Cookie Cutter Shark Takes Bite Out of Swimmer

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61-year-old Mike Spalding received a little bite to his left calf Monday night as he was attempting to swim the nearly 30-mile Alenuihaha Channel from the Big Island to Maui.

Spalding was about 4.5 hours and 11 miles into crossing the channel at about 8 p.m. when he felt a sharp pain on his chest. He immediately began moving over to a kayak accompanying him. About 15 seconds later, he felt a bite to the calf and started bleeding profusely.

The 3″ diameter, 1″ deep wound on the back of his left leg, was most likely inflicted by a cookie cutter shark (famous for taking melon-ball-sized chunks of flesh from its prey.)

Spalding was more upset about having his swim cut short than he was about his injury.
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16 thoughts on “Cookie Cutter Shark Takes Bite Out of Swimmer

  1. DSFlyman

    Most likely caused by??? If I was in the middle of the ocean and had a “melon ball” sized chunk missing from any part of my body, I’d want some answers.

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  2. Alex T

    fuck man if i had any thing like A stupid cookie shark come up and bite me i would fucking eat the damm thing and then mabe grab it and tose it into my python cage and see how long it would servie

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  3. Annoyed Biologist

    this is so dumb they’re not a beast they’re rarely known to bite humans they only come to the surface at night time and they rarely ever kill anything, they’re technically a parasite. get your facts right

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