Surfer Bitten By Shark in Hawaii!

An Oahu surfer is recovering from a shark bite. He was attacked at White Plains Beach, in Ewa Beach this afternoon. A friend who was with him at the time says the victim was bitten on the leg. They were about 100 feet from the shore when it happened.

“I just see a big tail that’s just as long as him. And it flips him over, goes in the water, and then for a little bit he’s under there. And he comes up and he looks at me and I look at him and we just turn around and we straight paddle straight for the shore,” remembers Paul Spencer.

The surfer was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Officials closed White Plains Beach and Nimitz Beach after the attack.


Tourist Killed in Brazil Shark Attack!

A young tourist has died after being attacked by a shark as she swam off a beach in northeastern Brazil. Bruna Gobbi, an 18-year-old resident of Sao Paulo, was rushed to the Restauracao hospital in Recife after Monday’s attack.

“She lost a lot of blood” and died of her injuries after her leg was amputated, said a hospital official who asked not to be named. “We knew there were risks of a shark attack but I thought this would occur in a deeper sector,” the victim’s cousin, Daniele Souza, told Globo television.

A total of 58 shark attacks, 28 of them fatal, have been reported over the past 21 years in Recife, one the most popular seaside resorts in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, according to a state agency that has been tracking shark attacks since 1922.


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Shark Kills Girl Just Meters From Shore!

A 15-year-old French girl on vacation in St. Paul, Reunion was killed in a shark attack while snorkeling in the Indian Ocean. According to the BBC, it is the second fatal shark attack near the island this year.

The Daily Mail reports that the young lady’s body was cut in two at the torso with part of her body taken away with the shark.

“The girls were in an area of St Paul bay where swimming is not allowed. She would have died instantly. The operation to recover the upper part of her body is ongoing,” said Gina Hoarau, the head of public safety on the island.

Previous attacks have been further off the coast on surfers and wind surfers, reports France24, but the young girl was just “a few meters” offshore. A couple weeks prior to the fatal attack, authorities had warned water enthusiasts to be on the lookout.


Shark Bite At North Carolina Beach!

A woman is recovering from a shark bite that happened in the water off of a North Carolina beach.

According to police in Holden Beach, 63-year-old Barbara Corey of Supply in Brunswick County was bitten on the foot by a shark Thursday afternoon. She was standing in water between three and four feet deep when she felt the bite. Police say she started thrashing in the water before making her way to shore for help.

Corey was hospitalized and is listed in stable condition. There’s no word on what type of shark bit her.


Alligator Bites Teen on Head!

A teenage boy miraculously survived an alligator attack on Monday afternoon, despite having his head bitten by the reptile. Andrew Hudson, 17, escaped with 19 stitches and staples in his head after the terrifying encounter in Geneva, Florida. The teen said the alligator, which was between nine and ten feet long, suddenly attacked as he swam in the Econ River at the Little Big Econ State Park near Geneva.

Hudson was rushed to the hospital where he underwent three hours of surgery on Monday night. Surgeons closed the wound with a combination of staples and stitches.

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Shark Bite Victim Used Martial Arts Training to Escape Shark!

Joshua Watson, a 14-year-old from Summerville is recovering after undergoing surgery for a shark bite that happened while he was swimming at Kiawah Island’s Beachwalker Park on Tuesday.

The teen is a 2nd degree black belt in karate. He used his martial arts training to fight off the shark.

“So I tried to jerk my ankle away and I accidentally punched the shark,” said Watson.

Delivering a quick punch to the nose, Watson says it was instinct when his karate skills kicked in.

“I think it did scare it,” said Watson.

Playing a game in the water that turned all too real, Watson and his sister were pretending to be sharks while swimming.

Watson said, “At first I was actually really surprised because I never thought I would get bit by a shark, so it was kind of scary at first.”

The punch may have turned the shark away, but not before it left a row of teeth marks on Watson’s right leg.

“I tried to stay calm because the more your adrenaline rushes, the more blood comes out,” said Watson.

He learned that trick from a movie, not Jaws the all time classic shark movie, but Soul Surfer. It’s a movie about the true story of a young woman’s journey back to surfing after losing her arm to a horrific shark bite.

While Watson will make a full recovery, Arnold Postell Senior Bioloigist at the South Carolina Aquarium says low visibility in the water could be the reason the shark bit the teenager.

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Shark Bites Kayak off Pacifica — Man Safe

A shark chomped a kayaker’s boat off a Pacifica, CA beach on Tuesday, but the man escaped unharmed, police said.

The incident happened off Pacifica State Beach at 4:55 p.m. as the man was fishing, said Pacifica police Capt. Joe Spanheimer.

A shark swam up to the fisherman, “bit the kayak, then briefly circled around the craft before swimming away,” Spanheimer said.

The kayaker escaped injury and returned to shore.


Stingray Attacks on the Rise in SoCal!

There has been an increase in the number of stingray attacks at Southern California beaches this month, according to officials. San Diego beach goers and lifeguards have seen a number of them along the coast, and officials are warning people to be careful when swimming. Lifeguard Supervisor Kevin Pearsall said it’s important to shuffle your feet when entering the water.

If stung by a stingray, officials recommend seeing a doctor to check for barbs left by the animal’s stinger. Last year, Huntington Beach city beaches saw an all-time record number of stingray injuries last year, with more than 400 seen by November.


14 Foot Shark Bites Swimmer at Kona Coast Beach!

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The Department of Land and Natural Resources reopened Big Island’s Kekaha Kai State Park after an aerial survey Thursday morning did not sight any sharks in waters off the park. The park, located 2.6 miles north of Keahole airport in Kailua-Kona, was closed Tuesday after a tiger shark bit Kailua-Kona resident James Kerrigan, a Transportation Security Administration employee, on the leg in Mahaiula Bay. Kerrigan was swimming with his fiancee and six friends.

Kerrigan, 28, said he never saw a shark that bit him, and it wasn’t until he saw his own blood in the water that he realized what had happened.


Boy Bitten by Shark at Surfside Beach!

A 15-year-old boy was airlifted to a hospital after he fought off a shark at Surfside beach Monday afternoon. It happened around 2:45pm in a section of the beach about three miles north of the town of Surfside. A church group was out in the water and a 15-year-old boy from Needville was about waist-deep when he encountered a four-foot shark.Freeport police say the teen was bitten twice, once on his left leg and once on his left hand.