ALL Recent Shark Incidents
 
Reports on current shark incidents.

2024-04-09

Man Bitten by Shark in the Maldives

A man has been bitten by a shark at a resort in Maldives.

According to various reports, the unidentified man was staying at a resort near Noonu Atoll and in the water near the area when he was seriously injured by a shark. 
Images show the man in the hospital but there are no reports of the incident happening. 

It is believed that the man suffered severe wounds to his leg and foot and that he may loose his leg. 

Source: US Times Post

 



2024-03-18

Boy Bitten by Shark at Bahama Resort

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

The unidentified boy was participating in a shark tank expedition at a resort on Paradise Island when he was bitten by a shark. The underwater sea safari features Caribbean reef and nurse sharks. It is unclear which one bit the boy. 
Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas, which operates the experience for Atlantis, said the “guest-related incident” was the first since it opened in 2006.

“A dive instructor and dive guide were in the water with the guest when the incident occurred and immediately responded to provide medical attention,” Stuart Cove’s said in a statement.

The boy was treated at a local hospital before being airlifted back to the United States.

The experience will remain closed during our investigation and as we review the findings.

Source: msn.com

 



2024-03-15

13-Year-Old Girl Treated for Minor Bite Wounds

A 13-year-old girl has been bitten by a shark in Queensland.

The unidentified girl was at Bargara Beach when the incident occurred. She was brought to the local surf club with injuries to the right side of her abdomen and across the buttocks on the right side. It is understood the attack did not last very long, with the shark biting and letting go quickly enough to not cause major damage.

Paramedics treated her on scene before where her bleeding was brought under control.

The girl was then taken to Bundaburg Hospital in stable condition. 

Source: news.com.au

 



2024-03-04

Girl Bitten by Shark in Hawaii

An 11-year-old girl has suffered a possible shark bite in Hawaii.

The unidentified girl was in the waters of a surfer spot known as “Rainbows” on the island of Oahu near Ka’a’awa when she was bitten on her left foot.

Beachgoers, including Rodney Sekona, said the possible shark attack is shocking.

“I used to see sharks over here but I used to dive out here but they don’t bother me at all,” he said. “I was surprised, surprised somebody got bitten here.”

Emergency crews said the injury the child suffered was not life-threatening.

Authorities said the girl’s parents declined an ambulance ride to an emergency room.

Source: WHSV

 



2024-03-03

Teen Bitten by Shark in Florida

A 16-year-old teen was bitten by a shark while surfing at a Florida beach. 

Doyle Nielson was paddling out on his board at Ponce Inlet new New Smyrna Beach when a shark rushed at him and chomped on his arm. 

“It felt like someone on their surfboard had come full speed directly at me and hit me super hard,” Nielsen said. 

“And then after somebody had yelled, ‘There’s a shark, get out of there,’ I realized what it was,” said Nielson, a Georgia resident who was vacationing in Florida.
Nielson’s injuries were minor and it is not reported as to the species of shark involved in the incident.

Footage of the incident. 

Source: Aol.

 



2024-02-27

Woman Bitten by Tiger Shark in Western Australia

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

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

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

Source: Daily Mail

 



2024-02-23

Girl Loses Leg in Shark Incident in Florida

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

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

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

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

Source: Aol.

 



2024-02-15

Fisherman Bitten by Shark in India

A fisherman has been injured by shark in Mumbai, India

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

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

Source: United News of India

 



2024-01-30

Woman Suffers Serious Injuries in Australia

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

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

Bites marks are consistent with a bull shark. 

Source: Reuters

 



2024-01-22

Boy Bitten by Shark while on Vacation in Bahamas

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

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

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

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

Source: NBC News 

 



2024-01-08

Fisherman Dies off the Coast of Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

Source: CBS News

 



2024-01-01

Surfer Fatally Wounded in while Surfing in Hawaii

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

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

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

Beaches were closed and warning sighs posted.

The type of species involved is unknown.

Source:  CBS News

 



2023-12-31

Teen Fatally Injured while Surfing in Southern Australia

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

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

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

The boy was with his father at the time. 

Source: NBC News

 



2023-12-25

Teen Injured while Surfing in NSW

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

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

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

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

Source: BNN Breaking 

 



2023-12-24

Man Bitten by Shark in WA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brown is looking forward to getting back into the water. 

Source: 9 News AU

 



2023-12-21

Woman Bitten by Shark in New Zealand

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

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

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

She was reported in stable condition.

Police said the shark may have been a sevengill shark.

Source: Southland Times



2023-12-13

Young Mother Killed in Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

Source: CBS News

 



2023-12-05

Fatal Shark Incident in Bahamas

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 



2023-11-18

Man Injured by Shark in Florida

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

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

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

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

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

Source: WPTV

 



2023-11-11

Woman Bitten on Head in South Australia

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

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

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

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

Source: Newsweek

 



2023-11-08

Man Bitten in Western Australia

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

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

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

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

Source: News.com 



2023-11-06

Diver Escapes Shark Mouth

A diver has escaped a shark encounter in New Zealand. 

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

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

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

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

Source: New Zealand Hearald

 



2023-11-05

Man Presumed Dead after Shark Encounter

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

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

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

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

The family has released a statement expressing gratitude. 

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

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

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

Source: ABC



2023-10-25

Surfer Suffers Injury in Hawaii

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

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

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

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

Source: Hawaii News Now

 



2023-10-17

Surfer Bitten by Shark in Kaua

A surfer has been bitten by a shark in Hawaii.

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

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

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

Source: Kaua’i News

 

 



2023-10-16

Surfer Suffers Possible Shark Bite in California

There has been a possible shark bite in Pacifica, California.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Pacifica Police Department reported fire officials and medical responders were dispatched to Linda Mar – Pacifica State Beach. 

Responders found a 52-year-old man who had a bite wound to his leg. He was transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 

It has not been confirmed that the injury was cause by a shark. 

Source: FOX KTVU

 



2023-10-05

Shark Incident at Tavares Bay

Shark warning signs are up from Ho'okipa to Baldwin Beach Park after a 45-year-old Haiku woman sustained minor scrapes in an apparent encounter with a shark at around 1:00 p.m. yesterday.

Maui Fire Department Ocean Safety Division, Maui Police, and officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) worked together to place warning signs. Under established protocols, beaches one mile on either side of Tavares Bay where the incident occurred, are under warning until noon today. At that time if there are no signs of shark presence the signs will be removed, and people can go back into the water.

The woman told authorities that while she was surfing a shark she described as a 10-12-foot-long Galapagos shark bit her board launching her into the air. She landed on the shark which then bit through her board leash. She was able to get back onto her board and swim to shore without further incident.

This happened in 3 to 4 feet of water, with limited clarity.

Source: www.surfer.com/



2023-10-04

Women Bitten By Shark in Beachport

Pam Cook remains in hospital after being bitten while out swimming near the local jetty about 7:45am on Monday.

Her Husband Greg said that while it might take her "little baby steps", Ms Cook would eventually "get back" in the water.

At the time of the Shark Incident, the 64-year-old was swimming with local group Beachport Sea Urchins and Slugs.

"She got bitten on the ankle first and she thought it was one of the swimmers coming up behind her, and she looked around and couldn't see and she thought 'holy sh*t.  Then she saw the shark come and took a piece of her thigh out, didn't take her thigh out, sort of just took a bite," Mr Cook stated. 

Mr Cook added another swimmer who saw the shark thought it "looked like a white pointer, but not a big one", and he praised the quick response of locals in helping Ms Cook deal with her injuries.
"Everyone helped out in their own way, but there were two of them that did really well and helped Pam, she was out there near the ladder on the jetty," he said.

"They helped her swim across to the ladder and Pam just got up the ladder, don't know how she got up the ladder, probably adrenaline.
"One of the girls took her top off and made a tourniquet, then the jetty workers who were out there came and put jackets, and they came and got towels and blankets.
"When the ambulance turned up they said they couldn't have done much better than what they did," Mr Cook stated.

Ms Cook was rushed to the Mount Gambier hospital, and is expected to stay there for four or five days, before continuing rehabilitation from home.

Source: www.abc.net.au/

 

 



2023-10-02

Possible Shark Incident at Wildcat Beach

The Coast Guard has called off a search for a man who was reportedly bitten by a shark Sunday morning in Northern California, officials stated.

The Coast Guard received the report that the man had disappeared on Wildcat Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore around 10:40 in the morning.

The man was with a small group when he disappeared, Coast Guard District 11 Petty Officer Hunter Schnabel said. A member of the group told officials that the man disappeared after being bitten by a shark.

Officials have not released his name.

Source: www.nbcnews.com



2023-10-02

Possible Shark Incident at Wildcat Beach

The Coast Guard has called off a search for a man who was reportedly bitten by a shark Sunday morning in Northern California, officials stated.

The Coast Guard received the report that the man had disappeared on Wildcat Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore around 10:40 in the morning.

The man was with a small group when he disappeared, Coast Guard District 11 Petty Officer Hunter Schnabel said. A member of the group told officials that the man disappeared after being bitten by a shark.

Officials have not released his name.

Source: www.nbcnews.com



2023-09-22

Fisherman Injured in Canada

A fisherman was bitten on the arm in Canada. 

The man, who was involved in the cod fishery off Fogo, was trying to free a shark from his gear when the fish bit him on the arm.

He was treated in hospital and released.

Source:  VOCM 

 



2023-09-19

Woman Bitten by Shark In South Carolina

A 56 year old man was bitten by a shark in Myrtle Beach. 

The incident happened at about 4:00 p.m. and police said the man was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident took place in the area of 6th Avenue South, police said.

Source: WBTW News 13

 



2023-09-15

Woman's Arm Amputated after Shark Encounter in Egypt

A woman has lost her arm after being bitten by a shark in the Red Sea.

The unidentified woman was swimming with a friend at Laguna Beach, Dahab, Egypt when a shark grabbed onto her left arm. Swimmers reported they thought the shark was a tuna fish.

She was unconscious when she was pulled from the sea and rushed by ambulance to a nearby hospital where her arm was amputated. 

Egypt’s Ministry of Environment announce the closure of the beach in the wake of the incident. 

Source: Independent

 



2023-09-12

Surfer Bitten on Face in Florida

A 38-year-old man was bitten by a shark in Volusia County Tuesday morning. 

The unidentified man was surfing at New Smyrna Beach Jetty when he jumped off a wave and was bitten under water. 

He was taken to a hospital for treatment of a bite wound to his cheek. The wound was considered non-life threatening.

Source: WFTV 9

 



2023-09-08

Three Men Rescued after Several Sharks Bite Catamaran

Three men – two Russians and one Frenchman aged between 28 and 64 – have been rescued from a floating catamaran left badly damaged by shark bites more than 500 miles off the Australian coast. 

Recuers arrived at the scene in the Coral Sea after being alerted of the incident and found major damage to the 29-foot boat.

Images from above showed significant damage to the catamaran after bites from several sharks.

The three men were unharmed. 

Source: News Sky 



2023-09-06

Two People Bitten by Shark at Same Beach in Florida

Two swimmers are recovering from minor injuries after they were bitten by sharks in separate incidents in Volusia County, Florida. 

The attacks both took place on Ponce Inlet, a stretch of beach on a barrier island south of Daytona Beach. 

In the first incident, a 37-year-old woman from Apopka, Florida, was swimming in waist high water when she was bitten on her right foot, according to a news release from Volusia County Beach Safety. She was transported to a nearby hospital by Volusia County emergency services. Her injury was non-life-threatening, officials said. 

The other person bitten was a 30-year-old man surfing near the Ponce Inlet Jetty. He was bitten on the left hand. Officials said the man refused care and drove himself to a hospital for treatment. His injury is also non-life-threatening.

Source: CBS News

 



2023-08-26

Surfer Bitten in New South Wales

A 44-year-old man has been bitten by a shark in New South Wales.

The unidentified man was surfing at Lighthouse Beach near Watonga Rocks when he was bitten on the leg. The man fought off the great white shark and swam back to shore.

The man was assisted to shore where a tourniquet was applied by witnesses, before he was treated by paramedics and transported to Port Macquarie base hospital.

Injuries sustained were to the upper and lower leg. The man remains in critical condition. 

Lighthouse Beach was closed and a drone released to find the shark involved.

Source: The Guardian



2023-08-25

9-Year-Old Bitten by Shark in North Carolina

A 9-year-old has been bitten by a shark in North Carolina.

The unidentified boy was swimming in shallow waters with family members while on vacation at Oak Island. Witnesses noticed a small fish jumping out of the water before the child was bitten on the shoulder by either a baby shark or small species of shark. 

The child was driven to the hospital by family members.

Source: NBC 15

 



2023-08-23

Man's Body found on Nassua Beach

A body of a man with shark injuries consistent with multiple shark bites was found floating in waters in Nassau. 

According to Chief Superintendent of Police Chrislyn Skippings reported officers responded to information about the body shortly after 7am at Saunders Beach. The man, believed to have been in his early 20s, was then brought ashore and found to have significant injuries from his neck down and to his ear. The body may have been in the water for four to eight hours.

Police are in the preliminary stages of their investigations into the matter and caution beach goers to swim in pairs.

Source: The Tribute
 

 



2023-08-23

Man's Body Found on Beach in Nassau

A body of a man with shark injuries consistent with multiple shark bites was found floating in waters in Nassau. 

According to Chief Superintendent of Police Chrislyn Skippings reported officers responded to information about the body shortly after 7am at Saunders Beach. The man, believed to have been in his early 20s, was then brought ashore and found to have significant injuries from his neck down and to his ear. The body may have been in the water for four to eight hours.

Police are in the preliminary stages of their investigations into the matter and caution beach goers to swim in pairs.

Source: The Tribute
 

 



2023-08-20

Swimmer Bitten by Blue Shark in Spain

A swimmer has been bitten by a blue shark off the coast of Spain. 

The unidentified man was standing in shallow water at Rabdells Beach when a blue shark collided with his leg before sinking his teeth into the man’s foot. 

Beaches in the area have closed while an investigation is underway. 

Source: Daily Mail

 



2023-08-18

Man Hospitalized in Portugal

A fisherman was bitten by a shark in Portugal. 

The 35-year-old unidentified man was fishing about 100 miles west of Vila do Conde when he pulled a blue shark into his boat in the nets. The shark bit the man on the leg which caused profuse bleeding. An SOS call was answered by a Naval medical rescue helicopter. 

The man was transported to Porto airport and is now hospitalized in intensive care. 

Source: Portugal Resident



2023-08-08

Woman Critically Injured at Rockaway Beach, NY

A woman reported to be in her 50s has been bitten by a shark at Rockaway Beach, New York.

The unidentified woman was transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center after being bitten on her left leg around 6 pm Monday. 

The beaches were cleared and closed for the remainder of the day and will have a delayed opening today. Police unsuccessfully searched for the shark with helicopter and drones and will continue to monitor the area. 

The woman is reported in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Source: CNN

 



2023-08-04

Young Woman Bitten by Shark near St. Pete Pier

A 26-year-old woman was bitten by a shark near St Pete Pier, Forida.
Natalia Branda was out boating celebrating a friend’s birthday.

"We took the boat out the sailboat out for my friend's birthday. We were jumping in the water and swimming in the water. We had been doing this for a few hours and my boyfriend and I were the last two in the water," Branda said.

Around 8:00 p.m. Branda was retrieving a floaty that fell in the water when the shark bit her. 

"I was swimming and I felt pressure around my torso. I immediately knew I was bit," Branda said.

Loaded up with adrenaline, Branda was able to swim back to the boat and as she got out of the water she saw the shark bite to her lower torso. 

Branda needed 13 stitches to her wounds and is recovering. 

Source: 10 Tampa Bay 

 



2023-08-01

Man Bitten at New Smyrna Beach

A 22-year-old man was bitten Monday morning by a shark off New Smyrna Beach.

According to New Smyrna Beach fire officials, the Oviedo man was bitten in his left foot and taken to the hospital, where he is in stable condition.

We will be updated with more information as we receive it.

Source: www.clickorlando.com



2023-08-01

Man Bitten at New Smyrna Beach

A 22-year-old man was bitten Monday morning by a shark off New Smyrna Beach.

According to New Smyrna Beach fire officials, the Oviedo man was bitten in his left foot and taken to the hospital, where he is in stable condition.

We will be updated with more information as we receive it.

Source: www.clickorlando.com



2023-07-31

Man Bitten on Anna Maria Island

A man is recovering at a hospital after he was bitten by a shark in Manatee County.
 
The man, who is described as being in his early 20s, was bitten in the lower leg by the shark near Bean Point on the north end of Anna Maria Island, stated a spokesperson for the West Manatee Fire Rescue. 
 
After he was bitten, someone who was with the man applied a tourniquet to his injury. 
 
The man was brought into Kingfish Boat ramp where he was transported by Manatee County emergency medical services to a hospital. 
 
"His condition is unknown at this time and we are uncertain as to the type of shark or circumstances leading up to the bite," the spokesperson for West Manatee Fire Rescue said in a statement. 
 
Source: www.wtsp.com



2023-07-26

Man Bitten by Shark in Australia

A 77-year-old man was bitten by a shark in Australia.

Richard Stubbs of Dunsborough was out for a swim at Yallingup Lagoon when a wobbeegong came out of the seaweed and bit Stubbs in the leg.

“All of a sudden something hit me, hit my leg hard… and I was like ‘what’s that’.”

As the shark sunk its teeth into Stubbs, he punched it and with help from his friends, was able to escape. 

Source: The West Australian

 



2023-07-26

Man Bitten by Shark in Australia

A 77-year-old man was bitten by a shark in Australia.

Richard Stubbs of Dunsborough was out for a swim at Yallingup Lagoon when a wobbeegong came out of the seaweed and bit Stubbs in the leg.

“All of a sudden something hit me, hit my leg hard… and I was like ‘what’s that’.”

As the shark sunk its teeth into Stubbs, he punched it and with help from his friends, was able to escape. 

Source: The West Australian

 



2023-07-25

Shark Incident at Gnarabup Beach

Authorities are investigating after a surfer was bitten by a possible white shark in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River in Western Australia.

The incident is understood to have occurred on Monday morning at Gnarabup Beach, a popular swimming spot about 175 miles south of Perth.

WA's Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) stated it was investigating a possible great white shark bite close to the Boat Ramp surfing spot near Gnarabup.

The surfer aged in his early 20s managed to swim to shore where he received first aid from an off-duty nurse to a deep gash to his leg after the shark incident. 

He was later driven to Margaret River Hospital and has since been transferred by ambulance to Bunbury, where he's in a stable condition.

Officers from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River have closed beaches from Gas Bay to Margaret River Mouth.

Source: www.skynews.com.au



2023-07-23

Man Bitten by Shark in Hilton Head

A man has been bitten by a shark at Sea Pines beach in Hilton Head Island. 

Around 3 p.m. the 60-year-old man was wading waist-deep in the ocean when a shark bit him on the foot. 

Shore Beach Service personnel help the man to safety and called Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue. Paramedics took the man to Hilton Head Hospital for treatment. 

The beach was closed for the remainder of the day. 

No other information regarding the man’s name or condition was reported.

Source: Island Packet



2023-07-22

Man Escapes Injuries by Hugging Shark's Tail

A Western Australian man hugged a shark to keep it from biting him near a popular beach camping area in Coral Bay, WA.

Keiron Benson was out with his family on a dingy with his family to catch a fish for At about 200 yards from shore Benson dived in the water with his spear gun. 

"I thought I'd jump in and see what I can catch and brought the family out as it'd been safe and it was the last time for the trip. I was about to head back when I saw a big shape in the water”, said Benson. 

It was a large shark, which Benson believed was a tiger or bull shark.

As the shark drew near and its behavior became more aggressive, Benson shot it in the eye socket which seems to render the shark unconscious. 

"The spear knocked it out momentarily, instead of opening its mouth it's gone unconscious and continued into me," he said.

Benson then saw an opportunity and grabbed the shark's tail, holding as it regained consciousness.

Meanwhile, Benson's family were watching the frantic scene unfold as they approached in the dinghy.

"They managed to get alongside me, all they saw was white water, shark and a human," he said. "They said they thought they were watching me get eaten."
The shark then started to dive — so Benson seized the opportunity and launched himself safely into the boat.

Fisheries officers are testing DNA collected from the spear gun to determine which species of shark was involved.

Benson walked away from the encounter with only bruises.

Source: ABC News



2023-07-20

Freediver Bitten by Shark in the Caribbean

A 38-year-old man has been bitten by a shark in the Caribbean.

According to the environmental authority of the Colombian archipelago of San Andres y Providencia, Cristian Castano was practicing apnea (underwater resistance without oxygen equipment) with other divers when they were surprised by several oceanic whitetip sharks. 

“One of the sharks bit (out of curiosity) one of the freedivers (…) a situation that did not get worse thanks to the quick reaction of Coralina’s personnel who were in the area and managed to help the divers,” the agency reported.

Castano was taken to Clarence Lynd Newball hospital where he was treated for multiple injuries to the upper limbs and lower right limb. Castano was released without complications.

Source: Breaking Latest News 

 



2023-07-17

2nd Shark Encounter This Week at New Smyrna

 A man is recovering after being bitten by a shark while sitting in the water at a Central Florida beach.

This shark incident was the 2nd shark encounter at New Smyrna Beach over the weekend and the third bite this year in Volusia County.

 Volusia County Beach Safety officials stated that the 48-year-old Lake Worth man was bitten by the shark near the south jetty shortly after 2 p.m. The bite caused minor injuries to his back. The man, however, refused to go to the hospital.

Source: www.foxweather.com



2023-07-14

Shark Incident at New Smyrna

21 year old man from Deland was surfing near the south jetty at New Smyrna Beach when he was bitten by a shark. 

The shark incident took place around 3pm. 

The bite left the surfer with serious injuries to his foot according to Beach Safety officials.

This is the 2nd shark incident in Volusia County

Source: www.wesh.com



2023-07-13

Man Bitten by Nurse Shark in Florida Keys

A man was bitten by a nurse shark in the Florida Keys.

Andres Garcia was swimming in the waters off Key Largo when he felt something grab his foot. The nurse shark latched onto his foot and would not let go.
A co-worker tried to pry the shark’s jaw from his foot, but Garcia said it held on tighter.

Eventually, Garcia had to get out of the water with the shark still attached to his foot until it finally let go. 

Garcia was taken to the hospital where he received 16 stitches. 

Source: Mirror

 



2023-07-10

Nurse Bitten by Shark at Galapagos Islands

Delia Yriarte was with a tour group when the incident occured.

She says she was in shock the whole time, but is glad she’s alive and able to share her story.

“Five tendon repairs, over 100 sutures in my leg, I still have some loss of tissue that needs to be grafted and probably a few more surgeries,” stated Yriarte.

“I felt a little bit of a touch, not a pull not nothing like that and after that I felt my leg a little numb, then I kept pedaling and I felt that my leg wasn't responding,” she said.

Yriarte stated that she was returning to the shore from snorkeling near the tiny islet of Mosquera.

The single mother is coordinating with the U.S. consulate and Bay Area hospitals.

“I understand it's going to be a long process but I'm just lucky that I'm still alive,” said Yriarte. 

She said the doctors have told her that she will be able to walk again, but it may take months before that happens.

As for the shark that bit her, she wasn’t sure, but was told it could have been a black tip or reef shark.

Source : www.nbcbayarea.com

 



2023-07-08

Man Bitten in Bora Bora


An unidentified man has been bitten by a shark in Bora Bora.

The man was part of a tourist group that travelled by boat into a lagoon where black-tipped reef sharks were spotted. While the rest of the tourist remained on board, the man decided to enter the water with the sharks and took food with him.

The man was in chest high water, surrounded by at least sever sharks and a ray when he was bitten in the arm. 

The man suffered a cut on his arm down to the bone. 

Source: Yahoo! News

 



2023-07-03

Several Shark Bites Reported at Fire Island, Long Island

There has been a slew of shark bites off Fire Island in Long Island in recent days. 

A least five shark bites were reported off the coast in the past couple days. 

There is more surveillance of sharks than ever before, which has been captured by a New York State drone.

The drone captured a school of about 50 sharks swimming off the coast of Robert Moses State Park on Fire Island Tuesday morning prompting a delayed opening at the beach.

Some of the bites happened within minutes of each other.

On Tuesday, a 47-year-old man was bitten off Quoque Village Beach at around 1:50 p.m.

Five minutes later, a 49-year-old man was bitten at Fire Island Pines.
And just before 4:30 p.m. a woman was swimming west of Cherry Grove when she was bitten on the upper thigh.

On Monday, two 15-year-olds were bitten in separate incidents, one off Kismet Beach and the other at Robert Moses.

Now officials are beefing up their surveillance efforts and finding more sharks in the water.

State park officials say the sharks keep coming closer to shore because they're chasing after bait and bunker fish.

It has not been reported the condition of the persons involved.

Source: abc7

 



2023-07-02

Paddle Boarders have Encounter with Hammerhead in Florida

Two paddle boarders were unharmed in an encounter with a hammerhead shark in Florida. 

Malea Tribble, of Fort Lauderdale and her paddle boarding partner Gave Barajas were participating in the Crossing for Cystic Fibrosis event, where participants travel 80 miles from the Bahamas to Florida on a paddleboard to raise money. 

While in paddling in the ocean with no land in sight, Tribble felt a few bumps on the bottoms of her board. Her husband, Ricky spotted the dorsal fin behind his wife’s board and directed her to come to the side of the support boat he was on. 

The curious shark followed her but did not harm Tribble. 

“We felt calm. I didn't have time to allow myself to be scared,' she told event organizers. 'Even an encounter as unique as mine, would not deter me from competing in The Crossing again. Our "why" for this event is the foundation itself.”

Source: Daily Mail

 



2023-07-01

Girl from Pennsylvania Bitten by Shark in Florida

A 12-year-old girl in Florida with her family for a gymnastics competition was bitten by a shark in Florida.

Magnolia Woodhead was swimming south of the Cocoa Beach pier when she was bitten. 

"Right when I got out of the water, I just started screaming because I knew that it wasn't good," she said.

Her mother, Melissa Stallings, said when her husband picked their daughter up, they could see blood dripping down her leg.

Woodhead was taken to the hospital where she received 50 stitches. Doctors believe she had ben bitten twice because of the number of puncture wounds.  

Source: Fox News



2023-06-25

Man Bitten on Hand in Florida Everglades

A fisherman has been bitten on the hand and was dragged into the waterr by a shark at Everglades National Park.

The man stated we was washing his hands in the water when the shark bit him. 

National Park Service said park rangers responded to the scene and one of the park EMTs treated the man before he was airlifted to Jackson South Medical Center by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel.

It is unreported how serious the hand injury is. 

Click Here to watch the video. 

Source: Local10.com

 



2023-06-16

Woman Recovering after Shark Bite in Bahamas

A woman is recovering from a shark bite while on vacation in the Bahamas. 

Heidi Ernst, of Mashalltown, Iowa, was scuba diving on June 7th. As she was getting back on the boat a shark bit her on the leg. 

The boat’s crew administered first aid before first responders took her to a hospital in Freeport. She was then transported to a hospital in Miami, Florida where, due to the extent of her injuries and infection, Doctors amputated her leg. 

Ernst says she has never feared sharks before.

“They typically just come and swim around us. No threatening behaviors, no aggressive behaviors,” Ernst said.

She is now awaiting her fourth surgery. She says she is already in physical therapy and hopes to return to Iowa by the end of the week.

Source: KCRG

 



2023-06-15

Man Encounters Great White while on Surfski

A man survived an encounter with a great white in South Africa.

Angus Warren was paddling on a surf ski with friends approximately a mile from Nahoon Mouth when the shark bit his ski. 

“I just felt an upheaval under the boat; I didn’t know what had happened. Then came the crunch. It was biting at the pieces of the ski. It seemed to go on and on. I was thinking, why is it not working out that the fibreglass isn’t food?”, said Warren. 

When the shark finally let go, the boat was in two pieces. 

“It was terrifying. It’s only when something like this happens that you realise how important it is to have other people around you. I am absolutely fine but will be cautious in future to always paddle with friends.” 

No injury was reported from this incident. 

Source: IOL

 



2023-06-14

Teen Missing and Considered Dead in Bahamas

An 18-year-old teen who recently graduated from University Lab School has been missing since May 24th and suspected dead after encountering a shark.

Robbins and friends were on a trip in the Bahamas after graduating high school and were aboard a sunset cruise on a ship called Blackbeard’s Revenge when on an alleged dare and despite several friends trying to physically hold him back, Robbins jumped off the boat into what is said to be shark invested waters.  

In a statement, Jonathan Chia, a representative for Pirates’ Revenge Ltd, the parent company of Blackbeard’s Revenge, said Mr. Robbins went overboard at approximately 9.40pm local time in Montagu Bay off Athol Island in the Bahamas.

Video captured Robbins in the water swimming around the vessel as passengers called out to him to grab a buoy that was thrown in the water for him. 

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) contacted the US Coast Guard to notify them of the incident, where at that time a search began.

"US Coast Guard District Seven deployed multiple search and rescue assets in response to an agency assistance request from our partners in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force,” Lt Commander Mathew Spado, Coast Guard liaison officer to the Bahamas said in the statement.

After several days and more than 325 square miles covered in a search, the Coast Guard concluded their search efforts with the RBDF on May 27, 2023.

Although searches have ended, the US Coast Guard is asking anyone with new information to contact the District Seven Watchstanders at 305.415.6800.

Parents of Robbins have recently spoken out about their son’s demise stating they have received many calls and that they are mourning their son.

Click Here to watch the video from one our friends Tracking Sharks

A Go Fund Me has raised over 20,000 dollars in support of the family. 

Source: The Independent

 



2023-06-13

Spearfisherman Rammed by Shark in Florida

A 48-year-old man was rammed by a shark while swimming off the coast of Jupiter, Florida.

Paul Dabill caught a snapper spearfishing when a nurse shark went after the fish. The shark swam under Dabill and rammed into his body before swimming away. 

“He swam up from behind and underneath me so I didn't see the shark until it collided with me," he explained. “As soon as we collided, I swam towards the surface and the shark swam in a different direction."

No injuries were reported.

Souce: The Scottish Sun

 



2023-06-10

Two Anglers Involved in Shark Bite in Northern Ireland

Two anglers encountered a shark while fishing in Northern Ireland.

The shark bite was reported in the North Coast in the Portrush area to the coastguard by those involved. A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said the organization was notified of an incident in Portrush involving two anglers.

Injuries are reported to be minor and hospital care or ambulance assistance was not needed.

Source: Belfastlive

 



2023-06-09

Russian Citizen Killed by Shark in Egypt

A 23-year-old Russian citizen has been killed in a shark incident in Egypt. 

The incident occurred on a popular Egyptian resort of Hurghada. Vladimir Popov was on the beach of Dream Beach Hotel when tourists witnessed the man get bitten by the shark. 

Russia’s consul-general in Hurghada, Viktor Voropayev reported the incident to the country’s TASS news agency.

Popov could be seen struggling with the shark before it becomes clear to all those watching that it’s a losing battle. According to Russian media reports, his father was watching on the beach at the time of the incident, and Popov had cried out for him as he struggled to escape the shark.

“A Russian died as a result of the shark incident,” Voropayev said, identifying the victim as 23-year-old “V. Popov,” who said was not a tourist but had been living in Egypt for several months. 

Click Here to Watch Video (Warning actual Shark Incident Caught on Tape)

Source: Yahoo Life



2023-06-06

Third Fatal Shark Incident in New Caledonia

A spearfisherman has died after being bitten by a shark in New Caledonia. The unidentified man was fishing 546 yards near the Tuany island May 28, near the town of Poum in the French territory.

Around 11 a.m. the local fisherman, who was familiar with the area, was bitten by the shark. According to a report from law enforcement, a member of the man’s family, while waiting on the boat, spotted blood in the water and jumped into the water to rescue him. The family member was able to pull the man into the boat and carried him to shore. Unfortunately, the man’s injuries were too severe, and he was pronounced dead on scene.

This marks the third fatal shark incident in New Caledonia this year.

 



2023-05-25

American Tourist's Leg Bit while Vacationing in Turk and Caicos

A 22-year-old woman has been seriously injured by a shark in Turks and Caicos.

The unidentified woman, from Connecticut, was snorkeling just after 3 p.m. with a friend off the waters of Blue Haven Resort on Providenciales Island when a shark bit her leg. 

Authorities said that an employee of a nearby resort called police and requested an ambulance.

First responders arrived on scene near the Leeward Marina and rushed the woman to Cheshire Hall Medical Centre where she remains in serious condition. It is reported that she has lost her leg. 

Source: New York Post

 



2023-05-24

Teen Bitten by Shark in New Jersey

A 15-year-old girl has been bitten by a shark in New Jersey.

Maggie Drozdowski was surfing in Stone Harbor with a friend when a wave swept her off her board. That is when a shark grabbed her foot and yanked her underwater. While underwater, Drozdowski struggled to get free.

"I really shook it off as much as I could. It was hard though, it was heavy. But I shook my foot as hard as I could to get it off," Drozdowski said.  

Once free from the shark’s grip, the teen was able to get back to shore safely.

She was treated for several bite wounds to her foot.

Drozdowski told CBS News Philadelphia that she'll still be enjoying the beach this summer -- but she'll stay out of the water. 

Source: CBS

 



2023-05-22

2nd Shark Bite in the Florida Keys

A 35-year-old man has been bitten by a shark in Florida Keys.

The unidentified man was fishing from a dock on Flagship Drive, Summerland Key when the incident was reported. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the angler hooked and reeled a shark up onto the dock and it was then it bit him on the foot.

The man was flown to Jackson South Medical Center in Miami for treatment, though his condition was not known, the sheriff’s office added.

Source: CNN

 



2023-05-18

20-Year-Old Man Bitten by Shark in the Florida Keys

A 20-year-old man was bitten by a shark in the Florida Keys. 

Kevin Blanco was diving off the coast of Marathon when a bull shark bit him on the leg.

“He actually bit me twice, and it was probably around anywhere, 9 or 10 feet, and about 500 pounds. He came out of nowhere, 20 or 30 mph, and I just see the big gray figure of him just there, and I see it every time I close my eyes, no joke,” said Blanco.

Blanco was airlifted to Jackson South Medical Center in Miami for treatment. 

Source: Channel 3000

 



2023-05-17

Woman Bitten by Shark in South Carolina

A woman has been bitten by a shark in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. 

At about 5:00 p.m., the unidentified woman was in waist deep water near the 31st Avenue beach access when she was bitten on her lower right thigh. 

Law enforcement helped the woman to shore where she was met by Charleston County EMS and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. 

She has since been released from the hospital.

Source: FOX 8

 



2023-05-16

13-Year-Old Teen Bitten by Shark in Florida

A 13-year-old teen was bitten by a shark on North Hutchinson Island, Florida. 

Ella Reed was in the water when she encountered the shark, "It went straight to me and got my stomach first, and I tried blocking it with my arm and my hand and it kind of slipped in and got my finger and my arm and it swooped around and got my leg again," Ella said. "It didn't really hurt at first because of all the adrenaline. ... We were so shocked."

Ella ran out of the water and her friend drove her home on a golf cart. From there the teen’s mother, Devin Reed took her daughter to St. Lucie County Fire District Station where she was rushed to the hospital. 

"There was blood everywhere and she was more of a trooper than anyone else. We were all just shocked that it even happened. She was so calm even when we got in the hospital. She was telling all the nurses, 'You can take pictures.' She was like a pro," Reed said. "Pretty scary stuff, but thankfully she's there talking to you and once you can see she's OK then you calm down a bit."

Ella said this won't keep her out of the water, and she plans to head back into the ocean as soon as her stitches are out.

Source: ABC Action News

 



2023-05-15

Man Suspected Dead following Shark Bite

A surfer has gone missing after being bitten by a shark in Australia. 

Rescuers were called to Walker Rock Beach after the 46-year-old surfer was bitten. 

After an extensive search by emergency services, police and local community members, police released the following statement, “A man is believed to have died following a shark bite at Walkers Rock Beach.”

"It's not easy when it's a local involved, but we commend their strength and their want to assist," the police said, adding they would continue the search.

Source: BBC

 



2023-05-15

Fisherman Captures Shark Encounter on GoPro

A fisherman captured a shark incident on his GoPro. 

Scott Haraguchi was fishing in Oahu and had left his GoPro on after catching a fish. He recounts his experience, “I heard a whooshing sound that sounded like a boat heading towards me without the motor and I looked up and I saw this big brown thing my brain thought it was a turtle but then I got slammed by it and realized that it was a tiger shark.”

After kicking he shark, it retreated from the boat. Going unharmed, Haraguchi continued fishing. 

Click here for captured footage of the ordeal.

Source: Daily Beast

 



2023-05-08

Spearfisherman Bitten by Shark in Florida Keys

A 22-year-old man was bitten by a shark in the Upper Florida Keys. 

Ethan Wilder was spearfishing near Davis Reef off the Village of Islamorada when a shark bit him on either the ankle or foot. The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the call, and took him to shore at it’s Islamorada base where village Fire Rescue medics drove him to nearby Founders Park, where the county’s Trauma Star helicopter ambulance was waiting. 

The Wilder was then airlifted to Jackson South Medical Center in Miami-Dade County for treatment where his is reported in stable condition. 

Source: Yahoo News 

 



2023-05-06

2nd Man Bitten by Shark in South Africa

A man in his fifties has been bitten by a shark in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

The unidentified man was surfing when the incident occurred. The man was sighted in distress after other surfers retreated from the water. Some returned to the surf to rescue the injured man and pull him to safety. 

A bystander obtained a shark bite kit and treated the man wounds until paramedics arrived. From there he was transported by ambulance to a hospital for further treatment.

The man was reported to be “stable, in good spirits and in good care” following the incident.

Source: The Inertia  



2023-05-04

Man Bitten by Shark in South Africa

A 40-year-old man has been bitten by a shark in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

The unidentified man was at Mdumbi Beach diving for crayfish when he was bitten by a shark.

He was airlifted to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening wounds to his shoulder. 

Source: 2 Oceans Vibe

 



2023-05-02

Australia Reports a Second Shark Incident from over the Weekend.

A second incident involving a shark has been reported in Australia. 

An unidentified man was in the shallows, about 15 yards offshore of Yallingup in the City of Busselton when he was bitten by a one-yard unknown species of shark.

There is no information on the nature of the man's injuries. 

Source: The Sun Daily

 



2023-05-01

11-Year-Old Boy Bitten by Shark in WA

An 11-year-old boy was been bitten by a shark in Western Australia. 

Archie Blake was vacationing from Tasmania when the incident occurred. He was snorkeling off the waters of Kurrajong Campground, Cape Range National Park near Exmouth, when he was bitten on the leg. 

Blake was taken to Perth Children’s Hospital and is reported in stable condition.

Source: ABC News 

 



2023-04-23

Competitive Surfer Injured in Western Australia

Competition surfer Max Marsden has been bitten by a shark in Western Australia. 

Marsden was surfing at Lucy’s Beach with a friend when he was bitten on the arm by what is believed to be a 5-foot bronze whaler. 

Emergency services helped Marsden from the beach to an ambulance where he was treated before being taken to Geraldton Regional Hospital. 

Upon arriving at the hospital, Marsden underwent surgery for non-life-threatening injuries and is in stable condition. 

Source: ABC News

 



2023-04-17

Snorkeler Bitten by Shark in Maldives

A 30-year-old was bitten by a nurse shark while diving in the Maldives. 

Carmen Canovas Cervello was diving at Vaavu Atoll when the marine photographer Ibrahim Shafeeg when they came across a school of nurse sharks. 
“There were around ten nurse sharks, from 198 pounds to 220 pounds,” Shafeeg described.

Hoping to get a closer look the pair decided to dive in the middle of the middle of the school of sharks. After swimming with the sharks for 45 minutes without incident before one of the sharks decided to bite Cervello on her back and shoulder. 

The wound was relatively minor and the pair continued on with their dive. 
“After the shark bite, we thought nothing major about it as it was only a minor injury so we cleaned the wound and continued snorkeling at the same spot again,” explained Shafeeg.

Source: New York Post

 



2023-04-09

Surfer Seriously Injured in Hawaii

A surfer has been bitten by a shark in Hawaii.

The 58-year-old man was surfing at Kewalo Basin Harbor when the shark bit him on his right leg. First responders from Honolulu Emergency Medical Services and the Honolulu Fire Department were called to Oahu’s south shore. Before they arrive on scene surfers helped to apply a tourniquet to his wound. 

The unidentified man was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Local authorities posted signs warning beachgoers of the potential danger.

Source: NBC News

 



2023-03-31

10-Year-Old Boy Bitten by Shark while on Vacation in Mexico

A 10-year-old boy has been bitten by a shark while vacationing in Mexico. 

Dillion Armijo was in Cancun, Mexico when he was bitten by the shark. 

“We went to the beach and wanted to swim or jump in waves and then like, five minutes after that, like a shark just came into like, a wave and just bit my leg,” said Dillon.

Dillion was taken to a hospital in Mexico where he spent four days and then airlifted to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. 

Despite needing several surgeries, his mother, Abby Armijo, said he will be able to walk again.  

Source: The Denver Post

 



2023-03-29

Man Bitten by Shark in Florida Keys

A 67-year-old man was bitten by a shark in Key West.

Kevin Carlton Scott was kite surfing about six miles offshore in Blue Fish Channel when a shark bit him in the leg. His wife, Laurie Scott, was in their boat when she heard her husband scream. 

After getting him on board, she called 911 and headed for shore. Fire-rescue paramedics responded and treated Scott with a tourniquet before taking him to Lower Keys Medical Center, and from there he was transported by helicopter to Jackson South Medical Center, in Kendall. 

It is unreported as to what species was involved in the incident. 

Souce: Miami Herald 



2023-03-21

60-Year-Old Man Bitten in Hawaii

A 60-year-old man was bitten by a shark in Hawaii.

The unidentified man was swimming in Anaeho’omalu Bay when he was bitten on his hand and leg. The man was able to swim to a nearby catamaran in the bay and flag down help. 

He was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital for treatment.

Source: Hawaii News Now

 



2023-03-18

Man Bitten by Shark in Florida

A 36-year-old man has been bitten by a shark in St. Lucie County, Florida.

Matthew Picarelli of Stuart, was body surfing off Pepper Park Beach around 11:40 when he was bitten on his right foot. Just as he was catching a wave, Picarelli felt a pain on his foot.

"It felt like a car hit me with a machete blade at the end of it," Picarelli recounted Thursday. "It's just the power that it went at me. And it just squeezed on my foot like a vice grip."

A friend helped him to shore and others on the beach helped put him in a chair until lifeguards got to him. 

Emergency responders helped him to his friend’s car, who drove him to HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital in Fort Pierce where Picarelli underwent surgery. It took 50 stitches to mend to wound.

A witness to the incident said it was a four- or five-foot spinner shark.

Source: TCPalm

 



2023-03-17

Woman Knocked of Ski Board in Australia

A woman has been knocked off her board by a shark in Australia. 

Just before 8 am the unidentified woman was surf skiing about 100 yards offshore from the Cheynes Beach Caravan Park when she was knocked off her board by a shark reported to be 16 to 19 feet long.  

The beach has been closed by the City of Albany rangers. 

No injuries were reported. 

Source: WAtoday

 



2023-03-09

Two Teens Bitten at Same Beach in Brazil

Two teens have been bitten by sharks in a 48-hour-period in Brazil. 

15-year-old Kaylane Timoteo Freitas was pulled from the water at Piedade Beach, Jaboatao dos Guararapes around 1:20 pm. A medical team attended to her wounds before being taken to the hospital by helicopter. 

Kaylane’s arm required amputation. She is said to be to be in stable condition. 

A second shark bite occurred on the same beach the day before. An unidentified 14-year-old boy was bitten on his left leg leaving his femur exposed. His leg was also amputated.

The authorities pointed out that the beach has been a restricted area for swimming since 2021 due to the frequency of shark incidents.

There are 150 signs in the region warning of the risk of shark encounters and a state decree has been in effect since 1999. The City Hall said they will schedule a meeting with the State Committee for Monitoring Shark Incidents to decide if new measures should be implemented in the area.

Source: Daily Mail

 



2023-03-07

Remains of Missing Man Found in Shark's Stomach

The remains of a missing person in Argentina were recently recovered from the belly of a dead shark. 

Diego Barria, a 32-year-old man was last seen on February 18th. Four days later local police Barria’s damaged ATV along with his helmet were discovered on a nearby beach. No body was found at the wreckage. On February 26th, local fishermen caught three school shark near the same beach, when gutting the sharks, they found a human forearm in the belly of one of the sharks. 

After examination by authorities, the remains were identified as the missing person, Barria. 

Officials say it is highly unlikely that the shark killed Barria. Instead, the police suspect that Barría likely died after colliding with a rock while driving the ATV and that his body was washed out to sea, where it was partially eaten by the shark.

Source: Live Science 

 



2023-03-03

Surfer Bit in Florida

A surfer was bitten by a shark in Florida. 

Bert Krebs was surfing with friends at Nathaniel Reed Wildlife Refuge Beach in Hobe Sound when the waves knocked him off his board.

"I was getting back on my board, and my arms were over the board. And I think I was kicking to get back up on the board," Krebs said. "I thought I kicked a rock, or something, and all of a sudden, there was the bite. And then two seconds later, it was done."

"I knew right away when it happened, I knew it was a bite. I yelled, ‘shark bite’ to my friends, and Dave said, ‘what?’ and I said, 'shark bite!'"

Krebs was able to swim back to shore where he was helped by an off-duty firefighter. He was then taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. 

Krebs underwent treatment to his right foot. "The shark basically took a bite of the entire foot, it seems like slowly released and ultimately took the slow toe off of the end," said Dr. Faris Azar, trauma surgeon at the Medical Center. 

Dr. Azar speculated that it was most likely about a four-foot black tip.

Source: WPBF News 

 



2023-02-27

Surfer Bitten by Shark in Brazil

A 32-year-old man was bitten by a shark in Brazil.

Andre Gomes was surfing at Milagres Beach when a shark bit him. People in the area aved the Gomes from the shark and took him to the hospital. 

It is unknown the nature of his injures or what type of shark was involved.

Source: MEAWW News

 



2023-02-23

Fatal Shark Incident at New Caledonia

An Australian tourist was fatally wounded while vacationing in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia.


 

59-year-old Chris Davis was swimming near a pontoon boat about 160 yards off shore from Noumea when he was bitten by what is believed to be a 12-foot tiger shark.


Lifesavers took him ashore and tried to resuscitate him for 20 minutes before the ambulance arrived but the Mr Davis died at the scene.


 

One witness to the attack described the horrific injuries the man suffered. ?


"I offered my help to give CPR because back in France, I'm a paramedic," Amal Gic?quel said. "But when I arrived there were many people helping already like nurses and doctors were helping the lifeguards.”


 

Paramedic Vincent Ouradou told a local television network that the victim had been bitten three times by the shark: on the right leg and on both arms.


 

"The man was simply swimming. I think at least three parts of his body have been bitten off, his right leg and his two arms, he unfortunately died of these injuries," Ouradou said.?


 

Police evacuated the beach after a mass rush from the waters. Beaches were searched with drones but no sharks were observed. 


 

Source: 9 News



2023-02-04

16-Year-Old Fatally Wounded while Jet Skiing

A 16-year-old girl was fatally wounded while swimming in the Swan River south of Perth. 

Stella Berry was riding jet skis with friends around the Fremantle Traffic Bridge area when she jumped in the water to swim with some dolphins.  It was then that she was bitten in the leg by what is believed to be a shark. Authorities were alerted of the incident at about 3:45. Ambulances were sent to the scene where Berry succumbed to her injuries. 

"The investigation is still ongoing, it is still very early stages, however all indications by witness accounts is that it appears to be a shark related incident," Acting Inspector Paul Robinson said.

"I've spoken to fisheries and water police and unfortunately we have no idea what type of shark it is."

Robinson also added that it was unusual for a shark to be so far down the river. 

Source: ABC News AU

 



2023-01-30

Boy Nipped in Chest by Reef Shark

 A boy was nipped in the chest by a shark while fishing in the Great Barrier Reef. 

Radwan Alam, was filming his son as her emerged from the ocean at Lady Musgrave Island with a fish he had speared. As he flopped the fish onto the vessel, a reef shark appeared suddenly from the water and took a nip at the boy’s chest. 

Shortly after, the shark swam away leaving the fish and boy behind. 

The boy was not harmed and plans on going back into the water. 

Follow link below to see video coverage of incident.

Source: news.com.au

 



2023-01-29

Fisherman Suffers Injury in a Provoked Shark Incident

A 36-year old fisherman was bitten by a shark off the coast of Gqeberha, South Africa.

An emergency call came from a fishing vessel heading toward the Port of Gquberha from deep sea fishing grounds of South of Cape Recife, reporting a shark had bitten a fisherman on board. Apparently the shark was caught inside their nets and the unidentified man was busy with their regular fishing duties at the time of the incident.
Jonathan Tufts, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Gqeberha deputy station commander, said: “The fishing vessel alerted Telkom Maritime Radio Services, MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre), and the Transnet National Ports Authority alerted” which launched the rescue craft and met the vessel approximately seven miles offshore.

“He sustained shark bite wounds that had been effectively treated by fellow crew first aiders. The patient was stable, in good spirits, and fully mobile.”

The NSRI transported the fisherman to the rescue state in Gqeberha where they met EMS paramedics who assessed the injures. They provided care while transporting the fisherman to the hospital. 

Source: The South African

 



2023-01-28

Man Fatally Wounded off the Coast of Mexico

A fisherman was fatally wounded while diving for mollusk off the coast of Mexico. 

Manuel Lopez was out diving for ax tripe, a scallop-like mollusk. He was using surface-supplied air from a hose connected to a compressor on the boat that allowed him to dive the 36 to 59 feet where the ax tripe are typically found. At approximately 11:30 am, Lopez was bitten by a 19-foot great while detaching his head and part of both shoulders, a witness said. 

Tenders aboard the fishing boat were powerless to help the diver as he lost his life. 

This marks the first fatal shark incident of 2023.

Source: The Western Journal

 



2023-01-08

Woman from Romania Encounters Shark in Florida Keys

A tourist from Romania was bitten by a shark in the Florida Keys. 

On January 8th Nicole Cioban, 34, was swimming near the Outer Mole of Fort Zachary causeTaylor Historic Park in Key West when what appeared to be a large shark caused Cioban to suffer 
lacerations to his thigh, knee and calf area. 

Cioban walked to an ambulance and was taken to an area hospital. 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection said in a statement that it could only confirm there was an unknown marine life encounter the day of Cioban’s incident.

Source: Boston 25 News



2023-01-03

Mako Strikes Fisherman in Pensacola, Fl

A fisherman was struck by a mako shark in Pensacola, Florida. 

Chad Patti was speak fishing for wahoo 70 miles off Pensacola Beach when he encountered the shark. As he swam toward the fish the shark struck him. 

“The [fish] were about 150 feet from me and I was waiting. I did a dive about 70 feet because I saw a Wahoo, and when I came back up, I started looking around trying to see if I could get that one last fish. I start to swim forward and get ready to ask another question and then as soon as I open my mouth the shark blindsides me.” 

Patti suffered no injuries and looks forward to more fishing next week. 

Video of the incident can be seen here, mako strike

Source: WKRG News 5

 



2023-01-01

Man Bitten by Shark in South Africa

A 26-year-old male was bitten by a shark in South Africa.

The unidentified victim was on a charted dive at Shelly Beach, just off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal South Coast when the incident took place.

Mi7 National Group’s Emergency Medical Services medics responded to a call. The male sustained serious bite marks to his arm and was transported to a local hospital.  No further information has been reported on the man’s condition.

Source: IOL News

 



2022-12-14

Swimmer Suffers Serious Injuries in Hawaii

A 68-year-old Waikoloa man has been bitten by a shark in Hawaii. 

According to the Hawaii Island police, the unidentified man was swimming about 50-70 yards off the shore of Anaehoomalu Bay around 8:15 in the morning when a 12-foot tiger shark bit him on the lower left torso. 

The swimmer attempted to fend off the shark with a diving knife and the shark released the swimmer.

“Our friend, yesterday, was right out there where the swimmer was,” said witness Anna Kathryn Sengupta of California. “I guess it’s just the wrong place, wrong time.”

The man was taken to Queens North Hawaii Community Hospital in serious condition.

Source: Hawaii News Now

 



2022-12-12

Man Severely Injured in American Samoa

A 43-year-old man was bitten by a shark in American Samoa.

The unidentified resident of Portland, Oregon was working on undersea pipes outside of the Starkis Samoa cannery, in Pago Pago Harbour when he was bitten by the shark. 

Dr. Akapusi Ledua, acting Chief Medical Officer of the LBH Hospital, reported the man had a significant number of deep bites on his left leg and suffered significant blood loss. He was operated on for over four hours and is now in stable condition. 

Arrangements are underway to transport him pack to Portland, Oregon for continuing care. 

Source: RNZ

 



2022-12-09

Woman Missing after Shark Bite in Hawaii

An unidentified woman has gone missing after she was bitten by a shark in Maui. 

The 60-year-old woman and her husband were snorkeling approximately 50 yards from the Keawakapu Point shore when the incident occurred. Her husband told authorities the two fought off the shark and then tried to swim to shore although, the woman never made it. Her snorkel set and part of a bathing suit were found. 

Shark warning signs have been posted and a search for the woman is ongoing. 

Source: Hawaiian News Now

 



2022-12-08

Man Bitten by Shark in Texas Gulf

A surfer has been bitten by a shark off the coast of Texas. 

The man, known only as Jim, was in the North Packery Channel when he collided with a shark.

Eye witness, Tommy Shilts, reported, "He caught the bottom jaw of a pretty large shark, it looked like. But it just kind of bumped him from underneath. He said it was a pretty hard bump."

The surfer was able to make it to shore where Shilts looked after him until the lifeguards showed up and treated the wound.

It is not clear what species of shark carried out the attack but bull sharks and blacktip sharks are the most commonly sighted species off the Texas coast.

Source: Newsweek

 



2022-11-28

Young Girl Bitten by Shark in Florida

A 10-year-old girl was bitten by a shark at Hobe Sound Beach, Florida.

Jasmine Carney of Palm City was at the beach with her grandmother and younger brother. Suddenly, Carney felt something sharp grab her foot. As she came running out of the water her foot was bleeding.

Martin County lifeguards applied first aid and a tourniquet to Carney’s ankle. She was then taken by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach where she received surgery to repair deep lacerations to her ankle. 

Source: TCPalm.

 



2022-11-21

Bodysurfer Encounters a Shark in California

A bodysurfer encountered a shark while surfing at Windandsea Beach, California.

John Holman was out body surfing when a shark bumped his leg.

"Felt something kind of bump against my leg, and I looked over to my buddy who was next to me – we both looked down, and we saw this grey back, like a dark grey back, but I couldn’t tell what it was at first, I didn’t see a fin or anything," said Holman.

Hofman reported the shark to be about 6 feet long which indicates it was a juvenile. 
No injuries were reported. 

Source: CBS 8

 



2022-11-16

Andros Resident Bitten by Bull Shark in Bahamas

A 32-year-old man was bitten by a shark on the island of Andros in the Bahamas. 
Navado Sweeting, a spear fisherman by trade, was fishing with his brother and nephew when a shark approached the men.

“All I could remember is me and my brother was in the water and I spotted the shark and he was coming with so much speed so I quickly got in between the shark and my brother so I tried to protect my brother,” he said.

 “But the shark ended up grabbing hold of my hand and started shaking and that’s when my brother pulled me back up to safety and called for the boat to come for us and so my brother was actually the one who saved me.”

Sweeting had to break his hand in order to free himself from the shark.

There is little information on his condition and expected recovery at this time.

Source: The Tribune
  



2022-11-12

Mako Intrudes on Fishing Excursion in New Zealand

Fishermen were startled by a mako shark in New Zealand. 

The fishermen were off the coast of Witianga when the large mako shark leaped out of the water and landed on the front of their boat. Eventually the shark was able to wiggle its way off the boat. 

No injuries were reported and the shark was unharmed in the incident. 

What footage of the event by clicking the link below. 

Source: YouTube

 



2022-11-06

Swimmer Bitten by Shark in California

 A 50-year-old woman has been bitten by a juvenile white shark in Del Mar, California. 

Lyn Jutronich was swimming with another man when the incident happened. Meredith Rose, a friend of the victim, spoke with the swimmer’s brother who said she was finishing a swim, waiting at the surf line to come in, when the bite happened.

“The shark first bumped her pretty hard, said it felt like a baseball bat from what the brother told me. As she came down from being lifted out of the water a little bit, the shark bit her in the thigh area,” Rose said.

Jutronich and her swim partner made it to shore calmly, where lifeguards treated her leg and is expected to make a full recovery. 

Source: FOX5

 



2022-11-05

Fisherman Receives 50 Stitches in Florida

A man is in stable condition after he was bitten by a shark while fishing in Cape San Blas, Florida.

“We were just fishing out here and we caught a shark,” fellow fisherman Blake Freeman said. “It was probably five or six feet and we dehooked it, was going to turn it loose and the guy was kinda in the water right there at the shelf where the water breaks and he went to grab his tail because he was spinning around and he slipped and wound up underneath the shark.”

The South Gulf County Fire and Rescue volunteer fire department responded to the call and the man was assisted by firefighters, along with members of the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office and the Gulf County EMS.

He was rushed to a Bay County hospital and is reported to be in stable condition after receiving 50 stitches. 

SharkBytes considers this a provoked incident. 

Source: My Panhandle

 



2022-11-01

Surfer Escapes Injury after Encountering Shark in California

A surfer was uninjured after encountering a shark in California. 

The unidentified surfer was about 100 yards offshore at Otter Point in Pacific Grove when he was knocked off his board after being grazed and bumped by the shark. The surfer was knocked into the water but was able to paddle to shore uninjured. 

There was no major damage to the surfboard, but officials said it will be tested to attempt to determine the shark species. 

Signs were posted, but the beaches remained open. 

Source: KSBW

 



2022-10-30

Man Has a Close Call with a Shark in Hawaii

51-year-old man lost a chunk of his flpper while snorkeling in Hawaii.

Scott Hill was snorkeling at Kalapaki Beach on the island of Kauai when he felt something tug at his flipper as he swam through cloudy water. He didn’t this much of it but when he returned to the beach, he noticed a half-moon shaped chunk missing from his flipper. 

Testing is underway but experts think it was an 11-12 tiger shark that was responsible for the bite. 

Hill, from Helena and in Hawaii on vacation with his wife, returned to the water the next day. 

Scott Hill said he had a little nervousness, but otherwise did fine.

“I didn’t let it ruin my time here,” he said.

Hill, the owner of Design+Craft Inc. in Helena, said Hawaii officials have said they will return his fin to him when they are done testing so that he can keep it as a souvenir.

Source: Independent Record

 



2022-10-27

Man Bitten by Shark off the Coast of Mississippi

A commercial fisherman has been bitten by a shark in Mississippi.

The U.S Coast Guard reported the man was fishing west of Horn Island when he was bitten by a five-foot shark. The unidentified man received four lacerations above the waist, specifically bites to his side and abdomen. 

First aid was applied and the injuries considered minor. 

Source: WXXV

 



2022-10-24

Teen Narrowly Escapes Shark Bite In Southern Australia

A 19-year-old male narrowly escaped being bitten by a shark during a surf ski race in Australia. 

Nat Drummond was pushed off his ski when a shark thought to be around 9 feet long bit Drummond’s ski, ripping a chunk out of the bottom.

South Australian Ocean and Surf Ski Paddlers race director Craig Burton said Drummond's peers quickly responded to the incident and he was able to walk away uninjured.

"All the paddlers in this event are surf lifesavers," he said.

"When something like this happens, they turn into rescue mode and it was fantastic the way they got him onto their surf skis and safely returned him to shore.

Drummond did not sustain any injuries and is reported to be in good spirits. 

Source: ABC News

 



2022-10-12

Teen Bitten by Nurse Shark in Key Largo

A 15-year-old teen has been bitten by a nurse shark in Key Largo.

Malec Mata was casting bait when a small nurse shark got wrapped up in their fishing line. He jumped in to help free the shark when it bit him in the leg. 
It was upside down underneath the water, so I went to go unwrap the line and he turned around and he swam at my leg," said Mata. 

“I was shocked because I have gone swimming with nurse sharks a lot and they don’t typically act like that," Mata said.

Mata was able to unhook the baby shark, but it did leave a mark. The bite was small, but Mata bled a lot.

Mata was stitched up and said the incident will not deter him from returning to the water.

Source: 6 South Florida

 



2022-10-11

3 Men Injured by Shark while Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

Three friends were injured while fishing for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. 
Phong Le, Son Nguyen and Luan Nguyen were about 25 miles off the coast of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana when their boat starting taking in water. After experiencing engine problems, the boat started taking in water and sank.
While hanging onto an ice chest, Nguyen said suddenly a shark was trying to bite him. 

"The head part was in front of me and the shark from just out of nowhere bit the vest,” Nguyen said. “So, I pushed the shark and then I tried to push his nose. That didn’t do anything. So, I stuck both of my thumbs and jabbed him in the eyes, and it took off.” 

"The head part was in front of me and the shark from just out of nowhere bit the vest,” Nguyen said. “So, I pushed the shark and then I tried to push his nose. That didn’t do anything. So, I stuck both of my thumbs and jabbed him in the eyes, and it took off.”

While the shark bit his vest, it caught his hands and fingers as well. 

The three friends were reported missing early the next morning when they didn’t make it back to the marina. The Coast Guard boats and helicopters searched an area roughly the size of Rhode Island before located, rescued, and flown to University Medical Center in New Orleans where they were treated for minor injuries. 

Source: 4WWL.com

 



2022-10-10

Victorian Teen has Shark Incident

17-year-old Zaak Johnstone was surfing with mates at night at Portland off the far south-west coast when they felt something brush up.

"I felt my foot go down its throat and then it bit me," Johnstone told the news.
Despite the wounds and frightening experience, Johnstone believes the shark encounter has somewhat "overhyped".

"It's not like I lost my leg or anything. I could definitely feel it but not as bad as it probably was," he stated.

"I didn't realize how bad it was until I got up to the top and started looking at it."
Johnstone's friend, Nathan Malady, stated he didn't believe his friend until he looked at his face.

"He's going pale and lifted up his foot and it's just blood pouring down his foot."
Johnstone's mother, Frances, got the call but even she stayed relatively calm.

"I didn't feel too too freaked out so much really because I knew they would be in good hands," she stated to the news.

Johnstone underwent surgery this morning and is back on his feet with the help of some crutches. He stated that once his foot heals, he intends to get back in the water.

Source: www.9news.com.au



2022-10-07

Shark Bites Man in Port Hedland Waters

A man has nearly lost his arm during a shark incident off the West Australian coast near Port Hedland.

Robbie Peck was bitten by an unconfirmed species of shark while spearfishing offshore from Port Hedland on Friday morning. He sustained the injuries after spearing a fish, authorities stated.

The St John ambulance service was called about 11.30am after Mr Peck was brought to shore by boat with serious injuries.

Emergency services stated he was transferred to Hedland health campus as a priority-one patient.

A Royal Flying Doctor Service spokesperson stated that he sustained multiple injuries and his left arm had "nearly been severed".

The WA Country Health Service said the Mr Peck was in a stable condition.

Source: www.theguardian.com



2022-10-03

Surfer Suffers Serious Injuries on California Beach

A 31-year-old male has been seriously injured in California. 

According to the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department, Jared Trainor was surfing at Centerville Beach when the incident occured. As he paddled out on his board to where the waves were breaking, Trainor was suddenly pulled underwater by a shark. "Coffin style," he said. "Its lower jaws had the board and its upper jaws had my leg."

Trainor fought back, holding onto the shark's body with one hand and kicking its head with his free leg until the animal let him go, he said, according to an AP report.

After swimming back to shore, Trainor used another surfer's phone to call for help.

He was transported by City Ambulance to a hospital where doctors closed extensive wounds on the upper thigh. 

Bites in the area are not common. however; Northern California experiences an increase of shark activity this time of year when adult sharks return to the west coast. 

Source: kymkemp.com

 



2022-09-25

Woman Fatally Injured in South Africa

A woman has been fatally wounded by a shark in South Africa.

The unnamed woman was out for a morning swim; just before 8am, the body of a Cape Town tourist was recovered from the waters of Plettenberg Bay near Central Beach. 

Beaches have been closed while the National Sear Rescue Institute looks into the incident.

Source: Daily Maverick

 



2022-09-09

Marathon Scuba Diver Bitten by Shark

A scuba diver has been bitten by what is believed to be a reef shark in Marathon Florida Keys.

The male victim was spearfishing while diving with friends approximately 70 feet of water along the reef line about five miles south of Marathon when he was bitten on the elbow. 

Emergency responders dispatched to Marathon’s Captain Hook’s Marina, where the victim was bought to shore. He was then transported to the Marathon airport and flown via Trauma Star to Jackson South Medical Center in Miami.

It’s been reported by friends that the man is in stable condition and recovering. 

Source: Keys Weekly

 



2022-09-08

Woman Bitten by Shark in New Smyrna

A 27-year-old woman was bitten by a shark at New Smyrna Beach. 

The unnamed woman was wading in waist-deep water near Crawford beach when a shark bit her on the foot. Only the dorsal fin and tail were seen during the incident leaving the shark type in question. 

The woman was taken to the hospital by ambulance with nonlife-threatening injuries. 

Source: Fox35 Orlando

 



2022-09-07

Woman Dies while Snorkeling in the Bahamas

A 58-year-old woman has died as a result of a bull shark while in the Bahamas.

Caroline DiPlacido of Pennsylvania was vacationing with her family on the Royal Caribbean ship, Harmony of the Seas. While docked in Nassau the family booked an excursion with a local tour company that took them snorkeling in the area of Green Cay.

Shortly after 2:00 pm family members saw DiPlacido struggling with a shark and rushed to her aid. They were able to pull her onto the boat where she was then rushed to the nearest dock to meet paramedics who found no vital signs of life. 

The beach has been closed and the incident is under investigation. 

Source: NBC

 



2022-09-04

French Woman Seriously Injured in Hawaii

A woman has been seriously injured from a shark bite in Hawaii.

The 51-year-old woman from France was about 100 feet from Paia Bay shore when she was bite by the shark. Bystanders helped her to shore until emergency personnel took over. 

The woman was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition. 
Warning signs were posted on Balwin Beach Park, Lower Paia Beach and Kuau Bay Beach Park. Beaches were also closed and will reopen in the morning. 

Source: Hawaii News Now

 



2022-08-31

Teen Bitten by Great White in New South Wales

A teenage boy has been bitten by a great white in New South Wales.

Paramedics responded to a shark bite at North Avoca beach about 7am Wednesday morning. The unnamed teen sustained puncture wounds to his hand and went home before calling paramedics. Wounds were treated and then the teen was taken to Gosford hospital. The hospital reported that the teen had been discharged.

Central Coast council has asked that Avoca and North Avoca beaches be avoided. 

Source: The Guardian



2022-08-24

Shark Bites Canoe in Half

John Vincent was out paddling his canoe in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales at around 6am Wednesday when he had an extremely close encounter with a Shark. 

The retired accountant was out with two other paddlers when the shark struck, ripping the canoe apart in a split second.

Paul Courtney stated, "There are two pieces left of it (the six-meter canoe). Let's put it that way."

"The water went all bubbly - then it was all flat as a tack in seconds - it happened really quickly."

Luckly, a boat was passing by and was able to rescue John.

Fortunately, John was uninjured and seemingly unperturbed, with fellow paddlers reporting that he's already been back out on a borrowed canoe.

Commodore at the local yacht club, John Wait, state it was "only a matter of time" before there was an incident like this due to the sheer number of sharks off the coast in the area.

He added that numbers weren't cause for concern though, as they would soon 'follow the whales' out of the area on their annual migration.

Officers from the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries were called out to speak to the paddlers involved in the encounter and examine the remains of the canoe, which are currently being kept at the yacht club.

They confirmed that a great white, approximately three meters in length, was most likely to be behind the incident.

Source: www.ladbible.com



2022-08-19

Teen Bitten by a Great White in Australia

A 17-year-old teen was bitten by a great white in Western Australia.

Luke Pascoe was spearfishing in the water of Mistaken Island near Goode Beach when the shark bit his legs.

“I look down and there’s just this 5m great white cruising in front of me, it took one turn, had a look at me, took another turn, and on that last turn it just came straight for me and bit me on the legs,” said Pascoe.

“When it happened, you kind of go into shock, you don’t really realize you’ve been bitten by a shark.

“So I gritted my teeth and kicked as hard as I could with both legs just trying to get back to shore or at least to a point where I felt the shark couldn’t get me anymore.”

Conner Shirley, a friend with Pascoe, piggybacked him along the rocky shore to the car and drove him to the hospital.

Pascoe suffered lacerations to his lower legs.

Source: News.com.au 

 



2022-08-17

Two Bitten by Sharks in Myrtle Beach

Two swimmers were bitten by sharks at Myrtle Beach.

One bite happened along 84 Ave N where the victim had a bite to the leg. The second happened at 75th Avenue N., where the person sustained a bad bite to the forearm.

Myrtle Beach Police reported the incident stating the victims including their age or gender was not available. 

Source: The Sun News

 



2022-08-15

Boy gets his Leg Amputated

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

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

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

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

Source: NBC Miami

 



2022-08-09

Man has Shark Encounter at Pacific Grove Beach

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

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

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

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

Source: KRON4



2022-08-08

8-Year-Old Bitten by Shark in the Bahamas

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

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

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

Nurse sharks are not typically known for aggression. 

Source: The Scotsman

 



2022-08-02

Snorkeler Wounded In Cornwall, England

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

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

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

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

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

Source: www.independent.co.uk



2022-07-31

Man Severely Injured at Jacksonville Beach

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

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

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

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

Source: New 4 Jax

 



2022-07-29

Teen Bitten by Nurse Shark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.Source: www.clickorlando.com



2022-07-25

Man Hospitalized at Daytona Beach

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

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

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

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

Source: www.clickorlando.com



2022-07-24

Shark Bites Fisherman in Florida

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

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

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

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

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

This is consider a provoked incident.

Click here to video coverage of incident

Source: WSVN 



2022-07-21

Surfer Bitten by Shark in Long Island

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

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

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

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

He suffered a 4-inch cut on his foot.

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

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

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

 

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

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Source: www.abc7ny.com



2022-07-20

Shark Bite Near Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral

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

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

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

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

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

No other information is available at this time.

Source: www.clickorlando.com

 



2022-07-18

Fisherman Bitten by Shark

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

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

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

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

This is considered a provoked incident. 

Source: www.miamiherald.com

 



2022-07-17

Ohio Woman Bitten by Shark in Florida

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

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

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

Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal 

 



2022-07-14

2nd Shark Bite on Long Island in Same Day

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

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

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

Source: Long Island Press 



2022-07-13

Man Sustains 4-Inch Gash in Long Island

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

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

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

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

Source: NBC 4 New York



2022-07-11

New Smyrna Beach has second Shark Bite in a Week

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

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

www.fox35orlando.com



2022-07-08

Texas Woman Bitten in the Florida Keys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: www.outdoorlife.com

 



2022-07-07

Life Guard Bitten on Fire Island

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

The incident happened near Ocean Beach on Fire Island. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: www.cbsnews.com



2022-07-05

Surfer Bitten by Shark at New Smyrna Beach

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

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

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

Source: WESH 2



2022-07-04

Lifeguard Receives Stitches after Shark Encounter on Long Island

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

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

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

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

Source: 4 NBC New York 



2022-07-03

2nd Woman Dies from Shark Bite in Egypt

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

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

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

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

Source: NBC News



2022-07-02

Woman Succumbs to Injuries while Vacationing in Egypt

An Austrian tourist has died from injuries sustained while vacationing in Egypt.

The 68-year-old woman was swimming at a popular holiday resort when her arm and leg were bitten off by what is believed to be a mako shark. 

After witnessing the water turn red from blood, a floatation device was thrown to the woman but fell short of the victim. 

It is unclear how she was able to get to the beach but she was unable to be resuscitated by emergency responders. 

She was taken to the Nile Hospital in Hurghada; however, she succumbed to her injures while in the ambulance. 

Egyptian authorities have closed off a stretch of the Red Sea coastline for three days, banning all ‘sea activites’ including diving, snorkeling, wind surfing and kite sailing. Follow the link below for video coverage of the attempted rescue. 

Rescue Attempt 

Source: Metro

 

 



2022-07-01

Teen Seriously Injured in Northwest Florida

A 17-year-old girl has been seriously injured after being bitten by a shark in Florida.

Addison Bethea was scalloping in the water off Keaton Beach in approximately 5 feet of water near Grassy Island when she was bitten by the shark. 

“The next think I know something latches onto my let and I was like that’s not right. And then I look and it’s a big old shark,” Allison recounted. “Then I remember from watching Animal Planet to like … punch [it] in the nose. I couldn’t get around to his nose the way he bit me.”

Addison’s brother, Rhett Willingham, a firefighter and EMT raced to help her. 

"She came back up and I saw, like, the blood and everything, and I saw the shark," Willingham told "Good Morning America." "So then I swam over there, grabbed her, and then pushed them all, kind of trying to separate them. And he just kept coming. So I grabbed her, swam backwards and kicked him and then yelled for help,” said Willingham. 

The two were brought back to the beach by boat where her brother put a tourniquet on her leg to control the bleeding. 

She was then airlifted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Doctors performed emergency surgery and were able to stabilize the teen, who suffered extensive damage to her right leg. 

She is expected to have a second surgery to further investigate the extent of the damage with the goal of saving the leg.

Follow the link below for a the full interview with Addison and her brother.

Source: ABC News



2022-06-30

Man Injured on Long Island Beach

A 57-year-old man was bitten by a shark at Jones Beach on Long Island. 

The unidentified man was swimming in the ocean at Jones Beach in Wantagh when he suffered some sort of foot laceration. 

Medics responded and identified the nature of the injury as a possible shark bite. 

Nassau County police will have increased patrols at all county beaches over the long holiday weekend as a precaution. 

Source: NBC New York 



2022-06-28

Man Fatally Injured by Shark in Cape Town

A man has been fatally injured after encountering a shark in Cape Town.

The National Sea Rescue Institute’s crew was alerted after eyewitnesses raised the alarm at Sanctuary Beach in Plettenberg Bay.

NSRI Rescue swimmers responded to the scene at 2:00 pm and a craft was launched. The body of an adult male was located and recovered from the water at the back surf line. The body was taken to the NSRI Plettenberg rescue station. Emergency personnel tended to the victim; sadly the injuries sustained were fatal and the man was declared deceased by the doctor.

The local municipality closed beaches in Plettenberg Bay and asked that bathers, paddlers, sailors and boaters along the southern cape coastline to exercise caution. 

Source: EWN



2022-06-24

Fisherman Loses Arm after Shark Bite

A fisherman has lost his arm to a shark bite in the Caribbean Sea. 

Jamaican Michael Simpson was fishing between Half Moon Cay and Miller Bay. After falling into the water a 15 foot tiger shark took hold of his arm and tried pulling him down. When the boat’s driver responded to Simpson’s cries for help the shark became more aggressive shaking him from side to side with his arm as its anchor leading up to him losing his arm.

Simpson was admitted to May Pen Hospital for treatment. 

Source: Mirror



2022-06-23

Man Suffers Serious Injury after Shark Encounter in California

A surfer has been seriously injured after being bitten by a shark in Monterey Bay, CA.

Just before 11:00 am, the unidentified man was bitten near Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove just south of Monterey. 

Pacific Grove Police Department reported the man was taken to Natividad Hospital in Salinas with injuries to his stomach and leg. 

Monterey Fire Department conducted a drone search of the area and closed beaches for 72 hours as a precaution. 

Source: Los Angeles Times

 



2022-06-03

Woman has Shark Encounter in WA

A woman escaped serious injuries after encountering a shark in Western Australia. 

The unidentified woman was swimming approximately 30 yards off shore at Oyster Stacks near Exmouth when encounter happened. Onlookers said they saw a fin emerge from the water around the time the woman was bit. 

She did not require medical treatment and the size and species of the shark has yet to be determined. 

Source: Perth Now

 



2022-05-28

Surfer Knocked Off his Board

A shark warning has been issued after a surfer was knocked off his board in Yallingup on Saturday.

The male surfer was at the popular Mainbreak in the South West when the 2m bronze whaler shark knocked him off his surfboard around 7:30am.

The surfer was able to leave the water on his own.

There were no reports of him being injured. 

The shark incident is being investigating and officals have encouraged people to take extra caution in the area, and adhere to beach closures.

Source: www.thewest.com.au



2022-05-22

Man Bitten by Shark in Belize

A man has been hospitalized after being bit by a shark in Belize.

Brian Bradley was fishing off the city of San Pedro when he was bit by a five-foot shark. Fishing partner Fancisco Morales said the shark tore at one of Bradley’s arms as he attempted to take a grouper they had caught at a distance from the kayak they were in. 

After Bradley shouted for help, Morales went towards him and say the shark was going to go for another bite, so he shot at the shark with his speargun. Missing the first shot, Morales said he had to continue to fight the shark off. 

He was then able to take Bradley back to the kayak. The captain of the boat they were traveling in came and then rushed Bradley to the San Pedro Health Center. He was then transported to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was treated for injuries to his arm. 

Source: BBN

 



2022-05-12

Bronze Whaler Shark Bites Charter Boat

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

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

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

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

"He has chomped the motor."

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

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

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

Click Here to watch the video

Source: www.9news.com.au



2022-05-10

Fisherman Suffers Injuries after Falling Overboard

A fisherman has been injured in a shark incident.

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

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

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

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

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



2022-05-02

Ukrainian-Thai Boy Wounded in Suspected Shark Incident

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: www.bangkokpost.com



2022-04-28

Tiger Shark Bites Paddleboard While Chasing Turtle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moss was unharmed in the encounter.

Click Here to watch the video

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk



2022-04-26

Shark Bites man at Florida Keys

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

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

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

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

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

Source: www.miamiherald.com

 



2022-04-20

Family Encounters Shark while Fishing in Australia

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

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

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

Source: Daily Mail

 



2022-04-15

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

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

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

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

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

Source: NBC

 



2022-04-13

Girl Receives Small Bite by Shark in NJ Zoo

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

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

Source: Miami Herald

 



2022-04-12

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

A boy was bitten by a shark in Highland Beach.

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

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

Source: WPTV

 



2022-04-03

Body Washed Ashore with Shark Bites in South Africa

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Times LIVE

 



2022-04-01

Fisherman Bitten by shark

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

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

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

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

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

Source: www.wptv.com

 

 



2022-03-19

Tourist Dies from Shark Incident on Colombian island

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

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

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

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

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

Source: www.marca.com



2022-03-17

Man Bit by Shark in Australia

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

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

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

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

Source: 9 News

 



2022-03-14

2nd Shark Bite Reported at New Smyrna Beach

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

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

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

Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal 

 



2022-03-10

NJ Man Bitten by Shark in New Smyrna

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

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

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

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

Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal

 



2022-03-09

Swimmer Bumped in back by Great White Shark in WA

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

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

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

www.7news.com.au

 



2022-03-08

Surfer's Board Damaged by Shark

A surfer encountered a shark at Maroubra Beach, Australia. 

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

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

Source: UPI

 



2022-03-03

Shark Incident Reported off San Miguel Island, CA

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

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

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

Source: KTLA News  

 



2022-02-23

Fisherman Bitten by a Shark

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

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

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

Click Here to watch the rescue video

Source: www.cbsnews.com

 



2022-02-19

Woman has Shark Incident in Florida

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: The Guardian

 



2022-02-16

Fatal Great White Shark Incident in Sydney

 Emergency services were called around 4:30 local time to Buchan Point, Malabar. The reports stated that there was a shark incident that caused "catastrophic injuries" to the victim.

Witnesses told the news they had seen a shark bite a swimmer wearing a wetsuit.

"Some guy was swimming and a shark came at him vertically," witness Kris Linto stated.

"We heard a yell and turned around - it looked like a car had landed in the water."

Another witness estimated the shark was 4.5m (16.4ft) in size.

Police offered no information about the identity of the swimmer.

A New South Wales Ambulance spokeswoman stated that the paramedics were called to Little Bay, adding that "unfortunately this patient had suffered catastrophic injuries and there was nothing paramedics could do".

Source: www.news.sky.com



2022-02-11

Teen Bitten by Shark at Cocoa Beach, Florida

An 18-year-old man was bitten by what is believed to be a shark in Florida. 

Gene Menchara-Lopez was swimming near Cocoa Beach Peir around 5:30 pm when he felt something grab his leg. 

"I was just swimming, and I felt something grab my leg!" said Gene Menchara-Lopez.  "Luckily, I got all five toes!" 

Menchara-Lopez had puncture wounds to his foot and was treated on scene.  He refused transportation to a hospital, according to a Cocoa Beach Fire Rescue spokesperson.

Source: Fox 35 Orlando



2022-02-06

Woman Bitten in Western Australia

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

The unidentified woman was floating on an inflatable pool device at Kelp Beds beach in Esperance when she was bitten by the shark. 

She was taken to Esperance, then airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital and is listed in serious but stable condition.

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

Source: 7 News 

 



2022-01-29

Young Girl Bitten by Shark in Brazil

An 8 year old girl was bitten by a shark in the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, in northern Brazil. The shark bit her right leg and she had to undergo surgery.

The incident occurred in Praia do Sueste and the girl was rushed in the back of a car to Hospital São Lucas, from where she was taken to Recife by plane.  Then the little girl was admitted to the hospital in serious condition, but now has stabilized thanks to a blood transfusion and other procedures.

Sailor Alex Vitor, who witnessed the incident, told the newspaper that the girl lost her leg.

"She was bathing at the edge of the beach. We had our backs turned when, out of nowhere, the screaming began, we could already see the blood in the area. She was with her father, who started screaming,” he stated.

The beach will remain closed until further notice.

Source: www.oicanadian.com

 

 



2022-01-26

Two Boys Bitten by Shark in WA

Two children have been bitten by a shark on Australia’s south coast.

Melanie Trenow was snorkeling with her son, Jack and friend Liam, at Whaler’s Beach when the boys were bitten by a wobbegong shark. 

"It was pretty shallow with seagrass and seaweed, so I was more mindful of cobbler and blue ring octopus than I was about a shark," she said."They wanted to scamble on the rocks … and as they were climbing my son started screaming that something was biting him. I pulled him over where it was clear and then his friend started screaming that he was bitten as well."

With the aid from some friend kayaking nearby, the boys were taken back to shore for first-aid treatment.

Source: ABC News 

 



2022-01-11

Paddle Ski Damaged by Bull Shark in South Africa

A man’s paddle ski was bitten by a bull shark while fishing.

David Gregory along with some friends launched from Westbrook Beach in oThongathi for a kayak fishing expedition. After hooking a small hammerhead shark near Causurina Beach, he felt a bump from the bottom of his paddle ski. They began to paddle back to shore, but after taking in too much water from the damaged ski, they left the vessel and swam the rest of the way to shore. 

No injuries were reported from the incident expect to the paddle ski.

Source: IOL News

 



2022-01-09

13-Year-Old-Girl Bitten by Shark in New Zealand

A teenager was bitten by a shark in New Zealand. 

A group of five teens were jumping off Holmes Wharf and paddling into Oamar Harbor when a 13-year-old girl was bitten by a shark. 

The unidentified girl was taken to Oamaru Hospital for treatment for several puncture wounds. 

It is believed to be a sevengill shark that was responsible for the incident as there has been several reports of sightings on social media over the past month. 

Source: New Zealand Herald 

 



2022-01-05

42-Year-Old Woman Bitten by Shark in NSW

A 42-year-old woman suffered injuries after a shark incident in New South Wales.

The unidentified woman was at Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay in NSW’s South Coast when she sustained lacerations to her lower thigh that is consistent with a shark bite. 

She was treated at Shoalhaven Hospital and discharged. 

Source: The Examiner 



2022-01-03

Man Knocked off Surfboard in Western Australia

A man in his 40s was knocked off his hydro-foil surfboard in Western Australia.

The unidentified man experienced the shark incident around 1:30 while surfing approximately 20 yards off shore of North Lancelin Beach. 

The man sustained no injuries or damage to his board and the species of the shark is unknown. 

Source: Perth Now 

 



2022-01-02

9-Year-Old Injured by Shark in New Zealand

A 9-year-old girl was bitten by a shark while on Christmas day. 

Cordelia Scott was out for a family swim at the Porarari River in Punakaiki, New Zealand. Mother, Allahna Scott was onshore watching, “She was swimming at the turn of the tide and she said, 'something’s got me’,” mom said.

At first her mother thought she was joking but then pulled her daughter out of the water to discover a 3ft-long brown thing connected to her toe. She gave it a fairly good kicking, using her feet and hands to get it off. She couldn’t identify the shark stating, “It was not like an eel, and had splotches,” thinking it may have been a rig shark.

The daughter was treated on seen before being taking to Te Nikau Hospital in Greymouth. 

Cordelia is smitten with her minor injuries telling her sisters, “You’re not as tough as me; I survived a shark attack.” 

Source: New Zealand Herald

 



2021-12-24

Boogie Boarder killed in Great White Shark Incident

Authorities say a man on a boogie board has died after an apparent great white shark incident in Morro Bay on California's Central Coast.

Harbor and Morro Bay police and fire crews responded to the beach around 10:30 am after the man's body was pulled from the water north of Atascadero Road.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name and age have not been released.

Authorities say the bite marks are consistent with a great white shark. No one witnessed the encounter, but the man's body was discovered on the beach sometime afterward.

Officials say the beaches and state parks areas remain open, but locals and visitors are to stay out of the water for the next 24 hours.

Source: www.abc7.com



2021-12-13

Man Bitten by Shark in Queensland

A 24-year-old Phillip Brown has been flown to hospital after being bitten by a shark in Queensland, Australia.

 Brown, was spearfishing for barramundi near a rocky islet about 300 meters off the beach at Yarrabah on Saturday when he was bitten by a Bull Shark. 

He was then airlifted to Cairns Base Hospital where he under went surgery and is now in stable condition. 

Source: Daily Mail

 



2021-12-07

Two Teens Bitten by Shark in Australia

Two teens have been hospitalized after being bitten by a shark in Australia.

 A girl, 15, and boy, 16 were bitten while swimming at Ocean Grove Beach near Geelong near dusk. The unidentified girl was swimming in shallow water when she was bitten on the lower leg by what is reported to be a reef shark. The boy came to her rescue and was bitten while trying to fight off the shark.

Former trauma nurse Dianne Hobbs was swimming with her family nearby when the attack happened.

"At first we thought they were just mucking around and having some fun, and then they appeared in distress," she told ABC Radio Melbourne.

Among other onlookers, two bronze-medallion surf lifesavers came to the couples rescue and provided first aid to the pair before being taken to Geelong Hospital for treatment and are reported to be in stable condition. 

The beach has been closed and an Investigation into the incident will continue over the next few days.

Source: ABC News

 



2021-12-06

Man Recovering following Shark Bite off Kona

A 38-year-old Kona man is recovering after an apparent shark bite Saturday in waters off Banyans Surf Spot in Kailua-Kona.

Responding to the 6:03 p.m. alarm, Hawaii Fire Department rescue personnel arrived at the popular surf spot off Alii Drive to find a man who had suffered a shark bite to his arm.

"Upon arrival, the victim was out of the water with a tourniquet already applied. He was conscious and ambulatory at the scene. Medic personnel treated him and transported to Kona ER," fire officials stated.

The man was taken to Kona Community Hospital where he underwent surgery and is now recuperating.  The man, who declined further interviews, told media outlets that he believed the shark was a great white. 

Source: www.westhawaiitoday.com



2021-11-20

79-Year-Old Woman Bitten by Shark

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

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

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

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

Source: Play Crazy Game



2021-11-10

French Tourist Bitten by Shark in Brazil

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

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

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

Source: Paris Beacon

 



2021-11-09

Woman been Bitten by Shark in Hawaii

A woman has been bitten by a shark in Hawaii. 

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

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

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

Source: KITV

 



2021-11-08

Man Missing from Suspected Shark Bite: Update

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

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

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

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

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

Source: The Guardian

 



2021-11-07

Surfer Suffers Injuries to His Hand in New Zealand

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

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

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

Juneau then felt something tug at his leg rope. 

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

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

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

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

Source: NZ Herald

 



2021-10-24

Surfer Sustains Critical Injuries off California Beach

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

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

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

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

Source: California News Times



2021-10-17

Man Bitten by Shark in Queensland

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

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

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

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

Source: The Sun

 



2021-10-08

Man Bitten at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, Florida

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: TCPalm

 



2021-10-05

Shark Bite at Jensen Beach

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

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

The unidentified victim was taken to a local hospital. 

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

The park was closed for the day. 

Source: TCPalm



2021-10-04

Surfer Severely Injured off California Coast

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: The Press Democrat

 



2021-09-17

Young Girl from Colorado Bitten in Texas

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

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

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

Source: KRGV  

 



2021-09-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal



2021-09-10

Shark Bites Man in Egypt’s North Coast

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: www.see.news

 



2021-09-06

Man Dies after Encounter with Shark in New South Whales

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

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

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

Source: DW

 



2021-09-04

Fisherman Critically Injured in the Gulf of Mexico

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

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

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

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

Click Here to watch the rescue video. 

Source: www.m.magnoliastatelive.com/

 



2021-09-02

Man Bitten while on Vacation in United Arab Emirates

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

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

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

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

Source: Mean While In Ireland 



2021-08-29

Boy Bitten by Small Shark in Rare Incident in Galveston

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

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

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

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

Source: The Daily News

 



2021-08-27

Woman Bitten by Shark in Spain

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

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

However, local reports identified the specimen as a bluefish.

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

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

Source: The Daily Star



2021-08-26

Surfer Experiences a Shark Bite

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

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

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

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

Source: First Coast News

 



2021-08-26

Woman Bitten by Shark in Spain

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

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

However, local reports identified the specimen as a bluefish.

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

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



2021-08-14

Shark Bite in Nova Scotia

A 21-year-old Cape Breton woman has been bitten by what is believed to be a shark in the waters off Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. 

Sgt Andrew Joyce said the incident happened at about 5 p.m. approximately half a mile west of Margaree Island.  Apparently the victim were on the water and were swimming from the boat when the woman was bitten.  

The woman was taken to shore by boat where she was met by first responders and then airlifted to a local hospital. 

Source: CBC News



2021-08-09

Jet Ski Enthusiast Unharmed in Provoked Shark Incident

A jetski rider escaped injury in a shark incident off the coast of Queensland, AU.

Rick Manning first spotted baitfish about 20 yards off the coast of North Stradbroke Island on Saturday, before he and a friend sent up a drone which captured five sharks in the water. Manning then went to have a closer look at the sharks when after the jetski circled the sharks a few times, one of the sharks turned and lunged at the jetski enthusiast. 

“He just turned and I thought oh here we go,” Manning told 7NEWS. “Those videos where you see a shark feeding and the teeth come out of the gums - that was the exact thing I saw.”

Drone vision shows the bull shark launch itself towards the jetksi, piercing the outer layer of fiberglass on the vessel.

While Manning was left frightened by the incident, it won’t stop him from getting back into the water.

Source: 7News

 



2021-08-08

Ninth Shark Bite Incident Reported in Volusia County

A 35-year-old man was bitten by a shark in New Smyrna Beach, Fl.

A little after 10 a.m. the unidentified man had just gotten off his surfboard and was standing in knee-deep water when a shark bit him on the right foot. 

The man suffered minor cuts and reported the shark was 2 to 3 feet in length. 

This marks the ninth incident reported in Volusia County this year. The county’s five-year average is nine. Most incidents are minor and rarely life-threatening. 

Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal

 



2021-08-07

Teen Bitten By Shark In Keys

A teen had to be airlifted to a Miami hospital from Key Largo after reportedly being bitten by a shark.

Monroe Sheriff’s Office Deputies say the call came in at 7:31 a.m. as the teen was brought ashore at the Ocean Reef Club.

It wasn’t clear to which hospital the teen was taken to.

As of right now there is no additional information available.

Source: www.miamiherald.com



2021-08-05

12-Year-Old Girl Bitten by Shark

A 12-year-old Pennsylvania girl suffered injuries after a shark bite in Maryland that left her with 42 stitches.

Jordan Prushinski and her family told the news that they were on vacation at the beach in Ocean City when Jordan went into knee-deep water. She was swimming with her family when she limped out of the water bleeding from the leg.

“I didn’t really realize what was going on until I was on the beach and I was bleeding everywhere,” Jordan stated.

Her mother, Melissa Prushinski, said other beachgoers, including an EMT and a nurse, helped give Jordan first aid.

With the help of a lifeguard, they cleaned and bandaged the wound, and Jordan’s family drove her to Atlantic General Hospital.

“We still don’t know what kind of shark it was. The ER doctor confirmed it was a shark bite because no other animal makes this type of bite,” Jordan’s mother stated.

Source: www.pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/



2021-08-04

Lifeguard Suffers Deep Lacerations to Chest in Hilton Head, SC

A lifeguard has been bitten by a shark on Hilton Head Island, SC.

The unidentified lifeguard was checking water conditions in the Palmetto Dunes area when the incident happened suffering deep lacerations to the chest.

He was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Savannah, Georgia and is expected to survive.

Source: Herald Sun 

 



2021-07-31

West Virginia Man Bitten by Shark in Volusia County, Florida

A 47-year-old man was bitten twice by a shark in Volusia County, Fl.

The unidentified West Virginia man was fishing next to the Ponce Inlet jetty when he hooked a shark on the line. When the man tried to unhook the shark it bit him on both hands. 

The shark was eventually freed and sent back to the ocean and the man declined treatment for his wounds.

This marks the ninth shark incident in Volusia which exceeds lasts years total.

Source: Orlando Sentinel



2021-07-30

15-Year-Old Boy Bitten by Shark in NC

An unidentified teen was bitten by a shark at Wrightsville Beach, NC.

15-year-old boy needed more than a dozen stitches after officials believe he was bitten by a shark while in the water. Wrightsville Beach Fire Department Chief Glen Rogers said it happened Tuesday afternoon.

The teen’s family said he was in thigh-deep water when he got knocked over by a wave. Then when he got up, he felt pain and realized he was bitten on his right calf.

Ocean Rescue along with local police responded and took the teen to a local hospital where he received stitches for his wound. 

Source: WSOC-TV 

 



2021-07-29

Man Bitten while on Fishing Charter in WA

A man in his 30s was bitten by a shark while on a fishing charter off the coast of Western Australia. 

The unidentified man was reportedly bitten about 8:30 near Varnanus Island, suffering significant but not life-threatening injuries to his lower body. 

The fishing charter group administered first aid aboard their vessel and then travelled through the night to reach Exmouth Wharf where he was met by ambulance. 

The man was taken to Exmouth Hospital and then flown to Royal Perth Hospital where he is reported in stable condition. 

It is unknown as to the shark species but the incident is being investigated. 

Source: ABC Net

 



2021-07-28

Lifeguard at Jones Beach Bitten by Shark

The encounter happened at 11 am. The lifeguard was treated on the beach and referred to the local hospital. 

According to the incident report the lifeguard was bitten on the calf causing a one-inch wound. 

The New York State Police were called and they deployed a drone to survey the beach and waters offshore. They were unable to spot the shark. Of course, by the time the troopers got there the shark could have been miles away. The water at those beaches is usually pretty murky so spotting the shark would have been tough.

Beach has been reopened for swimming. 

Source: www.newyork.cbslocal.com

 

 



2021-07-27

Surfer Bitten by Shark on Tybee Island

Chatham Emergency Services responded to a shark bite on Tybee Island on Tuesday afternoon.

Chatham EMS stated that their Rescue 6 crew was on scene with EMS unit 38 within seven minutes from when the 911 call came in.

The victim was taken to the hospital. Tybee Island City Manager Shawn Gillen reported that the swimmer is expected to survive.

He says the bite is more of a flesh wound and non-life threatening. He’s told the shark was small and bit the swimmer on the leg near the jetties close to 18th Street or 19th Street.

Source: www.wtoc.com



2021-07-26

Man Suffers Severe Injuries in Shark Incident

 A 32-year-old man suffered a shark bite while swimming off the coast of Piedada in Recife. 

The victim had injuries on the back of the left thigh and buttocks. He was treated shortly after the incident and is expected to survive. 

We will update when more information becomes available.

Souce:  www.riotimesonline.com

 

 



2021-07-22

Woman Suffers Minor Injuries in Brevard County, Fl.

A woman was taken to the hospital for a reported shark bite in Florida.

Brevard County Fire Rescue received a call reporting a shark bite near Patrick Space Force Base around 12:30pm yesterday. The woman was transported to a local hospital with a small laceration to her ankle.

No information was provided identifying details of the woman, not location of the beach and hospital she was taken to.

Tyler Bowling, manager for the Florida Program for Shark research at the Florida Museum, speculates it was most likely a coastal shark such as a black tip responsible for the incident.

Source: Florida Today

 



2021-07-19

Great White Collides with Surfer in WA

A nearly 10-foot shark knocked a surfer off his board in Western Australia.

At approximately 12:30pm, the unidentified man was off shore of Chickens surf break, near Salmon Beach on Rottnest Island, when the great white collided with the surfer.  

The man managed to swim to safety uninjured. Beaches between Parker Point and Green Island were closed for 24 hours. 

Source: The West

 



2021-07-17

9-Year-Old Receives 25 Stitches after Encounter with Shark in Florida

A 9-year-old girl was bitten by a shark in Martin Coutny, Florida.

Amiya Lobb-Smith was in the ocean at Bathtub Beach with a few friends when she ran out of the water, “unable to speak with a bunch of holes and gashes” on her leg, said mother, Ana Lobb. 

Martin County Fired Rescue responded and took Lobb to Cleveland Clinic Martin North Hospital where she was transported to Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital in St. Lucie County. Lobb underwent a procedure to deep-clean the wounds and received 25-30 stitches. 

The species involved is currently undetermined; however, it is believed to be a 4-foot spinner shark that was responsible. 

Source: TCPalm

 



2021-07-16

Boy Bitten at New Smyrna Beach, Florida

An unidentified boy was bitten by while boogie boarding in Florida. 

The 11-year-old  boy, who is from Georgia, was boogie boarding at New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County when he was bitten on the leg at about 4:30. He was then taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The shark was not seen so its size and species are unknown. 

Source: Click Orlando

 

 



2021-07-14

Surfer Bitten by Shark in South Africa

A man has been bitten by a shark in Jeffereys Bay, South Africa.

The unidentified man was surfing when, "It appears that while surfing fellow surfers saw the man appear to fall off his board. It was then discovered, according to eye-witness reports, that he may have been bumped off his board and bitten by a shark and we believe he managed to get back onto his board and he was assisted out of the water by fellow surfers," stated National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) official. 

"An NSRI Bakoven crewman who happened to be there at the time initiated medical treatment using an NSRI shark kit from the NSRI shark kit box that is stationed at The Point Beach," the institute said. The man was treated on the scene for puncture wounds to his right leg and his torso. 

All beaches in the area were closed. 

Source: Eyewitness News

 



2021-07-13

Man Killed in Brazil after Deadly Shark Bite

A 51-year-old man was killed from shark incident in Brazil.

Marcelo Rocha Santos was pulled from the water unresponsive after going into the sea to relieve himself. A witness who had been next to Santos stated, “Suddenly, he saw the man struggling. There was a lot of blood in the water." 

Friends brought the victim to shore where he fell to the ground unconscious. His hand was dismembered and he had severe bite wounds on the back of his leg.

Santo’s lifeless body was taken to the hospital in Recife where he was pronounced dead. 

It is speculated that the shark was a bull or tiger shark involved. The scene of the incident is a known for incidents, as it is open and unprotected by reefs.  Also, due to the rains this time of year the sea is murky which makes conditions prime for shark incidents to happen. 

Source: Daily Star

 



2021-07-05

Shark Bites 8-year-old Boy off Ponce Inlet

An 8-year-old boy suffered an injury to his right leg when he was bitten by a shark Sunday off Ponce Inlet.

The boy, visiting from Miami, was bitten around 4 p.m. near Winterhaven Park by a 2 to 3-foot shark, officials stated.

The boy was treated at the scene by Volusia County Beach Safety and then taken to Halifax Hospital and is currently in stable condition.

Source: www.clickorlando.com



2021-07-04

Shark Incident at Crescent Head on NSW Mid North Coast

A Queensland man has been injured in a shark incident off the New South Wales Mid North Coast.

NSW Police stated that the man was believed to be in his 20s and from the Sunshine Coast.

Three paramedic crews and the Westpac rescue helicopter with a critical care paramedic and critical care doctor were dispatched to the scene.

NSW Ambulance Inspector Andrew Beverley praised bystanders who helped the man from the water and provided that crucial initial first aid.

"It was a significant bite," he stated.

"The man suffered serious injuries to his arm as a result and was stabilised on scene and then flown to John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The beach has been closed by Surf Life Saving NSW.

Source: www.abc.net.au



2021-07-01

Teen Bitten by Shark off California Coast

A teenage boy has been bitten by a shark off Catalina Island, California.

The 15-year-old unidentified teen was kayaking with his father when their boat was bumped by a shark. The boy put his hand in the water and was bit by the shark.

The boy was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. 

The beach area was closed while officials assessed the area.

Source: FOX 11



2021-06-28

7-Year-Old Girl Suffers Suspected Shark Bite in North Carolina

A 7-year-old girl is suspected to have been the victim of a shark bite in North Carolina.

The unidentified girl was in the water at Ocean Isle Beach when she was bitten. 

“The first responders told me that it was a pattern consistent with a small shark,” said Mayor Debbie Smith.

The girl was brought to a hospital and received stitches for what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. 

The beaches remained open as there have been no other shark sightings in the area. 

Source: The News & Observer



2021-06-27

Man Surfers Injury by Shark in Aqaba

A Jordanian man in his 30s was bitten by a shark in Aqaba.

The unidentified man was parachuting on the shores of Aqaba when he was apparently injured on his foot by a shark. The man was transferred to Prince Hashem Military Hospital for treatment. 

No other information is given at this time. It is presumed the man is in stable condition.

Source: Roya News

 



2021-06-26

Man Bitten by Juvenile Great White in California

A 39-year-old man was bitten by a great white in California. 

The man was swimming around 9:15 am off a popular beach at Gray Whale Cove State Beach south of Pacifica when the juvenile great white bit him on the leg. It quickly released its grip and swam off. 

“It was only one bite and there were about 10 lacerations to the back of the right thigh,” said Brian Ham, San Mateo Fire Department battalion chief. “And the surfer was able to swim back into shore with assistance from bystanders,” where he waited for first responders who took him to the hospital. 

The shark was reported as being 6-8 feet long. According to officials, it is rare to have this type of incident in the area and that the man was most likely mistaken for a seal.

Source: KPIX CBS of SF Bay Area 



2021-06-23

Man Suffers Lacerations below the Knee in WA

A man suffered an eight inch laceration below the knee after a shark incident in Western Australia.

St John Ambulance spokeswoman said authorities received the call just after 2.30pm on Wednesday that a man had been bitten at Gumtree Bay, near Leeman, about 26 miles north of Perth.

Paramedics transported the man to the Leeman Nursing Post.

The spokeswoman stated that his bleeding was controlled and he is now in a stable condition.

It is not yet known what species of shark this man encountered.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is warning people to take additional caution in the Gumtree Bay area.

Source: www.adelaidenow.com.au

 



2021-06-22

Bodyboarder Videos a Close Encounter with Shark in Australia

A bodyboarder escaped injury after an encounter with a shark in Australia. 

Roger Essig was about 200 yards off shore of Gunnamatta Beach in Fingal on an inflatable surf mat when he came face-to-face with the 6-foot shark. "My only reaction was to turn away from it and give it my fins," said Essig. 

Despite the close encounter and no injuries, Essig says it won't deter him from getting back in the water and he will return to the same spot on the weekend.

Click here to view the footage Essig managed to get of the encounter. 

Source: 9 News



2021-06-19

Dramatic Rescue at Florida Beach

A man has suffered injuries while swimming at Santa Rosa Beach on Florida’s west coast. 

The unidentified person was swimming near a fishing line off the coast near Seaside when the shark bite the swimmers upper body. The victim was rushed to the hospital in stable condition and is expected to recover.

South Walton Fire District personnel stated, “First contact with the victim points to this incident being a case of ‘mistaken identity’ as they were swimming near a fishing line when bitten.”  They also warned “the Gulf of Mexico is home to dangerous marine life year-round.” 

Source: New York Post

 



2021-06-18

Man Has Rare Encounter with Shark in UK

A 51-year-old man was bitten by a shark in the UK.

Des Butler was fishing with a friend a few miles of the coast from Littlehampton in West Sussex. Butler caught a houndshark. When he attempted to free the shark, it bit him in the calf. He and his friend, Alan Baldwin, managed to wrestle the 6 foot shark overboard before Baldwin treated his friend’s wound. 

The two returned back to shore and Butler went to the hospital where he received stitches for his wound. 

Butler admitted that the shark bite was the most painful experience of his life, “It was like being stabbed by lots of little daggers at the same time.”

This is considered a provoked incident. 

Source: The News



2021-06-15

Two Bitten in Volusia County, Florida

Two people were bitten by sharks in one day at New Smyrna Beach in Florida.

A 71-year-old man was in knee-deep water with a boogie board when he was bitten on the foot by a shark. There is no other information of the extent of his injuries but officials report that he is okay. 

The second victim, 12-year-old Jai Villamil, was up to his waist in the water jumping off a surfboard when he was bitten in the calf. He was taken to the hospital and underwent a six-hour surgery to repair nerver damage. 

This marks the third shark bite in Volusia County which is considered the shark bit capital of the world. 

Source: Fox 13 News

 



2021-06-14

Teen Bitten by Shark in Fernandina Beach, Florida

A 13-year-old girl was bitten by a shark over the weekend in Florida. 

The unidentified girl was wading in two feet of water at Seaside Park on Fletcher Avenue around 2:30 when she was bitten on her right foot and ankle. The girl was taken to Baptist Medical Center Nassau in stable condition for non-life-threating injuries.

Waters were closed for two hours but have since been reopened. Beach goers are encouraged to proceed with caution.

Source: First Coast News 

 



2021-06-11

Boy Bitten by Shark in Western Australia

A 10-year-old boy was bitten by a bronze whaler shark in Western Australia.

The unidentified boy was snorkeling about 75 yards offshore at Five Fingers Reef near Coral Bay when he was bitten.  

The boy was treated at a nearby nursing post before being flown to Perth Children’s Hospital by Royal Flying Doctors for further treatment.

Swimmers are being advised to take extra care in the general Coral Bay area. 

Source: 9News

 



2021-05-30

Man Bitten by shark while Swimming at Hilton Head

 26-year-old Wyatt Bowman was swimming at Hilton Head Island’s Burkes Beach Sunday when fish began to pop out of the water around him. He was about 220 yards offshore.

A couple seconds later a shark, which he estimated to be about five feet long, bit the bottom of his heel and “shredded” his lower ankle around his Achilles tendon.

“He took a big ole bite out of me,” Bowman stated.

 At first, Bowman said he didn’t feel much pain. He knew he had to get back to shore immediately. Once he made it back to the beach he looked down at his bleeding ankle and collapsed. Then the pain set in.

A Shore Beach Service lifeguard and an off-duty nurse helped take care of him. Emergency medical services arrived moments later.

Bowman was transported to Hilton Head Hospital, where he was directed to get orthopedic surgery to repair his ankle. The bite left a three inch gash in his Achilles tendon, but he’s lucky it didn’t sever.

“On my heel there are three perfect rows of teeth, and they are pretty deep,” said Bowman.

He will not be able to walk on the injury for three to four weeks. But the experience, although painful and scary, won’t stop him from getting back in the water.

“Oh yeah, I’ll swim again,” he said. “I’m not mad at the shark. He was hunting, and I just happened to get in the way. If anything, I have better appreciation and a little more understanding of sharks.”

“First off: any time you enter the ocean, you’re going into a completely different environment,” he added. “We’re no longer the top predator when you’re out there. They play by their own rules.”

Hilton Head's waters are known to be the home of about 17 different species of sharks. 

Source: www.charlotteobserver.com

 



2021-05-28

Man Suspected Dead after Encounter with Shark

A man is missing and presumed dead after a suspected shark incident. 

The alarm was raised after fishermen reported they has seen a shark go after a fisherman diving off a each on the Nouville peninsula.

“It was very fast. We saw eddies on the surface, it was a shark that was attacking,” one witness said. “We saw the fins flapping above the water and then nothing more.”

A sea and air search has been unsuccessful at this point.

“Our boat is still there but nothing has been found and no one has yet gone to the police or the gendarmerie to report a disappearance,” Alexandre Rossignol, said head of communications for civil defense.

Swimming and other water sports and activities have been banned along a coastal strip near the attack until Sunday.

Source: MACAU News Agency 

 



2021-05-22

Man Bitten by Tiger Shark in Australia

A man in his 40s was bitten by a tiger shark in Western Australia.

The unidentified man was diving off Quondong Beach around 11:00am when he was bitten by the 9-foot tiger shark. He suffered lacerations to his right arm and was taken back to Cable Beach before being transported to Broome Hospital, where is reported in stable condition. 

Authorities have advised anyone in the area around Quondong and Willie Creek to take additional care in the water, urging people to notify Water Police in the event of any further shark sightings.

Source: ABC News

 



2021-05-18

Surfer Dies after Suffering Critical Injuries

A man has been killed from a suspected shark bite in Australia. 

Emergency services were called to Tuncurry beach, approximately 180 miles north of Sydney, after a man in his 50s suffered critical injures while surfing.

"Despite the best efforts of paramedics and bystanders at the scene, the man could not be resuscitated," NSW Ambulance reported. 

Tuncurry beach, also called the Nine Mile beach, and neighboring Forster Main Beach have been closed.

Source: Reuters

 



2021-05-16

Man Bitten by Shark while Kite Boarding in Hawaii

A 35-year-old man was bitten while kite boarding in Hawaii.

The unidentified man was about 400 yards off shore of Kahului Canoe Hale in Maui when a shark bit him on the back of upper leg as he was getting back on his kite foil board. 

The incident happened around 4:45 Saturday and beaches from Hale Nanea on the Kahului side of Kahana Beach Park to Stable Road will be closed until noon Sunday out of caution due to the shark’s aggressive behavior. 

Officials reported the man sustained 2-3 inch lacerations but was able to make his way back to shore. He declined treatment.

Source: khon2

 



2021-05-07

Woman Bitten by a Shark in Dayton Beach

An Oregon woman was bitten by a shark while visiting Florida.

The 21-year-old woman was wading in shallow oceans waters at Daytona Beach Shores when she was bitten on her right foot. 

The woman left the beach in her own vehicle but officials do not know if she went to the hospital. 

Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal



2021-05-05

Surfer Suffers Non Life-Threating Wounds from Encounter in Hawaii

A surfer has suffered minor injuries after encountering a shark in Hawaii.

The unidentified surfer was in the water of North Beach at the Marine Corps Base when she encountered the shark. A lifeguard on duty says the surfer was able to get out of the water after sustaining deep cuts to the shin and calf. 

The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition. 

Source: KHON 2



2021-05-03

Fisherman Died after Bitten by Shark in Westmoreland, Jamaica

A 53-year-old fisherman has died in Jamaica after being bitten by a shark. 

Donovan Haywood was spear fishing off the shores of Little Bay in Little London with a group of other fishermen. While under water, Haywood was bitten by a large shark which tore off his left arm and inflicted several bite wounds to his upper body. 

The men work for 30 minutes to free Haywood from the shark’s mouth. When they did, the shark swam away with his arm. 

Haywood was taken to shore where he was pronounced dead. 

Source: The Gleaner



2021-04-30

Woman Bitten while Paddle Boarding at Daytona Beach

A 64-year-old woman has been bitten by a shark in Florida.

The unidentified woman, from New Smyrna Beach, was on her paddle board at Daytona Beach when she was bitten. According to Tamra Malphurs of the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue, the woman received cuts on her foot and was transported for medical treatment as a precaution. 

It is unknown at this time as to the species of shark involved as it was not actually seen. 

Source: Orlando Sentinel
  



2021-04-29

Man Injured while Boogie Boarding at Vero Beach, Florida

A 54-year-old man was bitten by a shark near Disney’s Vero Beach Resort in Florida. 

According to witnesses, the man was boogie boarding approximately 30-40 feet off shore when he saw the man in distress. When the man came ashore he has wounds to both his calf and knee. Medical staff at the resort reached the man within minutes, and applied a tourniquet to control blood loss.

"They did a good job. There was some blood, but not an excessive amount,” said Fire Rescue Battalion Chief, Roger Dion. 

The unidentified man was taken to Sebastian River Medical Center to treat his leg wounds and then airlifted to another hospital. 

The shark was not seen so it is unknown as to what type of shark was involved in the incident. 

Source: People

 



2021-04-26

Man Dies while Paddle Boarding in New Caledonia

A 53-year-old man has died of suspected shark bites in New Caledonia. 

The unidentified man was paddle boarding near the beach of Noumea. His lifeless body was found on his board by a boater just off the Nouville Peninsula. 

An autopsy has yet to be performed but investigators suspect the wounds were caused by a shark. 

Alerts were released to warn swimmers. 

Source: The Guardian

 



2021-04-25

Fisherman Looses Battle to Shark in Ireland

A fisherman was pulled off his kayak by a shark off the coast of Ireland.

Graham Smith was fishing for shark near Donegal when he hooked a porbeagle shark. After fighting it for 15-20 minutes the shark pulled him out to water that was very rough. 

“Some lads that I know were there so I gave them a shout and said can you give me a quick tow out of this rough stuff – then I can get the shark up and let him go. But the shark caused a swell before we were ready and it just flipped the kayak.”

You can watch the footage here of the incident and Graham getting back to safety. 

There were no injuries but the fisherman did loose valuable equipment in the tussle. 

Source: Ary News



2021-04-24

Woman Sustains Minor Wound from Tiger Shark

A 57-year-old woman was bitten by a tiger shark in Hawaii.

The unidentified woman was with an excursion group. The woman was swimming about 200 yards off shore of the Kukio Resort Club House when a tiger shark bit her from behind. She was taken to shore by canoe where she received first aid before being taken to the hospital where she was treated for a 2 inch puncture wound to her left knee.

Officials closed the beaches for the remainder of the day. 

Source: Inside Edition



2021-04-21

Woman Bitten by Shark In Hawaii

A 26-year-old woman was bitten by a shark in Hawaii.

The unidentified woman was about 30 feet from shore of Kealakeua Bay when Lalu Gardner, tour guide for Adventures in Paradise found her after hearing screaming. She was surrounded by blood and said the woman appeared to have been bitten by a shark on her back and upper thigh. 

The woman was able to swim to shore where bystanders helped her out of the water and waited with her until medics arrived. She was then taken to Kona Community Hospital in serious condition but has since been upgraded to stable condition. 

The Bay was closed immediately including Manini Beach. 

Source: Hawaii Tribune



2021-04-20

Diver Suffers Head Injury in South Africa

A 38-year-old man encountered a shark while diving in South Africa.

Jarid Norman was spear-fishing in Umdloti on the north coast of Durban when he shot a rock cod with his spearfishing rod, as he was reaching for his knife, a shark struck his head while going for the fish. 

 “It felt like something just punched me in the head. It was not an attack, it was going for the fish in my hand. It’s like a dog, if you are holding a pie and it goes for the pie and bites your hand it’s a case of mistaken identity.”

When Norman saw blood he assumed it was from the fish; however, his partner informed him it was actually coming from his head. He saw in his car mirror that is was actually a bone fragment. 

Norman posted a video on social media showing him dislodging the fragment from his bleeding head which can be seen here

Local authorities requested the tooth so that they can determine what species was involved in the incident. 
Source: SA Promo

 



2021-04-19

Man Bitten by Unknown Shark Species in WA

A man has been bitten by a shark at Dampier in WA.

It is reported the unidentified man was at the beach south of Dampier Boat Ramp in Karratha around 3:30 pm when received a deep laceration to his foot.

He was taken to Karratha Health Campus for treatement on his injuries that are not considered life- threatening.

Surf Life Saving WA confirmed a shark had been sighted five miles offshore at Boat Club Beach near Karratha and the public is being warned to take extra caution around the Dampier area and adhere to any beach closures. 

Source: 7 News 

 



2021-04-14

Body Boarder Gone Missing in South Africa

A 38-year-old man has gone missing after body boarding in South Africa.

The unidentified missing man was reportedly body boarding in the surf line at Chinsta and later in the day only his body board was found washed up on the beach with what appears to be bite marks from a shark. 

Rescue crews including South Africa Police, Police K-9 Sear and Rescue, and a Police Dive Unit are searching the area along with many private boats and a local business helicopter to recover the victim. 

The National Sea and Rescue Institute and the Buffalo City government have warned citizens to be cautious along the stretch of coastline from East London and North of Chinsta. 

Source: The South African

 



2021-04-06

Surfer Suffers Non Life-Threating Wounds in Encounter in Hawaii

A surfer has suffered minor injuries after encountering a shark in Hawaii.

The unidentified surfer was in the water of North Beach at the Marine Corps Base when she encountered the shark. A lifeguard on duty says the surfer was able to get out of the water after sustaining deep cuts to the shin and calf. 

The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition. 

Source: KHON 2



2021-04-06

Surfer Suffers Non Life-Threating Wounds in Encounter in Hawaii

A surfer has suffered minor injuries after encountering a shark in Hawaii.

The unidentified surfer was in the water of North Beach at the Marine Corps Base when she encountered the shark. A lifeguard on duty says the surfer was able to get out of the water after sustaining deep cuts to the shin and calf. 

The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition. 

Source: KHON 2



2021-04-03

Swimmer Bitten by Shark in Florida Keys

A swimmer was bitten by a shark near Key Biscayne.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded to vessel floating off No Name Harbor. Witness Alden Duffield, saw the 36-year-old man rushed to shore. 

Key Biscayne Fire Rescue transported the man to Mercy Hospital where he was being treated for a 1-inch puncture to his lower leg. He is listed in stable condition. 

Source: WSVN 

 



2021-04-01

Man Suffers Injuries from an Apparent Shark Bite

A man, reported to be in his forties, has been bitten by a shark at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. 

Emergency crews were called to waters off the beachside resort around 1 p.m. near Wabasso Beach Park. Eye witness, David Cabrera, said that he spoke to the unidentified man when he say him hobble out of the water apparently injured. He said it took a short time before his wounds began to bleed and the man soon became faint. 

The man sustained a bite wound 3-4 inches in length on his left foot and a smaller cut on his right.

It is unknown as to the type of shark involved in the incident. 

Source: TCPalm 

 



2021-03-27

Spearfisherman Bitten by Shark at Coral Bay, Australia

A reported to be in his 20s has been bitten by a shark in Australia.

The unidentified man was spearfishing approximately ½ mile off shore south of Warroora Station near Coral Bay when he sustained a bite to his calf. He was brought to shore by boat where he received medical treatment before being taken to Coral Bay Nursing post for further treatment. St. John Ambulance spokesperson stated the injuries are non-life threatening. 

Although the incident is being investigated, it is believed to have been a whaler or bull shark behind the incident. 

Source: The West Australian

 



2021-03-22

9-Year-Old Boy Injured by Shark in Miami

A 9-year-old boy was bitten by a shark in Miami Beach. 

Kristine and Ren Weiskopf of Minnesota were visiting Miami when the incident occurred. Kristine said she and her son, Jay, were in the water only for a few minutes. 

“I was holding his hand the whole time and he was kind of body surfing a little bit and he had fallen on his stomach,” Kristine said.

When she pulled him up she noticed a chunk of skin missing from his shoulder. This was just after the boy said, “Ow” and Kristine saw a four foot gray shark swimming away. 

The boy and his mom were met by Miami Beach Fire Rescue and Jay was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where the boy was rushed into surgery to close the large wound left by the shark. 

Doctors are worried about the possibility of infection and the long term effects that the injuries could have on the boy’s mobility, but they also told his parents that because he is young, the prognosis is good.

Souce: Local 10 News

 



2021-03-20

Shark Knocks Man off Board in WA

A 75-year-old man was knocked from his board while paddleboarding in Yallingup.

Gary May, a surfing veteran stated, “ I was halfway out in the deep water...kneeling up paddling, my board was struck suddenly with enough force to fling me forward and onto a head that had the whole rail in its mouth.” 

He was 400 meters away from land, Mr May flung himself back on his board, losing his paddle in the process.

“I recovered my paddle five meters away. Back in the carpark someone called Sharkline and soon the Westpac helicopter was circling with sirens blaring to clear the water.”

Mr May returned safely to shore with no injuries — only bite marks from the shark on his board.

Fisheries officers are collecting DNA from the board and will conduct land patrols in search of the shark tomorrow.

Surfers and swimmers have been asked to take extra caution in the Yallingup Mainbreak Surfing Spot area.

Source: www.perthnow.com.au



2021-03-19

Shark Incident near Juno Beach Pier

Bryce Albert was wading in chest high water near the Juno Beach Pier when he felt a sensation he described as similar to being kicked "with a metal cleat."

But after raising his left arm out of the water, he realized that it something more serious. He had been bitten by a shark.

"It was very windy," Albert recalled. "winds were like 20 mph, so the waves were really choppy. It was really hard to see stuff because it was just so much white water."

Albert said he at first thought that one of his friends accidentally kicked him, but then realized that none were standing close to him.

 "Then I pulled my arm out of the water, and I could see my muscles and my tendons bubbling over. Then I realized what actually was happening. Luckily, there was a lifeguard standing there."

The lifeguard wrapped and bandaged Albert's arm, and a friend drove him to St. Mary's. The medical staff examining the bite wound said it likely was caused by a blacktip shark about 6 ft in length. 

"The odds of this happening, it was like 1 in 3.75 million," Albert stated. "I grew up in the water, I love it. I don't want to be scared of it, so I think I'm going to at least try my best not to be."

Albert is recovering at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach after undergoing surgery.

Souce: www.palmbeachpost.com



2021-03-13

Woman Suffers Multiple Shark Bites in NSW

A 63-year-old woman suffered several shark bites while swimming in the ocean in NSW.

Michele Bootes was swimming at Main Beach in Merimbula when she was bitten on the shoulder and near her hip. Bootes was able to swim to shore. Ambulance services were called and paramedics treated her at the scene before taking her to South East Regional Hospital where she underwent surgery. 

Bootes stated on Merimbula ocean swimming page, “Hi I’m fine. Had surgery to clean out wounds and antibiotics given.”

Beaches from Wallagoot Lake to Pambula are closed for 24 hours.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

 



2021-03-08

Surfer Escapes Injury in Shark Encounter

A surfer escaped injuries when he encountered a shark in Cronulla, New South Wales.

The unidentified surfer was bumped by the shark and the board was pulled out from under him, but he didn’t see anything. Upon inspection of the damaged board, the Department of Primary Industries confirmed the damage was done by a shark. 

Spokesperson for the Department of Primary Industries reported, "The nature of the incident, where minor damage to the board was sustained, does not allow for such a determination, or determination of species, to be made."

Area beaches were closed for 24 hours. 

Source: The Leader

 



2021-02-28

Man Dies while Swimming in New Caledonia

A 57-year-old man was fatally wounded by a shark in New Caledonia.

The unidentified man was swimming near his moored boat off Maitre islet when a 12 foot shark bit the man in the leg. The man died before the rescue helicopter arrived; it is believed he died from a heart attack after the initial incident. 

Firefighters evacuated a nearby beach and authorities have also banned swimming and other water-based activities along the islet’s coastline for the remainder of the weekend. 

Source: Barron’s  

 



2021-02-05

Surfer Escapes Injury after close Encounter with Shark

A surfer escapes injuries with a shark in Sydney, Australia. 

The unidentified surfer was captured on video via a drone operated by toby Nicol. While surfing at Bondi Beach, it appears the surfer slid off his board and into the water and stepped on the shark as it passed by him.

The shark is believed to have been a grey nurse shark around 6-7 feet long.  This species of shark is not known to be aggresive unless stepped or provaked in some way. 

Click Here to watch the video

Source: USA Today 



2021-02-04

Teen's Surf Ski Bitten by Shark in South Australia

A 17-year-old’s surf ski was bitten by a shark during a lifesaving training in South Australia. 

Jed French was among five boys conducting a surf lifesaving training off Glenelg beach when a shark sank its teeth into the rear of the surf ski. 

He felt a thud on the rear of his surf ski," said Surf Life Saving SA emergency operations manager Daniel Willetts. "On turning around, he's seen the head of an unknown species of shark biting the rear of the surf ski.”

French and the others quickly paddled about a mile back to shore without injury. 

Source: ABC News



2021-02-02

Shark Sinks Kayak in Maui

A ten foot tiger shark sank a kayak in Hawaii.

A father and son were kayaking around 2:00 p.m. in the 1000 Peaks area off Maui when a shark bit their boat and knocked both individuals in the water as the kayak sunk. They were able to swim to shore and unharmed. 

Beaches from Pali Lookout to Lone Pines were closed through February 3rd and signs have been posted. 

Source: Khon2

 



2021-01-31

Woman Bitten by Shark at Cowaramup Bay

A surfer has reportedly been bitten by a shark in the ocean southwest of Western Australia.

A spokesman for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said the woman, 46, emerged from the water with a bleeding foot at Cowaramup Bay Beach, Gracetown.

The incident occurred at about 10.30am, WA time. Nearby residents told the news an ambulance was seen at the scene.

Surf Life Saving WA teams conducted aerial patrols of the area, which is north of Margaret River and a popular destination for surfers.

Surf Life Saving WA tweeted that a shark had been spotted approximately 50 yards off shore.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has closed the beach since the incident.

The beach will be closed for 24 hours from Huzza's Car Park to Cowaramup Boat Ramp.

"Please adhere to all warnings and signage," asked Surf Life Saving WA.

Source: www.theguardian.com



2021-01-30

Auckland Man Escapes Serious Injury after Shark Bite

An Auckland man suffered minor injuries after a shark bite in Papamoa, New Zealand.

The 61-year-old unidentified man was body surfing at Papamoa beach around 8:00pm. After being in the water for a few minutes, he dove under a wave and felt something “snap” onto his arm.

“It gave me a fright, thankfully didn’t latch on, and by the time I came to the surface it was gone,” he said.

When he surfaced and rubbed the water out of his eyes the shark was gone. He made it back to shore and alerted beachgoers to leave the water. 

The man saw a doctor the following day and was cleared of any infections and did not require stitches for the puncture wounds he sustained.

Source: m



2021-01-28

Great White Entertains Fishing Crew in Tampa Bay

A 14-16 foot great white shark bit a boat just south of Tampa Bay.

Erika Almond, captain of Offshore Therapy, and several friends were fishing about 65 miles south-southwest of Tampa Bay wan a large great white approached the boat and tried to bite it. Almond while sharing photos on Facebook stated, “Seriously one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had offshore! We had a 14-16 foot Great White shark circle our boat, bite the motors and the boat, and roll on its back for about two to three hours! 65 miles offshore in the gulf. No words...” 

The shark stayed with the group for two-three hours as it circled her boat, even rolling onto its back.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Click Here to watch the video. 

Source: Click Orlando

 



2021-01-25

Rare Shark Incident in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales

A 58-year-old marine scientist was bitten by a shark in New South Wales. 

Rick Burbury was swimming in Lake Macquarie with his wife when a shark bit him in his left arm. His wife, a doctor, helped bring her husband to shore where an off duty life guard helped with emergency assistance by getting a belt which was then used as a tourniquet. NSW Ambulance Inspector Grahame Rathbone considered the action “potentially lifesaving”.

Burbury was flown to John Hunter Hospital in serious but stable condition with severe lacerations to his arm. 

This is the first shark incident in over a decade with only great white sightings in 2014 and again in 2019.

Source: 9News 
  

 



2021-01-24

Nurse Shark Latches onto Photographer

A young photographer was bitten by a nurse shark while snorkeling in the Florida Keys. 

The unidentified man was filming a small nurse shark when it bit down onto his nipple and did not let go. The victim wore a t-shirt that offered some protection from the latched shark. He left the shallow water with the holding shark and sought help from a nearby store. A few people assisted with a pair of pliers to get the shark to let go. 

The shark was returned to the water and the victim was left with a few puncture wounds and a good story to tell.  

Source: The Sun

 



2021-01-23

Man Bitten by Shark in Hawaii

A 73-year-old man has been bitten by a shark in Maui, Hawaii.

The unidentified man from California was snorkeling approximately 40 yards off shore of Ka’anapali Beach when he was bitten on his calf. He was able to make his way to shore on his own and was administered first aid for lacerations to his calf. He is reported in good condition. 

The shark is said to have been 8 feet in length but type has not been identified.

Source: CNN

 



2021-01-21

Victorian Man Killed by Shark in South Australia

A 32-year-old man is believed to have been killed by a shark in South Australia.  

Duncan Craw was snorkeling off the Port MacDonnell during a family camping trip when he went missing. Police were contacted after the man’s disappearance and launched a search assisted by numerous authorities and local volunteers. 

A damaged wetsuit and flippers which are thought to have belonged to Craw were later discovered off the waters of Surfers Way near Port MacDonnell. "Tragically, police suspect the Victorian man has been the victim of a shark attack," SA Police said in a statement.

Craw leaves behind a wife and young son. The family released a statement thanking the emergency crews and volunteers who search for the missing snorkeler adding, “We will never forget Duncan and will make sure his memory lives on. 

Source: Sydney Morning Herald 

 



2021-01-14

Man Critically Injured while Swimming in Perth

A man has been bitten by what is believe to be a bull shark in Perth. 

Cameron Wrathall was swimming in Swan River when the incident occurred. A nearby resident reported he heard screams coming from Blackwall Reach. Kayakers paddled out to help bring Wrathall to shore with the help of a stand-up paddle boarder. 

Bicton resident David Davenport was out on his deck overlooking the Swan River when he saw two swimmers splashing around near a boat.

"I thought, 'Someone’s jumped off the back', and then after a while the splashing stopped and they started swimming to shore and I could see the trail of blood coming out of the one guy," he said.

Wrathhall was rushed to the hospital in critical condition where he underwent surgery.

He is still listed in critical yet stable condition. 

Source: WA Today

 



2021-01-12

Young Boy Severely Injured by Shark in Australia

A seven-year-old child was bitten by a shark in Victoria, Australia. 

Paramedics and Westpac Rescue helicopters were called to Thirteenth Beach on the Bellarine Peninsula around 6:00pm. The unidentified boy was swimming when an apparent shark bit his leg. 

The boy was taken to Geelong University Hospital and is listed in stable condition. 

Source: Daily Mail 

 



2021-01-10

Individual Hospitalized after Shark Bite

An unidentified person has been bitten by a shark in St. Kitts and Nevis islands. 

Little detail has been reported but it is known that the incident took place in the Narrows, between the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis around 9:00am.

The nature of the injuries have not been reported but the person is in the hospital.  

Source: EMO News



2021-01-07

Woman Dies in New Zealand from Apparent Shark Bite

A  19-year-old woman has died from an apparent shark attack in New Zealand. 

The Kaelah Marlow was swimming with friends when sea currents dragged her into deep waters at Waihi Beach, located about two hours south east of Auckland.

Two ambulances, a rapid response team, and a rescue helicopter were sent to the scene. An eye witness reproted that she was alive when she was brought to shore and was given CPR but the woman succumbed to severe wounds to her leg. 

Source: KFGO News

 

 



2021-01-06

A Woman Suffers Injuries In NSW

A 42-year-old woman suffered injuries after a shark incident in New South Wales.

The unidentified woman was at Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay in NSW’s South Coast when she sustained lacerations to her lower thigh that is consistent with a shark bite. 

She was treated at Shoalhaven Hospital and discharged. 

Source: The Examiner 

 



2021-01-02

Woman Seriously Injured while Swimming in Hawaii

A 68-year-old woman was bitten by a shark at Anaehoomalu Bay, Hawaii.

The Hawaii Fire Department reported the woman was swimming approximately 500 yards off shore when a shark bit her. She was assisted back to shore via a tender boat from the Spirit of Aloha tour vessel where she was met by medics. 

The patient was then taken to Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital with serious injuries to her lower right leg.

It is unknown as to the species of shark and the beach was closed until HFD helicopters saw that the waters were clear. 

Source: West Hawaii Today

 



2021-01-01

Swimmer Bitten on Fin in California

A 48-year-old swimmer was bitten on his fin in Coronado, California.

Phil Garn was on his daily swim just past G Street, when a shark snuck up from behind and bit into his fin. He turned around after feeling a tug on his on his fin and saw the shark down. He quickly swam back to shore. 

Garn, an avid swimmer, bitten many times by sting rays and jelly fish says this was a first, “I’ve swum lots and lots of miles, spent lots and lots of time here,” Garn says. “Nobody’s gotten hurt. It’s very unusual.”

Lifeguards closed the beach for 48 hours and will reopen on New Year’s Day.

No injuries were reported.

Source: NBC News San Diego



2020-12-16

Swimmer Bitten by Shark in Siesta Key, Florida

An unidentified individual has been bitten by a shark in Siesta Key, Florida.

Sarasota County Fire Department was called to Point of Rocks Circle around 8:30 Tuesday morning for a medical emergency. The victim was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment. 

The hospital has confirmed the injury was a shark bite but has not released any information on the condition of the victim.  

Source: Patch

 



2020-12-13

Man Bitten in Hawaii by Suspected Shark

Update 12/13: The victim in the incident has been identified as Robin Warren of Napili. It is understood that he was surfing the day of the incident. Warren never truly recovered after surgery and later died. 

A male surfer has suffered an apparent shark bite in Hawaii.

The unidentified man said to be in his fifties was paddling about 20 yards off shore at Honolua Bay on Maui when the incident occurred. Ocean safety crews hired for the nearby WSL Women’s professional surfing completion tended to the injured surfer. He was brought to shore and was given CPR. 

The man was then taken to Maui Medical Center for surgery on injuries to his left side lower extremities and is now listed in stable condition.

The Maui Police Department has closed the beaches and the organizers of the event have suspended the competition until conditions can be reassessed. 

Source: Maui Now

 



2020-12-12

Tourist Dies in French Caribbean

A 38-year-old female tourist was killed by a shark in the Caribbean. 

The unidentified French woman who was on sabbatical in St. Martin was about 500 feet from the shore of Orient Bay when a shark severed off her leg. 

The government closed all beaches to swimming and water sports for 48 hours.

Source: CBS News



2020-12-10

Beach Closes in Western Australia after Encounter with Shark

A surfer had a close call with a shark in Broome, Western Australia.

Sam Heseltine was paddling on his surfboard about 50 yards off of Cable Beach when he felt a bump beneath his board. 

"I started paddling for a wave, and felt a large bump underneath me, enough to raise me up but not knock me off the board. The wave passed and I thought I’d bumped into my mate,” recalled Heseltine.

The surfers decided to return to the beach and upon inspection of the board, they saw six or seven teeth marks in the fiberglass. 

"When we got in, a body boarder said he saw what he thought was a fin on two separate occasions within the hour prior," he said.

Heseltine was not injured and considers himself an extremely lucky guy.

Source: ABC News

 



2020-12-07

Man Suffers Injuries after Shark Bite in Oregon

A surfer suffered injuries from a shark encounter in Oregon. 

The unidentified man was reported to have been pulled out of the water at a place known as “The Cove” near Seaside, Oregon. An off duty lifeguard applied a field tourniquet to the injured leg, which helped slow the bleeding while waiting for emergency crew to arrive. 

Seaside Fire and a Medix crew arrived on scene and transported the victim to a local trauma hospital. 

The surfer is expected to survive. 

Source: Koin 

 



2020-12-06

Surfer Bitten by Great White in Southern Australia

A surfer has been bitten by a shark in South Australia.

The unidentified man was surfing in the waters of Kangaroo Island when he was bitten. Emergency services were called to D’Estrees Bay around 2:00 pm after reports of the surfer being bitten by a great white. The man was able to paddle back to shore where he found help. Paramedics took him to a nearby hospital and was then airlifted to Adelaide for further treatment. 

His wounds are believed to be non-life threating.

Police have posted warning signs encouraging the public to avoid the area. 

Source: Mirage News
 

 



2020-12-05

Diver Encounters Hammerhead in Cape York

A diver in Australia has recorded the dramatic encounter with a six-foot hammerhead shark. He used his camera stick to fend off the sharks repeated advances in a remote bay of Cape York, Queensland.

Dion Creek was spear-fishing in Princess Charlotte Bay and looking for crayfish when he inadvertently filmed the encounter on his GoPro camera.

Video of the incident shows the hammerhead shark lunging towards the diver as he tried to fend it off with the GoPro stick.

The diver later posted the video on Facebook. CLICK HERE to watch the video. 

"I was about to adjust the camera I just caught the shark coming out the corner of my eye," he stated.

Next time he is hunting crayfish he will bring a buddy, Dion stated. "I don't want to be a statistic." And joking about his good fortune, he added: "I'll be buying myself a lottery ticket."

www.independent.co.uk

 

 



2020-12-04

German Tourist Bitten by Shark in Egypt

A 42-year-old German tourist was bitten by a shark while diving in the Red Sea.

The unidentified woman was diving near the resort of Marsa Alam in Egypt when she was bitten by what is believed to be a long-fin mako.  

The woman was rescued and taken to the nearest hospital by five other divers where she received stitches on her left shoulder. 

Governor, Amr Hanafi ordered “all diving activities and excursions in the coral zone to be suspended for three days”. In addition, a “scientific committee” will be set up to investigate a possible “change in the behavior of the sharks” in the area.

Source: The Saxon

 



2020-12-02

Well Known Diver Bitten by Shark in Fiji

A spear fisherman has been bitten twice while free diving in Fiji.

Mark Wakeham was free diving around 8 am at the Fridgate Reef Passage when a shark bit him on his right arm. The shark then came back and bit him again.  

“The shark bit him and it went and came back to bite him again. This hardly happens because on the first bite the shark will know that it is not food and will then go away,” Ronnie Hyer, a Pacific Harbour resident, said. 

Wakeham was admitted to Colonial War Memorial Hospital with serious injuries to his right arm. 

It is believed to have been a six foot bronze whaler shark that was involved in the incident. 

Source: Fiji Sun

 



2020-11-27

California Woman Bitten by Shark in Hawaii

A 35-year-old woman was bitten by a shark in Hawaii.

The unidentified California resident was swimming approximately 100 yards off shore from the Mahini Surf Condominiums when she was bitten. Surfers helped the woman to shore and was then taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center.

It reported she suffered severe injuries to the front of her torso. 

Shark warning signs have been posted and the incident is being investigated.

Source: Khon 2 News.

 



2020-11-24

Scientist Bitten by Tiger Shark in New Caledonia

A scientist has been bitten by a tiger shark during an expedition in the southwest Pacific Ocean to study sperm whales. 

Scientist were anchored off the coast of New Caledonia just a half a mile away from Saint Vincent Bay. The unidentified woman and colleagues had moved about 60 feet away from their catamaran to explore the coral reefs when the shark bit the female scientist. 

"The shark first circled around them, then it rose from the bottom and took on one of the swimmers," a firefighter from New Caledonia reported. 

With the aid of a colleague, the scientist managed to escape and swim back to the catamaran where crew members administered first aid. 

She was then transported to New Caledonia’s capital, Noumea, where she received further medical intervention.

The scientist suffered three lacerations, each about three inches wide, on her thigh. 

Source: Newsweek

 



2020-11-22

Man Dies in WA after Being Bitten by a Shark

A 55-year-old man has died after being bitten by a shark in Western Australia. 

The unidentified man was body boarding at Cable Beach about 120 feet from the shore when he was bitten. A couple on the beach saw thrashing in the water and rushed to pull the man to safety. He suffered serious injuries to his hand and leg. Police treated him on shore before paramedics arrived but unfortunately died at the scene. 

The shark lingered close to the shore for almost half an hour after the incident and was consequently shot by police. The type of shark has not been officially stated but locals speculate it may have been a tiger shark, which are sometimes drawn close to shore by shoals of small fish. 

Park rangers closed the beach and a fisheries vessel has been assigned to patrol the area. 

Source: ABC News 

 



2020-11-07

Fisherman Suffers Severe Injuries in Bahamas

A 36-year-old fisherman was bitten by a shark in the Bahamas. 

Anthony Feaster was with a friend spear fishing in the water off the East End, Grand Bahama. He said, “I felt something clasp onto my hand wrist, and without thinking at all, I started to wrestle with the thing. I remember pulling my hand out of its mouth, and that is how I really got away from it and received all that damage; and why my hand is all torn the way it is because - I pulled it out of its mouth.”

Feaster was able to wrestle off the shark and his fishing partner helped him backed into the boat. He stated, “I lost a lot of blood; it was a lot of blood in the boat. I don’t know how all that blood came out of me and I didn’t die.”

The shark was reported to be 10 to 12 feet long. 

Source: Express News

 



2020-11-04

Teen Surfer Bitten by Shark in Florida

A 17-year-old teen was bitten off the coast of Florida.

Jordan Hooper was surfing off the coast of Ormond Beach in Volusia County in waist deep water when the he lost his surfboard. As he tried to retrieve his board, a shark bit his right leg, said Captain Tamra Malphurs, of the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue.

The teen was taken to a local hospital where he received stitches. His injuries were not life threatening. 

Source: Newsweek

 



2020-11-02

Boy Bitten by Small Shark in Australia

A 13-year-old boy was bitten by a small shark in New South Wales.

The unidentified boy was in the water at Town Beach at Port Macquarie when the incident happened. 

He was transported to Port Macquarie Base Hospital with injuries to his foot, finger and upper leg.

"Amazingly, he was in fairly good spirits when our crew arrived," NSW Ambulance inspector Susan George said, thanking local lifesavers for their work in looking after the boy before their arrival.

Town Beach closed for a day.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

 



2020-10-30

Person Bitten by Shark in Florida

An unidentified person was bitten by a shark on St. George Island. 

According to a spokesperson with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the shark bite incident which took place near the Cut. 

There are no other details other than the person is said to be doing okay. 

Source: wjhg.com

 



2020-10-27

Mother and Child injured in Snorkeling Incident

A Ukrainian family vacationing in Egypt suffered injuries while snorkeling. 

The family where snorkeling in the Ras Mohammed nature reserve when the mother and 12-year old boy were bitten by a shark along with the instructor who led the tour. 

The unidentified boy underwent surgery and has a second scheduled. It is reported that he lost part of his arm below the elbow and the mother sustained deep wounds from the bites. 

The excursion boats are banned from stopping in the area of the incident and the excusion was purchased from a third party, not the resort they were staying.  

Source: Unian

 



2020-10-26

Fisherman Severely Injured by Shark Bite at Great Barrier Reef

A 59-year-old Australian man has suffered severe injuries after being bitten by a shark.

The unidentified man was fishing at the Great Barrier Reef with a friend when a shark bit his thigh.  Paramedics were called to the area of Britomart Reef near Lucinda in Queensland to treat the man whose injuries were described as catastrophic. 

“There was obviously evidence of a very significant shark bite to the patient’s upper thigh, pelvic region,” said Dr. David Humphreys, with LifeFlight, Australia.

He was airlifted to Townsville Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and remains in critical condition. 

Source: Fox News

 



2020-10-23

Surfer Encounters Shark in North Carolina

A surfer reported being bitten by a shark in North Carolina.

Erik Martynuik was surfing in Emerald Isle when he noticed a dorsal fin coming toward him. Fellow surfer, Eugene Kloepell, was in the water when it happened. 

“There was something behind him, chasing him," recalled Kloepell. "I caught a wave and said 'I'm out of here!' That ain't no blue fish, and I kept on paddling for all I was worth!"

Martynuik said the dorsal fin disappeared and then shortly after the shark hit the bottom of his board. 

"Next thing you know, I felt a stinging feeling," Martynuik recalled. "I gave him a good shot right to the nose and automatically he let go. That's how I think I saved myself."

Martynuik made it back to shore but did not let the incident stop him from continuing to surf, “Packed my knee with some surf wax and electrical tape and took my other back up board out,” he said. “I’m having lower back surgery in 5 days I’m not letting this rain on my parade!”

Emerald Isle Police, as well as Town Manager Matt Zapp, say they are aware of Martynuik's testimony, and while they cannot confirm it is in fact a shark, say sharks are often spotted in that area of Bogue Banks.

Source: ABC News Channel 12

 



2020-10-18

Dock Worker Bitten by Shark in Key Largo

A man was bitten by a nurse shark in Key Largo. 

Andres Garcia was stripping a concrete deck when a small nurse shark latched its jaws onto his right foot. It took quite a bit of effort from his coworkers to get the shark to release his foot. Cell phone video captured the moment but not how they were actually able to pry the predator off him.

Garcia was taken to the hospital where he was given 16 stitches to close the wound. 

Source: WSVN 7 News

 



2020-10-10

Sufer Missing after Suspected Shark Incident

A surfer is missing after a suspected shark incident at Kelp Beds Beach near Esperance, Western Australia.

Emergency response were called to Wylie Bay beach when Andrew Sharpe's surf board had been found floating in the water with no sign of its owner. The Andrew still has not been found. 

Esperance Police, St John Ambulance, Marine Rescue, Surf Life Saving WA and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development representatives all are at the scene helping with the marine search and rescue operation.

Wylie Bay has been closed.

Source: Busselton Mail

 



2020-10-09

Professional Surfer Has Close Call with Great White

Professional surfer Matt Wilkinson had a close call with a shark off the southern coast of Australia.

Wilkinson, 32, was paddling his board off the coast of Ballina in New South Wales when, “I heard a splash and a noise and looked around and couldn’t see anything,”  

Caught on drone footage a 5 foot shark circled beneath his board before darting up to the surface near his ankles and then swimming away. Speculation is it was scared off by a warning broadcast by a lifeguard-operated drone. After spotting the shark, the drone descended and told Wilkinson to return to the beach. 

“I got to the shore feeling a bit weird and the lifeguards showed me the footage, and I realized how close it came without knowing it was there. It looks like it’s going for my leg, and it’s changed its mind,” he said.

Sharpes Beach, where the encounter took place was then closed.

Source: Daily Sabah

 



2020-10-08

Man Bitten in Leg by Blacktip Shark in Miami

A 31-year-old man was bitten by a shark at South Beach, Fl.

The unidentified man was bitten on the leg by a blacktip shark while in the water near 10th Street. 

Miami Beach Fire Rescue treated the man’s 8-inch laceration which stopped the bleeding and was then taken to Ryder Trauma as a precaution. 

He is listed in stable condition. 

Miami Beach Fire Rescue raised a double red flag in the area warning beachgoers not to enter the water. 

Source: Miami Herald

 



2020-10-04

Surfer Pulled from Board in Australia

A 17-year-old teen was pulled off his board while surfing in Australia.

The Sav Marafioti was surfing about 25 yards off Toms Surf Break shore in North Beach when a 5 foot bronze whaler shark clutched his leg rope, pulling him off his board.

“You can’t explain how it feels to have an animal grabbing at you; I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.I felt a nudge and everyone felt seaweed around them and then as I put my leg down I felt it again. So I put my leg up and it’s grabbed my leg rope and started pulling down and my leg rope has started to stretch. In the moment you just think you are not going to come out of it alive unless you do something.” Marafioti said.

The teen unstrapped his leash before swimming to a friend who paddled them to safety.

Luckily, Marafioti escaped injury.

Source: Xoonews



2020-09-23

Swimmer Bitten in Hawaii

A 61-year-old Kihei woman was bitten while swimming off shore.

The unidentified woman was swimming about 120 yards off shore of Charley Young Beach when she was bitten by what was believed to be a shark. 

When Ocean Safety personnel arrived on scene the woman was already on shore. She was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center where her wounds were ruled not to be caused by a shark. 

The woman was treated for multiple puncture wounds and lacerations for her left shoulder. 

Source: Hawaii News Now

 



2020-09-21

Snorkeler Bitten by Bull Shark in Florida Keys

A 30-year-old Georgia man was bitten by a shark off Marathon Key in Florida.

Andrew Charles Eddy was snorkeling near Sombrero Key Light with family on a private boar when he was bitten in the shoulder by a bull shark 8 to 10 feet long. 

Eddy was taken to Sombrero Beach then airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. His current condition is unknown, but the injury to his shoulder was reported as severe. 

Source: 4 CBS  Miami  

 



2020-09-19

Shark Encounter off Tweed Coast

A surfer is unharmed after he encountered a shark off the Tweed Coast in New South Wales.

Witnesses reported seeing splashing when 30 surfers raced out of the water at Cabrita’s Headland after the man tried to flee as a shark left what appears to be a tooth in his board. 

Despite the residents being traumatized from the 16 foot shark, no injuries were reported. 

Source: 9News 



2020-09-18

Fisherman Bitten by Whitetip off Fraser Island

A fisherman was bitten by a shark off the coast of Fraser Island in Queensland. 

The unidentified man in his 50s was fishing when he caught what is believed to be a whitetip shark. While he was trying to unhook the animal from his fishing line, it attached itself to his arm. Friends help pry the man’s arm from its mouth before bringing him to shore. 

He was treated by Queensland Ambulance paramedics before being flown to the Royal Brisbane and Woman’s Hospital. The man is listed in stable condition.

Source: news.com.au

 



2020-09-17

North Carolina Man Bitten by Shark at Daytona Beach

A 48-year-old tourist from North Carolina was bitten by what is believed to be a shark at Daytona Beach Shores.

Eric Bowman was swimming in waist-deep water when he felt something bite his left foot then let go immediately. 

The man was treated on scene for minor cuts and punctures to his foot and refused to be taken to the hospital. 

Source: Click Orlando

 



2020-09-17

St. Augustine Teen Bitten by Shark at Ponce Inlet

A 15-year-old teen has been bitten by a shark while surfing in Ponce Inlet, FL.

Cole Smyth, from St. Augustine, was on his surfboard paddling out near the jetty in Ponce Inlet when he felt a sting as he lifted his right hand out of the water. Cole thought it was a jellyfish until he saw the shark with its head and gills poking out of the water and its jaws clamped on his hand. 

“As I had my right hand up the shark jumped out of the water and grabbed onto it and it started trying to pull me down and it came back up to the top of the water,” Cole said in an interview on Wednesday. “As soon as I saw that, I just wanted my hand back to be in one piece, so I punched it and it let go.” 

The shark’s bite wounds required 40 stitches and on Thursday, Cole will undergo surgery to repair the damage to his hand.

Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal 

 



2020-09-16

Man Bitten in Arm by Shark at Melbourne Beach

A 25-year-old man was bitten by what has been determined to be a shark off Melbourne Beach. 

According to Brevard County Fire Rescue, the unidentified man was surfing near the 7400 block of State Road A1A when the incident occurred. The man was able to walk from the beach to the fire station that was across the street. 

He was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center with an arm injury with significant bleeding. The fire chief said he will survive his injuries. 

Source: Click Orlando 

 



2020-09-11

Fisherman Bitten in Volusia County, Fl.

A fisherman has suffered minor injuries after being bitten by a shark at Volusia County Beach, Fl.

The 54-year-old Winter Springs man was fishing at Canaveral National Seashore was releasing the shark he had caught when it bit him in the right hand, reported Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Capt. Alex Miller.

The unidentified man was treated at the scene of the incident and then drove himself to the hospital.  

The Winter Springs man is the seventh person to suffer a shark bite in the New Smyrna Beach area this year. 

Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal



2020-09-10

Woman Bitten by Shark in Hawaii

Carla Christensen was hospitalized after being bitten by a shark a in Hawaii. 

Fire resuce responded to a call to Puako Beach, South Kohala,  to find a woman in her 70s with an apparent shark bite to her ankle, according to the Hawaii Fire Department. Carla reported that she was snorkeling in waters about 10 feet deep when she was bitten by a shark estimated at 8 feet.

Carla was able to get back to shore on her own. Once out of the water, an off-duty ocean safety staffer provided bleeding control prior to the arrival of medics, according to the department. The woman was taken in stable condition to North Hawaii Community Hospital for treatment.

A subsequent aerial survey by Chopper 2 turned up no sign of a shark in the area, the department said.



2020-09-08

Man Dies after Being bit by Shark in the Gold Coast

 A surfer has died after being bitten by a shark on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Surfers discovered the unidentified man, thought to be in his 50s, was discovered floating in the water off Greenmount Beach. He was dragged to shore where his injuries were found to be critical, 

“From the groin to his knee, there was nothing there,” a witness said. “It was just like hanging there but not much.”

“We got him onto the sand,” said the witness. “There was a lifeguard 4WD there already ... and they had a stretcher. We put him on the stretcher but he was pretty much gone by then.”  

Paramedics determined the man was dead after he was brought to the beach. 

No information was given about the shark but it is believed to be a large great white.

Source: Fox News



2020-09-03

Small Shark Latches onto Man's Arm.

A man swimming at Jensen Beach over the weekend had a small nurse shark latch onto his arm.

The shark eventually let go and was released into the ocean. 

Click Here to watch the video



2020-09-01

Fisherman Propeller Bitten by Great White in NSW

A fisherman encountered a great white while fishing in New South Wales. 

Dean Butler was fishing for snapper in the waters off the coast of Forester when he spotted more than a dozen sharks feeding on a whale carcass. 

While recording the frenzy one of the sharks turned and launched toward Butler’s boat, taking a bite out of the propeller.

"The only two bites I got all day were of those sharks eating my boat," Mr. Butler joked. 

There were no reported injuries and Butler stated, "I wasn't concerned, I was just happy to witness it — it was pretty cool."

Source: 9 News



2020-08-31

Shark Bites kayak in Humboldt

Kayak fisherman David Alexander was surprised, when he says, he fell out of his kayak after a shark bit into the nose of his boat.  

"So, all I saw was big gray, I saw that, that mouth literally just wrapped around the front of my kayak.” He said. “ I didn’t have time to react, as he grabbed it (kayak), cause it looked like he came out of the water two to three feet, looks like he grabbed the boat and then when he was settling back into the water, it turned the boat, which meant, I got knocked into the water." 

Alexander says he ended up falling on the same side of the boat as the shark and could see the shark gripping the front of his kayak. 

"I could see the teeth, it wasn’t like he was thrashing but he was kind like, I want to say gumming it. i'm thinking to myself when let’s go he’s going to swim toward me." 

But Alexander stated, the shark appeared to look at him, spun around then headed in the other direction.  

 "It took me about three times to get back into the boat, John my fishing partner came over , he was watching it, he came over , he was on the radio calling for help." 

Alexander guesstimated that the shark was 16 to 18 feet long.  

This is not the first time a kayak fisherman reported a shark incident in shelter cove, back in may a Eureka man was rescued after surviving hypothermia and reported a simliar shark encounter.  

"Fish and game is going to pick up my boat, to try to get some DNA off of it to see it it’s the same fish," he stated.

Source : www.kiem-tv.com

 



2020-08-30

12-Year-Old-Boy Bitten while Surfing in South Carolina

A 12-year-old boy was bitten by a shark at Folly Beach, South Carolina.

According to Chief Andrew Gilreath of Folly Beach Public Safety, the boy was bitten on his foot/ankle while surfing between 5th and 6th East Street. 

The unidentified boy was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay. 

Source: ABC News 4 

 



2020-08-25

Woman Suffers Minor Injuries at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

A woman sustained a shark bite while vacationing at a Myrtle Beach resort. 

While wading in waist deep water Pittsburg native, Nicole Stowers, felt pain near her bicep. “It was like an ax fell on my arm”, said Stowers. Seeing a 3-4 foot shark out of the corner of her eye, she realized she had been bitten. 

Stowers husband wrapped the wound until Lack’s Beach Service lifeguards arrived and called for emergency back-up. 

Stowers was taken to South Strand Hospital and treated. An X-ray revealed no bone damage. 

It is speculated that a black tip shark was mostly likely involved in the incident.   

Source: Post and Courier 

 



2020-08-24

Orlando Man Bitten by Shark at New Smyrna Beach

A 23-year-old man was bitten by a shark at New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

According to Capt. Laura S Warner of Volusia County Beach Safety, the unidentified man from Orlando was standing in chest deep water when a shark bit him on the foot. 

The man’s injuries were minor and he was not taken to the hospital. 

The type of shark was not identified. 

Source: Orlando Sentinel



2020-08-23

Teen Bitten by Shark in St. Augustine Florida

A 14-year-old teen was bitten by a shark while surfing off St. Augustine Beach.

Peyton McGinn says he was surfing off the beach near 11th street. Within ten minutes, a shark approximately four to five feet long it him on his foot. 

“I had just caught a wave with my surf board and I was just about to start paddling out and the shark came up behind me and grabbed onto my foot,” McGinn said, “and like, tore it up pretty bad.” 

The teen was able to make it back to shore safely where he laid down in the sand before getting some help. 

McGinn received 25 stitches in his foot and will be on crutches for about ten days until doctors remove the stitches and monitor his healing. 

Source: News 4 Jax



2020-08-22

Miami Woman Bitten Twice in Boogie Board Incident

A 50-year-old woman sustained minor injuries after being bitten by a shark at New Smyrna Beach. 

The unidentified woman from Miami was boogie boarding when a shark bit her left leg. She kicked the shark but then was bitten a second time on her ankle.

“Both bites were non-life threatening and she was not transported to the hospital,” Volusia County Beach Safety Rescue reported. 

Officials were unable to locate the shark involved in the encounter.

Source: Click Orlando



2020-08-20

Snorkeler Bitten by Nurse Shark in St. Croix

A woman was bitten by a nurse shark in St. Croix this month.

On August 2nd, Melony Klein and Ingo Schlueter were snorkeling in Candle Reef in St. Croix. Upon returning to their boat, Klein was startled by what she suspects was a nurse shark. It clamped down on her left hand. Schlueter, 20 to 25 feet from Klein was not aware of what was happening until Klein began to yell. 

“She held up her hand and I could see something was wrong with it, and before I was on top of her, the water was covered in blood.” 

Once back aboard Schlueter used his shirt to wrap the wound and motored back to the marina where they were met by an ambulance. Klein was taken to the hospital where she underwent a four hour surgery to reconstruct her hand. 

She received 100 interior stitches and 98 on the exterior.“Klein is expected to make a 99 percent recover, and she can already wiggle her fingers and feel her fingertips,” Schlueter said. 

Source: St. Thomas Source

 



2020-08-16

Fisherman Killed by Flying Fish

A fifty-six-old man has died while fishing in Australia.

The unidentified Northern Territory resident was fishing with his family and friends on Darwin Harbour at Cullen Bay when a 40 pound mackerel launched itself into his boat and his him in the chest. 

The group made its way to Cullen Bay with the man still breathing, where they met up with police and paramedics. CPR was administered but the man died on scene. 

“This appears to be a freak incident which is hugely distressing for the people in the boat and other family and friends of the man,” NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services said in a statement on Saturday.

Details are yet to be released on the exact cause of death and police as that the family’s privacy be respected at this time. 

Source: Daily Mail



2020-08-15

Woman Bitten by Shark in New South Wales

A thirty-five-year old woman was bitten by a shark while surfing in New South Wales.

The unidentified woman along with a male companion were surfing near Port Macquarie when she encountered the shark. He was forced to punch the 6-9 foot white shark until it let go. 

"The shark wouldn't release her and so a nearby surfer paddled over and essentially jumped on the shark and started hitting it to make it release," Surf Life Saving NSW chief executive Steven Pearce told AAP.

Three paramedic crews and a specialist medical team associated with Westpac Helicopter responded to the call at Shelly Beach. The woman was rushed to Port Macquarie Base Hospital with a serious wounds to her right calf and back of thigh. She was then flown to New Castle where she will undergo surgery.

Beaches in Port Macquarie have been closed as authorities work to track the shark. 

Source: Crookwell Gazette



2020-08-12

Woman Bumped by Nurse Shark

Iso Machado was spending the day out on a friend's yacht  in the Bahamas when she decided to cool off by sliding down a blow up slide and swim a little. While swimming she was be bumbed by a 8 ft  Nurse shark. The entire incident has been captured in a video by her friend, Kevan Sarota.

Nurse sharks are a docile, non-aggressive species, known to only bite humans when bothered first.

Iso Machado and her friends do not appear to be aware of this. 

Click Here to watch the video

 



2020-08-11

Shark bites Angler Arm

A man was bitten by a shark during a fishing trip off of Boca Grande.

Charlotte County Fire and EMS responded to a call of 55-year-old man who came into Eldred’s Marina near the causeway with a shark bite wound.

The man was fishing and caught a 6 ft blacktip shark, according to officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The shark bit the man’s left forearm when he was trying to take it off his fishing line.

Officials said the man sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to an Englewood Hospital.

This is considered a provoked incident. 

Source: www.nbc-2.com



2020-08-04

Woman Sustains Injuries after Being Struck by a Whale Shark in Australia

A woman was injured by a whale shark while snorkeling in Ningaloo Reef, AU.

The 29-year-old woman was swimming with a tour group when she was struck by the tail of the whale shark. 

St. John’s Ambulance reported the woman suffered internal bleeding and injuries to her upper torso which was caused by the crush of the blow.

The unidentified woman was treated in the town of Exmouth and was later flown to a hospital in Perth where she is reported to be in serious but stable condition. 

Source: IBTimes 



2020-08-03

Man Bitten by Lemon Shark in the Florida Keys

A man was bitten in the Florida Keys while on a trip with his family. 

Justin Stuller was out on a boat for some swimming, fishing and lobstering when the incident occurred. He noticed an injured fish and decided to dive down to retrieve it and move it to a safer area. As he was surfacing, an eight foot lemon shark appeared.

"I felt the skin more than the shark,” he told Yahoo News. “It rolled me over and I saw it swimming away.”

It wasn’t until his wife and friends pulled him out of the water that they realized the wound was bad enough that he needed a hospital. Stuller said, “I tied it off and actually lost very little blood. It was pretty deep, but no bone. I was very lucky, no tendons.”

After receiving two dozen stitches, Stuller was back on the water the next day; however, this time he remained in the boat. 

Source: Fox News



2020-08-02

Sanford Woman Bitten by Shark at New Smyrna Beach

A 22-year-old woman was bitten by a shark at New Smyrna Beach, FL.

According to Volusia County Beach Safety the unidentified woman was bitten on the foot around 5 p.m. in waist deep water near the 4600 block of 
Atlantic Avenue.

The woman was not taken to the hospitals as her injuries were non-life threatening. 

Lifeguards reported this marks the fourth shark bite in Volusia County this year. 

Source: WFTV 9 ABC



2020-08-01

Shark Incident at Orange Beach

A 15-year-old was taken to the hospital for treatment Friday afternoon after possibly being bitten by a shark at Orange Beach.

The shark incident happened at the second sandbar behind the Phoenix IV vacation rental.

Orange Beach Assistant Police Chief Robert Howard made a statement saying a 911 call came in around 1:19 p.m. The teen was swimming with his father when his father said he noticed there was a "large quantity of small fish swimming around them as they went to leave" and his son felt pain. The teen's injuries were mild abrasion and a few small puncture wounds.

The victim was taken to a local hospital by his family and is OK after receiving stitches, according to authorities.

Orange Beach Safety Chief Brett Lesinger did confirm that it was indeed a shark bite.

Source: www.weartv.com



2020-07-31

Great White Shark Bites Surfer in Western Australia

Phil Mummert, aged in his 20s, was surfing at Bunker Bay, about 260km south of Perth, with several others when the shark launched out of the water and grabbed his upper leg.
 
One of the surfers who helped rescue the man told how the incident unfolded, with the victim conscious during the entire ordeal.
 
"He was just sitting on his board and next thing you know we just kinda heard someone go 'shark' and I turned around and just seen this white kind of breach and it had already smashed, hit Phil," the witness stated.
 
"So kinda just chucked him up on that and then another bloke, I think his name was Liam, paddled over and was shouting at everyone, you know, 'come on, come help'.
"Because it's better to group up.
"Just from there on trying to get him into shore and keep him out of shock... A couple of the gashes were 150mm long.
"He held composure completely, he didn't really even blink."
Fellow rescuer Jess Woolhouse said it was "one of those things where you never think it's going to happen to you".
His rescuers said Phil was calm and even said thank you to those who helped him before a helicopter rushed him to Bunbury Hospital.
 
His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The beach has been closed to swimmers.
 
 
 
 



2020-07-29

Another Great White Shark Encounter in Tasmanian Waters

Launceston fishermen Sean and James Vinar were in their 5.5-meter boat photographing and filming seals at Tenth Island on yesterday when they were suddenly interrupted by a sudden loud bang on the side of the boat.

"We turned around and thought we'd just slow the boat down and have a good look at the island.  Next minute, there was just an almighty thump on side of the boat, this shark just flew out of the water and latched onto the side of the boat," Sean stated.

"I started to move the boat forward to get shark off the anchor, the entire mouth had engulfed the anchor, it was something you see on the TV, like a wildlife documentary. It was that big, I was concerned that if it started to thrash its tail it'd put a hole in the boat. We weren't sure if it bit into the side of the boat."

Fortunately, their boat sustained no significant damage and they were able to vacate the area.

Source: www.begadistrictnews.com.

 

 

 



2020-07-28

Woman Killed off Maine Coast

A woman has been killed by a shark off the coast of Maine. 

A witness told Marie Patrol, the unidentified woman was swimming near White Sails Lane near Baily Island when she was bitten by what appeared to be a shark. 

Two kayakers helped the woman to shore and first responders were called to the scene but the woman had already succumbed to her injuries. 

Source: WPRI Eyewitness News



2020-07-25

Man Bitten in Neuse River, North Carolina

A man has been bitten by what is believed to be a bull shark in North Carolina.

The unidentified man and his two children where waveboarding in the Neuse River when the boy felt something brush against his leg. Immediately following, the father was bitten on his left calf. Travis Fulcher, Ferry Master for the NC DOT recounted the incident, "We got a call that a man and his two children were out enjoying the water – wakeboarding. “The boy felt something brush up against him -- rough -- then the man was attacked on his left calf by what probably was a bull shark."

The family applied a tourniquet to the man’s leg while still on the boat while the daughter made the emergency call. Upon arrival to the Cherry Branch Ferry Docks the father appeared in stable condition, despite the considerable amount of blood in the boat. "He was conscious and talking," he said. "he was actually able to get up on the ramp on his own," Fulcher said.

The father was taken to Carolina East Medical Center for treatment.  

Source: WCTI 12

 



2020-07-24

12-Year-Old Texas Resident Bitten by Shark in Florida

A 12-year-old girl was bitten by a shark in in Florida.

Kylee Orna from Forney, Texas, was playing in a softball tournament in Florida on Monday. She and a friend went to the beach after the games for a swim where she reported a shark bit her foot and pulled her under water. Orna was able to kick herself free and her friend helped her get back to the beach safely. 

After spending 3 days in the hospital, Orna had a homecoming surprise from the Forney community.

Source: Fox 4 News  



2020-07-23

Boy Bitten by Shark at Florida Beach

 An 11-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while visiting New Smyrna Beach on Thursday, according to Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue officials.

Beach rescue officials stated that the boy, who is from Lake Wales, was standing in waist-deep water when the shark bit his foot. The shark was not seen, officials said.

The boy's injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

Beach safety officials said the incident marked the third shark bite reported in Volusia County this year.

Source: www.clickorlando.com



2020-07-17

10-Year-Old Boy Pulled from Fishing Boat by Great White

A 10-year-old boy was grabbed from a boat while fishing off the coast of north-west Tasmania. 

The unidentified boy was fishing an eighteen foot boat with his father and two other men. According to reports, the group was cleaning flathead on the boat when what is suspected to be a great white leapt out of the water and snagged the boy from the boat. The father instinctively jumped in to save his son. The shark had let go of the boy and the father was able to get back to the boat. 

A friend administered first aid and the boy was rushed to a nearby seafood shop to wait until the ambulance. Upon arrival, the boy was taken to North West Regional Hospital in Burnie where he was treated for lacerations to his arm and cuts to his chest and head. He was then transferred to Launceston General Hospital.

Paramedics stated the boy was wearing a floatation device. 

Source: ABC News



2020-07-14

Filmmaker Bitten By Shark in Australia

A 29-year-old filmmaker has been bitten by a shark while enjoying a swim on her day off.

Anika Craney while on Fitzroy Island with a crew filming sharks for a YouTube series, was swimming about 15 feet from the Barefoot II, the vessel on which she is listed as deckhand, videographer and nurse, when she bitten on her lower left leg. 

Paramedics were called to the Island which is 45 minutes by boat from Cairns, Queensland. She was provided first aid before being flown by rescue helicopter to Cairns Hospital, where she arrived in stable condition and in good spirits. 

Craney is being treated for a possible fracture of the left lower ankle and some lacerations. 

Source: Brisbane TImes

 



2020-07-11

17-Year-Old Teen Dies while Surfing in New South Wales

A 17-year-old teen has died from injuries sustained from a shark while surfing on New South Wale’s north coast.  

According to witnesses, the unidentified teen was surfing at Wilsons Headland at Wooli Beach near Grafton just before 2:30 when he was bitten by a shark.

Several surfers came to his rescue and were able to get him safely to shore where first aid was administered to his legs. Despite the efforts which included CPR the teen dies at the scene.

Beaches in the area were closed and the incident will be investigated by authorities.

Source: The Guardian

 



2020-07-04

Man Dies after Being Bit by Shark in Queensland

A 36-year-old man has been fatally wounded by a shark on Fraser Island in Queensland.

The unidentified Sunshine Coast man was spearfishing in the waters near Indian Head when he was bitten by the shark. 

A doctor and nurse provided first aid to the man on shore before paramedics arrived, but he succumbed to his injuries. 

It is unknown as to what species was involved in the incident at this time. 

Source: ABC News



2020-07-02

Professional Surfer Encounters Hammerhead

Competitive surfer, Michek Bourez, encountered a hammerhead shark while racing in Tahiti. 

Bourez was moving downwind from Mahina to Vaiarie, Moorea, when a hammerhead shark chased him and bit his board. With enough damage to render him helpless, he waved at friends on a nearby boat to pick him up. 

While waiting for two or three minutes he noticed the shark had returned. Bourez blocked him with the damaged foil of the board and the shark swam away. Just after, the boat arrived and Bourez was taken to safety. 

Incidents involving the hammerhead species are very rare. According to the International Shark 
Attack File there have only been seventeen recorded incidents since 1580 and none were fatal. 

Source: Beach Grit



2020-06-28

Unaware Surfers Encounter Great White off South Coast, Africa

Unaware surfers encountered a great white off the South Coast in Africa.

Teenager Zach Berman, from Cape Town, captured footage of a great white shark swimming close to the unaware surfers in Plettenberg Bay and alerted authorities. National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) sent out a warning to South Coast residents suggesting to steer clear of the beaches due to a significant increase in shark traffic being detected between the area of Mossel Bay and Jeffreys Bay.

No injuries have been reported. 

Source: Africa.com 
  



2020-06-25

Boy Bitten by Bull Shark in Florida

A 7-year-old boy was bitten by a shark in Homestead, Florida.

The boy and his mother identified only as Jacob and Ethel were at the Homestead Bayfront Park when he was bitten by what is believed to be a bull shark. “All we saw was blood coming down. He was cool, calm and collect [ed], on the other hand, was a mess,” Ethel said. 

The boy was quickly given medical attention by lifeguards and then taken to a local hospital where he received 19 stitches. 

Fishing Capt. Stan Staffan agrees that based on the markings it was a small bull shark that was responsible for the injuries. "When the water gets warm, the fish get pretty active," Staffan said. "Always be aware of your surroundings."

Source: WHSV 3 News



2020-06-19

Boy Bitten by Shark in the Outer Banks

A 16-year-old boy was bitten by a shark of the shore of Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the North Carolina’s Outer Banks. 

It’s reported that the boy was approximately 25 feet off near ramp 25 jumping over waves on a sandbar when he was bitten by the shark.

The boy was taken to a medical facility in Nags Head, treated and released. 

It is unreported as to the type of species involved in the incident.

Source: Inside Nova



2020-06-18

Person Bitten by Shark in Bahamas

A person suffered a shark bite wound in the Bahamas. 

Limited information is available regarding the victim who was flown to South Florida on Thursday for medical treatment. 

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Capt. Pat Wehrle said the unidentified victim arrived at Palm Beach International Airport after suffering a shark bite in the Bahamas and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. 

Source: WPTV



2020-06-07

Man Fatally Wounded in New South Wales

A man sustained fatal wounds while surfing in northern New South Wales.

The the 60-year-old victim from Tugun, Queensland has not yet been identified. He was surfing off Salt Beach in Kingscliff when a shark bit him in the back of his left thigh. Several surfers came to his aid while the shark circled them. The man was brought to shore where he died from his wounds. 

Police gunmen were deployed to shoot the shark but were unsuccessful and left the area after several hours. 

Source: MSN 

 



2020-06-06

Surfer Bitten by Shark in Australia

A woman has been bitten by a shark near Exmouth, Australia.

The unidentified woman was surfing at Tantabiddi Beach in the Ningaloo Marine Park when she received non-threatening injures from an unknown species of shark. 

The woman was taken to Exmouth Medical Centre for treatment. 
Swimmers and snorkelers are advised to exercise caution in the area while the

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) investigates the incident. 

Source: Perth Now

 



2020-06-05

Shark Bite in Delaware

A 12-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while swimming at Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware.

The unidentified boy was conscious and breathing but seriously bleeding when he was taken by ambulance to Beebe Healthcare for treatment for puncture wounds to one of his legs. 

While initially reported as a shark bite, officials said, the appearance of the bite mark is being reviewed by state and fisheries experts to confirm if it was from a shark or potential other creature.

Herring Point has been closed to surfing and swimming. Beachgoers are also restricted to knee deep waters. 

Source: Cape Gazette

 



2020-06-02

Surfer Bitten by Shark in Hawaii

A man has been bitten while surfing in Hawaii.

The unidentified man was surfing in the waters off Kekaha at a spot commonly known Davidsons, when he was bit by what appeared to be a tiger shark.

The man was taken to Kaua’i Veterans Memorial Hospital and was treated for injuries sustained to his right hand.

Shark Sighted and No Swimming signs have been posted at Davidson’s Beach and Ocean Safely Bureau personnel are roving the shoreline to warm beachgoers to stay out of the water until further notice.

Source: Khon 2



2020-06-01

12-Year-Old Boy Bitten by Bull Shark

A 12-year-old boy was bitten by a shark in Thailand.

Harafat Limapicharsakul was playing on a boat at Chebilang pier in Muang district of Satun province when the incident happened. According to the Bangkok Post, the boy was swinging his legs in the canal when he was bitten on the foot by what is believed to be a bull shark. 

Harafat was taken to the hospital where he received 50 stitches before being released. 

A controversy rose from the incident shortly after when a Chebilang mayor offered a monetary reward for the live capture of the shark involved. The action angered Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, who publically criticized the action, “Don't offer a bounty for a shark or support the hunt for a reward," the minister said on Sunday. 

Source: Bangkok Post

 



2020-06-01

Teen Encounters Shark while Spearfishing

An 18-year-old teen encountered a shark while spearfishing in North Queensland.

Lachlan Pye was spearfishing when a 4-5 foot bull shark approached him from underneath and bit down on his swimming fin. Pye kicked in hope of the shark releasing. 

“It pulled my foot down, I felt my ankle move and I looked down and it had taken a couple of chomps at the fin,” reported Pye.

Aside from the fin and “two minutes of terror” Pye experienced, no injuries were reported.

“I feel pretty lucky I’ve got my feet still,” he said of the encounter. However, Pye insisted he’ll be back in the water, doing what he loves.

Source: Australian Times

 



2020-05-25

Man's Kayak Bitten by Great White in Northern California

A 40-year-old man from Eureka encountered a shark while kayak fishing off the waters of Southern Humbolt County in Northern California. 

Michael Thallheimer, Jr. said he had taken is peddle kayak out to fish about 6:15. After catching a fish about 36 inches he put it on his fish clip cutting through the gills which pumped all the blood out. Within 30 seconds a 16-18 foot great white latched onto the side of his kayak. 

“All of a sudden, it was attached to the side of my kayak. I saw a nose and an eyeball with no soul,” he said. “That animal doesn’t give a shit… [The shark bit] right in the middle of the kayak directly next to my knee and thigh, about 6 inches away.”

Thallheimer punched the shark in the nose and it immediately let go and quickly swam away but not before thrashing the vessel with its tale. He then called 911 just before his kayak filled up with water and flipped over. Thallheimer climbed on the kayak and waited for help to come. A local fisherman arrived at his location and took him safely to shore.

Thallheimer suffered no injuries and is glad to be alive and grateful to those who rescued him. 

Source: kymkemp.com



2020-05-10

French Tourist Bitten by Shark in Australia

A French tourist was bitten by a shark in Australia.
The 23-year-old surfer was on his board when he felt a bite at his right leg. “I punched him one time, he stay in my legs, two times after …. he go,” the victim told 9News. 

Local surfer Matt Sedunary was also out in the water at the time of the incident. He thought he was joking around when he first heard his screams for help. He quickly rushed to help.

"I'm not just going to ditch this guy… most people would do the same thing," Mr Sedunary told 9News.

 



2020-05-09

Surfer Dies after Shark Bite in California

A 26-year-old was killed by a shark while surfing in California.

The unidentified male was surfing off Manresa State Beach on the northern end of Monterey Bay when he was bitten by a shark. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies notified the man’s family. 

Water one mile north and south of the incident has been closed for the next five days and signs have been posted.

“State Parks expresses its deepest sympathy to the family of the victim,” the department said in a statement.

Source: NBC News

 



2020-05-02

Woman Bitten by Suspected Shark

A  woman in her 50s suffered injury near Padaro Lane in Summerland, California by what is believed to be a shark.

The unidentified woman stated she was lap swimming about 60 feet from the shore when a probable shark around six feet long with a black dorsal fin bit her foot and swam away quickly. 

Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District and AMR Ambulance responded to the call and the woman was taken to Cottage Hospital with relatively minor wounds, including two 1-inch lacerations to her foot. 

Serveral sightings were reported in the area including Santa Claus Lane and Carpinteria State Park. Santa Barbara County Parks posted “Shark Advisory signs and will continue to monitor the area. 

Source: Noozhawk

 



2020-04-30

Surfer Sustains Minor Injures from Shark Bite in California

A surfer was bitten off of Moonlight Beach, CA which recently reopened Monday after corona virus closing for limited activities of walking, running, swimming and surfing. 

The unidentified was reportedly bitten around 5:45 pm. No details were provided as to how it happened.

Medics took the victim to Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas for treatment of minor injuries. 

A two-mile stretch of shoreline in the area was close as a precaution, stated Encinitas lifeguard Capt. Larry Giles. 

It’s unreported as to the species of shark involved in the incident. 

Source: kpbs.org

 



2020-04-26

Surfer Encounters Shark Australia

A surfer had his board bumped by a shark in Australia.

The incident happened at Dunes Beach just north of Exmouth. The unidentified surfer reported that he was “nudged from his board and minor marks were made to his board.” 

Although the species is unknown, the surfer reported the shark to be about 7 feet in length. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is investigating the incident and are examining pictures of the surfboard to try and identify which species was involved. 

Beaches in the Lighthouse Bay area have been closed and locals are advised to be extra cautious. 

Source: Perth Now

 



2020-04-21

Shark Bites Woman in Foot at Crescent Head, AU

A woman was bitten by a shark at Crescent Head, Australia. 

The unidentified woman was swimming in Killick Creek near the boat ramp when the incident occurred. An eyewitness saw the shark’s fin in the creek. “My son saw the shark in the creek and I saw it after the attack frolicking in the shallows at the entrance of the creek,” she said. 

The victim was taken to the hospital by a friend before Lifesaving Club members arrived scene. They were told locals wrapped the woman’s foot before she was taken to the hospital and that she had four deep lacerations to her foot. 

No information has been provided regarding the woman’s condition. 

Source: The Macleay Argus

 



2020-04-14

Man Encounters Great White in Australia

A man encountered a great white while kayak fishing in New Zealand.

Steve Dickinson was fishing out on Auckland’s Stanmore Bay when he “heard a kind of swirling sound.” He looked to his right and saw what he described a big fish. The 7-9 foot shark continued to swim around the kayak as well as under it. 

Dickinson has been using a berley bag tied to the side of his kayak to bait fish that the shark seemed interested in so he cut the bag free and threw it as far from the kayak as he could. The shark went after the bag which got tangled in its teeth. This seemed to anger the shark. 

“The great white started pushing its head against the side of the kayak, while Steve repeatedly hit it on the snout with his paddle, as if digging a spade into the ground. ‘I did it as hard as I could - it did not deter him. He just kept coming’."

Dickinson freed the anchored kayak by cutting the line and paddled as fast as he could. Once reaching the shallows, the shark seemed to give up following him. 

There were no injuries reported in this incident. 

Source: NZ Herald  

 



2020-04-09

Man Bitten by "Toothy Sea Creature"

An unidentified man was injured at Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Despite the beach being closed to exercise related activities paramedics were called to the beach between North First and North Second Streets around 10:00 a.m. 

The man was taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 

Brevard County Fire Rescue could not confirm whether the animal was a shark, saying only that it was a “toothy sea creature.”

Source: clickorlando.com

 



2020-04-07

Surfer Suffers Serious Injuries to Hand

A 38-year-old man was bitten by a shark while surfing in Australia.

Hayden Edwards approached Central Coast Lifeguards at Wamberal Beach with injuries from a shark bite. “I paddled out, once I was out the back the perfect day became a nightmare within a split second a 6 foot shark grabbed my hand severing 3 tendons and tearing a hole in my hand. “Both extremely lucky that it didn’t rip my arm off but unlucky it happened.” 

An ambulance was called while the surfer was treated on the scene. Edwards was then rushed to Gosford Hospital where he will have surgery to reconnect tendons on his hand.

The species of shark is unknown at this time. 

Source: The Daily Telegraph

 



2020-04-06

Surfer Suffers Non Life-Threating Wounds in Encounter in Hawaii

A surfer has suffered minor injuries after encountering a shark in Hawaii.

The unidentified surfer was in the water of North Beach at the Marine Corps Base when she encountered the shark. A lifeguard on duty says the surfer was able to get out of the water after sustaining deep cuts to the shin and calf. 

The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition. 

Source: KHON 2



2020-04-06

Man Succumbs to Injuries from Shark Bite in Australia

4-7-2020 Update: The man has succumbed to the life threatening injuries he obtained to his leg, hand and elbow in yesterdays incident. 

A man has identified as 23-year-old Zachary Robba suffered serious injuries after being bitten by a shark in the southern Great Barrier Reef, AU. 

It is believed that he and friends had been on a charter boat moored off the shore of North West Island. Robba was swimming with a group of friends and when he was swimming back to the chartered boat was bitten by a shark. 

A rescue helicopter was dispatched from Rockhampton. A paramedic was winched down to the beach and taken to Robba by way of a tender vessel. He was then winched onto the helicopter.and flown to Gladstone Hospital where he had succmbed to his injuries around 10pm last night.  

Source: The Courier Mail  



2020-04-05

Shark Nudges Kayak in Western Australia

A warning has been issued in Perth after a shark nudged a kayak. 

An unidentified man was trolling for fish off the Alkimos wreck site when a 6 foot shark hit is kayak. 

The department of Fisheries has issued a warning and has advised near the area to exercise caution. The City of Wanneroo has also taken precaution by closing beaches on mile on either side of the wreck.

The species of shark has not been identified.

Source: WAtoday  

 



2020-03-29

Two Teens Encounter Shark in California

Two teenagers encountered a shark while paddle boarding in Santa Cruz, CA.

The two were paddling past the kelp beds in the waters off Pleasure Point when one felt a jolt and was knocked off his board. He scrambled back atop his board he saw a shark biting down on the back of it. The teen punched the shark causing it to let go. 

The two were able to get to shore without further incident and reported the event to the Central Fire Department. 

Source: KSBW8

 



2020-03-22

Woman Bitten by Shark in Australia

A woman in her 20’s has been bitten by a shark in Cairns, AU.

The unidentified woman was met by paramedics at Marlin Marina after receiving a call about an incident involving a shark. 

The woman was taken to Cairns Hospital in stable condition with an injury to her arm. 

The incident took place just after drumlines were reinstalled off beaches to ensure swimmers safety. It is believed that the incident occurred on the outer reef. 

Source: Cairns Post

 



2020-03-07

Man Bitten in Fiji

A 26-year-old sustained injuries from a shark in Fiji.

The unidentified man was diving off the coast of Tawake in Cakaudrove with two others when witness said a shark bit him in the elbow. The man was admitted to the Men’s Surgical Ward at the Labasa Hospital where he is recovering. 

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

Source: FBC News 

 



2020-02-22

Surfer Punches Shark in Snout

Pauanui surf life-saving club captain Stuart Upjohn told news the man was in the water around 10:30am when the "pretty big" shark had a go.

"He was surfing out the back and the shark ended up coming at him," Upjohn said.

"He ended up putting the board in the way and the shark ended up biting his board and then he ended up punching the shark in the snout and managed to get away."

The man was fortunate to make it back to shore, safe but rattled.

"He definitely had the adrenaline going," Upjohn told news.

"He didn't actually sustain any serious injuries but he did have a good bite mark in his board."

A member of the public then called the Pauanui Surf Life Saving Club, which closed the beach for two hours.

Despite this, Upjohn said a shark incidents like this was "extremely rare".

"The main message is sharks are out there all the time, they're pretty much always harmless," he stated

Source:  www.newshub.co.nz

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2020-02-13

Mako Bites Boat off Coast of New Zealand

A mako shark has been caught on camera biting down a boat in New Zealand.

Marine biologist, Riley Elliot, and his fiancé were doing research off the coast of New Zealand when a mako shark bit down on the outer rim of the boat. The shark then cruised around for a while afterwards.

There were no injuries reported. 

Click Here to watch the video

Source: Daily Mail 

 



2020-02-06

Paddle Boarders Encounter a Tiger Shark in Maui

A shark bit a paddle board in Maui.

According to news reports, a tiger shark was aggressively following a group of stand-up paddle boarders in the areas of Wailea and Makena. The paddle boarders used their paddles to attempt to fend off the shark before one of the boards where bit.

No injuries were reported: however, standard protocols call for warnings and signs to continue until a survey has been done in the area to ensure not further shark activity is noted. 

Source: Big Island Now

 



2020-01-23

Teen Bitten in Neck in Indonesia

A shark is not responsible for a 16-year-old boy’s rare fish bite in Indonesia.

Muhammad Idul was fishing with his parents in Burton waters off South East Sulawesi when a needle fish jumped out of the water. The fish’s snout sliced straight through the boys neck and pierced the back of his skull. 

Idul was rushed to a hospital to undergo complex surgery aimed at removing the fish in a way that avoided slitting his throat. “To remove the fish snout, one must be very careful because there is a large vessel in the neck,” said Dr. Syafri K. Arif. 

Muhammad is recovering in the hospital due to infection risks. 

Source: Ary News  

 



2020-01-17

Teen Bitten while Surfing in New Zealand

A 13-year-old girl has suffered a possible shark bite in New Zealand.

Jordan King was suffering with friend Ella Burdon around 8:30 pm at Orteti Beach. She felt something nibbling on her leg rope of her surfboard. Startled, she jumped back onto her surfboard and saw a tail fin about a few feet long emerge from the water before it swam away.

The girls, along with Burdon’s father paddled back to the shallow water to assess the situation. They didn’t notice any blood so King continued to surf for another hour. Upon returning to shore she noticed that there was blood coming out of her wetsuit. 

King was treated at the Emergency Department where she received stitches for her wounds.

Source: Southland Times



2020-01-16

Surfer Bitten by Shark in Australia

A 60-year-old man has been bitten while surfing in Australia.

The unidentified man was surfing at Windang Beach around 8 am. While waiting for a wave and felt a tug on his left leg. When he looked down and saw blood, he immediately got onto his board and made his way back to the shore where he was treated by paramedics at the scene and then taken to Wollongong Hospital to be treated for a significant laceration to the top arch of his left ankle area.

He is reported in stable condition.

Source: ABC News



2020-01-15

Shark Bites German Tourist in Thailand

A 75-year-old man has been bitten by what is believed to be a bull shark in Thailand.

Hans-Peter Malten, on vacation from Germany, was walking along Nang Thong beach in the Phang Nga province with his wife when he decided to go for a swim.  He was about 20 feet off shore when he felt a large fish next to him and then was bitten on his right leg. 

Malten was taken to the Andaman Hub Medical Center in Khao Lak before he was transported to Bangkok Hospital Phuket. Malten sustained a bite wound approximately 8 inches in length and had his tendon reattached before being released.

Source: Newsweek



2020-01-14

Man Bitten while Surfing in the Outer Banks, NC

A 26-year-old man has suffered an apparent shark bite off the Outer Banks, NC.

The man was surfing Monday afternoon when he was bitten on the foot about 2:30 p.m. off Sudie Payne Road in Rodanthe. Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The bite victim is Samuel Horne from Manteo, according to his cousin Justin Copeland. Horne will get stitches or staples to repair the injury.

Dare County Emergency Medical Services transported Horne to the Outer Banks Hospital for further treatment.

There is no information as to size or type of shark involved in the incident. 

The injury will not stop Horne from surfing, Copeland said.

“No, he’ll get back out there.” 

Source: OBX Today

 



2020-01-10

21-Year-Old Body was Found off Twiliaht Beach


A 21-year old man was found dead after he had gone missing in Australia.

Police launched an extensive search for the 21-year-old, with the search ending when his body was found in the water off Twilight Beach on Tuesday. When the body was discovered it was being chewed on by 3 sharks.  

Eric Birighitti went missing five days ago when he slipped while walking along Twiliaht Beach with friends. Friends desperately attempted to pull him in but the current was too strong.

His remains were discovered by authorities who were searching for the body of 57-year-old Gary Johnson who went missing while scuba diving with his wife this past month.

Source: Daily Mail 

 



2020-01-08

Queensland Girl Bitten by Shark


An unidentified girl has been bitten in the leg by a shark off the coast of Queensland.

The nine-year-old was in the waters around North West Island when the she was bitten by the shark. The unidentified girl was assisted by paramedics and a rescue helicopter. She was taken to Heron Island where a Brundaberg based rescue helicopter and Volunteer Marine Rescue met the paramedics. 

The girl was treated for lacerations on her leg and was in stable condition. 

Source: Brisbane Times

 



2020-01-04

Man Dies in Western Australia after Being Bitten by Great White

An unidentified man has died while diving off the coast of Cull Island near the south coast town of Esperance.

Surf Life Saving WA confirmed the diver was bitten by a great white shark around 1:30 pm. Police confirmed the victim was in the area on a boat, and diving at the moment of the incident. A woman who was on board the boat at the time was returned to shore suffering from shock and taken by St. John Ambulance to a hospital.

The search for the man is ongoing as fisheries officers, police air wing and divers conduct patrols in the area.

Source: news.com.au



2019-12-30

Tourist injured by Shark in Seychelles

A French national was severely injured after being bitten by a shark over the weekend, but is in stable condition, acording to the French ambassador to Seychelles.

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) stated that the 45-year-old woman was severely injured on her arm while swimming at Amitie Beach on Praslin.

STB said the shark incident occured around 7 p.m. at an estuary where the victim was swimming and that no precisions were given on the kind of shark that bit her. The victim was airlifted and rushed to the Seychelles Hospital on the main island of Mahe for treatment.

The French ambassador to Seychelles, Dominique Mas, stated that he visited the victim in hospital whom he said had surgery and is in stable condition.

The French national is on holiday in Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean. 

Source:www.seychellesnewsagency.com 

 

 



2019-12-29

Man Airlifted after Central Queensland Shark Bite

A middle-aged man has been airlifted to hospital with minor injuries after a shark bite off the central Queensland coast.

The shark incident occurred in waters off North West Island in the Coral Sea, about 76 kilometres north-west of Gladstone.

Paramedics responded to what was reported as a shark bite to the leg around 1pm today.

"The crew there has found the patient was ... bitten by a shovel-nosed shark and sustained minor lacerations to his lower limbs and hand," Gladstone senior operations supervisor Alistair Vagg stated.

The helicopter crew treated the middle-aged man on the scene before he was airlifted in a stable condition to Gladstone Hospital for further treatment and assessment.

The largest island in the Capricornia Cays National Park, North West Island features a camping area accessible only by boat that can accommodate up to 150 people.

Source: www.brisbanetimes.com



2019-12-27

Human Remains Discovered in Shark

Body parts believed to be those of a man who went missing early December have been found in the stomach of a tiger shark caught in a program to reduce shark incidents off Renunion Island in the Indian Ocean.  

Two human arms and a bracelet were found in the stomach of the 11-foot shark which was dissected by scientists as a part of the preventive fishing program. The family of the man in question who went missing while kayaking identified the bracelet found in the sharks stomach. The condition of remains indicate they were not ingested within the last 48 hours.

It is unclear whether the man drowned and was eaten or was killed as a result of a shark bite.

Source: DW.com



2019-12-26

Surf Ski Paddler Encounters Shark in South Africa

 

A person fell victim to a shark incident in South Africa.

Little information has been provided regarding the incident that happened early morning on Boxing Day. According the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, a surf ski paddler encountered a shark off Nahoon Reef in the Eastern Cape around 7 a.m.

The city confirmed the incident and reported there were no injuries sustained but the area is being monitored.

Source: The South African



2019-12-24

Shark Bites Boat in Shellharbour

 

Three fishermen encountered a shark trying to come aboard their boat.

The men were in their boat a few miles off Shellharbour, New South Wales when the shark came out of the water and tried to board the boat

"My mate had just put his line in off the back, when all of a sudden a great white tried to jump in the boat," Jason Dunn said.

"It came out of nowhere - he had to sprint to the front of the boat.

"It then slid back into the water, and we could feel it go under the boat - we could feel it bumping it.

"Then it came round to the driver's side where I was and started pushing it sideways and then took a bite out of the boat.

"You can see the serrated teeth marks where it's been gouged."

They immediately started the boat and headed off. While the shark did follow them in the wake for a bit, no one was injured.

Source: Illawarra Mercury



2019-12-22

Man Bitten by Shark off California Coast

A 37-year-old man was bitten by a shark while surfing near Santa Barbara, CA.

The unidentified man was surfing northwest of Santa Rosa Island when he was bitten. The coast guard was called and was told a tournequet had been placed on the man's leg to prevent bleeding. The man was hoisted to safety and taken to the airport where he was transported to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara for further medical treatment.The man was reported to be stable.

“This individual was fortunate to be with a buddy who was able to communicate their position to the Coast Guard. We are all happy that he will be able to be with his family in time for the holidays,” Lt. Benjamin McIntyre-Coble, the Coast Guard Sector-Los Angeles Long Beach command duty officer, said in a statement.

Source: Daily News



2019-12-19

Spear-Fisherman Dragged 50 Yards off Shore in South Africa

Theodore Prinsloo (47) of Wellington had the close encounter with a five-yard Great White Shark shortly after spearing a mussel cracker off the coast of South Africa.

Theodore Prinsloo was spear-fishing near Plettenberg Bay when the shark grabbed the musselcracker he had caught and dragged the man about 54 yards before being able to free himself and get to shore safely. 

A witness reported the shark had taken the spear-fisherman and that only his fishing floatation buoy could be seen on the surface about 225 yards offshore but there was no sign of Prinsloo. 

Authorities were called and a rescue vessel was launched and recovered the buoy with only a head of the fish attached. A man was seen in a wetsuit on the shore but it was unclear if it was the spear-fisherman until a short while later when Prinsloo contacted the authorities and reported he was unharmed also stating, "About 20 minutes after catching an approximately 8kg to 9kg musselcracker that he hooked to a floatation buoy attached to his speargun, the shark grabbed the fish and made off out to sea, dragging the buoy and him with it.”

Prinsloo was able to release the flotation buoy after being dragged for a distance of about 50 yards towards deep sea and he quickly swam ashore. 

Source: Herald Live



2019-12-17

Human Remains Wash Ashore an Australian beach

Human remains have washed ashore a beach in Australia is likely from the victim of a shark related incident, according to local news reports.  

A resident of North Beach at Mylestom, New South Wales reported that a "substantial part of the leg" was found covered in what appeared to be a wetsuit and with the foot still attached. "It's been suggested that it's been in the water for quite some time." 
Police are now investigating the incident. "Shortly after 2 p.m., police were called to North Beach at Mylestom, South of Coffs Harbour” reported a spokesman for New South Wales Police Force. Investigating officers believe they are that of a swimmer, surfer or diver.

A forensics team is analyzing the leg for more information, including how long ago the unidentified individual died and if the bites were before or post mortem. It is possible that the leg floated in the ocean for hundreds of miles before ending up on the beach.

No further information is available at this time.

Source: Newsweek

 



2019-12-07

Man Bitten while Snorkeling in Australia

A 57-year-old man has been bitten by what is believed to be a shark in Australia.  

The Peter O’Halloran was snokelling when he was bitten, and he received a deep slash-like cut to his arm.

He was taken to Exmouth Hospital where he was treated before he was flown to Perth to be admitted to Sir Charles Gairdener Hospital for further treatment.

“It goes right through the meat. They said there was a bit of bone missing. That’s right through the top, through all the meat there.” Mr O’Halloran stated.

 Fisheries officers are working to identify the type of shark, and will be on the water until this afternoon monitoring the area.

The beach has been closed one either side of Exmouth Marina as a precaution, and people have been warned to be careful around the Exmouth Gulf.

Source: WAToday.com

 



2019-12-04

Shark Bites Inflatable Board 200 Yards Offshore

A 57-year-old man encountered a shark while paddle boarding in Hawaii.

Larry Oberto was about 200 yards off South Maui shore paddle boarding on an inflatable board when he noticed a lot of fish jumping from the water. He figured there was probably a shark in the area so decided to head back to shore. Shortly after a shark bit the back of his inflatable. 

“Next thing I know, bam! My board gets bit, I fall off, all I’m thinking is get on the board, lie flat, don’t stick any arms out in the water. As soon as I get back, on I get on quick,” said Oberto.

Another paddle boarder nearby helped Oberto back to shore with the shark lurking behind. He says the shark, about 10-12 feet long, then started following them as they raced back to shore. 

“I’m thinking it’s 200 plus yards to shore. If I don’t get a ride it’s gonna be me and the shark swimming. So he comes over and gets my paddle and I hang on the back of his board with my flat board giving me protection and buoyancy,” said Oberto.

Warning signs are posted from Cove Park to Waipuilani Park. Officials will inspect the area tomorrow to determine if it’s safe to go in the water.

Oberto says he will go stand up paddling again but not with an inflatable board, and not by himself.

Source: Khon2.com

 



2019-12-02

Boy Knocked of Board by Shark in Florida

A 7-year-old boy was knocked off his board while surfing at New Smyrna Beach in Florida.

Over the weekend, Shaun Moore and his son Chandler were surfing some big waves when after 15 minutes Chandler was hit by a black tip shark and knocked into the water. At first his father thought it was a large fish but GoPro video revealed that is was a shark instead. 

Shaun, who is a former professional wakeboarder, said he had been out in the water with his son for about 15 minutes when the shark sighting happened.

“Chandler caught a wave — I typically push him into the wave and then I stand in the water [while] he paddles back to me — so I noticed on that wave that he fell off the side of the board kinda awkwardly,” Shaun recalls. “And I said, ‘Hey what happened?'”

The two thought nothing of it and kept surfing and it wasn’t until the two returned to shore and viewed the video and saw that it was a shark. 

The boy was not hurt in the incident. 

Source: People



2019-12-01

Man Struck by Shark while Snorkeling in Australia

A 30-year-old man was stuck by a shark while snorkelling in Queensland, AU

Paramedics were called to Bargara, near Bundaberg, for a shark bite. Upon arrival the victim was already being driven to the hospital by his partner. 

The unidentified man received bruises across his chest and abdomen and a laceration on his foot in which the cause is unknown. 

He was taken in a stable condition to Bundaberg Hospital.

Source: Yahoo News

 



2019-11-27

Young Girl Bitten by Shark in Knee-Deep Water

A 9-year-old girl was bitten in the leg by a shark in knee-deep water while on vacation with her family in Florida.

Maggie Crum, was in the water off the coast of New Smyrna Beach when she felt a sharp pain in her leg, .

"It felt like a grab at first and then it just ripped into the skin, and that’s when it hurt and felt like a bite," she stated.

The fourth grader received 12 stitches in her leg after the bite but has no hesitation about going back into the ocean.

“What are the odds that you’re going to be bit twice?" she said.

Source: www.wellstonjournal.com



2019-11-26

Man Encounters Shark while Snorkeling in Israel

A man encountered a shark while snorkeling off the coast of Hadera in central Israel. 

Hanan Shaul was snorkeling near the industrial plant along the coast of Hadera which annually draws schools of sharks. Shaul stated, 

"Two days ago I waded into the sea… and after about an hour in the water, I moved to an area near the Hadera power station, which is where I met the sharks. During the dive, I drifted around 10 yards away from my two friends. Other than the three of us, there were only fishermen in the area. I was in murky waters some 30 yards from the beach when I started swimming to shore.Suddenly a shark caught my flipper and started thrashing my leg. It was extremely powerful. Thankfully, he only ripped off the flipper and it ended there." 

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Source: Isreal Hayom



2019-11-24

Man Films Shark Encounter while Fishing

A kayaker encountered a great white off the coast of South Africa. 

Kayaker, Bradley Beamish, filmed a shark aggressively following him after he stated it bit his kayak. Beamish was fishing off the coast of East London, South Africa when the incident occurred. Click here to watch footaage

No injuries were reported.

Source: Daily Star 



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. 

Click Here to watch the news video.

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.

Click Here to watch the news video.

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.

Click Here to watch the news video

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.

www.palmbeachpost.com


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

www.dailymail.co.uk


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.

www.bali.coconuts.co


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.

www.illawarramercury.com


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 wo