, a Boston College sophomore, was vacationing on Vero Beach with friends for spring break. While bodysurfing in waist-high water around 3:30pm on March 11th just south of the Indian River County line, he felt something slam into his right lower leg and foot and was bit by something.

Kennedy was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce with nonlife-threatening injuries that were consistent with a shark bite; officials could not confirm it was a shark bite at the time.

While Kennedy reported he was bit in Vero Beach, lifeguards and rescue workers in Vero Beach and Indian River County said they responded to only one incident in March that involved a bite - an 11-year-old was bit by a fish or shark on South Beach on March 30; the child's injuries weren't severe enough to be hospitalized.

Kenny's wound was cleaned before he flew back to Boston to have surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital where doctors repaired his sliced Achilles tendon and removed a small fragment of shark tooth, which he kept as a souvenir.

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2016-04-07

Fisherman Bitten on Hand in Content Key

Continent:
North America
Location:
Content Key,
Florida

Incident Details:
A fisherman was bitten on the hand while fishing in Content Keys on April 7, 2016.

The Content Keys are a group of small islands sitting in extremely shallow water. They are situated on the Gulf side of the Florida Keys lying between the Marathon and Key West area. It is a favorite place for lobstering and fishing.

Thirty-four year old Johnathan Lester was fishing in the Content Keys area and had just finished removing a hook from a fish. He leaned over the side of his boat to release the fish. While moving the fish back and forth to re-oxygenate its gills, a five to six foot shark suddenly approached and started feeding on the fish. Mr. Lester was unable to move out of the way quickly enough and was bitten on the left hand.

Lester was able to drive to a nearby boater who helped wrap the 1 1/2 inch deep wound and contact the Coast Guard.

The U.S. Coast Guard arrived on scene and were able to transfer Mr. Lester to the Coast Guard patrol boat which transported him back to shore.

Officer Plussa, of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said Lester's wounded hand was much paler that his right, was dark purple, and limp. Mr. Lester had lost a lot of blood which covered his left foot and was experiencing shock.


Credit: trackingsharks.com



2016-04-03

4th Grader Bitten in Bahamas

Continent:
North America
Location:
Bahamas

Incident Details:

Henry Kreckman, 9, of Oregon was bitten by a 2.5 foot nurse shark earlier this week at a Bahamas Resort.

Henry's parents, Clint and Sara Kreckman, described the incident involving their son and an unidentified man who instigated the bite.

Henry was at the beach with his mom, brother Jack and 2 friends "swimming around looking at fish" when the boys spotted a small nurse shark in about 3.5 feet of water. Clint stated the boys left it alone, but another man close to them grabbed the shark by its tail, held it up out of the water and invited the boys to "pet the shark."

Clint claims the boys declined, but as the man held the flailing shark up, "it flipped out of his hands and attached itself to Henry's chest. When the shark wouldn't let go, the guy yanked it off the boy. At that point there was blood but it looked a lot worse than what it really was."

Sara Kreckman saw the man lift up her bleeding son and bring him toward the beach. Sara, a pediatrician, removed her son's shirt, bunched it up, and put pressure on the wound. She described the injury as a "triangle bruise the size of a tennis ball with puncture wounds at the top and at the bottom."

Resort staff took the boy to its medical station. An ambulance crew was called and responded, but hospitalization was not necessary.

This is consider a Provoked Incident.

Credit: www.madison.com/wsj



2016-04-01

Snorkeler in Maui Bitten

Continent:
North America
Location:
Olowalu, Maui

Incident Details:

Maui officials stated that a "minor" incident happened involving a shark and an individual in a commercial tour group off the coast of Olowalu, which is on the west side of the Island.

The report came in just before 2 p.m. yesterday that 46-yr-old female visitor was bitten on her snorkeling fin a half mile off Olowalu by a shark.

"She was in 18 feet of murky water when she felt a tug on her fin, and looked back to see a gray-colored shark swimming away. She was treated on the boat for a minor injury to her foot and big toe," stated officials in the department press release.

Officials say an on-board employee of the Teralani 2 tour company reported that an 8-ft tiger shark was spotted swimming away after the incident.

Credit: www.mauinow.com



2016-03-31

Teen Bitten By Shark at Fort Myers Beach

Continent:
North America
Location:
Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Incident Details:
Nick Kawa was playing football at Fort Myers Beach which is located on Estero Island in Lee County Florida, when the ball landed in the water on Wednesday.

When Nick reached into the murky water to grab the ball he was bitten on the right forearm. He immediately ran to his family who thought the blood coming from his arm was a prank.

Nick's Uncle who was there added that he thinks the murky water was a contributing factor to the incident. He stated, "I think sharks don't normally attack people. I think it thought his arm was probably a fish since it didn't have much visibility."

Nick was taken to hospital where his doctors stated that the shark that bit him was most likely a nurse shark.

Nick feels lucky stating, "I could have lost a lot more than what I did."

Credit: www.trackingsharks.com



2016-03-30

Surfer Suffers Serious Injuries on New South Wales Beach

Continent:
Australia
Location:
Bombo Beach, Kiama
Wollongong, New South Wales

Incident Details:
22- year-old surfer attacked about 100m from shore by shark.

The attack occurred just after 7pm Wednesday evening.

The victim suffered serious injuries to his leg and hand and was flown to St. George Hospital in a serious condition.

Credit: www.smh.com.au



2016-03-28

Sydney Beaches Closed After Surfer Incident

Continent:
Australia
Location:
Cronulla, Southern Sydney
North Cronulla, Southern Sydney

Incident Details:
Around 11:00am a surfer was bumped by unidentified species of shark but was not injured.

An alarm sounded to warn beach goers not to enter the water.

Later, a second shark was sighted. Both beaches are closed for 24 hours.

Credit: www.abc.net.au



2016-03-14

Elderly Couple Flees From Two Sharks

Continent:
North America
Location:
Hollywood Beach Florida, USA

Incident Details:
Swimmers alerted by beachgoers shouting, "shark!" Shortly after, swimmers began to rush out of the water.

VIDEO shows two sharks swimming extremely close to shore and swimmers as they hurry to clear the water and head to the beach. Parents dive into the water to get their children as the shark approaches.

Sharks Scare Beachgoers at Hollywood Beach
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2016-03-13

Huntington Beach Surfer Bumped

Continent:
North America
Location:
Huntington Beach in Seaside City
Orange County, California, USA

Incident Details:
Surfer was bumped hard near Tower 16 on the south end of Bolsa Chica State Beach.

The Shark was thought to be a juvenile great white.

Beach is closed for 24 hours.

Credit: Huntington Beach Marine Safety Lt. Claude Panis



2016-03-10

Diver Dies in Fiji Waters

Continent:
Oceania
Location:
Yanawai, Fiji
Incident Details:
Maika Tabua, 44, Diver. Killed by a shark at the river mouth.

Found floating near a reef, the shark had ripped off his left arm and thighs and it severed his neck leaving all internal organs exposed.

Police advise more sharks may be in the Fiji waters after Cyclone Winston.



2016-03-04

Boy Injured at Riviera Beach

Continent:
North America
Location:
Ocean Reef Park in Riviera Beach
Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
Incident Details:
The 12-year-old was in about 3 ft of water when a shark brushed the child's foot.

Wounds described as superficial and minor.

No one was allowed in the water after the incident.

Photos credit: www.ksdk.com/news



2016-03-02

Man Bitten by Endangered Shark

Rafael Hermes Thomas, 41, was swimming at Estaleiro Beach, in Santa Catarina State, Brazil when he had a rare run in with an endangered sand tiger shark.

Thomas entered the water and was hit in the head by the shark. The shark bit him and quickly released.

Thomas was rescued by lifeguards at the beach who pulled Thomas from the water, but due to stress and bleeding he fainted.

The shark has been identified as a sand tiger shark pup by Jules Soto, curator of the Oceanographic Museum of Univali in Balneario Picarras by examining Thomas' wounds.

Soto thinks that the shark was simply probing Thomas and once it realized it was not a food source released the man. He states that if the shark wanted to attack and eat Thomas the wounds would have been far more severe.



2016-02-29

Great White Bites Fisherman Boat

Frenchman Island is off the coast of New Zealand. The area is a popular area for divers and located near scallop beds.

Hamish Clarke was on a 19 foot fishing boat with a group of friends when a great white approached the boat several times aggressively.

The shark circled the boat many times. It attempted to bite the boat in several locations. The shark even attempted biting the engine before it swam off.

The shark was thought to be around 11 feet long.

No lasting damage was done to the boat and no one was injured in this encounter.

The incident was filmed by the fishing boat crew on cell phones and can be seen here.



2016-02-25

Kite Surfer Bitten by a Shark off the Coast of Noumea

Noumea is the capital of the South Pacific archipelago and French territory New Caledonia.

The unidentified man was apparently sitting on his rig as the shark bit the side of the board.

The shark's bottom jaw hit the bottom of the board and its top teeth went into the man's thigh.

Even though the 21-year-old had several lacerations to his right thigh, he was able to paddle to a nearby reef and then onto the beach.

Emergency personal were called and treated the wound on scene before transferring the man to the Gaston Bourret Hospital.

Thankfully the young man's artery was not severed and the wound was repaired with sixty-four stitches.

The bite wound measured around 16 inches and may have been caused by a tiger shark.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

The incident occurred on February 22, 2016.

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2016-02-20

Possible Shark Involement in Missing Diver

Mission Beach is a small village along the Coral Sea in Queensland, Australia. The popular tourist destination of Dunk Island lies 4 kilometers offshore.

Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi owner Steven "Fozzy" Foster, 54, was last seen at the Lady Bowen wreck, south of Cairns, on Tuesday afternoon. Foster was an experienced diver and co-owner of Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi.

Police searched for 3 days before finding clothing and equipment; confirming fears that Foster was taken by a shark while diving.

The search as been called off due to the discoveries.

Police said that they would forensically examine the recovered articles to piece together Fozzy's last moments.

Nancy Lowe, Fozzy"s business partner and friend has issued a statement on behalf of herself and Fozzy's family:

"The support has been overwhelming, from the boats in the water, planes in the air, sandwiches made for the boys daily to take out, phones being answered, and the numerous messages of love and support," she wrote.

"A special huge thanks to the boys who never gave up looking and brought us home closure and answers, they are more than gems and their efforts have given us some comfort in this difficult time."



2016-02-11

Surfer Knocked from his board by Shark at Marrawah

Marrawah is a small town in the north of the West Coast of Tasmania, Australia. Marrawah is located in the former shire of Wellington.

Surfing Tasmania has issued a warning after a shark took a bite out of a surfer's board at Marrawah.

The Incident occurred during the middle of the day at Netley's beach.

Shayne Clark the executive officer of Surfing Tasmania, said a surfer was with a friend when a 3 meter shark struck from below.

Mr Clark said the force of the shark knocked the surfer off his board and "there are bite marks in his board".

He said the 2 surfers were understandable scared.

"They certainly left the water in a hurry," he said.

Mr Clark stated that it happened in shallow water.

He warned surfers in the area to keep out of the water for the next 24 hours "and certainly if you are surfing tomorrow, give Netley's a wide berth or be extra vigilant if you must surf there over the next few days".



2016-02-06

Woman Bitten by a Shark at North Strabroke Island

North Stradbroke Island is an island that lies within Moreton Bay in the Australian state of Queensland.

The incident took place on Friday at around 1:20 pm. A 45-year-old was was wading in the shallows off North Strabroke Island, when she was bitten on the foot by what she described as a small shark.

She was transported to Dunwich Health Service Center with minor injuries.

According to the Global Shark Attack File and Tracking Sharks this is the 4th bite of 2016, all of which have taken place in Australia.



2016-02-03

Shark Knocks South African Kayak Fisherman into the Water

Dev De Lange was out fishing on his kayak in his native waters off the coast of South Africa when the incident happened last weekend.

Dev De Lange who films all his fishing expeditions, caught the whole incident on camera.

You will see on the video that he is visibly shaken after the shark knocks him off his kayak, but despite the shock of incident the South African emerges unharmed.

Click here to watch the video



2016-02-01

Shark Incident in Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei is located at near the mouth of the Hanalei River on the north shore of the island of Kauai, Hawaii.

A 15-year-old surfer said a shark dragged her under water by the leash of her surfboard before she freed herself and fled to safety. Kaya Waldman stated she was surfing about 11:30 a.m. on Monday beyond the main surf break near Hanalei. There were just a few other surfers out at the time. She was paddling in when she saw something gray in the water. Initially, Waldman believed it was buoy. But when it kept coming towards her, she realized it was a shark.

"It was coming at me so fast I got scared, I started screaming, but there was no one around to hear me," Kaya stated. "I was thinking, Oh my gosh, this thing is coming at me."

The leash between her ankle and board got hooked around the shark's mouth, and she was pulled under the water. She got a good look at the shark when she first fell into the water, and believes it was a tiger shark. She said length of the shark was longer than her 8-ft long surf board.

The shark dragged her for several seconds until she was able to free the leash from the shark's mouth. She then surfaced, climbed back on her board and paddled hard until she caught a small wave and headed toward shore.

She figured the entire incident took about a minute. "I feel like God saved my life," Kaya said. "He gave me strength and courage to take off the leash."

Once at the beach she reported what happened to firefighters and a lifeguard.

The lifeguards reported that the victim was in good health with no visible or reported injuries and no damages to her board.

Lifeguards then went out to scan the area where she had the encounter, which was well beyond the swimming area. They were unable to locate a shark, and given the far location from the swimming area, and with no other reports of a shark sighting that day, they decided not close the beach to swimming.



2016-01-28

Shark Incident at Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay is the largest bay on the north shore of Kauai island in Hawaii. The town of Hanalei is at the midpoint of the bay, it consists of nearly two miles of beach, surrounded by mountains.

Lifeguards closed Hanalei Bay to swimming until further notice after a man was bitten by a shark yesterday afternoon, Kauai County officials said.

A Minnesota man was paddling to shore after surfing near the Hanalei Pier, when he was bitten by a shark around 2 pm, according to a county news release.

Although officials did not see the shark, lifeguards noted that the man did suffer non-life threatening lacerations to both of his hands.

As a safety precaution, lifeguards posted "Shark Sighted" and "No Swimming" signs along the beach and are roving the shoreline to warn beach goers to stay out of the water until the situation can be readdressed later today.

Lifeguards will meeting this morning to reassess the water conditions to determine if it is safe for swimming, officials said.



2016-01-25

Tiger Shark Incident at Wailea Beach, Hawaii

Wailea Beach is on the south shore of Maui, is a luxurious resort community known for crescent-shaped beaches and world-class golf.

Matt Mason was out with his wife on Saturday morning when a 14ft tiger shark bit his paddle board.

The 48-year-old was 150 yards off the shore of Wailea Beach, Hawaii when he felt something ram into the back of his board. At first he believed it was just his wife playing a prank, but looking back he saw a tiger shark's head 'attached' to the paddle board. The tiger shark twisted its body knocking Mr. Mason onto it's back.

Mrs. Mason, who saw the shark swim under her board, just before it latched onto her husbands, yelled for him to punch the shark. Heeding her advice, he began hitting the shark in its midsection, all while the shark still griped his board in its teeth.

Mr. Mason sank in the water and when he surfaced, realized he was no longer connected to his paddleboard. He was able to grab his paddle and quickly swam back toward his board. He told The Pioneer Press "it was like having an aircraft carrier in front of me."

Once he had made it back to his board, the couple safely paddled back to shore without seeing seeing the shark again. A group of beach goers witnessed the incident, one possibly recorded part of the event on a mobile phone.

Natural Resource Officers measured the bite marks left on the board and determined the radius was consistent with a 14-foot shark. The only visible injury was to Mrs. Mason's finger, from where she had gripped her paddle so tightly during the ordeal.

Mr. Mason was able to purchase the rental paddle board and plans to hang it at his bar or use it in his hometown lakes.

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2016-01-24

Shark Incident near Fujairah

Fujairah is one of the 7 emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, and the only 1 of the 7 that has a coastline solely on the Gulf of Oman, Arab Sea.

Humaid, a 36-year-old Emirati, was out at sea with his crew on their normal daily fishing trip when a 4 meter, 2 ton shark, jumped on board. Khalifa Masoud, chairman of the Fujairah Fishermen association described the shark incident on a fishing boat on Sunday as the first of its kind in terms of the "attack", and the size and strength of the fish.

Local fishermen said the species is known as "Al Deebah" or "the wolf", but is likely to be a mako shark, which is known for leaping out of the water at times when hooked.

"The incident occurred at around 2 am on Sunday and the fishermen were around 28 miles away from the shore," said Khalifa Massoud.

"The shark had jumped out of the water and tried to attack one of the men from the back as he fixed a fishing rope on the boat," he reported. "It was trying to eat him, but luckily, he survived."

Massoud stated that the crew members killed the shark by striking it on its nose with a bat, but one of the men sustained minor injuries.

Details of the incident, first published by an Arabic language newspaper, quickly spread yesterday. However, one shark expert, along with a number of social media users, cast doubt on the circumstances, with some pointing out that a fishing hook can be seen on the side of the shark's mouth.

There is some talk among shark experts that the fact that the shark's intestines could be seen in its mouth, suggests that the fish had been caught intentionally.

"Clearly the shark didn't attach the hook itself, and the intestines have also been forced into the mouth, which happens when a fish or marine species is suddenly quickly forced up out of the water," One UAE-based expert stated, who asked not to be named.

Massoud stated the plan is to preserve the shark and display it in the Fujairah Maritime Museum.

Mohammed Arif, a fisherman with 15 years of fishing experience in Fujairah, said this is not the first time crews have come across sharks. Fishermen in Fujairah, on the Gulf of Oman, had two similar incidents last year, but with smaller sharks.



2016-01-10

Accidental Shark Bite off Caloundra Coast

Caloundra is the southernmost community on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland, Australia, located 90 kilometres north of Brisbane CBD.

A high school teacher, Shane Hilder, was bitten off the coast of Caloundra over the weekend while surfing with his 10 year old daughter Molly.

The shark has been identified as a four foot wobbegong, a species not known to bite humans.

The incident occurred in murky water about 50 meters from shore.

The shark initially bumped into the man's leg but then bit Mr. Hilder on the foot removing a large chunk of flesh about 5 cm across.

"Luckily it let go straight away, I didn't really feel any pain. It was an accidental bite," Hilder stated.

"Wobbegongs don't go out and hunt people. He just ran into me and bit me to tell me to go away."

Mr. Hilder was easily able to get back to shore with his daughter and the wound was sewn back together, all major tendons were missed.

Hilder's daughter Molly was shaken up but uninjured.



2016-01-05

Shark Bites boy off Heron Island

Heron Island is a coral cay located near the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern Great Barrier Reef, 80 km north-east of Gladstone, Queensland, Australia.

An 11-year-old boy has been bitten by a reef shark off Heron Island.

The young boy was in knee-high water off Heron Island when a reef shark bit him on the right leg Tuesday afternoon.

Gladstone Queensland Ambulance Service advanced care paramedic Brad Lawson said the boy was in good spirits after he was bitten by a blacktip reef shark.

He said the child's father took him to the island's medical center, where a registered nurse treated him. "She basically cleaned the wound, dressed it and prepared him for transport," he said.

The nurse and the boy's father flew with him on a private sea plane from Heron island to Gladstone Airport where paramedics were waiting to take the boy to hospital.

"The child's in quite good spirits, quite happy, quite jovial and in minimal pain at the point in time," Mr Lawson said.

University of Queensland Center for Marine Science director Ian Tibbetts, who visits the school's Heron Island facility, said shark bites at the island were "a very rare event. There are a reasonable number of sharks up there but they always stay away from humans."

Today's bite was the 2nd shark incident in central Queensland this week, after a spearfisher fought off a shark near Miall Island, off the coast of Yeppoon.

The boy is now in stable condition.

Click Here to watch a quick video of the boy being wheeled into the hospital.



2016-01-04

Close Call at Broken Head Beach, NSW Australia

Broken Head Beach is surrounded by a national park reserve. Broken Head is both a popular surf spot and family beach, and has both barbeque and shower facilities and a large grassy area for picnickers.

A surfer reported being approached by a large shark while surfing.

The surfer reported the incident to local lifesavers, who closed the beach. The surfer reported that the shark tried to bite him.

The shark was reported to be about 3-4 meters long. No additional sightings were reported and no shark was found during a sweep of the water.

The beach has since been reopened.



2016-01-02

Man Bitten While Spearfishing in Yeppoon, Queensland

Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. Yeppoon is renowned for its beaches, tropical climate, and the islands out on the bay.

A spear fisherman was bitten by a shark before noon while fishing off of Miall Island, Near Great Keppel Island, Queensland.

The 31 year old was in bitten by a 3 meter long shark while swimming in a school of mackerel.

The man fought the shark by punching it multiple times in the nose. The man sustained serious injuries to both upper limbs.

The fisherman was able to make it back to his boat with the help of friends, he was then transferred to a nearby Coast Guard boat.

The man was brought to Rockhampton Base Hospital for further treatment.

He is in serious but stable condition.

Photos by RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue and www.abc.net.au/news



2015-12-28

Great White Shark knocks fisherman into the water off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal, a coastal South African province, is known for its beaches, mountains and savannah populated by big game.

Grant Wardell and his brother Jamie were fishing 1.2 km off of Westshore Beach when a great white shark bit his paddle ski (small 2 man Kayak) sending him into the water.

The brothers were using live bait.

Grant saw the shark before it hit the boat and recalls the shark jumping out of the water before the boat was overturned.

Uninjured when the boat flipped, Grant was able to get on top of the overturned boat.

With the help of his brother, Grant was able to flip the boat back over, but only by getting back into the water where all of the live bait still was.

The brothers paddled back to shore with the great white following after them.

No one was injured in the incident but the shark left a tooth in the boat.

The shark appeared to be about 3 meters long.

Both brothers agreed that this incident wouldn't keep them from future fishing trips.



2015-12-25

Shark Bites woman in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is one of Spain's Canary Islands, off northwestern Africa. It's known for the white-sand beaches stretching along its southern coast.

Spaniard Cristina, 38, from Madrid, was on vacation with her family when she was bitten by a shark at Arinaga Beach in Aguimes on Gran Canaria's east coast which is a popular area with divers.

Cristina stated that the incident happened just 60 ft from the shoreline, she told a local paper: "I noticed something pulling at my left arm but I didn't pay any attention because it felt like a dog biting you when it's playing.

"I returned to the shoreline swimming crawl and I felt another pull again, more intense this time.

"Half a second later I felt something grabbing hold of me, I turned round and I saw it pulling at me. It was a fish. I hit it with my right hand and I saw the shark's fins as it swam off.

"Everything happened very quickly, in seconds. Although it wasn't a painful attack, I didn't realize how serious it was till I got out of the water."

"As I turned round I saw it was a big grayish-brown fish and when I hit it I noticed it had hard, rough skin."

"There are times when I've fallen off my bike or I've burnt myself cooking and it's hurt me more."

"But it's true it was something that frightened me. Thankfully I was able to react."

"I was still in the sea when I put my head under water to see if it was following me and look where I could escape to nearer the shoreline and I didn't see it again."

Some shark experts from the area said they thought the shark that bit her was probably a silky shark, which is found worldwide in tropical and warm seas.

Mr Frias, who visited Cristina after she received hospital treatment, said he thought the shark was about 6.5 ft long.

He added: "It's bitten her two or three times trying to swallow her arm whole and has not been able to."

The Canary Islands is known to receive around 4 million British visitors a year.



2015-12-23

Shark Bites Board off Laaloa Beach, Hawaii

Thomas Ford, 71, had a close encounter with a shark while paddle boarding in Honokohau Harbor about a half a mile off of Laaloa Beach, Hawaii.

Ford was out looking for dolphins and whales when something unexpectedly slammed into the back of his board. Able to stay on his feet, Ford turned around to see a large shark biting the back of his board.

The paddle boarder used the paddle to repeatedly strike at the shark, which caused it to swim off. Ford eatimates the shark was about 9 feet long.

The unknown species of shark left bite marks in the board, but Ford received no injuries.

Ford reported the incident several hours later and beaches were closed in Laaloa and Kahaluu Beaches Tuesday.

Hawaii County Fire Department reminds everyone to immediately call 911 with a shark siting or incident.



2015-12-21

Suffer Bitten by Shark in Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha is a volcanic archipelago about 350 kilometers off Brazil's northeast coast. It is a protected national marine park and ecological sanctuary with a jagged coastline and diverse ecosystems. It's renowned for its undeveloped beaches, and for scuba diving and snorkeling.

A 33-year-old tourist was bitten by a shark the afternoon of Monday, December 21st in the South East Bay of Fernando de Noronha. The man was promptly rescued by family members and then was taken to St Lucas Hospital where local medical staff stabilized him. His right upper forearm was severed in the shark incident. After being stabilized he was airlifted to the ICU Unit of Restauracao Hospital for further treatment. The patient is in recovery but listed as critical.

Information provided by Pedro Santos & www.uol.com.br



2015-12-20

Fatal Shark Incident off of Aruba

Aruba, a tiny Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, has dry, sunny weather, blond beaches and gentle surf.

A man from Venezuela was killed in a shark encounter off the coast of Aruba Saturday.

Seven men were in the water after their boat capsized after being hit by a wave.Two men drowned in the initial accident, another was bitten while a rescue was underway.

A shark of unknown species bit the man as he was clinging to a rescue buoy. A member of the Coast Guard was dangling from a rescue helicopter when the incident took place.

The Coast Guard was able to get the man out of the water, but sadly the man died en route to the hospital.

The remaining four men are currently being treated for dehydration and are expected to survive.



2015-12-14

Shark Encounter off of Normandy Beach, Florida

A shark bite was reported earlier today off of Normandy Beach in St. Lucie County. Emergency crews responded, but the information was incorrect.

A woman was standing in ankle deep water when was brushed by an unknown shark species, and no bite was received.

The woman received a superficial wound on her ankle which was treated at the scene.



2015-12-11

Fisherman Bitten in the Bahamas

Richard Pinder, A 26 year old native of the Bahamas was bitten while fishing for lobster south-west of Andros Island.

Andros Island is an archipelago within the Bahamas, it is largest of the 26 inhabited Bahamian Islands. It considered a single island, Andros in total has an area greater than all the other 700 Bahamian islands combined.

The Coast Guard was notified of the man's injuries, but details are still few at this time.

The man reportedly received bites to his hand and stomach. His condition is unknown at this time.

The man was airlifted by the Coast Guard out of Miami to Doctors Hospital in Nassau. The shark species thought to be involved was a bull shark.



2015-11-16

Surfer Bitten by Shark at Playalinda Beach

Playalinda Beach is located on Florida's east coast in Canaveral National Seashore. Playalinda is accessible from Titusville. BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A surfer is recovering after being bitten on the foot by a shark off Playalinda Beach on Monday. Aaron Conti stated he went out surfing to clear his mind and relax. "I like nature. It's God's creation. You see stuff," Conti said. Conti stated that he was on his board Monday around midday when a shark grabbed his right foot. "This is the first time I had a shark bite, but wasn't too bad. It felt like an electric shock hitting my heel," Conti said. Conti rushed out of the water and called 911. Emergency responders tended to Conti's wound. He elected to drive himself to the hospital for further treatment. He said the incident actually left him less fearful of sharks. "As soon as this thing heals up I'm going back," Conti said.



2015-11-15

Surfer's hand Bitten by a shark at Singer Island

Singer Island is located on the Atlantic coast of Palm Beach County, Florida in the South Florida metropolitan area.

A surfer was bitten by shark Sunday in Palm Beach County, off of Singer Island.

Allen Engelman was surfing Sunday at Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island when a shark bit his hand.

He suffered multiple lacerations that required 15 stitches at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

Engelman stated, "I had just barely made it out and WHAM a Spinner shark had grabbed my left hand. I was wrestling him and I had ahold of his peck fin with my right hand. I yelled SHARK to my buddy 5ft away. The shark had let go and I turned and caught the first little left bowl straight to the beach. We were in the water about 30 sec. Got my towel tight and blood red and hiked it to the truck."

Engelman is now recovering at his home in Juno Beach.

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2015-11-15

2nd Shark Bite in Palm Beach County on Sunday

Palm Beach is the easternmost town in Florida, located on a 16-mile (26 km) long barrier island.

A woman was bitten by a shark Sunday morning near Palm Beach.

The woman said she was only a few feet from the shore where the incident occurred. She was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where she underwent surgery.

The young woman received at least 50 stitches in her calf.

Experts agree this is the time of year when we're most likely to see sharks off our coast and close to shore. They advise to swim in a group, don't go in the water with an open wound and don't wear shiny jewelry, as that is known to attract predatory fish.

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2015-11-10

Another Surfer Bitten Off Australia's NSW Coast

Sam Morgan,20, was surfing along Australia's NSW coast Tuesday evening when he was bitten by what appears to be a bull shark.

The surfer was near Lighthouse Beach in East Ballina where he was bitten badly in his left thigh. Morgan made it back to shore, and then was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital.

Morgan had surgery Tuesday evening and is now stable in a medically induced coma.

The bull shark was believed to be between 2.8 to 3.1 meters long.

The beach remains closed for 24 hours.



2015-11-07

Girl bitten on beach in Melbourne, taken to hospital

Melbourne is located beside the Indian River Lagoon along Florida's Space Coast.

Emergency Units responded to beachside Melbourne this morning after reports of a possible shark bite, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue.

The victim, a 9-year-old girl, was surfing at Paradise Beach in Melbourne when she suffered a bite of unknown origin. A fire and rescue spokesperson stated officials were unsure what actually bit the girl.

She was bitten on the leg and taken to a local hospital after being treated by Brevard County Ocean Rescue.



2015-11-04

Shark Bites Swimmer at Kehena Beach

Kehena is a narrow black sand beach located on the east shore of the island of Hawaii.

The unidentified man was swimming at Middle Bay at Kehena Beach in Kalapana at about 11 a.m. when his swim fin was suddenly ripped off his foot. The victim suffered a deep wound to his ankle, but was assisted almost immediately back to shore.

"He flagged for help and fellas went out there and swam him in, put him on the beach, and discovered that he had been bit on his ankle," said Kalapana resident Jeremy Smith.

Mr. Smith helped paramedics carry the injured man to an awaiting ambulance.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is trying to determine if the incident was indeed the result of a shark bite, but there was a delay in responding to the scene because of miscommunication.

Mr. Smith stated that the victim suffered a nasty wound that required a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

"The assumption made by all parties involved was that it was likely to be a shark or a barracuda," he said.

"But, the paramedics ruled it was more likely a shark bite. I would put it probably three to four inches long and almost two inches wide, pulled, and very deep."

The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but his age and condition were not released. However, if the victim was bitten by a shark, it would be the 4th shark incident in Hawaiian waters over the past 25 days.

"I think this is one of the least of our worries when you go in the water," said Dr. Bruce Anderson, DLNR's administrator for Aquatic Resources. "Our waters are extremely safe (and) there are far more drownings than shark bites."

Since the beginning of the year there have been seven shark incidents in Hawaii.

"He's going to be alright," Smith said of the swimmer, "But it was definitely a very serious wound."



2015-11-03

Shark Incident in Inhambane (Mozambique Southern Bay)

Inhambane - is a city located in southern Mozambique, 470 km northeast of Maputo. Mozambique is located on the east coast of southern Africa.

This is the 3rd shark incident in the Bay of Inhambane in southern Mozambique for the past 2 months, this one resulted in a fisherman losing both of his arms.

The Incident happened on Sunday in shallow water of the bay, when the fisherman, who was fishing for prawns, was pulling his nets ashore.

The victim was rushed to local hospital for treatment, but the shark had virtually severed both arms from his body, and the medical team had no option but to amputate them.

All 3 victims over the last 2 months have been fishermen, and all the incidents took place in shallow water. In the first incident, a fisherman lost an arm, and in the second a woman was severely bitten on her buttocks, and died later in hospital.

The Incidents have spread fear among Inhambane fishing communities and attempts have been made, so far with no success, to catch and kill the shark.

The Maritime Administration has stepped in and authorized and founded a hunt with a team of around 60 fishermen, biologists and local officials. They have hunted the shark for the past 10 days or so, but seem no nearer to catching it.



2015-11-01

Woman Bitten by Shark near Cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral is a cape in Brevard County, Florida, near the center of the state's Atlantic coast. Known as Cape Kennedy from 1963 to 1973, it lies east of Merritt Island, separated from it by the Banana River.

Brevard County Ocean Rescue Chief Jeff Scabarozi stated that a 28-year-old woman was close to shore in Cocoa Beach, near Cape Canaveral, when a shark bit her ankle about 3 p.m.

The woman suffered a 6-inch laceration to her ankle.

They said she was probably bitten by a 3 to 5 foot shark.

Visitor Holly Peterson was near the woman when the shark struck.

"I looked over at her and she said, 'Somebody help me.' I saw the fin come up and slap her in the face. She said, 'It got me.' So I grabbed her hand and dragged her back to the shore," Peterson said.

The woman was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center.



2015-10-30

A man bitten by a shark off the coast of Bald Island

Bald Island is an island that is located in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. The island is 1.5 kilometers offshore from Cheynes Beach and is a protected area.

A man is lucky to be alive after a great white shark grabbed his spear gun and dragged him underwater before biting him in the midsection.

Norman Galli, 50, was spearfishing with 2 friends on Friday afternoon near Bald Island, off Cheynes Beach, when he felt something bump into him.

"I was swimming right up next to the island when all of a sudden, without seeing anything, I got hit on the right hand side with a great force," Mr. Galli stated.

Mr Galli stated the shark took hold of his spear gun and dragged him underwater.

The was shocked and bleeding, but managed to get away from the shark and swim to his friends who were on their boat.

"Without a doubt, the spear gun saved my life. It was in my right hand which saved my life," Mr Galli said.

He said his spear gun prevented the shark from crushing and killing him.

He received seven stitches to his stomach and was discharged just before 4pm from Albany Hospital.

Fisheries continues to investigate the incident and has urged water users to take extra care around Bald Island.

17-year-old Jay Muscat died in late December last year when a suspected white pointer attacked him at Cheynes Beach while he was spearfishing with friend Matt Pullella.



2015-10-28

10-year-old boy is recovering from a shark bite in Hawaii

A 10 year old boy is in the hospital after he was bitten, by a shark, in waters off West Oahu Wednesday.

Emergency call was received at 2:51 p.m. from Makaha Beach Park.

Mākaha Beach Park is a white sand beach in Makaha, Hawaii. It is known for its good surf in the winter.

Kelly Krohne saw what happened and signaled to lifeguards.

"I saw a child, he kind of got bumped up about 50, 60 yards off the beach. He got bumped and then he started yelling, 'Uncle, uncle!' We paddled over to him, looked down his leg and saw some significant gashes," he said. "The kid was calm and coherent the whole time, but it was a significant bite to his leg."

The boy was hospitalized in serious condition, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

"He suffered serious injuries to his right leg, several puncture wounds and a gash, but thankfully it wasn't worse than that," said Shayne Enright, Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, state and city officials will field questions regarding Oahu's shark incidents.

According to the city's Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services, there was a shark sighting prior to the incident at neighboring Keaau Beach Park.

This is the 7th in Hawaii this year.

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2015-10-25

Surfer Bitten at Still Bay near Western Cape

Still Bay (Stilbaai) is a town along the southern coast of South Africa about four hours by car from Cape Town.

A man is in serious condition after being bitten by what is thought to be a great white shark near Morris Reef, Still Bay.

The man, 42, was bitten by a probable 3-3.5m shark while surfing. Two off duty NSRI rescuers were in the area and helped him get to shore.

The Surfer was airlifted to hospital aboard the Skymed helicopter in a serious but stable condition suffering lacerations to his right leg on the calf, knee and hip.

The bite marks are still being analyzed to confirm shark species.



2015-10-22

Stuart Surfer Hand Bitten by Shark off the Coast of Hutchinson Island

Hutchinson Island is located off the coast of Martin and St. Lucie counties in FLorida,. Hutchinson Island is a barrier island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Indian River on the west.

Ehren Chen, a Stuart surfer, is recovering from his shark encounter on Hutchinson Island in Stuart.

The bigger than normal waves this week have not only attracted surfers in by the dozens, but a few million bait fish.

"Yeah, I am fishing for Jacks today, not surfing," said Aaron Sikora, a fellow surfer at the Rocks beach, "It's like the mullet run, so all the bait is out there and they are attacking it. And so your fingers kind of look like a bait sticking in the water."

Sikora stated that is exactly what happened to his friend 26 year-old Chen, a seasoned surfer.

"Chen caught some waves Wednesday at the Stuart Beach, and then a shark caught him."

"He saw it coming and he pulled his hand out and as he pulled his hand out it jumped up and hit his hand," Sikora said, "Bit his hand hard."

Chen stated that it was a black tip shark that bit his hand. Black tips are commonly found in the shallow waters of Florida.

This shark incident comes exactly 2 weeks after a Vero Beach teen had his hand and arm nearly severed by a shark.

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2015-10-21

Shark Bites surfer off Playalinda Beach

Playalinda Beach is located on Florida's east coast in Canaveral National Seashore. Playalinda is accessible from Titusville, Florida. The beach is open to the public daily between 6:00 am to 6:00 pm year round.

A 21-yr-old man was bitten by a shark Wednesday afternoon off Playalinda Beach, Brevard County Fire Rescue officials stated.

"He said, 'Man, a big shark just grabbed me,'" said Mike "Scotty" Burns, a lifelong surfer who was one of the first to help the young man.

Burns shot cellphone video as he and a woman tended to the victim. They sat him down, grabbed a towel to stop the bleeding on his left hand.

"He said it happened so fast it was like, 'Boom!' It hit him. He was just in shock. He couldn't believe that he got bit by a shark, and then he couldn't believe that he was out there by himself," said Burns, who added that the surfer wondered when he would be able to surf again.

The victim, who was treated at Parish Medical Center, told News stations that he suffered a severed tendon in his hand but was released from the hospital that day.



2015-10-19

Deerfield Beach Surfer Recovering after Shark Bite

Deerfield Beach - is a city in Broward County, Florida, USA. It is located just south of the Palm Beach County line. The city is named for the numerous deer that once roamed the area.

A Deerfield Beach surfer is recovering after he was bitten by a shark on Monday afternoon.

Surfer Peter Kirn said he wanted to take advantage of the high winds and catch a few waves on his surfboard Monday afternoon.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews were alerted of the shark bite, which took place near 150 N. Ocean Dr., around 2 p.m.

Kirn was surfing just past the pier when the incident happened.

"It turns out it was a 21-year-old surfer, he was out 50 yards out surfing. He'd just gone out a few minutes before when he said an approximate 5 ft spinner shark bit his foot," said Broward Fire Rescue Mike Jachles.

Kirn was able to paddle back to shore to receive aid from lifeguards, who called 911.

"I saw him walking out of the ocean. Well, not really walking; somebody grabbed him, and he was by this little house here," said witness Victor Godinho. "He was bleeding pretty badly. He couldn't walk out; they had to carry him away."

"We came back and we saw them gathered over here, he was laying back with his foot in the air," said surfer Anthony Becker. "You could just see the blood pouring down his leg. It looked like a pretty bad cut that he had."

Kirn was transported to Broward Health North in good condition. He told friends that he's pretty shaken up by the incident.

"Yeah, we saw him being taken by the ambulance. They took him out there," Becker said. "A lot of crowds around, but hopefully everything is well with him now."

Broward County Fire Rescue confirmed this was, indeed, a shark bite.

The fishermen on the pier stated that there were a lot of bait fish in that area, and that can attract a lot of bigger fish.

Spinner sharks get their name from jumping and spinning out of the water while feeding on prey, they very often found in shallow water.

"Down here in Florida, we do get a lot of sharks, so it's always there in the back of your mind," said Max Pechonis, a friend of the victim. "You're just doing it for the love of the sport, you just have to not think about it."

Kirn received 20 stitches to his foot and will be treated for any possible infection. He remains at the hospital and is expected to be OK.



2015-10-18

2nd Shark Incident in 24 hrs of an Hawaiian Beach

Around 7:20 pm a shark bit a 32-year-old man's left foot as he was in the water off Waikiki beach.

Waikiki is a beachfront neighborhood of Honolulu, on the south shore of the island of Oahu, in Hawaii. Waikiki is best known for the white sand beach shoreline.

The man is in serious condition at a nearby trauma center.

Another man who surfs at the beach every day saw the rescue workers arrive.

"We were surfing out there. It was firing, and I hear all this commotion, but I had no idea it had to do with the shark. It's pretty crazy," Kyle Kaiser stated. "We see sharks out here, you know, but mostly small sharks. I never hear about a hoard of big, tiger sharks or anything like that. So yeah, very rare. I couldn't believe it."

Kaiser remembers last year's shark attacks happening in October. "It seems like October is the month where this kind of thing happens," he said.

This is the 7th shark incident in Hawaii this year and the 3rd in as many weeks on Oahu. Earlier this month, a surfer lost most of his left leg after a shark bit him off Oahu's north shore. The incident, which occurred in April on Maui, was fatal.

All shark incidents in Hawaii this year have happened in turbid or murky water.



2015-10-17

Shark Incident in the waters off Lanikai Beach in Oahu

Lanikai Beach is located in Lanikai, a community in the town of Kailua and on the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. The name Lanikai means "heavenly sea." This small half mile strip of beach is consistently ranked among the best beaches in the world.

Shortly before noon, a 44-year-old man was wounded Saturday by a shark in the waters off Lanikai beach in Oahu.

The victim and another man, whose age is unknown, were swimming to shore from the Mokulua Islands when the shark incident happened, the newspaper reported. The incident happened about 50 to 100 yards from shore, the Honolulu Fire Department said.

The victim was injured in his lower legs, but the other man did not appear to sustain any injuries.

Two nearby kayakers paddled the men back to shore, where Hawaii Fire Department staff and paramedics treated the victim. He was taken to the hospital and is listed in serious condition.

Authorities notified swimmers and closed Kailua, Lanikai, and Mokulua beaches.



2015-10-13

Child flown to hospital after possible shark bite on Hilton Head Island

A child with a wound consistent with a shark bite was airlifted to an area hospital Friday after an incident on Shipyard Beach on Hilton Head Island.

The incident happened around 4:20 p.m. at the Shipyard Beach Club, according to Mike Wagner, operations manager for Hilton Head Island Shore Beach Services.

The victim was a girl about 10 to 12-years-old, Wagner said, and had a "pretty extensive" wound on one of her arms.

When asked by The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette if the wound was caused by a shark, Wagner said "we never can know for sure, but indications would say it was."

Wagner said no one reported seeing a shark, including the child.

She was treated on scene by the Hilton Head Fire & Rescue Division and flown to a nearby hospital, according to spokeswoman Joheida Fister.

Fister said the wound was a laceration and could not say what caused it.

Fister declined release the condition of the child Monday or the hospital she was flown to.

Read more at www.islandpacket.com



2015-10-09

Man Loses Leg in Hawaiian Shark Incident

The North Shore, in the context of geography of the Island of Oahu, refers to the north-facing coastal area of Oahu between Kaena Point and Kahuku Point.

The fifth shark bite of the year for Hawaii occurred off of Leftovers Beach in Oahu around 10:30 Friday morning.

Colin Cook, 25, was surfing when a shark struck from underneath the board, biting his leg multiple times.

The shark was thought to be around 12 feet in length, but the species is unidentified at this time.

Cook was able to swim to another surfer who brought him back to shore on his board, once on shore beachgoers used the surfboard leash as a tourniquet.

Cook was then carried to the highway on a surf board where an ambulance was waiting. He was brought to Queens Medical Center where he remains in critical condition after having the majority of his left leg amputated.

In addition, Cook received injuries to his hands from fighting off the shark.

Beaches were closed Friday.



2015-10-07

Shark Incident reported at Pyramids Beach near Mandurah

Mandurah is the 2nd largest city in Western Australia, located approximately 72 kilometres (45 mi) south of the state capital, Perth.

The Shark Incident was reported at Pyramids Beach near Mandurah.

It was reported that an 18-yr-old Eli Zawadzki suffered a deep laceration to his foot.

The shark was spotted at 4:50pm and Surf Life Saving WA received a report of a person being bitten at 5:10pm at Pyramids Beach, south of Mandurah.

He was taken to Peel Health Campus by ambulance where he remains as of Wednesday evening in stable condition.

The Department of Fisheries said the species of shark is believed to be a grey nurse shark based on a fragment of tooth pulled from the teenager's foot.

Pyramid Beach will be closed until Thursday morning, when the agency will reassess the situation.



2015-10-06

13-yr-old Boy Recovering after Shark Bite in Galveston

Galveston is a coastal city located on Galveston Island and Pelican Island in the U.S. state of Texas

13-yr-old Gregory Slaughter is recovering in the hospital after a shark bit him off the Galveston coast.

According to Galveston Beach Patrol, Gregory Slaughter and his 17-yr-old brother were walking in the water near 37th Street at about 10am yesterday when they waded into a school of fish. Slaughter's mother says a big wave came and the brother heard Slaughter scream. He went over to him, saw the shark and punched it in the head.

The shark bit Slaughter's ankle. His mother says he also tore two tendons on his left hand and suffered a small fracture on his right hand while trying to get the shark off of him. The injured boy was taken to Hospital by EMS, where he's listed in stable condition. His mother says he'll need surgery and doctors are keeping an eye on him to make sure he doesn't develop any infections.

This is the first shark bite in Texas in more than a year. "It tends to be a mistake whenever you get bit by a shark. They're feeding here near Galveston, it's fish that they feed on. So just for your safety, we're advising people don't swim near schools of fish. If you do happen to be cut or have an open, don't get in the water and swim. We always recommend that people shuffle there especially in shallow water. It scares ... the sharks away most of the time," Beach Patrol Lt. Kara Harrison said.

The boys told authorities the shark was about four to five feet long, but they were unable to identify the type of shark.

The beach remains open.

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2015-10-05

Shark Bites Man on Foot at Pepper Park in St. Lucie, Beach Closed

This 52 acre park, named for the late U. S. Senator from Florida, Claude Pepper, is located on the Atlantic Ocean. This spot is a popular location for snorkelers and divers, as there are several shallow near shore reefs located less than 100 yards off the beach.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY - Double red flags are flying and Pepper Park Beachside is closed to swimming after a 22-year-old man was bitten by a shark on the foot early Monday afternoon at the county beach, officials said.

The man was bodyboarding between two lifeguard towers at the park at 3302 N. State Road A1A about 12:30 p.m. when he felt a shark bite his foot, said county spokesman Erick Gill. The man swam to shore and waved to lifeguards for help.

The man, who Gill said had two deep cuts that would require stitches, was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce.

Already a single red flag was being flown Monday morning at Pepper Park because of strong rip currents, Gill said. After the shark bite, that changed to double red flags to close swimming at the beach.

There was a big presence of mullet in the murky water about noon, not long before the shark bite. Mullet tend to run this time of year in that area.



2015-10-04

Teenager Bitten Off the Coast of New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States, located on the central east coast of the state.

A 14 year old boy was bitten around 8:30 am this morning off the coast of Florida. The boy was surfing near New Smyrna Beach when he was bitten on the left hand.

The shark thought to be involved was a 4 to 5 foot black tip shark.

The teenager was able to punch the shark, which allowed the boy to paddle back to shore. The boy received severe lacerations to his left hand.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics and then transported to a nearby hospital.

Information provided by www.trackingsharks.com



2015-09-30

Man gets 30 Stitches following Vilano Beach Shark Bite

Vilano Beach is an unincorporated community in St. Johns County, Florida, United States.

A 22-year-old is recovering Wednesday night from an apparent shark bite while surfing at Vilano Beach Tuesday.

David Morrison, 22, says it all happened in a matter of seconds.

"My foot was completely covered in blood," Morrison said.

He said the shark bit his ankle Tuesday while he was lying on his surfboard.

This is the fifth shark attack on our local beaches in the last two weeks.

Two occurred at Vilano Beach and one each at Fernandina Beach, Big Talbot Island and Jacksonville Beach.

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2015-09-26

Girl, 7, bitten by shark off the coast of Russell Island

Russell Island in Redland City is the biggest of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, situated between the mainland and North Stradbroke Island in the state of Queensland, Australia.

A 7-year-old girl was bitten Saturday afternoon by an unknown shark species.

The girl was camping with her mother when she was bitten on the leg and received lacerations to the leg.

The young girl was treated on scene by paramedics and airlifted to Cairns Hospital where she was reported to be in stable condition.

Beachgoers witnessed the shark leaving the scene but were unable to identify the species.



2015-09-25

Great White Shark Bites Fisherman's Kayak Off Summerland Coast

Summerland is located in Santa Barbara County, California, United States.

Darren Kenney was fishing for yellowtail at Horseshoe Rock when a Great White Shark suddenly appeared and bit down on his kayak.

"I got kind of an eerie feeling and boom! A locomotive came out of the water," Kenney stated.

The impact from the bite flipped the kayak and knocked him into the water.

"I had a floatation vest on but the problem is when I got back to the kayak, it started sinking and I got this tiny piece of plastic that I'm hanging on to for dear life," Kenney said.

Kenny was floating in the water for about 5 minutes before he spotted a fishing boat.

He was able to flag the boat down with his paddle.

The Harbor Master measured the bite marks on his kayak and estimated the great white shark to be about 12 to 14 feet long.

"The aggression of that shark, you could sense it in the air," Kenney said.

Kenney received a cut on his ear and a dislocated thumb from the encounter.

"I remember seeing this tail flying out of the water at me. I didn't know if the tail got me or the kayak got me," Kenney said.
Kenny lost his cell phone and 2 fishing poles, but he's just happy he made it home to his wife in one piece.

"I'm grateful to be alive. Will I be back out there? Probably so, but probably not in a kayak," Kenney said.
Kenney shared his story because of all the shark sightings and encounters up and down the coast this summer. Kenney said he wants people to be safe and stay close to shore unless they are in a boat.

Information provided by www.keyt.com/news



2015-09-22

Kayaker fends off hammerhead shark near Gaviota State Beach

Gaviota State Park is a state park of California, USA. It is located in southern Santa Barbara County.

Kayaker Mark McCracken had to use his oar to defend himself against an aggressive hammerhead shark about a half-mile from shore off Gaviota State Beach.

McCracken said he hit the shark with his oar many times before the shark finally gave him some space.

Mark stated, "I was trolling for bonito yesterday when out of nowhere this tweaked out hammerhead started ramming and biting my kayak. I had to hit him over 20 times before he finally gave me some space but still stalked me for a half mile all the way back to shore. Even after I was on shore, he paced back and forth in about 3 feet of water like he was just waiting for me to come back out. Pretty bizarre and crazy experience to say the least."

McCracken said the shark even bit his kayak, leaving behind some small teeth marks.

He claimed the shark still stalked him all the way back to shore. Even after he got out of the water, McCracken said the shark paced back and forth like it was waiting for him to come back in.

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2015-09-22

16-year-old bitten by shark at Vilano Beach

Vilano Beach is an unincorporated community in St. Johns County, Florida.

Filippo Schiavo, a teenager, was bitten on his hands and wrist is expected to be OK.

He was out in the water at Vilano Beach Sunday morning taking pictures of the waves near the jetties and went to duck under a wave when he felt something grab his arm.

"I come up and there was a big gash on the side of my wrist," Schiavo said.

There was a gash on top and the impression of teeth cut into the bottom of his wrist (as seen in picture above).

"It broke these three tendons, causing me loss of movement of my wrist," Schiavo said.

Schiavo is one of four people who have been bitten by sharks in that area in a 4 day period.



2015-09-21

Hawian Bitten While Spear Fishing at Upolu Point

Upolu Point is the most northern point on the island of Hawaii in the Hawaiian Islands. It is an extruding landform created by cooled lava from an old eruption from Kohala volcano.

Braxton Rocha, 27, of Kapaau Hawaii was bitten in his left leg while spear fishing in a remote area off Big Island.

The bite occurred off Upolu Point and is believed to be by a 13 foot tiger shark.

Rocha was not alone while fishing, but was able to swim to shore on his own. His partner called 911 and he was taken to Kamehameha Park by ambulance.

Rocha was airlifted to North Hawaii Hospital for surgery.

The beaches were not closed Sunday because the incident occurred in an isolated area. The incident also occurred in what is thought to be brown water conditions.

To see a Graphic Video of his injuries Click Here



2015-09-21

Small Shark Bites Boy Near Fernandina Beach, FL

Fernandina Beach is a city in Nassau County in the state of Florida in the United States of America, on Amelia Island. It is among Florida's northernmost cities.

A 12 year old boy received lacerations to his right leg after being bitten twice at Fernandina Beach, Florida.

The boy was in about chest deep water when the incident occurred. His father witnessed a 4 foot shark with a black tip on its dorsal fin near his son.

The shark bit the boys right leg near his knee, he punched the shark, and the shark bit him for a second time.

Beach-goers pulled the boy to shore where he was treated by paramedics on scene, and then brought to UF Health for further treatment.



2015-09-20

14 yr old bitten by shark near New Smyrna Beach Jetty

New Smyrna Beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States, located on the central east coast of the state, with the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

A 14-year-old was bitten by a shark Sunday afternoon near the New Smyrna Beach Jetty.

Officials from Volusia County Beach Safety said the teen was floating on a surfboard when the shark bit his left leg.

The teenager's bite was approximately 4 inches in diameter.

Check back for further updates as information becomes available.



2015-09-17

Surfer bitten by shark at Jax Beach

Jacksonville Beach (Jax Beach) is a city on the Atlantic coast of Duval County, east of Jacksonville, Florida.

Surfer Bryan Liebetrau was with his friend, Matthew Haynes, around 3 pm yesterday when he was bitten in the ankle by a shark at Jacksonville Beach near 8th Street South.

Haynes said that he caught a wave, heard a splash in the water, and saw Liebetrau calling out for help.

Liebetrau received stitches at Baptist hospital and was released last night.

Beaches are open today.

Information provided by www.news4jax.com



2015-09-13

Nurse On Vacation In Hawaii Helps Save Man After Shark Incident on Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach is a state recreation area that has a large park and sandy beach, it is located on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Lori Cruze, a registered nurse at Simi Valley Hospital, was on vacation with her husband in Hawaii to celebrate her birthday.

Cruze jumped into action to help the man, who had been bitten by a shark at Hapuna Beach.

The victim who was from Kansas, stated that he was snorkeling when all of a sudden he notice a big, dark shadow and thought, "Oh my God, this is really gonna happen to me."

The man was snorkeling with his two kids when a 12-foot tiger shark bit him in two different areas on his arm. The skin was "hanging, his arm was just dangling," Cruze stated.

"I think what helped him too is he kinda punched the shark and that kinda, I think, spooked the shark off. It was a 12-foot tiger shark and it got a good chunk of his arm," she said.

Cruze described the situation as "surreal." "It was really weird. It was a surreal situation. Everybody was kind of standing there like they didn't know what to do. Nobody was moving," she said remembering.

Once the man was on shore Cruze immediately yelled for someone to get towels and she wrapped them tightly around the man's arm to stop the bleeding. Cruze also put ice on it, while someone else elevated the man's feet and a lifeguard applied a tourniquet.

Cruz remembered him looking up at his two boys and saying, "I'm so glad it was me and not you."

"It was an honor to help somebody in such desperate need and I'm a nurse so to me, it was another day on the job," said Cruze.



2015-09-08

Ship Island swimmer never saw the Fish that Bit her Foot

Ship island is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore, it is 1 of the 5 Mississippi barrier islands located approximately 11 miles south of Gulfport and Biloxi.

Beth Christensen,59, never saw the fish that bit her, But whatever it was it did plenty of damage, creating a deep gash on her right foot. The bite chipped a bone.

Christensen stated that an unknown creature "chomped down," then "released" and "brushed past her legs" as it swam away. In her estimation, it was "not really a big animal."

She called for her husband to help her as soon as it happened, she yelled, "something had bite me."

She held her bleeding foot above the water to get a look. Christensen was able to swim to shallow water. She was wearing a floating foam belt, which made the swim a lot easier.

A nurse arrived on scene with a first aid kit, looked at the wound and made the decision that she would have to be evacuated to the hospital. A ranger, who meticulously wrapped Christensen's foot in a mile of gauze, called the wound a shark bite, for lack of a better term.

No one knew for sure what kind of fish had bitten her.

Christensen is now out of surgery. The fish had chipped a bone, but there was no major tendon damage and the toes seemed OK. Her husband didn't know how many stitches it took to close the wound.

"I'm very fortunate I have a foot," Beth said groggily. "Yes," she said in a subsequent conversation, she'll get back in the water.

Read more about this incident at www.nola.com



2015-09-07

Early Morning Shark Incident at North Shelly Beach

North Shelly Beach is a coastal suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

A shark incident occurred around 6:15 this morning near Shelly Beach when Justin Daniels, 42, was out for his morning surf. The surfer was approximately 5 meters off shore.

The 3 meter long shark knocked the surfer off the board from underneath. He also recalled the shark "thrashing around" him after he was off the board.

Mr. Daniels' left hand sustained lacerations, but no other injuries were reported.

Many other surfers and beach goers were in the area, but no one else was injured.

Local beaches remain closed for 24 hours.



2015-09-05

Kayaker Bitten By Shark near Point Mugu

Point Mugu, California is a cape or promontory within Point Mugu State Park on the Pacific Coast in Ventura County, near the town of Port Hueneme and the city of Oxnard.

A man in his 20's was bitten by a hammerhead shark Saturday afternoon. He was bitten while kayaking to the south of Point Mugu.

The bite was considered serious, but according to medics at the scene he is not expected to lose the limb after being airlifted to Los Robles Medical Center.

The kayaker was able to paddle himself back to shore, where medics were able to control the bleeding.

None of the beaches in the area that the incident occurred were closed.

According to authorities familiar with the incident the hammerhead shark involved was approximately 10 feet long.



2015-09-04

Serious Shark Incident off the NSW Coast

New South Wales (abbreviated as NSW) is a state on the east coast of Australia.

Another Shark Incident for the NSW region of Australia occurred today around 11:30 am.

Dave Quinlivan, 65, suffered a very serious shark bite while surfing near Black Head Beach, near Forster. Quinlivan is a member of the Black Head Surf Club and a regular in the waters.

Quinlivan was knocked off off his board when the shark bit his left ankle, the surfer was able to return to the board and paddle himself back to shore.

The shark bite was very deep and went to the bone, in addition there were several other superficial cuts to his left calf.

The local's injuries are classified as non-life threatening but very serious. He was airlifted to Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital.

The species of shark thought to be involved is a great white. Beaches in the area will remain closed for 24 hours.



2015-09-03

Man reports shark bite in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina.

Myrtle Beach Police responded to a possible shark bite near 8th Avenue North on Thursday.

Chip Wagner, of Myrtle Beach, was in chest deep water around 4 p.m. He stated that saw a group of fish jumping over other swimmers in the water and that's when he felt something clamp onto his right foot.

"I can't explain it - it was like needles going into my foot," Wagner said. "I was in shock. I just wanted to get out as fast as I could."

Wagner claimed the animal circled around and tried to bite him again, but he as able to exit the water before anything else happened. When asked what bit him, Wagner immediately had an answer.

"That was a shark. No doubt," he said.

Read more here: www.myrtlebeachonline.com



2015-09-01

Possible Shark Incident in Phuket, Thailand

Phuket - is one of the southern provinces of Thailand. Island of Phuket, is the country's largest island of the 32 islands off its coast.

Jane Neame, 37, was vacationing in Phuket when she sustained probable shark bites to her foot.

Ms. Name was approximately 200 meters from the shore of Karon Beach when she received the bites, she did not see the animal that bit her. An Australian tourist in Phuket sustained a non-life threatening injury from an unidentified marine animal, believed by experts to be a shark, while swimming at Karon Beach this morning.

The tourist was bleeding heavily but her injuries were classified as non-life threatening. She was transferred to Bangkok Hospital to receive treatment.

Shark bites are unheard of in the area that the shark bite took place. Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, head of Phuket Marine Biological Center's Endangered Species unit and person in charge of identifying the species involved in the attack has stated that he has never come across a shark bite in that area in his career.

The wound is large and probably the result of two bites to the same area.

Infomration provided by www.phuketgazette.net



2015-08-29

Surfer Escapes Morro Bay Shark Incident Uninjured

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California.

California State Parks issued a warning for people to stay out of the water following a Morro Bay Shark Incident this morning.

State Parks official, Lisa Remington said the shark incident happened just after 10:00 a.m. at the north end of Morro Strand.

A woman stated that a shark bit her surfer board, but just missed her. She was able to swim back to shore uninjured.

An official with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services was nearby on the beach when the incident happened. From the bite mark on the surfboard he estimated the shark was a 6 ft long juvenile white shark.

The official believed it was an investigative bite because juvenile sharks are still learning what to hunt for. If their bite doesn't lead them to food, they usually won't continue to attack.

State Parks called other surfers in the area out of the water.

State Parks is posting warning signs informing beachgoers about the incident. Those warnings will remain in effect for 72 hours.

State Parks officials can't close the beach completely, but are recommending people stay out of the water.



2015-08-23

Possible shark Incident at Cocoa Beach, Beach Closed

COCOA BEACH, is a city in Brevard County, Florida.

Beachgoers were ordered out of the Atlantic Ocean by Brevard County Ocean Rescue lifeguards along a stretch of beach early Saturday around 10am due to several sharks being spotted near the pier.

Around thirty minutes later, swimmers were allowed back into the water.

Sharks were again spotted swimming in shallow waters by Cocoa Beach Beach Rangers in the afternoon along beaches where there are no lifeguards stations (between the Cocoa Beach Pier and Shepard Park).

Later that same day, a boy was bitten in the ocean by what is believed to be a shark near the Cocoa Beach Pier around 7:45 p.m.

Crews with the Cocoa Beach Fire Department bandaged the boy's wound, but the child was not transported by ambulance.

Most shark experts believe that it is a good idea for beachgoers to avoid being in the water during darkness or twilight hours, this is when sharks are most active and have a competitive sensory advantage.

The beach is still temporarily shut down today, due to a shark threat.



2015-08-22

Shark Incident leaves Surfer with Life Threatening Injuries near Port Macquarie on the NSW

Port Macquarie is located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, about 390 km (242 mi) north of Sydney, and 570 km (354 mi) south of Brisbane.

A bodyboarder suffered life-threatening injuries after a shark incident at Lighthouse Beach, in the mid north-coast region of Port Macquarie, late on Saturday afternoon.

The 38-year-old man was in the surf about 400 meters south of the club house, when it is believed he was attacked by a shark at 5.10pm.

He was dragged from the waters and treated by paramedics for stomach and back injuries, before being taken to Port Macquarie Hospital, reportedly via an emergency Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

A spokesman from the helicopter service told Fairfax that the man had a 'severe laceration to his left buttock and thigh', whilst police reports indicate the man sustained severe injuries.

Surf Life Saving NSW has closed all beaches in the region for a 24 hour period.

Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk



2015-08-21

2 Orange County Beaches Closed after a Shark Bumps a Surfer

The incident took place at Huntington Beach, which is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California.

The waters off 2 popular Southern California beaches have reopened today after a shark aggressively bumped a surfer's board lifting him into the air. This led to the beach closure.

The dispatcher for Newport Beach Fire and Lifeguard Operations said a 6 to 8 ft shark hit the surfboard and lifted it out of the water around 4:30 p.m. The species is still unknown.

Dispatcher Mark Herman said that this kind of shark behavior is considered aggressive and led to the immediate closure of the water 1 mile in each direction, affecting Newport and Huntington beaches.

Dispatcher Avery Wickham said the beaches reopened around 10:30 a.m. this morning.

Lifeguards conducted a search by boat and an aerial search, but no shark was spotted in the area.

A similar incident occurred last month, a 2 mile section of Huntington Beach was closed after a 5 to 8 ft shark bumped the underside of a surfer's board.

Information provided by www.macon.com



2015-08-20

Teen Surfer Bitten in South Carolina

Topline Garden City Beach is located directly south of Surfside Beach and ends on a peninsula at the mouth of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

Another confirmed shark bite for the Carolina's occurred today near Murrells Inlet. Dylan Petyon was surfing when a small shark bit him in chest deep water.

The 15 year old initially was bitten on his leg, but in attempt to get the shark off of him received bites to his hand.

A doctor and nurse at the beach provided immediate first aid and then the surfer was transported to the hospital where he received over 40 stitches.

The bite also chipped a piece of Dylan's left index finger, but the finger remained intact.

The shark involved is thought to be a 5 foot bull shark.



2015-08-19

Small Shark Bites Surfer off the Coast of North Carolina

Ocracoke Island is located in Hyde County, North Carolina.

The probable 9th shark attack this year for North Carolina occurred this morning when a 43 year old man was surfing around 8 am near Ocracoke when he thought he stepped on something in the water.

The man received lacerations to his foot. The man initially returned to his hotel and attempted to provide first aid to himself, but he failed to stop bleeding.

The surfer brought himself Ocracoke Clinic, where it was determined that the lacerations were probably caused by the bite of a small shark.

Ocracoke Clinic recommended the man be transported to the mainland hospital, but the man chose to drive himself.

The exact location where the bite took place on the island is unknown at this time.



2015-08-19

Young Girl suffers shark bite in Jacksonville Beach surf

Jacksonville Beach is a city on the Atlantic coast of Duval County, east of Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

A 9-year-old girl was bitten in the leg by a shark Wednesday afternoon while in the surf near 25th Avenue South, according to Jacksonville Beach Fire Rescue.

Ocean Rescue Capt. Rob Emahiser stated the girl appeared to have a 4 to 5 inch gash on two sides of her leg below the knee.

The girl was taken to Beaches Baptist for stitches. Firefighters said the girl was in about 3 ft of water when she was bitten by the shark.

Her mother saw the shark and stated it was about 3 ft long.

The family took the girl to a nearby home, where lifeguards and firefighters met them and took the victim to the hospital.

The girl is expected to make a full recovery.

Capt Emahiser stated there have been a lot of baitfish in the water, so swimmers should beware and stay clear of the schools of fish.

"If you see baitfish shelter and they are near, it's a good idea to get out of the water and wait till the water's a little more empty," Emahiser said. "When they are there, something is probably going to be there chasing them."

Emahiser says that if you see a purple flag flying from the lifeguard stands, it means there are dangerous sea life in the water. He says it's best to check with a lifeguard to find out the reason it's flying.

Lifeguards on the beach stated it is always a good idea to swim near a lifeguard tower. They will see things in the water and alert beachgoers.

Information provided by www.news4jax.com



2015-08-18

Shark Bites Fisherman's Kayak off Gaviota State Beach

Gaviota State Park is a state park of California, USA. It is located in southern Santa Barbara County.

Conner Lyon, 22, was fishing from his kayak around 7:30 am when he had a very close encounter with a great white. Conner was approximately 500 yards off shore.

The bite took place between Point Conception and Gaviota State Beach. The shark bit into the kayak and flipped it over.

Mr. Lyon was tossed from the kayak into the water, but was able to get on top of the overturned kayak and called for help.

"I was looking right into his big, black eyes, about an arm's distance from the head. I had a full view of the lips peeled back and the teeth gripped into the kayak."

Some nearby fisherman saw the attack and rescued Conner, who sustained no injuries.

The shark involved is believed to be a Great White and approximately 13 feet long with a jaw span 18 inches across.

Information provided by www.ksby.com



2015-08-17

Benidorm Shark alert closes beach after 10-year-old boy bitten

Benidorm is a coastal town in Alicante, Spain, on the Western Mediterranean.

Everyone was ordered out of a water in Benidorm by frantic coast guards after a 10-year-old boy was bitten by a mystery fish.

A shark alert was sparked at the famous Costa Blanca resort after the youngster, who has not been named, was bitten by the 2 meter long fish as he tried to touch it while swimming.

The boy was left with a large bite mark just above the waist, beach goers were ordered out of the water for more than a 1/2 hour yesterday morning as police and other authorities searched for the animal.

The incident happened around 11am off Benidorm's Poniente Beach, near to the resort's palm tree-filled Elche Park.

The red flag was raised while police launched a hunt for the "greyish-green" fish.

The Benidorm's Beach was reopened around midday after no sign of the fish was found.

Local council sources said they thought it could of been a barracuda, a ray-finned fish known for its large size and fearsome snake-like appearance.

A photograph of the boy's injury has been sent to a marine institute in Valencia so experts can determine what type of fish was involved in the incident.

The young boy was treated at a first aid center on the beach, and did not need to go to the hospital.

A 30-year-old woman had to go to a local health center after being bitten in the leg off the same beach last August.

That shark incident was attributed to a tiger shark.

Shark Incidents in the Med are very rare, the most common danger to bathers are jellyfish, shark incidents are almost unheard of.

Information provided by www.mirror.co.uk



2015-08-16

Kiteboarder tossed around by shark on Great Barrier Reef

Jess Digs is lucky to be alive after her brush with a large shark during the "Kite the Reef" kiteboarding attempt at the world record. The thing that saved her life, her CamelBak.

The shark involved was probably a whaler or tiger shark. The shark bit Ms. Digs from behind and shaken.

The animal then released her and swam away, not before shredding her bag and crunching her phone.

Ms.Digs got back on the board and succeeded in breaking the world record, and did not sustain any injuries.

Information provided by www.couriermail.com



2015-08-13

Hammerhead bites diver off CA coast

Incident took place on 8/10/15 (reported today)

San Diego, CA- A 58 year old man was bitten while diving off the coast of San Diego. The diver was approximately 100 miles off of shore.

The shark involved was identified as a hammerhead.

The diver sustained injuries to his right hand. Basic first aid was applied on scene, but the diver still had to be airlifted to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, he arrived in stable condition.

Hammerheads have only been implicated in fewer than 20 attacks.

Information provided by NBC news & photo taken by the Coast Guard.



2015-08-12

Shark Incident at Evans Head, NSW

Evans Head is a town in Richmond Valley Shire of the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia.

Mick McGillivray and fellow Evans Head local John Plenkovich lived to tow each other into remote big waves, until they had an up close and personal experience with a 3 meter great white at one of their favorite surfing spots.

The 2 of them were surfing alone in the middle of the day south of Evans Head and, with a perfect wave approaching, Mr McGillivray was just about to jump from their jetski on to his surfboard, but a shark appeared from the depths below, nudging their board that they had anchored beyond the reef a few meters away.

"He wasn't scared of us; he kept coming up like he was going to bite (the board)," Mr McGillivray said.

"He was 100% white pointer (Great White)."

The shark proceeded to circle the board repeatedly.

"By this time we're just feet up on the ski on the seats going 'what the hell is going on'," Mr McGillivray said.

"The wind was pushing us toward the board, and we literally drifted almost right on top of it. We were convinced if there was someone sitting on that board he would have had a go."

They both stated it was "pure luck" that he hadn't jumped in before the shark appeared.

"It was my turn to get a wave," McGillivray said.

"I would have been jumping in next to it."

McGillivary describe going in the water for a paddle as "Russian roulette", he said he has no plans to return any time soon.

"Every day there's a sighting at the moment, between here and Kingscliff," he said.

"I'll probably give it three or four months of no sightings and then I'll think about it. I'm just rattled, I've got kids and to me it's not worth it."

"If the waves were really really epic, I would probably seriously consider it but I don't know whether I would enjoy it. It would be on your mind the whole time."

The 41-year-old stated great whites were "thriving right now thanks to their protected status."

"I don't know that my nerve will come back."

Information provided by The Northern Star.

Incident pictures will be coming soon to the app, but until then you can check out the pictures on my website www.sharkbytes.co

Photo taken by Mick McGillivray.



2015-08-11

Shark knocks surfer off his board at Suffolk Park

Suffolk Park is a suburb in the Byron Shire of the Northern Rivers region in New South Wales, Australia. It is five km south of Byron Bay.

Harry Docking was bumped by a shark around 2:15 today off shore from the caravan park at the end of Clifford street while surfing with is son and a friend. A witness to the incident private messaged the Ballina Shark Reports Facebook page.

No injuries were reported at this time. Byron police were never notified of any incident. The shark did not bite the board.

Mr. Docking could not identify the type of shark involved, but did think the shark was around 7 or 8 feet in length, stating the it was larger than his board.

Police could confirm that a shark was sighted near Wategos Beach the same day, a beach that had to be closed Saturday due to an increase in shark activity.

Information provided by The Northern Star and EchoNet Daily



2015-07-31

Surfer punched Shark as it was biting his arm and leg at Evans Head on NSW

At approximately 6 am in the town of Evens Head, Australia, a surfer by the name of Craig Ison, 52, was seriously attacked by a shark. Evens Head is located in Richmond Valley Shire in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.

Mr. Ison and his friend Geoff Hill spotted the shark before it attacked. Mr. Hill was paddling out when Craig called out "go back in, there's a shark" recounted Hill in an interview with 9News.

Mr. Ison headed back towards the shore when the shark bit his left leg and knocked him off the board. He punched the shark and in the struggle his left arm was also bitten.

Mr. Hill later told 9News "Craig was badly bitten. He was in shock. We put him on a surfboard for a stretcher, called the ambulance and applied the tourniquet, wrapped him up with a towel and covered the wounds ... and applied the best first aid we could on the beach." In a subsequent interview with Northern Star, Hill likened the incident to the recent attack of Mick Fanning on live television.

Paramedics treated Ison on the beach and intended to airlift him to a nearby hospital, but due to thick fog that was not possible. A local police officer was able to assist in the transfer of Ison by driving the ambulance as paramedics worked to save Ison's limbs. Ison remains in the hospital in serious but stable condition.

The beach where Ison was attack remains closed as well as two other local beaches- Shark Bay and Chinamans beach- remain closed until authorities reevaluate the situation tomorrow morning.

You can read more at www.9news.com.au



2015-07-29

Beach closed after sharks seen eating human remains in Cagayan De Oro City

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY- El Salvador City is a coastal city to the west of the capital city of Cagayan de Oro in the Misamis Oriental in southern Philippines. Multiple beaches were recently closed due to a report of possible sharks in the area eating what appeared to be a cadaver.

An official report has been released from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources- Northern Mindanoa Region (BFAR- Region 10) stating that the species of shark that supposedly attacked the cadaver was unknown. In addition, it is very rare for any shark species to attack dead humans. BFAR did indicate that shark sightings in the area are not out of the question.

The report comes after two witnesses claimed that two sharks were attacking and eating a male cadaver in Macajalar Bay. The body was supposedly entangled in lilies and the sharks removed multiple body parts. One fisherman claims to have seen one of the sharks eating the head.

The witnesses claim that the sharks were approximately 3 feet long and they weighted around 80 kilograms (176 pounds).

The official from BFAR, Teodoro Bacolod Jr., could not identify the species of shark that could have been attacking the body and had very little evidence of the alleged shark incident.The identity of the victim has yet to be ascertained as there are no recent missing persons reported in the locality.

In the meantime, Mr. Bacolod still warned locals and tourists to avoid swimming in the area, beaches are closed.

Information provided by www.bworldonline.com



2015-07-28

U.S. man bitten by shark while surfing in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

July 29th, 2015 (ICR News) A US citizen was surfing at Playa Grande, in Tamarindo, when a shark bit his foot. The incident occurred around 3:30pm. A paramedic on scene, Ricardo Hernandez, said that the surfer was able to identify that it was an indeed a shark that bit him while the shark was actively biting his foot.

The surfer was treated at a clinic in the area and required nine stitches and released.

Information provided by www.insidecostarica.com



2015-07-26

Surfer bitten by shark in Florida

The fifty seventh shark bite attack of 2015 in the US occurred when 25 year old Shawn Warrilow was surfing in Daytona Beach, Floriday.

.The surfer was in waist deep water around 7pm or dusk. Sharks become more active during dusk, dawn, and night time hours. It is recommended that surfers and beachgoers avoid the water during these times to prevent shark encounters,

Warrilow was able to paddle himself back to shore and only sustained minor lacerations to his foot. He was treated on shore and no further medical care was necessary.

"Luckily for me I still have a foot, so I'm pretty thankful for that. Had it been a bull shark or tiger shark, this wouldn't be the same conversation." Shawn has been quoted as saying.

Warrilow also stated that this incident would not stop him from enjoying one of his favorite past times, "try to keep me out" was his quick response to this question.

On the same stretch of beach on June 17th, 2015 a 10 year old female received a bite to her calf. Only seven attacks have been fatal so far in the US.



2015-07-25

Diver killed by Shark off the coast of Tasmania

Saturday morning a man in his late 40's was diving for scallops off the coast of Maria Island. The man and his daughter were out in their small boat collecting scallops when the man dove down but did not resurface.

The daughter witnessed a shark attacking her father so she returned to the surface and shot a flare off. Multiple divers were in the area and called 911.

David Wiss is an inspector for the Tasmania Police, "boaters attended the area and they pulled up a man using the air hose he was attached to, but unfortunately he was fatally injured."

A 15 foot great white shark had been sighted recently in the area and sharks were well known to be in the area.

There was a close encounter with another diver, Danny Smith, close to where this incident occurred. A "white pointer" brushed his shoulder while diving; his crew was able to pull him safely into the boat without incident.

Police are advising boaters to stay out of the water.

Maria Island is about eight kilometres off Tasmania's east coast.



2015-07-25

Great White bites motor and rams boat in Australia

A fisherman off the coast of Carnac Island filmed amazing footage of a great white shark ramming and biting his boat on Friday. Mark Peacock was in shallow water when he witnessed a great white shark approach the boat.

The shark circled the vessel for several minutes, during which Peacock decided to start filming the animal. The shark eventually started to bite at the boat.

"When it grabbed the motor it shook the boat around, and made me realize just how strong this creature was." recalled Peacock.

Peacock started the engine thinking at that it would scare off the great white, instead the shark started to ram the side of the boat. The fisherman decided to pull up anchor and move on from the spot.

The great white continued to follow the fisherman; therefore he called it quits and headed towards shore.

This attack occurred very close to the area where a scallop diver was fatally attacked by a presumed great white on the same day.

You can watch the video on my Facebook page or youtube - www.youtube.com



2015-07-23

Victorian surfer 'lucky to be alive' after a Shark Incident, Portland beach



Thursday night, a man in his 40's was surfing alone at Tyrendarra's beach (Portland, Victoria) when what is believed to be an over six foot long bronze whaler shark repeatedly engaged and bit him. The man could identify nearby seals in the area and then the shark bit the back of his board.

"Then I felt a bite and a bit of a splash at the back of my board...and then the shark came up on my right-hand side" he was quoted as saying.

The shark bit him multiple times; in his defense he tried punching the shark. The man was able to free himself from the shark and paddled towards the shore. The stretch of beach he was surfing was unpatrolled.

Sharks are known to frequent the area as there is a nearby seal colony in Cape Bridgewater. Shark activity has increased so much that that an eco-tourism operator in the area had to install cages around a seal snorkeling platform for protection.

The man drove himself to the hospital and required surgery on his hand to repair a tendon. In spite of the surgery, the man felt lucky that was his worst outcome.

Information provided by www.abc.net.au



2015-07-22

Surfer bitten by shark in Reunion Island

The fourth shark incident of the year for Reunion Island, France occurred today when 40 year old local Rudolf was surfing in clear water and good weather conditions.

An unidentified shark species bit his forearm and removed a large chunk of flesh.

The surfer was conscious on the way to the hospital and is expected to survive.

Information provided by www.trackingsharks.com



2015-07-19

Shark Incident in South Africa Surf Competition

Mick Fanning, an Australian professional surfer, survived a near miss with not one but two sharks during the J-Bay Open competition In Jefferys Bay, South Africa. The surfing tournament was called off shortly after the incident.

Fanning was surfing in the final when a shark approached his board and knocked him off of it. Another surfer was in the water with Fanning but was not approached.

The great white approached the board and "got stuck in the leg rope" according to Fanning. Fanning punched at its back. The shark became startled and released the board.

Fanning began paddling back towards the shore aware that at any minute one or both sharks could come back after him. Safety jet-skis were in the area and picked up both surfers and brought them to safety.

Neither competitor was injured, but the incident was broadcast on live television.

Jefferys Bay is considered one of the most shark infested waters in the world, and in 2013 a surfer was killed in the area.

Video of the incident can be viewed on SharkBytesApps Facebook page



2015-07-19

Shark bites ski paddler's board off the Burleigh Gold Coast

Burleigh Heads is a suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

A group of Gold Coast ski paddle boarders had an encounter with a shark off the coast of Burleigh last night.

Matt Smith is the junior ski paddle coach for Burleigh Surf Lifesaving Club. He stated that while the lifesaving club was out training last night a shark came up from below him and bit his board and began to wrestle with it. Matt has a bite mark on his board to prove it.

You can see a picture of the bite marks on his board and hear Matt tell the whole story on my Facebook page - SharkBytesApps.

Information provided www.blogs.abc.net.au



2015-07-10

Great White Shark Bumps Surfer in Southern California

HUNTINGTON BEACH -A surfer was "bumped" by a 5 to 8 foot shark at Huntington Beach, California. The incident happened on Friday at approximately 8:45 am and the beach remained closed until 8 am Saturday.

The incident damaged the surfer's board, but the surfer was not injured.

A shark bump is considered aggressive shark behavior; therefore the water remained closed to all activity.

As of Saturday afternoon there have been no further shark sightings and surfers were out in the water.

For more information go to www.myfoxla.com



2015-07-04

Girl Bitten by Shark in the Bahamas While Spear Fishing

Stuart, Florida- Katie Hester and her boyfriend, Max Gluckler, were spear fishing in the Bahamas when she received a bite that would change her life.

Hester was wearing a gold anklet which possibly attracted the shark. Katie didn't immediately feel the pain of the bite, but was shocked at the force in which the shark shook her.

The shark cut 5% of her Achilles tendon and shredded her ankle. Her boyfriend did not immediately realize Hester was bitten, but was aware that sharks were in the area.

After a 45 minute boat ride to shore, Hester was brought to a hospital where she received many stitches, so many in fact that the doctor didn't count.

Hester is expected to make a full recovery and return to work after about a month.

The species involved in the attack has yet to be identified.



2015-07-04

Marine injured in 8th Shark Incident along NC coast

Surf City, North Carolina- A 32 year old Marine is the 8th victim in less than a month of a shark bite in North Carolina. Not many details are clear about the exact nature of the bite or its exact location.

The Marine was brought to the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune around 10:40 pm. The Marine sustained lacerations to his right hand and forearm.

The Marine was quickly discharged from the hospital after 5 hours and is expected to recover.



2015-07-03

Shark Bites Australian Surfer's Board a Day After Attack

Lennox Head, Australia- Within a day of a very serious attack another surfer was very close to having his own shark bite, but was fortunately standing when a shark bit his board.

A 52 year old surfer was standing when a shark bit the back of his board knocking him off. A local lifeguard was sure that "If he'd been lying on the board, it definitely would have got his legs."

Luckily the surfer escaped with nothing more than a few bite marks in his board a new respect for sharks.



2015-07-02

Shark attack on NSW north coast leaves bodyboarder in critical condition

Ballina, Australia- A 32 year old male was body boarding with friends when he was bitten in his lower legs by a shark. The attack happened around 10 am.

The beaches in the Ballina Shire vicinity remained closed for 24 hours, affecting a junior surf competition that was eventually called off over the incident.

The surfer was airlifted to Gold Coast hospital and remains in critical condition.

The shark believed to be responsible is an approximately 13 foot (4 meter) great white.

Despite warnings from the mayor many surfers were still in the waters near Ballina after nightfall. In the past 7 years there have been 2 fatal attacks near where this surfer was bitten.

Information provided by www.theguardian.com/ For more information click here



2015-07-01

Possible shark attack reported on Ocracoke Island

HYDE COUNTY

A man was reportedly bitten by a shark early this afternoon at a beach on Ocracoke Island at the southern end of the Outer Banks.

A witness on the beach at the time said she saw the man emerge from the water with a small bite on his right thigh.

"Everybody got out of the water and congregated around him," said Lynette Holman, a former designer for The Virginian-Pilot. "Now there's a lot of people out here and nobody's in the water."

The victim was airlifted off the island this afternoon after a report of a bite from "marine life," according to a county spokeswoman, who could not confirm it was a shark.

Hyde County EMS was sent to the scene at 12:10 p.m., said spokeswoman Sarah Johnson.

Avery Graves of Maryland, a surf rescue worker and national parks contractor, said the victim was airlifted to Greenville, N.C.

"This year there has been a lot of marine life in close ... dolphins and skates and rays," Graves said. "Everything's in close and so the sharks are in close."

Article provided by Cindy Clayton & Katherine Hafner (www.pilotonline.com)



2015-06-30

Teen Bitten by Shark Off Isle of Palms, South Carolina

A young boy visiting the Lowcountry from Utah was bitten by a shark off Isle of Palms Tuesday.

Kysen Weakley, 12, tells News 2 around 6 p.m., he was playing with a younger cousin in knee-deep water at IOP Park when he felt something bite his leg.

According to Kysen's mother, the shark wrapped its mouth around his leg and let go immediately. Kysen then took his cousin and rushed out of the water.

Kysen was taken to Nason Medical Center where he was treated and released. It is not known at this time what type of shark bit Kysen, or how big it was.

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2015-06-30

Shark attacks Yamba surfer at Flat Rock on 6/30/15

Australia, New South Wales

While surfing, Steve pulled his hand out of the water, to find it shredded and drenched in blood, he knew exactly what had happened.

The Yamba surfer, who preferred not to publish his surname, told the ABC he was surfing off Flat Rock near Pippi Beach last week when a shark took a bit of his hand and his surfboard.

"The first wave I caught I just flicked off and was paddling back out and it hit me straight away," Steve said.

"As soon as I pulled my hand out it was shredded and there was blood everywhere, so I knew it was a shark. The force it hit me with, it hit really hard."

Steve said the bite left him with some nerve damage and badly severed tendons and required surgery at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

"They put the tendons and nerves back together and in three months it should be getting back together," Steve said.

"There's a bit of nerve damage that might not come good but hopefully with hand therapy I'll get it back."

Steve has no idea what type of shark was responsible.

"I didn't see anything at first but after it hit me I saw a black flash under the water with a black top," he said.

Information provided by the Global Shark Attack File and ABC news.



2015-06-28

Local diver bitten by shark off Jupiter

JUPITER, Fla. - A local diver is recovering after being bitten by a shark over the weekend.

The diver was taking part in a shark encounter tour off the coast of Jupiter when he was bitten.

The diver works for the company that ran the tour.

The names of the diver and the company have not been released.

Information provided http://www.wpbf.com

SharkBytes will update this incident when more information becomes available.



2015-06-27

Teen surfer loses leg in Buffels Bay shark attack

Cape Town - A 19-year-old surfer lost his leg in a shark attack at Buffels Bay on Saturday afternoon.

National Sea Rescue Insistute (NSRI) Knysna deputy station commander Declan Nurse in a statement said Caleb Swanepoel from Prins Albert was rescued from the water by fellow surfers at about 14:40.

"A local doctor, Dr Dee Richmond, who happened to be on the scene at the time of the incident with her husband, initiated emergency medical treatment to Swanepoel, who is a student at the University of Cape Town," he said.

Swanepoel suffered complete amputation of his right leg above the knee and lacerations to his left leg.

"On arrival on the scene, the NSRI medical team continued medical treatment to the patient who was conscious and in a serious but stable condition.

"He was loaded onto a surf board and carried to an awaiting ER24 ambulance. Paramedics assisted the NSRI doctor with emergency medical treatment to further stabilise the patient," Nurse said.

The surfer, who was on holiday with his family, was airlifted to the George Medi-Clinic by helicopter for further treatment.

"With two shark encounters in two days along the Southern Cape coast, yesterday in Plettenberg Bay and today at Buffalo Bay, the NSRI are urging bathers and surfers to be cautious and to make an informed decision on whether or not to enter the water, although it is advised not to enter until municipal authorities advise further."

The bite marks will be investigated, but it is suspected that Swanepoel was bitten by a Great White shark, Nurse said.

The incident comes 24 hours after a surfer was bitten by a shark while surfing off Look Out Beach in Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape late Friday afternoon.

Article written by Tammy Petersen (www.news24.com)



2015-06-27

Teen in critical condition after 2nd shark attack on Outer Banks

DARE COUNTY, N.C. A second shark attack in just two days was reported Saturday afternoon on the Outer Banks.

According to a hospital spokesperson, the victim was an 18-year-old man who is said to be in critical condition after being airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Around 4 p.m., the National Park Service received a report from the Dare County Sheriff's Office that EMS units were responding to an injured person on the beach near Waves, N.C.

Ocean Rescue Squad paramedics and NPS Rangers responded to the scene and found a teenage male who had sustained injuries from a shark.

He was swimming with several others when the attack occurred but no other swimmers were injured.

Shark attack victim at Sentara Norfolk General

The victim received various injuries to his right calf, buttocks and both hands. He was treated at the scene and then transported by helicopter to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

On Friday, a 47-year-old man was bitten while swimming in Avon on Hatteras Island. He received various injuries to his right leg and lower back. He too was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Article provided by www.13newsnow.com



2015-06-26

Man bitten by shark in Outer Banks

A man has been bitten by a shark in Avon, N.C.

Around 11:45 a.m. Friday, the National Park Service (NPS) received a report of a 911 call that someone was injured by a shark about one mile north of the Avon Fishing Pier.

Hatteras Island Rescue Squad paramedics and NPS Rangers responded to the scene.

The 47-year-old victim had been swimming with others when the incident occurred. He received various injuries to his right leg and lower back.

The man was treated at the scene and then transported by ambulance and Dare Medflight to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for further treatment.

That helicopter landed around 1:20 p.m. Friday and a man could be seen on his stomach being wheeled into the hospital.

A worker at Avon Fishing Pier said red flags went up right after the incident to warn beach goers to stay out of the water. She also said there were a lot of people on the beach at the time.

The local beach rescue organization told 13News Now that the attack happened in waist deep water. They said the victim was trying to approach children that were playing in the water after spotting a school of dolphins nearby.

Article provided by www.13newsnow.com



2015-06-26

Shark bites tourist on Hunting Island, second area attack this week

A man was bitten by a shark while swimming in the surf off Hunting Island State Park about 11 a.m. Friday, according to the Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District, one of two shark bites reported in the area this week.

The man noticed a 4-foot-long shark swimming around him in shallow waters on the south beach and yelled, 'Shark!" only to be bitten by a second one he had not seen, district spokesman Scott Harris said. The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism identified the victim as Lance Donahue Jr., 43, of Du Bois, Pa.

When first responders arrived, Donahue was on the beach with serious bleeding. He was quickly treated and transported by ambulance to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, where he was in good condition Friday afternoon, a spokesperson said.

Donahue told EMS the shark that bit him appeared to be about 10 inches in diameter, Harris said.

On Tuesday, another tourist, a 9-year-old Fort Mill boy, was bitten by a shark at a secluded beach off St. Helena Island's Coffin Point Road. That injury was minor, according to Cori Davenport, the boy's mother.

The pair were standing in about a foot of murky water when Davenport's son felt a bite and lept out of the water.

Neither of them saw the offender, but two rows of small teeth marks on his calf suggest it was a baby shark.

"We kept seeing little schools of fish swimming around and hopping out of the water, and we were joking, saying 'Where there's small fish, there's bigger fish eating them," Davenport recalled.

However, she was shocked that her son was bitten.

The family cleaned his wound, which has healed well without requiring a trip to the hospital.

Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/06/26/3812713/tourist-bitten-by-shark-on-hunting.html#storylink=cpy



2015-06-26

Plettenburg Bay surfer survives shark attack

Johannesburg - A surfer was bitten by a shark while surfing off Look Out Beach in Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape late Friday afternoon, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

The NSRI were activated at 17:10 following reports of the incident, with a sea rescue craft, NSRI rescue swimmers, medics and ambulances services dispatched to the scene, spokesperson Craig Lambinon said in a statement.

"On arrival on-scene it was determined that 23-year-old Dylan Reddering, from Plettenberg Bay and currently a student at the University of Cape Town (UCT), had been rescued from the water by fellow surfers Lloyd Chapman, Adriaan Augustyn, Wotjeck Orzechowski and his son Tadj, after being bitten by a shark while surfing."

Reddering suffered lacerations and bite marks on the right side of his body, his ribs, his buttocks and on his leg.

"The bite marks were deep and NSRI medics and Baycare paramedics initiated medical treatment, although Dylan remained calm and in good spirits and he was in a fairly stable condition," Lambinon said.

He was transported to hospital for further treatment, and received medical care on en route.

"Once in hospital, medical staff continued with treatment and it appears that the bites have missed major organs and missed major arteries and the patient requires sutures," Lambinon said.

"Dylan is the son of veteran NSRI Plettenberg Bay volunteer crewman Marty Reddering. The species of shark has not been determined although it is suspected to be a 2 to 3 meter White Shark. White sharks are common to the area."

Bathers and surfers were urged to be cautious in the area following the incident, particularly with the start of the winter holidays. The public were advised to preferably stay out of the water until municipal authorities advised further.

"Dylan has been stabilised at Plettenberg Bay Medi-Clinic and is being transferred by ER24 ambulance to Life Care Knysna Private Hospital for further medical treatment," Lambinon said.

Article provided by Adam Wakefield (www.news24.com)



2015-06-26

Shark Incident at Jax Beach

Jacksonville Beach Police Department said a female was bitten by something while she was swimming about 10 feet out in the water on Friday evening near the 3700 block of First Street.

Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Station Captain Rob Emahiser responded to a call around 7:30 p.m. He arrived as a fire rescue team was bandaging the victim's leg.

JBPD could not confirm that it was a shark, but the victim said a shark bit her. She was taken to the hospital as a precaution with minor lacerations to her leg.

Emahiser did not see the wound but said it was more than likely a small shark that bit her.

See more at: www.actionnewsjax.com



2015-06-25

Man bitten by shark after trying to pick it up, Australia



A uni student has been bitten by a shark at Rottnest Island, after catching it by the tail.

The young man is relatively unharmed but very embarrassed after the wobbegong he grabbed bit him on the arm.

Rottnest police confirmed the incident happened and tweeted a picture of the young man, the shark and his injury.

When the university student decided to pick the shark up by the tail it whipped around and bit him on the arm.

Fisheries say although these sharks rarely attack people, but when they do you can be left with a nasty bite.

The shark was returned to the water and the young man sought some medical attention for his injury.

Information provided by Global Shark Attack File and Yahoo News.



2015-06-24

Surfer recounts suspected shark Incident near WA town of Denmark

Lily Kumpe was surfing with her husband when what was believed to be a shark took a bite out of her surfboard and injured her hand at Ocean Beach this morning.

Ms Kumpe said she had been in the water for about 15 or 20 minutes and had seen a pod of dolphins further out when she was knocked off her board.

"I was surfing this morning with my husband, it was just the two of us out there," she told 720 ABC Perth.

"I was laying down on my board paddling and then I just felt something hit me and I fell off my board.

"My husband paddled over to me and got me onto his board and we paddled in.

"He said he saw it but ... all that I think both of us saw was a large dark mass."

Ambulance officers were called to the scene just before 9:50am.

Ms Kumpe sustained minor injuries to her hands but was conscious after the incident.

She was taken to Denmark hospital but has since been discharged.

Bruising, minor abrasions suffered

Ms Kumpe said she was not 100 per cent positive the animal was a shark.

"I'm pretty definite that it was - it seemed gigantic - but again, we didn't see it," she said.

She and her husband, as well as a swimmer, were the only people in the water at the time.

"I think I made enough noise that there were people on the beach to help me," she said.

"I didn't know if I had been badly injured or not. Luckily I hadn't.

"Mostly just bruising and minor abrasions ... some bruising on my face where the board hit me.

"I feel very fortunate that I've not been badly injured ... I'm a little shaky still."

The beach, the town's main swimming area, has been closed for 24 hours as authorities try to track down the shark.

Denmark shire chief executive Dale Stewart told ABC Great Southern that this would be the first recorded shark attack at the popular beach, although dolphins had been spotted there in the past.

He said the incident happened right near the surf life saving club.

Article provided by www.abc.net.au



2015-06-24

Boy suffers possible shark bite in NC surf

SURF CITY, NC (WECT) An 8-year-old boy suffered minor injuries Wednesday afternoon from what appeared to be a shark bite, according to the Surf City Police Department.

Officials said the incident - the fourth shark bite in along the NC coast in June - happened near 700 South Shore Drive, about 5 blocks from the Surf City Pier.

Surf City Police and Pender East EMS responded and provided treatment on scene.

According to the police chief, the victim had what looked like a bite mark on the top of the foot and a puncture wound on the heel. The bite was about 7 inches in diameter.

The child's parents took the boy to the emergency room for more assessment.

Police say the wounds were superficial and the child is expected to be OK.

Article provided by www.wncn.com



2015-06-24

Byron surf veteran was attacked by three-metre shark

A BYRON Bay Surf Club veteran was attacked by a three-metre shark this morning while paddling his surf ski off Belongil Beach.

Arthur 'Woody' Vidgen said he was about one kilometre north of the surf club when he was hit by the shark while paddling 200 metres offshore.

"I was just paddling along the coastline about 200 metres out and I was heading back to the surf club at about 11.15am," he said.

"There was quite a bump and I got thrown off the ski and I just assumed I'd hit a pod of dolphins.

"There had been pods of dolphins about this morning off Main Beach."

The 71-year-old stalwart clambered back onto the ski, unaware he could have been in the water with a man-eater.

"I headed back to the surf club and then I noticed the ski was a little bit heavy and lifeguards came down to give me a hand," he said.

"Then we noticed the stern of the ski had a bite mark almost right around the whole boat.

"It would be 30 centimetres in diameter at least."

Once they spotted the bite mark, Woody said the lifesavers sprung into action.

"They straight away signalled to each other and put the jet ski in the water and rang their supervisor," he said.

"Their supervisor said we're closing the beach from The Pass to Main Beach and they drove along the beach as well as with the jet ski warning swimmers to get out of the water."

Beaches were reopened at 1.30pm.

In his 35-years as a Byron Bay Surf Club member, Woody said he had never had a similar encounter.

"No not at Byron," he said.

"It might be tailor season and the fish are running and the tailor are running and the sharks are coming in."

Lifeguards examined the ski and by the radius of the bite mark they estimated the shark to be three metres long.

Despite the scary experience, Woody said he would be back in the ocean paddling again soon.

"This was probably my first paddle in a month in the surf due to a back injury, but I've been paddling every day at Brunswick Heads and have no plans of stopping just yet," he said.

Information provided by www.northernstar.com



2015-06-19

Puerto Rico fisherman bit on hand in rare shark attack

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Authorities in Puerto Rico say a man who was hunting fish underwater has been bitten by a shark off the island's southwest coast. He is expected to recover.

Police said 36-year-old Benjamin Rios was bitten on his left hand by a large lemon shark that attacked his diving bag on Friday morning. Authorities said a fellow fisherman diving with Rios hit the shark with his harpoon.

The attack occurred about 11 miles (18 kilometers) from the popular coastal town of Cabo Rojo.

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2015-06-17

Young boy bitten by shark at Daytona Beach Shores

Daytona Beach Shores Fla. - A 10-year-old boy was treated at the scene after being bitten by a shark Wednesday afternoon at Daytona Beach Shores.

Gavin Simpson, who is visiting from Georgia with his family, told Channel 9 he was swimming with his twin brother in waist-deep water when he felt something bite his calf.

When Gavin walked out of the water, he saw the blood running down his leg.

"He just started screaming, coming towards me, saying, "I want out of the water." I thought he was joking. "He grabbed onto my arm, and I pulled him out," said Gavin's father, Kenneth Wood.

"First of all, I thought it was a great white shark that bit my leg off," he told Channel 9.

Officials said the bite caused minor lacerations. Gavin's leg was bandaged up and he was able to walk away.

Article provided by www.wftv.com



2015-06-14

Two Teens Mauled in Separate Shark Attacks at North Carolina Beach

Two teenagers were mauled in separate shark attacks on the same stretch of North Carolina beach today, local officials said.

A teenage girl lost a part of her arm when she was bitten by a shark in an attack that occurred around 4 p.m. in Oak Island, a beach about 30 miles south of Wilmington, according to Brunswick County officials.

The girl lost part of her left arm and may lose her left leg, Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace said in a Facebook post. She been airlifted to New Hanover Hospital in Wilmington, Wallace said.

Less than two hours later a 16-year-old boy was attacked in the same area, and Wallace said he may have lost his arm.

Teams were out looking for any sharks that might have been involved in the attacks, the mayor said.

"They have a helicopter and they're flying the helicopter up along the beach to see if they spot anything," Wallace said.

Given that these bites have led to such serious injuries, experts say, it is highly likely that these are bigger sharks -- tiger or bull sharks -- whose teeth and bites are designed to rip and tear.

"This is the real deal threat," said George Burgess of the University of Florida, who has been studying sharks for 40 years and publishes the International Shark Attack File. "This is highly unusual -- I have seen this twice in 40 years. Once in Egypt and once in the Florida Panhandle."

These incidents occurred just 30 miles up the coast from Ocean Isle Beach, where a 13-year-old girl was bitten by a shark on Thursday. The teen suffered lacerations on her foot, but was not severely injured.

Article provided by www.abcnews.go.com



2015-06-11

Teen girl injured after reported shark attack at Ocean Isle Beach

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) - A teen suffered lacerations on her foot after a reported shark attack, according to the mayor.

Mayor Debbie Smith said she got the report at around 12:40 p.m. She said a 13-year-old female reported a shark bit her and her boogie board, pictured above. Smith said the teen suffered a few lacerations on her foot but was not severely injured.

The incident was reported near Monroe Street. Smith said there are beach patrols monitoring the area.

According to the 911 call, the teen was bit on the right foot. "It got a-hold of her foot and bit her board in half," the caller said. The shark was reported to be about four feet long.

Article provided By: Elizabeth Bynum and www.wwaytv3.com



2015-06-07

Shark bites 11 year old boy at Cocoa Beach

BREVARD COUNTY

A shark bit an 11 year old boy, while he was swimming in Cocoa Beach, according to the Brevard County Ocean Rescue.

Lifeguards at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach flew the double red flag when they found the boy. The boy was swimming in the waist deep water when the shark bit him on his left calf.

The lifeguards carried him to the shore and assisted him with first aid. The boy was transported to Cape Canaveral Hospital and then transferred to Orlando.

A lifeguard told News 13 this was one of the worst bites they've had this year. The Lori Wilson Park is currently closed.

Article provided by www.mynews13.com



2015-06-05

Young woman bitten on finger by shark in Lauderdale-by-the-Seatruex

Sky 10 was over the scene at Commercial Boulevard as two people spoke to paramedics.

The victim had a bandage over one of her fingers, and authorities said she refused to go to a hospital.

According to paramedics, a young man was fishing off a pier while the woman was swimming in the water below. They said the man hooked a nurse shark and the woman tried to unhook it, but was bitten in the process.

Despite her injury, the woman didn't let it ruin her day and returned to the beach shortly afterward.

Article provided by www.broward.us



2015-06-01

Surfer Seriously Injured By Shark Off Reunion Island

A surfer was left with serious injuries after he was bitten by a shark earlier this afternoon off the coast of Reunion Island, French magazine Surf Session are reporting. Eddy Chaussalet, 47, was surfing with a couple of bodyboarders around Le Port, at a spot called la Follette, when he was attacked shortly before 3 o'clock.

Chaussalet's forearm was badly wounded, but the SDIS (Service DEpartemental d'Incendie et de Secours) says it has not been necessary to amputate the limb, and the injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. A team of doctors and firefighters were quick to administer the appropriate first-aid, before transferring him to the Saint-Denis University Hospital.

Chaussalet is a renowned local surfer, a regular both in competitions and in the line-up at la Follette, one of the island's premier big-wave spots.

This is the third such attack to occur so far this year in the waters of Reunion, and the 17th since February 2011. In April this year, 13-year old Elio Canestri, one of the island's most promising young surfers, died from wounds inflicted by what is thought to have been a bull shark. Two months earlier a young woman died of a cardiac arrest after she was attacked whilst swimming on the island's southeast coast.

We wish Eddy a full and speedy recovery.

Article provided by www.surfeuropemag.com



2015-05-30

Man bitten by shark in Miami

On May 30 of this year, Eddie Rodriguez was in shoulder high water in North Miami Beach when he was bitten by what he believed to be a juvenile lemon shark.

The 48-year-old was swimming around 4 pm with his son, who is a certified life guard from Massachusetts.

He was bitten on his upper back and as the shark attempted to pull him down, Mr. Rodriguez was able to swing the shark back and forth while punching in between swings.

After leaving the water, his son (also named Eddie), used his life guard training to administer first aid and document the wound.

Luckily the shark only left teeth marks in Mr. Rodriguez back and did not tear the skin.

Even though the resident of Bay Harbor Islands only lives three blocks from the beach, he hasn't made it back since the incident occurred.

However, he does talk about it every day, saying, "I will eventually go back to the beach though - I love it."

When asked if he has reservations about getting back in the ocean he said, "I guess I have to go back to the beach to see how I will react to going into the water. As for the Sharks, we must remember, we are in their habitat."

Article provided by http://www.trackingsharks.com



2015-05-29

Shark bites woman at New Smyrna Beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH

A 19-year-old woman was bitten in the foot by a shark while in the water at New Smyrna Beach on Friday.

Volusia County Beach Safety officials said it happened around 1:45 p.m. while the woman was swimming in waist-deep water off the beach, along the 700 block of North Atlantic Avenue.

The shark bit left minor lacerations on the woman's foot. She was treated and released on scene.

Beach Safety officials said the shark was not seen.

Friday's incident was the third shark bite this year at New Smyrna Beach, known as the "shark bite capital of the world."

Article Provided by www.mynews13.com



2015-05-29

Shark bites Ohio girl, 14, off Cocoa Beach (2nd this week)



COCOA BEACH, Fla. A 14 year old girl is being treated for serious injuries Friday afternoon after being bitten by a shark near Cocoa Beach, according to police.

Police said the girl, visiting from Ohio, was swimming in the water behind the International Palms Resort, near Lori Wilson Park, when she was bitten.

She was taken to Cape Canaveral Hospital with a non-life-threatening wound on her left foot, officials said.

Article provided by www.wesh.com



2015-05-24

Seminole County girl bitten by shark at Cocoa Beach, Florida

COCOA BEACH, Fla. - A 13 year old Seminole County girl's dream to run in the Junior Olympics is on hold because of a violent shark attack in Cocoa Beach.

Alysa Whetro was bitten Sunday while swimming off the coast of Cocoa Beach to celebrate her birthday.

"When it bit me, I felt like a pain, like a sharp pain and then I pulled my foot up," Alysa said.

The attack was so quick that all Alysa, who is part of the central Florida Gliders track team, saw was a pool of blood next to her.

"My whole foot was covered in blood when I first pulled it up," she said.

"The worst things go through your mind," said Alysa's father, Dewann Whetro. "The hope that it's not your kid, their leg is missing, their foot is missing, their arm is missing, they're dead, you know?" Alysa's father was down the beach when he noticed a crowd gathering around his daughter. "In a horror movie, in that moment when they open the door and it's complete fright, that is what she looked like," he said.

But unlike other horror movies, Alysa's story has a happy ending.

The track star is getting a unique surgery that will put a graft from an umbilical cord on her Achilles tendon to help her get back on her feet. The crutches may be stopping her from running in this summer's Junior Olympics, but they're not stopping her sense of humor.

The middle schooler got a temporary tattoo of a shark right above her injuries.

"Everybody was asking what happened and then some people didn't believe it so I showed them the picture of it and they were like, 'Oh, you actually did get bit by a shark,'" she said.

Information provided by www.wftv.com and www.sharkattackinfo.com



2015-05-20

Shark bites 18 year old in New Smyrna Beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH

An 18-year-old man suffered a shark bite Wednesday in New Smyrna Beach, officials said.

The man, who is from Ormond Beach, was surfing near Ponce de Leon Inlet. He was coming to the shore when the bite happened, said Capt. Tammy Marris, of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue.

The man suffered minor lacerations to the foot and didn't see the shark.

He was treated at the scene and then released, Marris said.

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2015-05-15

Crews respond to reported shark bite off Sullivan's Island

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 2:15 p.m., Sullivan's Island Fire and Rescue personnel responded to an incident on the beach at Station 18 1/2 where a 30-year-old male was bitten by a shark.

The victim sustained injuries to his foot and was transported by EMS to a Mt. Pleasant hospital for stitches; otherwise, he appeared to be in good condition.

Witnesses reported that the fish was approximately 6 ft long and appeared to be a sand shark. It displayed no additional aggressive activity once confronted and swam away. No other sharks were sighted.

Visitors and residents are reminded that we share the Atlantic Ocean with a variety of marine life. As such, visitors should use caution when swimming in the ocean or engaging in water sports. The Town encourages beach goers to use the buddy system in the ocean, monitor ocean conditions for strong tide activity, and refrain from entering the ocean in adverse weather conditions.

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2015-05-09

Man killed by shark in southern New Caledonia

Local media sources are reporting that a man has died following a shark attack in New Caledonia on Saturday, 09. May 2015.

The incident took place near Kouare which is an islet located in the south of the archipelago.

According to media reports, the man was bitten repeatedly ( two to three times ) by what is believed to be a bull or tiger shark.

The victim, a man in his fifties who participated in a weekend-long trip to the small island, did not survive the severe injuries to his arm and leg.

Arictle Source: Nouvelle Caledonie 1ere, Les Nouvelle Caledonie, Zinfos974. & Helmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine



2015-05-07

Body Surfer bitten by shark in Florida

A Florida college student claims to have fended off an attacking shark, as he was body surfing off Cocoa Beach, by punching the predator in the face.

Josh Green, who attends the University of Central Florida, was swimming alone at about 3 p.m. when he felt the first of a quick series of bites to his lower leg.

"I didn't realize it was a shark until I punched it, thinking someone was messing with me," Green told Knight News. "And then I felt the face."

Green swam to shore and discovered that his wounds were fairly extensive. A lifeguard rushed him to a nearby clinic, where he received 18 stitches to his calf, ankle and foot.

Green was part of a group but said his friends were on the beach when the incident occurred.

"Everybody wanted to tan so I just went out by myself," he said. "I was riding with the waves and body surfing when out of nowhere I felt something grab my leg and yank.

"When I hit, my foot was sort of released and I just swam to shore as fast as possible. I limped out to my friends and they brought be up to the lifeguard."

Lifeguards told Green that based on the injuries, the shark was most likely a blacktip.

Said Green: "Now that it's over, I'm surprised I didn't scream. I was more in disbelief that it happened."

Article provided by www.grindtv.com (Pete Thomas)



2015-05-03

Shark attack at Salt Water beach NSW

News Release

Manning-Great Lakes LAC - NSW Police Force

Manning Great Lakes Police and New South Wales Ambulance Service were called to a shark attack at Salt Water beach. About 2.40pm a Cundletown man was surfing at Salt Water beach about 60 metres from shore when a shark has taken hold on his left arm. The man fought off the shark before coming back to shore. The man has been treated for a large wound to his left arm and right hand. He has been conveyed by ambulance to Manning Rural Hospital with non life threathening injuries. The sea was dirty from recent rain and approximately two metre swells.

Source: NSW Police & Shark Year Magazine



2015-05-02

Cape Town man injured in white shark incident near Port St Johns

Shark Incident

On Saturday 2 May, Rob Nettleton took a normal party of sightseers out on his private boat OFFSHORE 1. The trip was arranged to accommodate local backpacker sightseeing tour operator, 29 year old Mathieu Dasnois, from Cape Town.

He has been living in Port St Johns for the past year and had clients to accompany the normal sightseeing trip. Having recently purchased new dive equipment Mathieu, an avid and well known spear fisherman, asked skipper Rob Nettleton if he could take a quick dip to test his new equipment.

In shallower waters (about 4 meter depth), at Sugarloaf Rock, Rob agreed that Mathieu could take a quick dip in the water, at about 1330hrs, to test his new dive equipment. Once in the water Rob moved the away, to about 20 meters. Mathieu dived, surfaced and dived a second time when the dorsal fin of a 3.5 to 4 meter White Shark was seen approaching.

The shark grabbed Mathieu's hands which Mathieu used to fend off the shark and it appeared that the shark went passed Mathieu.

The boat immediately went to Mathieu's aid but on reaching Mathieu the shark breached from under Mathieu pulling him away from the boat with his foot in its mouth. Mathieu managed to get his foot free and by that stage the boat was again alongside Mathieu. Again, while attempting to rescue Mathieu, the shark breached but this time it appears that the boat got in the way of the sharks efforts and the people onboard the boat were able to pull Mathieu into the boat. Emergency medical treatment began immediately and Mathieu was brought ashore where EC Government Health EMS were on hand to assist.

Paramedics treated Mathieu's injuries and transported him to hospital in a stable condition where, following an operation, Mathieu is in high spirits. Mathieu is on the road to recovery suffering minor lacerations to his hands and right foot.

Rob Nettleton (although off-duty at the time) has been an NSRI volunteer at Port St Johns for four and a half years and carries a comprehensive medical kit onboard his boat. Also on board was crew member Debbie Smith, a volunteer with NSRI Port St Johns.

Rob adds that their years of experience and training with NSRI kicked in automatically but that everyone onboard his boat that day played a major role in the successful outcome of the incident.

Article Source: NSRI & Shark Year Magazine



2015-04-30

Maui Woman Appears Victim of Shark Attack

MAKENA, MAUI - At 8:58 a.m. this morning firefighters received a call for an unresponsive female pulled from the water.

Wailea firefighters arrived at 9:12 a.m. at a popular surf spot known as 'Dumps', about a mile south of Big Beach, Makena State Park. Paramedics and Firefighters began lifesaving efforts, however, the woman, a 65-yr-old Kihei resident, did not survive.

Injuries found on the female victim's upper torso, suggests she was attacked by a shark. So far, there are no reported witnesses of the shark attack. Snorkelers came upon the unresponsive female, floating face down in the water about 200 yards off-shore and pulled her from the water. The victim reportedly was snorkeling with two other friends and at some point separated from the others. She was alone when she was found.

Ocean Safety crews on rescue watercraft cleared the water of swimmers and DLNR officials have closed the waters from Big Beach to La Perouse Bay in South Maui.

Article Source: County of Maui & Shark Year Magazine

Video - https://youtu.be/BXA8T6E5bNA



2015-04-26

Shark attack confirmed on Marco Island, SWFL

MARCO ISLAND, FL - A man is recovering from a shark bite that happened at a private beach on Marco Island Sunday.

First responders say the 63-year-old man was standing in water less than two feet deep at Residents' Beach when the shark bit him in the leg several times.

"It looked like multiple bites actually at least two or three bites," added DeLeon.

The man - identified as Jessen Carsten - told first responders that he thought he was looking at small dolphins swimming around him and his family when he felt the bites and jumped out of the water. The shark was estimated to be three to four feet in length.

"It happened so quick he didn't even know what hit him and he just saw blood start pouring out, and that's when his family helped him back onto shore," said first responder Sergio DeLeon.

The man was taken to Physicians Regional in Naples where he was discharged just hours later.

Article provided by www.nbc-2.com



2015-04-25

Surfer in critical condition after shark attack at Fishery Bay, near Port Lincoln SA

News Release

South Australia Police: April 25th 2015

Update: Man critical after shark attack - Fishery Bay A man has been airlifted to Adelaide in a critical condition following a shark attack at Fishery Bay this morning about 40kms south of Port Lincoln.

At about 9:50am Police and South Australian Ambulance Service were called to Fishery Bay, following reports a man had suffered serious injuries as a result of a shark attack.

The 26-year-old Port Lincoln man was surfing approximately 350m off shore when he was attacked by a shark causing serious leg injuries.

The injured man was rushed to the local Port Lincoln Hospital and has since been airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a critical condition.

Police in conjunction with Fisheries, local council and Surf Life Saving SA are in the process of erecting signs on the beach warning members of the public of the shark incident.

Article Source: SAPOL & Shark Year Magazine



2015-04-13

Big Pine man is bit by a shark while photographing it, 58 stitches ensue

A Big Pine Key shark enthusiast is lucky to have his left arm after being bitten by a blue shark April 13 in ocean waters near mile marker 20.

Mark Rackley, a shark videographer for more than 25 years, said he knew he got too close to the shark but couldn't help himself. Rackley said he agitated the shark by following it out 300 yards into the ocean.

"I've never seen a blue shark in the Keys before," said Rackley, who estimates the shark was between 8 and 9 feet long. "I maneuvered to be in front of her to take photos. When I was over her, she swung her head around immediately and clamped onto my shoulder and bicep. It happened before I could blink."

Rackley let go of his camera and grabbed the shark, which immediately let him go. But even while being bit, Rackley said, "I thought to myself, 'What a beautiful shark.'

Rackley, 48, was rushed to Lower Keys Medical Center on Stock Island following the bite. He received 58 stitches, each three quarters of an inch apart so any infectious germs could drain from the wound. Rackley said other than scars on his left bicep and shoulder, his recovery has been smooth and infection-free.

Rackley described the bite as initially painful but numbing after a few seconds. It caused him to be lightheaded and he passed out in the emergency room.

Rackley is unsure if the blue shark was male or female but referred to it as a she.

Blue sharks are rarely found in the Keys. According to National Geographic, blue sharks are a migratory deep-water shark traveling as far north as New York and as far south as Brazil.

Shark bites and attacks are uncommon. Deaths are even more uncommon.

Burgess said there are more shark attacks in Florida than other places due to a growing state population and, in turn, more people using the water.

"The reality is we're putting more people in the water and we've got a very long coastline," Burgess said. "When you get lots people going into the water, you're going to get more shark interactions."

Burgess added most bites come from sharks that are 6 feet or shorter and are in conditions of limited visibility.

"We call them hit-and-run incidents. Sharks usually let go because it bit off more than it can literally chew after finding another five feet attached to a hand or foot," Burgess said.

The International Shark Attack File confirmed three shark-related deaths last year, two in Australia and one in South Africa.

Rackley, who has filmed sharks for Discovery Channel and National Geographic, said his bite won't stop him from interacting with sharks in the future.

"I kind of made this happen. This didn't have anything to do with shark behavior," Rackley said. "I've had numerous close calls and I've seen that type of strike before."

Rackley said the scariest encounter he had involved a shark getting its mouth around his whole arm. Luckily, the shark let go and Rackley sustained injuries only to his wrist.

For others who encounter sharks, Rackley recommends observing from a distance.

"If it gets too close, get out of the water," he said. "They're beautiful animals that are supposed to be there in the ocean."

Information provided by

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2015-04-12

13-year-old Surfer Killed After Having Limbs Torn Off

A teenage surfing champion has been killed by a shark off the French holiday island of Reunion.

Elio Canestri, 13, was attacked while surfing with seven others reportedly in an area banned to swimmers because of the risk of sharks.

The youngster was 50ft out into the sea when the large fish struck from below, forcing him off his board.

Professional surfer Jeremy Flores, who grew up on the island, led tributes to the teenager.

The French surfer, who won the Billabong Pipeline Masters in 2015, posted on his Instagram: ANOTHER shark attack in Reunion island this morning. 13 years old Elio was one of our best up and coming surfer. Words can't describe how sad and angry i am. So young !!! Heart breaking News . RIP :(

Witnesses described the Elio being flung around the water as the shark bit into his stomach, just after 9am.

The shark tore off the child's arms, legs and part of his stomach, before dragging him out to sea.

A spokesman for the rescue services said: "A boat was launched very quickly, and the victim was dragged out of the sea, but he died from his wounds.

"Those who witnessed the attack, including other children, are being treated for trauma."

Another witness told local radio: "It is horrific. The boy was always smiling and happy - everybody knew him. A gendarme helicopter appeared very quickly, and we were all told to evacuate the beach."

The attack took place at Cap Homard, or Lobster Cape, an area on the west coast of the island.

There have been 16 shark attacks, seven of them fatal, in the island's waters over the past four years.

In February a 20-year-old female swimmer was bitten by a shark before dying in hospital from a cardiac arrest.

A 23-year-old man was attacked in similar circumstances last October. He survived but lost his right leg.

The idyllic island has experienced an increase in shark attacks recently which has impacted tourism Large areas of sea were first banned to swimmers in July 2013 after the killing of a 15-year-old girl by a shark in St Paul, also on the west of the island.

All surfing and body-boarding competitions were halted soon afterwards, as tourist chiefs reported a collapse in the industry.

Reunion is a French territory, part of the European Union, and is situated in the Indian Ocean close to Madagascar.

Article provided by www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/elio-canestri-shark-attack-13-year-old-5505124



2015-04-11

Man suffered suspected shark bite at McKenzies Beach, NSW

Surf Life Saving, New South Wales 11. April 2015

Statement Regarding Reported Shark Encounter at McKenzies Beach

A number of beaches along the State's Far South Coast will remain closed on Saturday afternoon following reports that a man suffered a suspected shark bite while paddleboarding at McKenzies Beach.

The incident at the unpatrolled beach happened at approximately 7:30 this morning after a local surfer heard the man call out for help while waiting to catch a wave.

The witness and a friend went to the injured man's aid and after both made it to shore, he helped clean his ankle wound on enough for the man to be able to drive himself to a local hospital for medical treatment. NSW Life Saving Manager Andy Kent said that standard operating procedures have been put in place following reports of the incident.

"All local beaches have been closed and surf life saving assets including the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter and jet skis have done a sweep of the area. At this stage we have not spotted any sharks in the vicinity but we will continue to monitor the situation," Mr Kent said.

"A decision about when to reopen the beaches will be made in due course." Beaches in the area are to remain closed for at least 24 hours with lifesaving assets continuing to be deployed as required. After being treated at a local hospital the injured man has since been discharged. The species of shark has not yet been determined, and the Department of Primary Industries has been informed of the incident.

Article Source: Surf Life Saving NSW & Shark Year Magazine



2015-04-03

Man who was spearfishing off Jupiter Inlet was bitten by a shark

JUPITER, Fla. A man who was spearfishing off Jupiter Inlet was bitten by a shark Friday afternoon.

Authorities with the Palm Beach County Fire Department said rescuers were called about 1 p.m. to reports of the shark bite and the victim being brought in by boat.

A witness, Peter Pinello, said three people were aboard the boat that was carrying the victim. The boat docked next to his business, Jupiter Boat Rentals.

"There was a lot of blood on the boat. He was bleeding quite a bit. It looks like a shark had gotten him (in the torso). You could see his wet suit was embedded in it, and it looked like it took a good chunk of it out," Pinello said.

Pinello said two men and a woman had been spearfishing. They had a cobia fish and sling-type spears aboard the boat. He said those aboard the boat spoke Spanish, but he heard through an interpreter that a bull shark was responsible for the bite.

Battalion Chief John Vanek said the victim also suffered a minor bite to the head and was conscious and talking when he was flown by helicopter to St. Mary's Medical Center for treatment.

"He had injuries sustained to the trunk of his body, so he's a trauma alert by our standards," Vanek said.

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2015-03-22

Shark attack kills German tourist at Red Sea resort in Egypt 2015

SAS AL-QUSAIR, Egypt, March 22 (UPI) - A German tourist is dead after a shark bit his leg off at a resort on Egypt's Red Sea coast, according to officials.

The unidentified 52-year-old man died after being rushed to a hospital Sunday in the coastal city of al-Qusair. Officials said the shark bit his leg off below the knee. An investigation is underway.

An official with the German Embassy in Cairo confirmed reports that a German citizen died in the area but said they had not been notified of a cause of death. The last recorded shark attack in the region, which is a popular diving destination, occurred in 2010 when a 70 year old woman - also a German tourist - was killed while snorkeling in waters off Sharm el-Sheikh.

The 2010 attack came just days after four Eastern European tourists were injured in shark attacks in the same waters, which are reportedly abundant with oceanic whitetip sharks. The attacks prompted a week-long closure of the Sharm el-Sheikh resort. A Frenchwoman was killed by a shark a year earlier in waters around al-Qusair.

Article provided by http://www.upi.com & SAS



2015-03-18

Man flown to Oahu following shark attack in waters off Hapuna

A visitor from Kansas has been hospitalized for a bite wound to his left forearm following an attack by a 10- to 12-foot tiger shark at Hapuna Beach around noon Wednesday.

The 58-year-old man from Overland Park, Kansas, was transported from North Hawaii Community Hospital to The Queen's Medical Center on Oahu in stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman told West Hawaii Today around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Beaches from Waialea to Mauna Kea were closed, and the shark continued to cruise just outside the surf line at Hapuna an hour after the attack. A Hawaii County Fire Department helicopter tracked the animal and confirmed seeing stripes on the shark's body.

Numerous snorkelers were in the water about 20 yards off a point at the south end of the beach when the shark attacked, and several bystanders helped drag the injured man in, ocean safety officers said. Police said the man had been snorkeling with his family at the time.

"There was commotion in the water and we responded. Initially we didn't know what happened," lifeguard Paul Tucker said. "Then we saw bystanders dragging him in."

Lifeguards helped the man, whose identity has not yet been released, to the shore and put a tourniquet over the injured arm while waiting for emergency services to arrive. Police said besides the "severe lacerations" to his forearm, the man also suffered lacerations to his left thigh.

Kevin MacDonald, a visitor from Calgary, Canada, sat high away from the closed beach and used a pair of binoculars to track the shape of the restlessly moving animal. He had been body surfing an hour earlier when he saw the shadow of the shark about 30 feet away, MacDonald said.

"I could see him in the face of the wave," MacDonald said.

Later, he said, "I turned and looked toward shore, and I could see people waving everybody in."

The beaches will remain closed until at least until noon tomorrow, Acting Battalion Chief John Whitman said. A county helicopter will fly an 11 a.m. sweep of the beaches Thursday to make sure they are clear, Whitman said.

Article provided By Bret Yager. West Hawaii Today byager@westhawaiitoday.com

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2015-03-16

French Polynesia: Child bitten by shark in Bora Bora

Shark Year Magazine, March 18th 2015. Helmut Nickel (mail)

On Monday, March 16, late in the morning around 10 am, a 9 year old child was bitten on the hand by a shark in Bora Bora which belongs the Society Islands of French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean.

The boy was accompanied by his mother when the incident occurred during a guided tour to a lagoon in Anau where tourists are given the opportunity to see stingrays and small blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus). This shark species is also believed to be involved in the incident.

According to the news-site "Tahiti Infos", the child was holding "a piece of fish in his hand" when he got bitten.

He was airlifted to Taaone Hospital on the island of Tahiti to undergo surgery.

The case is now under investigation by the authorities in Bora Bora.

Article provided by 'Tahiti Infos' & Shark Year Magazine



2015-03-12

Fisherman Bitten by Shark off the coast of Mazatlan

Fisherman Attacked by Shark

What began as a normal day of fishing ended in a scary situation for three fishermen when they were attacked by a shark which injured one of them.

At approximately 10am, emergency services received a report from a boat 40 nautical miles off shore that one of the fishermen had been bitten by a white shark and needed to be transported to a medical facility.

The water rescue squad of the municipal police in coordination with Cruz Roja medics responded, meeting the boat six miles from shore where medics attended to the fisherman, later transporting him to a medical facility.

The fishermen told reporters they had captured a 40 kilogram white shark which attacked and bit one of them on the hand.

Information provided by Maureen Dietrich www.mazmessenger.com



2015-02-14

Woman dies after Reunion shark attack

A woman has died after suffering serious injuries in a shark attack off the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, officials say.

The woman, aged around 20, sustained bite wounds to her leg during the incident which took place as she swam in the sea close to the beach in southwestern l'Etang-Sale on Saturday (local time).

She received first aid at the scene before being taken to hospital but died later of a cardiac arrest, the local prefecture told AFP.

The attack comes after a 23-year-old man was attacked at almost the same spot last October. He survived but lost his right leg.

Several months earlier in July 2014, a 51-year-old surfer also suffered multiple bites in another attack at Saint-Leu in the southwest of the island, around 200km east of Madagascar.

Before that, 11 attacks were reported in the previous two years, of which five were fatal.

AFP

Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/world/woman-dies-after-reunion-shark-attack-2015021509#ixzz3RpodS3RA



2015-02-08

Surfer Attacked By Shark In Byron Bay, Mistaking It For A Dolphin

Animal News Posted: February 8, 2015

Surfer Attacked By Shark In Byron Bay, Mistaking It For A Dolphin

Though he suffered severe lacerations to his back, Reitman is expected to recover. A surfer has been hospitalized after he was attacked by a shark off Australia's eastern coast, near the site of a fatal incident with a great white last year.

Jabez Reitman, 35, suffered lacerations to his back and shoulder in the attack, according to the Daily Mail, and was rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital from Seven Mile Beach, south of Byron Bay in New South Wales. An experienced surfer, Reitman was 60m off shore at dawn when the shark struck. His wife, Katherine, 34, told the Daily Telegraph that her husband recalled the shark attacking with such force that it threw him off his board before swimming away.

"It had a bite and left," Ms. Reitman asserted. "He has had a big chunk of skin out of his back just underneath his shoulder and the shark had a bit of a bite out of his hip. You can see the teeth marks typical of a shark."

Since Reitman didn't see the shark that struck him, he was at first confused, believing that another aquatic animal was responsible for throwing him from his board.

"I thought it was a dolphin at first until I started feeling and realized it was pretty significant lacerations," he said.

After undergoing surgery, Reitman called his wife to let her know he had been attacked by a shark. She thought at first that he was joking, as her Christmas gift to him had been shark wristbands, meant to deter the animals using sonar waves.

"I thought he was having a joke at me because he was not wearing them this morning," she said. "I have always been nervous about him surfing because of the sharks so I bought the wrist bands at Christmas after that other man was taken by a shark here."

Last year, 50-year-old Paul Wilcox was killed by a great white shark at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the attack was unusual, in that the shark returned to bite Wilcox a second time. Typically, shark attacks are limited to a single strike, during which the predator assesses the nature of its potential prey.

Reitman's wife said she expected him to get back into the surf as soon as possible, despite the shark attack.

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1824856/surfer-attacked-by-shark-in-byron-bay-mistaking-it-for-a-dolphin/#B8LD2bvuWGQQCjqr.99



2015-02-08

Fatal shark attack - Ballina

A man has been killed in a shark attack on the NSW northern coast after both his legs were apparently bitten off.

The man, who was pulled from Shelly Beach, near Ballina, by a group of surfers was given first aid and CPR but died at the scene. Friends of the man, believed to be in his 20s, told local cafe owner, Karen, the shark came out from nowhere.

"It just came up between a bunch of surfers," she said.

"They weren't even that far out."

"He lost both his legs." The victim's friends were shaken up and looked "white as a ghost" as they carried their mate's board away from the beach, the local said.

Beaches were closed between South Ballina and Lennox Head after the attack that happened just before 10am on Monday, police said.

Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) officers and lifeguards cleared the beach at Ballina at the direction of police.

Beaches are not patrolled at this time of year but as a result of the shark attack, lifeguards will be stationed at all beaches around Ballina to keep the public informed and out of the water, SLSNSW said in a statement on Monday.

Lifeguards patrolling the waters on inflatable rescue boats and jet skis continue to look for the shark.

It happened a day after another surfer was reportedly bitten by a shark at Seven Mile Beach, near Byron Bay, just 25km north of Ballina.

The 35-year-old man was sitting on his board about 60 metres off the beach, when he was struck from behind.

The father of one is recovering in Gold Coast Hospital.

He said he didn't see what hit him and neither did a friend surfing with him, but he suffered a cut to his back and puncture wounds to his buttocks believed to be from a three-meter-shark. "I saw blood and I thought I'd better get back to shore," the 35-year-old told the Seven Network on Monday.

He drove himself to Byron Bay Hospital and was taken to Gold Coast Hospital where he is in a stable condition.

Police have yet to interview to the man.

Monday's attack is the third shark fatality in 10 months in NSW. In September, 50-year-old Paul Wilcox was killed by a great white shark while swimming at Byron Bay.

Christine Armstrong, 63, was killed by a shark at Tathra Beach in April last year while swimming in the morning.

Information provided by www.theaustralian.com



2015-02-05

Surfer bitten by a small shark at nearby Merewether Beach on Thursday night

Rough seas, shark close Newcastle beaches

FEBRUARY 06, 2015 10:27AM

JUST when you thought it was safe to go back in the water ...

WITH several Newcastle beaches already closed due to rough weather, a shark sighting has prompted lifeguards to give swimmers a double reminder about taking the plunge.

A 1.8-metre shark has been spotted off Bar Beach on Friday morning, while a person was bitten by a small shark at nearby Merewether Beach on Thursday night. Several Newcastle beaches had already been closed on Friday by lifeguards due to rough seas, but signs have since been erected warning of shark sightings. A City of Newcastle Council spokesperson said the person bitten by a shark on Thursday appears to have minor injuries to the leg.

"We're getting all of this third hand because it was not reported to our lifeguards, they were off duty at the time, but someone was reportedly bitten by a bull shark, or the person thought it was a two foot (61cm) bull shark," she told AAP on Friday.

"I have also seen a picture on social media of the person's leg with a few little holes in it. So not to downplay it because any kind of shark bite is serious, but it's very minor."

Beaches around Newcastle were shut for a record nine days in January after repeated sightings of a five-meter great white shark, nicknamed Bruce.

Lifeguards will continue to warn swimmers about the recent sightings and patrol on jet skis to keep an eye out for further activity.

"(But) usually what happens is the shark will take off the same day," the spokesperson said

Information provided by www.cairnspost.com.au



2015-01-16

Victim of Shark Attack at Mollymook Beach flown to Sydney

January 16, 2015 - 5:02PM

Teen bitten by shark near Mollymook

A teenager has been flown to Sydney after he was bitten by a shark while spearfishing near Mollymook Beach on the NSW south coast.

Sam Smith, 17, of Mollymook, was bitten on the hand and wrist, just a short distance off Bannister Head, after attempting to stab a shark in a bid to "scare it off."

The incident occurred about two kilometres from where thousands of surf lifesavers were competing in the 2015 NSW Stramit Surf Life Saving Country Championships at South Mollymook Beach.

Sam was spearfishing with friend Luke Sisinni, of Ulladulla, who said Sam saw a shark "so he went down to film it".

"He said it spun around and started coming for him, so he stabbed it with his spear to try and scare it off, but it just went ballistic and bit him," Luke said.

He said he did not see the attack of the shark, but swam over towards Sam when he heard movement "and he came up screaming saying 'I got bitten by a shark."

Paramedics treated the teenager for cuts to his hand and fingers, before taking him to Milton Ulladulla Hospital in a stable condition, a spokeswoman said.

He was then flown to Sydney for specialist treatment.

Lifeguards have closed Narrawallee Beach following possible shark bite to skin divers hand - Surf Life Saving NSW (@slsnsw) January 16, 2015

Sam said the shark was about 1.5 metres long.

"I saw one the other week, about the same last week, a bronze whaler, but that didn't bite me, thankfully," Luke said.

South Mollymook Beach remained open following the attack, but lifeguards closed Narrawallee Beach and North Mollymook Beach.

Sharks are common in the area, and fellow spearfisher Mark Brayne said he had an encounter with one the previous week.

Mr Brayne, from Mollymook, said he and his uncle were spearfishing north of Bannister Head when he went down for a shot at a fish in about 12 metres of water, and felt something tugging on his buoy line.

"I didn't think anything of it at the time, but then I speared a fish and came back up and was in the process of loading my gun again and I felt something pull quite hard on my buoy line and I looked back in the water and I could just see this big splash, crazy splashing around.

"Then my gun and my buoy line just got ripped out of my hands and I watched them disappear," he said.

"In the kerfuffle, my snorkel got ripped off my head."

He swam over to his uncle and the pair endured "a pretty nerve-wracking swim" back to the boat about 300 metres away.

Mr Brayne said that while he did not see the shark, "it was big enough to take my gun off me, and big enough to drag 15 or 20 kilograms of fish away from me".

The Westpac Life Saver helicopter is currently circling above the scene to conduct sweeps over the beaches.

Robbie Cooke, 22, who was visiting his family on the south coast, was swimming at the northern end of Mollymook Beach with his friend Mat Gillies when word of the shark attack spread down the beach.

"We had been surfing for about an hour when it happened," Mr Cooke said. "People were screaming at us to get out of the water, but we didn't think anything of it.

"We then started to realise there might have been a shark even though we were the only people in the water. And I thought to myself, Holy Jesus."

Information Provided by www.smh.com.au



2015-01-05

Dallas woman recovering after Bahamas shark bite

A Dallas woman was attacked Monday by an eight-foot shark while on vacation in the Bahamas on her anniversary.

We're told that Lacy Webb Martin will be in a Florida hospital for at least weeks before returning to North Texas for what's described as extensive cosmetic surgery.

She and her husband Britt were on their annual trip to Abaco Island to visit her mother. They were swimming in about eight feet of water when Lacy suddenly motioned for help.

Lacy Webb Martin and her husband were on their annual trip to Abacos Island in the Bahamas when she was seriously injured Monday.

"She was so calm that I thought she was kidding," Britt Martin said. "So I swam over there and she pulled herself up on the boat and she was missing half her back."

That bite was so severe that Webb fainted as she was being pulled back on the catamaran. Rescuers believe she may have been attacked by a tiger shark.

"We pulled her up on the boat and just wrapped her in a tourniquet with towels and, luckily, there was a doctor on one of the other boats from New York and she came over and they radioed the medics," Britt Martin said.

Webb was rushed flown via air ambulance to a hospital in Fort Lauderdale where she underwent the first of many planned surgeries.

Her husband said she remained calm the whole time. "She didn't scream; the doctor said that's what kept her alive," he said.

Lacy Webb faces a long road to recovery. Her Dallas neighbors were shocked by the news and immediately started to pray for her.

The victim's grandmother, Mary Lacy, said she was dumbfounded when she got the call.

"I said, 'Are you really sure that she was bitten by a shark?' They said, 'Yes. We're in Fort Lauderdale. We flew over last night, and we didn't call you last night because we didn't know how badly she was injured, and we didn't want to call and tell you and then have to tell you something worse."

Lacy was able to speak with her granddaughter for several minutes on Tuesday morning. She said she sounded groggy, but was in good spirits and feeling better.

Back in Florida, Britt Martin is still trying to make sense of it all.

"You know, you hear about it on TV, but you just never think, 'Hey, this could happen to us on vacation," he said.

Information provided by www.wfaa.com



2014-12-29

17-year-old Killed After Attack in Western Australia

A 17-year-old boy has died after being attacked by a great white shark in Western Australia.

The teenager had been spear-fishing with another person when the four-to-five meter shark set upon him.

Police said the teenager had not yet been formally identified, but that his family had been contacted.

The person he was with is not believed to have suffered any serious injuries.

Police received a call from a member of the public at 12:20pm local time saying they had found the teenager in the water.

When officers arrived at the scene 425 kilometres south of Perth at Cheynes Beach, near Albany, they confirmed he was dead.

Police said the body appeared to have an injury consistent with a shark bite.

A fisherman brought the body to shore on a boat, ABC reports.

Department of Fisheries spokesman Rick Fletcher said the shark may be injured as a spear was fired at it during the attack.

"They had been spearfishing and it's our understanding they had already captured some fish," he said.

"It appears the shark swam past one diver and bit the other on the leg."

Beaches in the area are likely to remain closed until Tuesday while searches for the shark continue.

Dr Fletcher added that if the shark involved in the attack is caught, it is likely to be killed.

In the meantime local people and holidaymakers are being urged to stay out of the water.

Watch News Video here http://youtu.be/HjU7GsRo-BQ

Information Provided by www.mirror.co.uk/news



2014-12-29

Shark attacks surfer near Sussex Inlet Australia



A SANCTUARY Point man was bitten by a shark near Sussex Inlet on Monday morning.

Jeff Brown and his daughter Rhianna were surfing at Bherwerre Beach near the entrance to Sussex Inlet when he was bitten.

He had just caught a wave and was in the white water when he felt the shark latch on.

"I had just caught my first wave and was laying in the water with the board when I felt something grab my ankle," he said."I knew it was a shark. I shook my leg but it didn't let go so I kicked it with my right foot and cut that foot on its teeth. Then it let go and went away."

Mr Brown said he didn't feel any pain. "It was really weird, I always imagined if I got bitten by a shark it would be more like a dog attack." But it was quick, and it was all happening down below the water where I couldn't see it. I was just kicking it off with my feet.

"It's probably the best way to get bitten by a shark. Then after it let go I was a bit worried it might come back."

Mr Brown's daughter saw it swim away and thought it could have been about two meters long. "We don't know what sort of shark it was but it had a pretty big fin on it," Mr Brown said.

Shortly after he made it to shore his brother-in-law and sister arrived with a first aid kit.

They bandaged his wounds before taking him to the Sanctuary Point Medical Center where he received more than 20 stitches in his right foot as well as stitches in his left foot.

Information Provided by South Coast Register & SAS



2014-12-28

Shark attack at MontaNa de Oro, California

California Surfer, Who Survived Shark Attack In Montana De Oro State Park, Released From Hospital

A California surfer, who was bitten by a shark Sunday and survived the attack, was released from the hospital on Monday. The man, who has been identified as Kevin Swanson, 50, of Morro Bay, according to San Luis Obispo Tribune, underwent a hip surgery on Sunday.

Swanson was attacked by an 8 to 10 foot long juvenile great white shark while he was surfing at the Sand Spit Beach in Montana de Oro State Park, Central California, on Sunday. Ron Yukelson, a spokesperson for Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, confirmed that Swanson was released early Monday at 11:40 a.m. local time, the San Luis Obispo Tribune, reported.

The great white shark had pulled Swanson off his surfboard and dragged him under water. The 50 year old reportedly resurfaced after several seconds and shouted "Shark!" He then used the leash from his board to create a tourniquet around his leg, while he paddled to the shore, The Associated Press (AP) reported. A doctor, who happened to be walking on the beach, gave Swanson first aid and said that his arteries were not affected by the attack. Swanson was later transferred to a local hospital for treatment.

"He was full of adrenaline. He peddled so fast out of there," Andrew Walsh, who was surfing along with Swanson, said, according to AP.

The beach will be kept open for public, but signs, warning people of the attack, will be put up for three days, Supervising State Park Ranger Robert Colligan, reportedly said.

"He's a real strong-headed guy that's a smart, educated man," Mike Jones, who shot a video with Walsh on the shark attack, said, referring to Swanson. "He surfs probably more than everybody around here." Jones also reportedly said that he has been in constant touch with Swanson through text messages and that the surfer cannot wait to get back into water. "He says he'll be out in the water in no time," Jones said.

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2014-12-15

Shark attack kills teenager off Port Douglas, Australia

Media Release: Queensland Police

15. December 2014

Sudden death, Port Douglas

An 18-year-old Mossman man has died after sustaining a shark bite off Port Douglas this morning.

The man was fishing off Rudder Reef at around 11am when he was bitten by a shark on his leg.

Friends who were travelling with the man on a private vessel alerted authorities and performed emergency first aid.

The man was pronounced deceased shortly after the vessel returned to shore.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.

Source: Queensland Police Service & Shark Year Magazine



2014-11-29

Shark bite incident reported at Mandurah, Western Australia

On the 29th of November 2014 Beaches were closed after shark bite reported at Mandurah

The Department of Fisheries is advising water users that beaches either side of the groyne at Pyramids Beach, Mandurah, have been closed by the City of Mandurah, following a shark bite reported to have occurred this morning.

The incident occurred just after 6am and was reported to Water Police at 7:45am. Beaches are expected to remain closed for the next 24 hours.

A Department of Fisheries vessel is on site monitoring the area, and water users are urged to exercise extra caution in the vicinity and adhere to the beach closure.

A 13 year old boy was surfing in the area when it is believed he was bitten on the leg, resulting in minor injuries.

The report was of a two metre shark, of unknown species.

Although the injuries are reported to be minor, beaches have been closed and measures are in place to inform beachgoers.

The Department of Fisheries will continue to monitor the situation.

Information Provided by Shark Year Magazine



2014-11-16

Shark bites surfer off Florida beach

MELBOURNE, Fla. - A surfer suffered a non-life threatening shark bite while paddling offshore of Indian Harbour Beach Sunday afternoon, police reported.

The unidentified man, 44, suffered a bite to his left hand and was seen bleeding profusely as he made it back to shore, according at least one witness visiting Bicentennial Park at Ocean Dunes Drive in the beachside town.

Brevard County Fire Rescue paramedics and Ocean Rescue lifeguards helped the man with the injury before he was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center for further medical treatment.

"He was surfing and said he was not too far from the shore," said Cpl. John Knudsen of the Indian Harbour Police Department. "(The shark) took a piece out of his hand. It grabbed hold of his left hand. He'll need stitches, but he will be OK."

The incident happened about 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

There were about 70 people along the beach at the time and shortly after the unidentified man was placed into a Brevard County Fire Rescue ambulance, a dozen or so surfers returned to the waves.

The man told witnesses that the shark appeared to be about 2 feet long.

Information provided by USA TODAY



2014-11-13

Man reports shark bite off Kaanapali, Hawaii

APPARENT SHARK ATTACK INJURES ALASKA MAN Some West Maui Beaches Closed

A 50 year old Homer, Alaska man, snorkeling in the ocean off Airplane Beach in the Ka'anapali area of West Maui, reported being bitten by a shark at around 1:30 p.m. today.

The man told DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources (DOCARE) officers, that he caught a glimpse of a five-foot long shark, felt a bump, and then immediate pain. He was snorkeling in 20 feet of water and reports that conditions were clear. He doesn't know how far off shore he was, but swam back to shore. A friend took him to a West Maui clinic and then he was transported by ambulance to Maui Memorial Hospital. He suffered a leg laceration.

DLNR has closed the beach area stretching from Black Rock to the start of Honokowai Beach Park. Officers will reassess conditions in the morning before deciding when to reopen the area.

Source: DLNR & Shark Year Magazine



2014-11-10

Surfer bitten by shark off Fort Pierce

Ryan Shapiro is an 18 yr old surfer from Florida, and yesterday, while he was paddling out for a surf in waist-high water at Fort Pierce, a spinner shark attacked him, latching onto his arm and tearing through his wetsuit and seven tendons.

West Palm Beach News and Weather interviewed Ryan from the hospital. "I just felt this shark hit me so hard in the arm. It was just so scary and so real," he said. Luckily, his screams attracted bystanders (including his sister) who helped mitigate the bleeding until he was rushed to the hospital.

Spinner sharks, although not normally dangerous to humans, can become belligerent when excited by food - they usually feed on small, bony fishes and are very swift in their attack, which could explain why Ryan was attacked (he stated that he noticed large amounts of fish jumping out of the water where he paddled out).

We wish you a swift return to the water, Ryan!

Information Provided by www.surfinglife.com



2014-10-31

Tiger shark attacks surfer off North Kohala, Hawaii

North Kohala shark attack 10-31-14

A 34 year old Kailua-Kona woman was attacked by a shark while surfing at Halaula Lighthouse in North Kohala.

At 11:12 a.m. Friday (October 31), police received a report that the victim was en route to North Hawaii Community Hospital with injuries to two fingers. Police determined that the woman had been surfing with a friend when the friend saw her board lift out of the water with her on it. The friend saw what he described as a 12 to 15 foot tiger shark with the board in its mouth. The shark then began to tow the board out to sea, dragging the woman, who was attached to it with a surfing leash. As the male friend paddled toward her, the shark let go of the surfboard. After the friend hit the shark, it swam away.

The woman and her friend paddled to shore and went by private vehicle to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where she is being treated for her injuries.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has closed the beach and posted shark warning signs.

Source: Hawaii Police Department & Shark Year Magazine



2014-10-29

Surfer undergoes surgery after shark attack near Old Bar, NSW

Surfer undergoes surgery after shark attack near Old Bar, NSW

- Updated about 11 hours ago Thu 30 Oct 2014, 1:03am

A junior professional surfer has undergone surgery after being bitten on the foot by a shark at Old Bar east of Taree.

Ryan Hunt, 20, suffered a deep wound to the top of his left foot in the attack on Wednesday evening.

He is now in a stable condition at Manning Base Hospital and hopes to be allowed home tomorrow.

"The teeth have bitten down to the bone, so they're still worried about infection on the bone and deep-tissue infection," he said.

"So I'll be in hospital all today, and depending how it goes - if everything goes well - I'll be out tomorrow."

Mr Hunt said he was riding small waves at Wallabi Point when he felt something attach to his foot.

In a post on Instagram he said he gave the shark a couple of kicks in the head after it "went at him" twice, and then he swam to shore.

A friend applied a tourniquet to his leg before driving him to the hospital.

Mr Hunt said it was not his first encounter with sharks in the surf but it was the first time one had attacked.

"You do see the odd shark from time to time, but they're never really aggressive or anything," he said.

"I think the only reason this one bit me is because I was in the wrong spot at the wrong time, I've put my foot down near its head and it's bitten me."

Mr Hunt competes in World Qualifying Series and Junior Pro surfing tournaments across the globe.

He said he planned to be back in the water as soon as possible.

"Yeah I'll be back competing as soon as I can," he said.

Information Provided by www.abc.net.au/news



2014-10-17

13-Year-Old Junior Surfer Bitten By Shark Off Australian Coast

10/17/2014 - Kirra-Belle Olsson - Australia

13 Year Old Junior Surfer Bitten By Shark Off Australian Coast 10/17/2014

Kirra-Belle Olsson was attacked by a shark while surfing off the Australian coast on Friday morning, The Associated Press reports.

Olsson told the Australian Broadcasting Group she originally thought the shark was just a surfer friend playing a prank, but the 13 year old quickly realized this was not the case.

"It just swung me around and tried to pull me under and I saw the tail and I really didn't know what to do so I just started screaming," she said.

Olsson received several lacerations and puncture wounds on her calf and ankle, but there does not appear to be any limb-threatening damage. She is recovering at Gosford Hospital, north of Sydney.

Australian waters are known for their large shark populations, and while Australia only averages two fatal shark attacks per year, this attack marks the second serious incident in as many weeks.

Information Provided by SAS



2014-10-12

Shark bites woman on hand off Florida beach

10/12/2014 - Female - Florida

Shark bites woman on hand off Florida beach Published October 13, 2014 Associated Press

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. - A shark bit a woman on the hand as she swam in the Atlantic Ocean off Melbourne Beach. The woman told paramedics on Sunday afternoon that the shark was two to three feet long. Brevard County Fire Rescue District Chief Josh Shepherd told Florida Today the shark "swatted" at the woman with its fin and then bit her right hand. The woman who is in her early 20s was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne for treatment. Shepherd described the woman's wound as "a pretty significant bite." Her condition was not life-threatening. The woman's name was not released.

Source: foxnews.com and SAS



2014-10-03

3 shark attacks in 2 days at Vandenberg AFB



October 03, 2014 by Pete Thomas

A surfer and two kayak fishermen were attacked by sharks or perhaps one shark on Thursday and Friday at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, north of Santa Barbara.

The attack on the surfer occurred Thursday, prompting the closure of beaches at the north end of the military base through the weekend. On Friday, kayak anglers were attacked in separate instances at the south end of the base.

During the second attack a large shark breached and was identified by a witness as a great white shark. It remains unclear whether all three attacks were by different sharks, or the same shark.

Stated white shark expert Chris Lowe, who runs the Shark Lab at Cal State Long Beach: "In general these sorts of annual events at the same location have also occurred in Hawaii, Hong Kong, and Australia. This has led people to speculate that they are caused by the same sharks, but there has never been any scientific evidence to support that supposition."

As of the time of this post, Vandenberg acknowledged only Thursday's attack on the surfer. It posted the news on its website homepage.

The kayakers, however, shared their news privately and via social media.

However, Vince Culliver, a fireman at Vandenberg and one of the kayak-fishing group, told GrindTv that he was about 10 feet away when his friend, Ryan Howell, was launched out of his 12 foot kayak, by a great white shark that measured nearly 20 feet.

kayak damaged by shark attack

The shark grabbed the stern of Howell's kayak as it breached during the ambush assault, lifting the vessel's tail end and spilling Howell into the water. Culliver tried maneuvering his pedal powered kayak to reach Howell, but wakes caused by the thrashing shark temporarily impeded his progress.

"I was waiting for Ryan to pop up," Culliver said. "And the shark still had his kayak in its mouth."

This was the second of two attacks on Friday. They occurred between noon and 2 pm., about 200 yards offshore.

Culliver eventually reached Howell and helped him onto his kayak.

Earlier in the day, another kayaker, whose name Culliver could not recall, was knocked out of his kayak by a shark. The man was a novice paddling out with his son to meet the group. Other kayakers hurried to his assistance, said Culliver, who is president of Jurassic Sportfishing, a group of mostly area kayak anglers.

Nearby boaters were summoned via radio to assist both kayakers, whose vessels had been badly damaged. It was not until after the second attack, though, that the group decided to stop fishing and hurry to shore.

Kayak damaged by great white shark attack at Vandenberg Air Force Base

Details about the first incident are scant, but a statement posted Friday on the Vandenberg Air Force Base website states that the attack on the surfer, which occurred a quarter mile north of Wall Beach, was not fatal.

It's worth noting that these mark the fifth October attacks on Vandenberg Air Force Base beaches since 2010. (The public is allowed on VAFB beaches.)

A 2010 attack occurred on October 22 and claimed the life of Lucas McKain Ransom, 19, a student at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Ransom was bodyboarding with a friend at Surf Beach when he was bitten on the leg by a great white shark estimated to measure 14 plus feet.

The 2012 attack occurred on October 23 and claimed the life of Francisco Javier Solorio, 39, who was surfing with friends when he was bitten.

Solorio was helped ashore and attempts were made to revive the surfer, but paramedics arrived to find him dead at the scene.

Vandenberg Air Force Base is located in Santa Barbara County, about 130 miles north of Los Angeles.

On Friday the base posted this statement on its website homepage:

10/3/2014 VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. Surf, Wall, and Minuteman beaches are closed until Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. due to a confirmed shark attack one quarter mile North of Wall Beach. The attack wasn't fatal. Officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base are requesting the public avoid VAFB beaches due to safety considerations until 4 p.m. Oct. 5. It's unclear why October seems to be a particularly dangerous month along the stretch of coast on Vandenberg property.

However, this is the time of year that adult great white sharks begin arriving along the coast after spending months offshore.

White sharks typically feed on seals and sea lions, and scientists believe that surfers who are attacked by the ambush predators are mistaken as pinnipeds.

Most attacks on surfers involve only a single bite, helping to support this theory

Information provided by Pete Thomas Outdoors



2014-10-02

Surfer Loses Arm in Western Australia Shark Attack

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Surfer Loses Arm in Western Australia Shark Attack

Wylie Bay A 23 year old surfer suffered severe injuries in a shark attack in the town of Esperance on Western Australia's remote southern coast. The surfer, who has been identified by police as Sean Pollard, had part of one arm torn off and lost his other hand in the suspected great white shark attack.

The attack occurred at an unpatroled beach near Wylie Bay Beach at around 11:30am on Thursday 2 October 2014. The victim was surfing alone but reports state that his girlfriend was present at the beach.

Mr. Pollard was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and is listed in critical condition.

The shark response unit from the Department of Fisheries responded to the scene and subsequently caught a 3 to 4 1/2 meter great white shark. They had been seeking permission from the federal government to destroy the shark in order to examine its contents but the shark died while on the drum line. At this time, it is unknown if this shark was responsible for the attack.

Area beaches have been closed and are expected to stay closed for several days.

(UPDATE: ABC-TV is reporting that Mr Pollard told authorities he was attacked by two bronze whaler sharks in a feeding frenzy.)



2014-09-13

California Surfer Struck by 15 Foot Great White Shark



Map location showing were Beau Browning was surfing when he was hit by a 15 foot great white sharkCalifornia surfer Beau Browning was surfing on Saturday, September 13th, when he had a close call with a 15 foot great white shark at about 6:45 p.m.

The surfer told KSBW news that he was about 50 yards from shore at Manresa State Beach in Santa Cruz County when he was struck by a great white while riding a wave. The force of the hit was so powerful that it knocked him about 10 to 15 feet into the air. Browning states that when he looked down, he saw the shark rolling over his board and taking a bite.

But the scariest part for Browning occurred moments later when the shark started swimming off with his board which the surfer was still tethered to. As the shark swam away, the surfer was pulled underwater until the shark finally released the board about five seconds later which allowed Browning to make it to the surface.

Although it was a harrowing experience for the surfer, he holds no ill-will towards the shark.

Beau Browning surfboard following great white shark attack in Manresa State Beach Santa Cruz Browing's surfboard - KSBW news

"They were just doing what they are designed to do and they thought I was something else," Browing said. "That's all it is. I got no hard feelings against the shark."

There have been 16 Shark attacks/related incidents since 1881 according to the Global Shark Attack File.

Information provided by Shark Attack News & G.S.A.F.



2014-09-08

Fatal Shark Attack at Byron Bay NSW Australia

Posted: 08 Sep 2014 10:36 PM PDT

Man attacked by shark at Byron Bay

A man has died following a shark attack at Byron Bay on the New South Wales far north coast, paramedics say.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said the man died on Clarkes Beach just after 11am.

Witnesses called triple 0 at 10.42am on Tuesday saying a man had been bitten by a shark at the southern end of the beach, off Lawson Street.

The NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said a doctor performed CPR on the man, who had a "very serious bite" on his leg, but he could not be saved.

He was pronounced dead on the beach.

Police said the man was in the water when "he was bitten on the right leg by what is believed to be a shark".

Bystanders spotted the man in the water, and dragged him to the beach. It is understood that part of the man's leg was missing, and was found floating in the surf.

One witness said he saw the victim, whom he described as a surfer, get pulled out of the water.

The witness, who did not want to be identified, said there was no shark alarm following the attack. He said there were "still heaps of surfers in the water down near The Wreck [a surf spot at Byron Bay] and there wasn't any shark alarms or anything".

A shark, estimated to be two metres long, was spotted near the site where the man died not long after the attack.

Police said the man, aged in his 50s and from Byron Bay, had been formally identified by a family member.

It is understood the man may have been attempting to swim from The Pass to Byron Bay's Main Beach when he was attacked.

Syl Reid, from the Winter Whales swimming club in Byron Bay, said many people did that swim each day.

"There are probably 20 to 30 people out there most days, and on weekends a bit more. It's popular. Lots of people swim out and go snorkelling on the little reefs, too," he said.

Mr Reid, who has been swimming in Byron Bay for more than 60 years, estimated the swim from The Pass to Main Beach was about 900 metres.

Surf Life Saving NSW spokeswoman Donna Wishart said Byron Bay beaches were closed from Belongil to Tallows Beach, south of Cape Byron.

"We've got our life guard service on its way and our lifeguard supervisor is on his way and they'll be instituting a full beach closure, that whole headland area," she said.

Ms Wishart said the beach was not supervised at the time of the attack, as it occurred about a week before the lifeguards' seasonal duties began. "We're going to put guard on for today and tomorrow because it's normal operating procedure to close the beach for at least 24 hours," she said on Tuesday.

"We'll be doing some surveillance work and we'll monitor the waterways to determine whether there's an ongoing hazard."

Information provided by SAS



2014-09-03

Great White Shark Attacks Kayakers off Mass. Coast

Two kayakers managed to escape unscathed after a great white shark took a bite out of one of their boats Wednesday evening off the coast of Plymouth (Plymouth County, Massachusetts), officials said. The incident was reported to the Plymouth harbormaster at about 6 p.m. Wednesday ( Sept 3rd ), according to Assistant Harbor Master Stefan Gustafson. The shark bit through the bottom of their boat and flipped it over. Harbormaster officials responded to Manomet Point, about 100 yards off the coast, he said.

http://sharkyear.com/2014/whdh-news-great-white-shark-attacks-kayakers-off-mass-coast.html

Information provided SAS



2014-08-16

Australian Spearfisherman Bitten in Face by Shark

Shark bite incident that occurred on Saturday, August 16, 2014, off Gnaraloo in Western Australia.

Adam Haling had been spearfishing with a friend when he speared a fish and was heading back to shore with his catch. He was in shallow water at about 2.5 meters in depth when a reef shark appeared out of nowhere and bit Adam on his snorkeling mask. Fortunately, the mask absorbed most of the impact but the shark's bottom row of teeth connected underneath his chin. As the shark pulled away, it tore off the mask and caused Adam to drop the speared fish.

Adam told Perth Now that he did not feel he was the target but that the shark was going after his speared catch.

"It then took the fish I had and it was gone. I think it was chasing the fish I had in my hand, and at the last minute it hit me instead the fish."

The shark quickly consumed the speared fish and swam off which allowed Adam to work his way back to shore. He was suffering from severe facial injuries and was loosing blood.

But that was just the beginning of the story for it would take Adam nearly 10 hours to make it to the hospital due to the remoteness of the area.

Article provided by Shark Attack News



2014-08-08

Boy, 7, bitten by Lake Pontchartrain shark

NEW ORLEANS A 7 year old New Orleans boy injured while swimming with his family in southeast Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain is believed to have been bitten by a shark.

It happened Friday afternoon in the huge body of brackish water, which is connected to the Gulf of Mexico north of New Orleans.

Shelly Trentacosta told Nola.com/The Times-Picayune that her family was swimming and sailing in the lake Friday afternoon. Her 7-year-old son Trent began screaming and they found that his foot was covered with blood.

Doctors who treated wounds to his heel and big toe later said he had been bitten by a shark.

After viewing photos of the wounds, University of New Orleans shark expert Mitchell Chevalier agreed.

Many boaters are unaware there are sharks in Lake Pontchartain, but at certain times of the year, there are plenty, according to Chevalier, who tags sharks for UNO and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That includes bull sharks, which are among the world's man-eaters.

Trent is expected to fully recover.

He's unable to walk on his foot, so he'll have to rest until it heals. Some of the cuts were deep and wide enough that they would have been aided by stitches, but the family elected not to go that route.

Trent "was kind of freaked out," Trentacosta said. "We decided we'll just wrap them and keep them taped together."

She's still incredulous that her son was bitten by a shark in Lake Pontchartrain, which covers roughly 630 square miles and is popular with swimmers, boaters and fishermen.

"We've been swimming in the lake forever," she said. "You don't think something like that will happen. That was the last thought that crossed my mind."

Information provided by: The SunHerald



2014-08-06

10-year-old bitten by shark at Folly Beach

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. - A Charleston boy is recovering after being bitten multiple times by a shark Wednesday afternoon on Folly Beach, according to a report by our South Carolina sister station WCBD.

The incident happened just after 2:00 p.m. near East Ashley Avenue, said Fire Chief Steve Mims at Folly Beach Public Safety.

The victim, Riley Harris, 10, was boogy boarding in the shallow part of the beach when he was bitten several times on his ankle and foot. He told officials that he believes it was a 4-to-5 feet long bull shark, according to Fire Chief Mims. However, that has not yet been confirmed.

WCBD spoke with officials who told them that no one else encountered the shark or even saw it during the attack. Harris was taken to the hospital where his father told Affiliate Reporter Megan Dice the boy was treated overnight. Dice also went back to the beach after the incident and got reaction from beach goers.

"It is kind of scary. I still like the ocean. So I probably won't go too far out there," said tourist Kaelin Toney.

Folly Beach gets about one-to-two shark bites each year, but this is the first incident so far this year, said public safety officials.

Information provided by WBTW, News 13



2014-08-01

Shark Attack at Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach South Africa



At 1407hrs, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simonstown volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach.

The man was reported to have been assisted out of the water.

NSRI Simonstown volunteers, CMR paramedics and a CMR ambulance, the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and the Red Cross AMS Skymed helicopter responded.

NSRI Strandfontein were placed on alert.

On arrival on-scene a 20 year old male, from Newlands (originally from Durban), was found to be in a stable condition with multiple lacerations to his lower limbs (some of which are deep lacerations) and an avulsion to the left thigh.

A member of the public had begun first aid treatment on the scene prior to paramedics arriving and the member of the public had cut the surf board leash from the surfers surf board and had tied the leash around the patients limbs to act as a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood.

The man has been airlifted by the Skymed helicopter to hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.

He was assisted out of the water by his friend.

At the time of the incident the Shark Spotters were flying the Black Shark Flag (indicating poor water and weather visibility conditions was a misty haze) and a bystander had approached the shark spotters to inform them that they had seen a shark fin in the water and the incident happened when the Shark Siren (indicating swimmers and surfers to clear the water) was in the process of being activated.

Shark Spotters and Law Enforcement officers have closed Muizenberg Beach and bathers and surfers along the False Bay coastline are urged to exercise caution.

The species of shark involved has been confirmed by the bite marks to have been a White Shark and eye witness accounts suggest the shark to have been between 3 and 4 meters in length but the length of the shark cannot be confirmed pending further investigations.

Information providing by Shark Year Magazine



2014-07-20

60 year old man survives Maui shark attack

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