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Category Archive for 'Shark Attacks' at Swim At Your Own Risk

Archive for the 'Shark Attacks' Category

New Smyrna Beach Breaks Its Own Record With 23rd Shark Bite!!


According to news-journalonline, a 44-year-old surfer landed himself a spot in history when he got nipped by a shark on Sunday at New Smyrna Beach.

The victim became the 23rd shark bite victim of the year. That breaks the 2001 record of 22 bites, a tally that dubbed 2001 the “Year of the Shark.”

According to the Volusia County Beach Patrol, the unidentified man was surfing south of the jetty about noon when he felt something prick his foot.

The damage was minor, but hey… a bite’s a bite.

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Shark Shield!


Evan over at Surftherenow posted these pics of a the damage a shark did to a surfer’s board in Lompoc, CA. The attack happened September 7, but information about the incident was just released this week. “Kyle” was surfing Surfer’s Beach when a 14-16 ft Great White started circling him. The surfer got off his board and used it as a shield, fins out, between him and the shark. Smart move. Kyle managed to escape uninjured. His surfboard… not so lucky.

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Shark Bites Fisherman, Boat Gets Stuck


On Monday, an unlucky Australian fisherman got bit by a shark as he was trying to untangle it from some nets while out at sea trawling for prawns. The boat, 20 hours from land, tried to make a dash for the hospital, but got stuck just as they were reaching land.

Poor Quentin Gorrell was stuck on the boat with a torn up hand. The shark had ripped the tendons in hi index finger to the bone. Ew.

Gorrell was eventually picked up by police in a dinghy and taken to the hospital.

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And We Have a Tie! New Smyrna Gets 22nd Shark Bite!


According to NewsJournalOnline a 32-year-old tourist earned the honor of becoming the 22nd shark bite victim of the year in Volusia County today, tying the previous record set in 2001.

Volusia County Beach Patrol spokesman Capt. Scott Petersohn said the Tennessee visitor was swimming off the 1000 block of Ocean Shore Boulevard in Ormond-by-the-Sea when he was bit once just before noon. The man, whose name is not yet available, was swimming in waist-deep water when a wave knocked him from his feet. While his feet were off the bottom, the swimmer felt something grab his heel.

The shark left a couple nice lacerations on the victim.

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UPDATE: Video of Hawaii Shark Attack Survivor

Todd Murashige held a press conference where he described the details of his attack. he shark clamped onto his right thigh and left him with a wound wrapping around his entire leg. There was a lot of muscle and tendon hanging out. Ew.

More photos here.

Oh, and here’s a map of O’ahu shark attacks since 2001.

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UPDATE: Shark Victim Gets to Keep His Leg

Todd Murashige, the Kane’ohe man who was attacked by a shark off the Crouching Lion restaurant Tuesday afternoon is on the mend and “thinks he’s going to be able to keep his leg.”
Aren Souza, who came to the aid of the victim, spoke with the man by phone yesterday and gave an update on his condition.

“There doesn’t seem to be any nerve damage,” Souza said. “They’re going to check his wounds in a couple of days.”

The victim was about three-quarters of a mile offshore in the same area as Souza when he was attacked. Todd and Souza, 26, paddled their boards in and Souza was able to wrap the wound with a towel, hail a passing truck and call 911. The attack was over in seconds. The shark struck, the victim yelled and was pulled under water.

Firefighters at the scene had credited Souza with saving Todd’s life, but Souza said Todd was the calm one, telling Souza what he had to do.

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Shark Bites Surfer in Kaaawa!


A 40-year-old surfer is in serious condition after being bitten by a shark at the Crouching Lion surf spot in Kaaawa. The man was rushed to Queen’s Medical Center.

The victim (who apparently might lose his leg) was surfing about 300 yards off shore. The shark bit him on the calf and pulled him off his board, and then it bit him again on the thigh. He also had cuts on his hands from the shark’s teeth when he stuck his hands in its mouth trying to get away. The man managed to make the 15 minute paddle back to shore where paramedics took him to the hospital.

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Simultaneous Shark Attacks!


Talk about teamwork. Two people surfing off Ponce Inlet were bitten by sharks at the same time today!

Just after noon, a lifeguard reported that a surfer had been bitten by a shark. Then, just minutes later, another person walked on shore with wound from a shark bite on his foot too.

The victims have been identified as 15-year-old male from Casselberry and a 43-year-old man from Ponce Inlet. Both were treated for minor injuries and released on the scene.

These are the 20th and 21st shark bites in Volusia County this year.

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Say OUCH! Shark Bites Man’s Arm as He Poses For Photos!


Stephen Perkins, 52, hauled a Blue Shark on board his boat off Lundy Island in the UK on Saturday but the shark wasn’t in the mood for photos.

As Perkins was preparing to unhook the shark, it sank its teeth into his wrist, earning Perkins a place in history as the first documented case of a man being bitten by a Blue Shark off British waters.

Perkins lost a lot of blood and needed reconstructive surgery. He had to be taken by helicopter to North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple. He was released on Sunday.

The man says he’ll go fishing again, but he’ll will remember to pick the shark up by the blunt end next time.

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UPDATE: Pictures!

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Shark + Tattered Shorts + Missing Swimmer = TROUBLE


A Great White shark was spotted today about an eighth-of-a mile from where a pair of tattered board shots belonging to a missing 27-year-old swimmer were found.

The white shorts appeared to have teeth marks in them.

Chadwick Chun Fat, a Big Island fire rescue specialist, saw the 25 ft great white shark from a helicopter and later dived into the ocean and found parts of the tattered shorts and pieces of underwear belonging to the missing swimmer.

The missing man had been drinking at McKenzie State Park Saturday night when he jumped into the ocean just before dark and got into trouble.

Friends threw him makeshift flotation and tried to string ropes together, but they couldn’t reach him.

The shark was spotted today swimming parallel to McKenzie State Park where the swimmer was swept away from the steep and rocky shoreline last night during a night of drinking and partying.

I smell trouble.

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