Spearfisherman’s leg mauled by great white – 24 November 2017 – Stillwater Cove, Carmel, California, US

Grigor Azatian
Grigor Azatian

Grigor Azatian, 25, was spearfishing with his father in Carmel Bay, California, when he was attacked by a great white while coming to the surface

Grigor recounts the attack: They were diving in an area near Stillwater Cove, Pebble Beach, Carmel. His dad, Armen had no luck, but Grigor speared two nice-sized lingcod and a cabezon, then directed his dad to his fishing spot.

While his dad went off in search of prey, he took photos with an underwater camera, then dove in again with his spear. It was then he saw the great white – and the shark saw him and appeared to swim away.

He surfaced to warn his father of the shark, and while he scanned the water waiting for his dad to surface, the shark returned from behind and attacked.

The shake bit into his thigh and lower leg.

“The shark grabbed him and didn’t let him go, and took at least two bites,” said his father.

“It was horrifying; his muscles were torn apart.

He’s quoted as saying: “I didn’t have that luxury to panic, to scream and be emotional,” he said. “I had to concentrate and do everything possible to help my son.”

“He tried to fight with the shark. I don’t think he could do much, maybe pushing, moving his legs.”  He punched the shark’s face and kicked. He managed to free himself, screaming, then swam about 20 yards to the dinghy. His father surfaced about 30 yards away and reached the boat shortly after.

Lying with his mangled leg in the boat, Grigor asked that his constricting wetsuit be cut open.

“He was very calm,” he father said. He wrapped a tourniquet around his son’s leg.

“I was just trying to keep calm to help him somehow.”

The motored the dingy to the pier at Pebble Beach and shouted to a fisherman to call 911. He was taken to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas. He underwent a 2-hour surgery and then a follow up surgery two days later which was successful.


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14-year-old surfer bitten on foot by spinner shark – 18 November 2017 — Floridana Beach, Florida, US

Kaia Anderson, surfing.
Kaia Anderson, surfing. Photo: Florida Today / Ted Wittemann

Kaia Anderson, 14, was bitten on the foot by a spinner shark while surfing with friends at Floridana Beach, Florida, United States.

The incident occurred an hour or two before sunset on 18 November 2017.

“I felt a tug on my leg,” she said and shouted to her friends that she been bitten. They turned and caught a wave to the beach.

Kaia Anderson recovers from shark bite to her foot.
Kaia Anderson recovers from shark bite to her foot.

A witness said when she got to shore she couldn’t stand up. A nearby fisherman carried her to a the beach access. A friend of Kaia who had been watching the surf, wrapped his shirt around her ankle. They called an ambulance and she was taken to Sebastian River Medical Center.

She needed 100 stitches to mend the shark bite wound, including 3 tendons that were damaged.

Kaia’s father said the shark was likely swimming toward food, but clamped onto Kaia’s heel instead. He said after the shark bit Kaia it immediately let go.


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Surfer punches shark, escapes with minor wounds – 13 November 2017 – Avoca Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Charlie Fry, 25, was surfing with four friends about 40 metres from shore at Avoca Beach when a shark tried to bite him. He was not seriously injured and suffered bite marks to his shoulder and arm.

Charlie Fry shows his shark bite wounds.
Charlie Fry shows his shark bite wounds.

The incident took place around 4pm (local time) on 13 November 2017.

“I saw a shark’s head come out of the water, with its teeth, and I just punched it in the face,” he told the press.

“I didn’t feel the teeth going in, it felt like I was smacked, it felt like a hand, a hand grabbing me, shaking me.

“It was just pure adrenaline, I genuinely thought I was going to die, like ‘you’re about to be eaten alive by a shark’, so everything slowed down, like ‘get on your board and surf’.”

He got back on his board and paddled ashore.

Two of Fry’s three friends were doctors who took good care of him before taking him to Gosford Hospital.

Fry said he thought the shark was around 5 to 6-foot long. The species of shark was not reported.

It is not the first time a surfer has been attacked at the popular surf spot. In October 2014, surfer Kirra-Belle Olsson was attacked by a shark in almost the same place along the beach.

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Man dies from shark bite while night swimming – 4 November 2017 – Guardalavaca, Cuba

Guardalavaca beach, Cuba - fatal shark attack
Guardalavaca beach, Cuba

A 22-year-old man (unidentified) died of his wounds after a shark bit his left leg while he was having a night swim with 5 friends just three metres off Guardalavaca beach in Cuba.

The incident occurred around 11pm on Saturday 4 November 2017.

According to reports he repeatedly called out to his friends: “Get me, a shark is biting me!.”

The shark bit into the man’s left thigh severing the femoral artery.

Some reports say his friends hit the shark with a bottle and managed to wrestle the man out of the shark’s jaws.

The group helped get the victim to shore where others helped carry him to the nearby International Health and Tourism Clinic of Guardalavaca.

However, the man died within minutes before he could be taken to a hospital.

Dr Enrique Remedios Contis, who received the patient at the clinic, was quoted in local media as saying the shark attack victim “had a wide and deep bite from a marine animal on his left thigh that must have affected the femoral artery”.

The species of shark was not identified, but it is suspected it could have been a bull shark, which are common in Cuban waters.

According to SharkAttackData – the last fatal shark attack in Cuba was in 1957. The last non-fatal shark attack in Cuba was in 2009.


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Woman suffers serious wounds to arm in shark attack – 23 October 2017 – Ocean Reef Park, Singer Island, Florida

Ocean Reef Park, Singer Island where Susan Peteka was attacked by a shark
Ocean Reef Park, Singer Island
Susan Peteka shows her bandaged arm following treatment of her shark attack wounds
Susan Peteka shows her bandaged arm following treatment of her shark attack wounds

Susan Peteka, 60, suffered serious wounds to her left arm hand when she was bitten by a shark while taking her regular morning swim off Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island, Palm Beach County, Florida.

 

The shark species was not recorded.

“I was swimming my last couple of strokes, about to get out. And all of a sudden, I remember lifting my arm and the next thing you know, wham!,” she said.

“I just looked down, I saw two fingers droop immediately. I started seeing blood coming out of my radial artery.”

“I just said ‘Swim for your life! Swim for your life! Swim for your life!’ And I just did that,” she said. “I kicked myself in, just kicking.”

Peteka’s was the first of two shark attacks on 23 October 2017 off Palm Beach County, Florida. The second shark attack was on teenage surfer Jason Hartl.

“I knew I had to get to shore quick or I would have been dead,” she told the press. “You have superhuman strength that you don’t know you had until something like that happens to you. It’s a primal thing. You just do it.”

Peteka managed to get to shore where she bled profusely and became light-headed.

“I just started screaming, ‘Help me, I’m going to die,'” Peteka said.

A nearby resident heard her cries, called 911 and wrapped a towel above the wound.

She was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

An orthopedic hand surgeon at the hospital, Dr. Thomas Saylor, said her hand was “shredded”, adding that it appeared the shark shook her wrist from side to side.

“Her bite wounds are pretty traumatic,” Saylor said. “It’s a devastating injury.”

Her injuries to her left hand and wrist included 20 torn tendons and

ligaments, a severed artery, two fractured bones and nerve damage.

Doctors found a piece of shark tooth wedged in her wrist bone.

“It’s going to keep me out of the water,” Peteka said. “I love swimming with a passion. But now, I can’t look at it. I can’t think about it. I don’t know that I can ever go back again.”

 

 

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