Shark bites kayaker’s ski – FRIGHTENED – 11 July 2017 – Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, US

Steve Lawson points out where the Great White shark bit his ski off Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California
Steve Lawson points out where the Great White shark bit his ski off Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California

Steve Lawson was kayaking outside the kelp beds at the Steamer Lane surf spot in Santa Cruz when a great white bit the front of his ski and knocked him into the water.

The incident happened just before 11am on Tuesday 11 July 2017.

He told the press he used his marine radio to call for a rescue from the Harbor Patrol, but he had to tread water for a few minutes.

“It felt like I hit a rock. I looked in front of me and there was a shark biting the front of my boat. When it let go it knocked me sideways and I fell out.

“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,” he told NBC Bay Area.

According to some reports he had tried to get back into his kayak but couldn’t.

The Harbour Patrol showed up and pulled him out of the water.

The bottom of the kayak showed shallow cracks and damage from the shark’s bite.

“Attacks like these are extremely rare in Santa Cruz County, and we are so thankful that the kayaker was uninjured,” Santa Cruz Fire Chief Jim Frawley was quoted as saying.

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Shark Bite – INJURED – 9 July 2017 – Haulover Beach, Florida, US – swimmer bitten

Freeze frame from Fox News report, shows shark bite victim on Haulover Beach, Florida with bandages on both legs.
Freeze frame from Fox News report, shows shark bite victim on Haulover Beach, Florida with bandages on both legs.

An unidentified man suffered minor lacerations to both his legs when he was bitten by 4-5 foot bull shark while swimming at nude-bathing Haulover Beach, Florida, US.

The incident happened on Sunday 9 July 2017, after the shark was spotted and a lifeguard alerted swimmers to get out the water. The swimmer was bitten while exiting the water.

He made it to shore on his own and was treated by paramedics before being taken to Aventura Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“We went ahead and controlled the bleeding with pressure bandages. It was able to be controlled that way. We packaged him ready for transport by fire rescue,” Lt. Grace Mangas with Miami-Dade Fire Ocean Rescue, was quoted as saying.

According to officials, this is the first reported shark attack at Haulover Beach.

 

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Shark bites surfer’s board – SURFER SCARED – 7 July 2017 – Nahoon Reef, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Zoe Steyn shows her board with the shark bite from great white a Nahoon Reef, South Africa
Zoe Steyn shows her board with the shark bite

Zoe Steyn, a teenager, was surfing Nahoon Reef, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa, on Friday afternoon, 7 July 2017, when a 2.5m-3m Great White shark bit into her board and pulled it from under her. She was not injured.

According to a report in the Daily Dispatch, adaptive surfing champ JP Veaudry, who was in the water at the time ‘swam towards the screaming teen after the shark pulled the board out from beneath her’. He paddled with her to the surfer’s walkway across the reef and helped her ashore.

“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.”

Tristan Wantenaar, 33, who was bodyboarding a few metres in front of Zoe at the time of the attack said he heard her scream and turned around to see the large dorsal fin of the shark thrashing.

“It grabbed her board and thrashed it from side to side. She was trying to get back on her board to get out of the water.”

Zoe was uninjured in the incident.

The shark attack sparked a debate on the Zigzag surf mag forum about whether it was an encounter or an attack.

Zoe’s dad comments on Zigzag forum:

Zoë is my daughter. She is as passionate about the environment as she is about surfing. The declining shark population is of great concern to her! She will be back in the water tomorrow for our local trials. We are very grateful that her encounter/ attack (call it what you will), left her unscathed. Also, all you guys who rushed to her aid and paddled back to shore with her are just awesome! That’s the spirit we try and instill in our children, and testimony to the camaraderie in the surfing community!! We are truly grateful!!!


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Award-winning National Geographic photojournalist and conservationist Brian Skerry specializes in marine wildlife and underwater environments—from tropical coral reefs to polar ice.

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Brian Skerry - National Geographic exhibit
Brian Skerry – National Geographic exhibit

 

 

 

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Shark Bite Video – INJURED – 29 June 2017 – Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, US – wader bitten

Photo from video of wader bitten by shark
Photo from video of wader bitten by shark

A man was bitten by a small shark when he attempted to retrieve it for a fisherman who had caught it near Johnnie Mercer Pier on Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, United States around 7.30pm Thursday, 29 June 2017.

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When he tried to grab the shark, it turned around and bit him on the arm.

“As they were pulling [the shark] in, it whipped around and bit him on the arm,” witness Catherine Patton told WECT. “There was a lot of blood, but they took him away in an ambulance and I think he’s OK.”

His name and the extent of injuries were not reported.

The species of shark was not reported.

It was released back into the ocean, according to WWAY.

 

 
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