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.
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.
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.
An unnamed surfer suffered a minor wound from a shark bite on the back of his left leg below the knee. He was surfing about 20-30 metres offshore of Singer Island, Riviera Beach, Florida, US on Monday 19 June 2017 when the incident happened.
He paddled ashore and was treated by paramedics on the beach.
The surfer told Jarrod Hedrick who was on the beach at the time, that he saw bait fish in front of him as he was surfing. Then he saw a dark shadow followed by pain in his leg. He suffered a 3-5 cm laceration on the back of his left calf.
The species and size of shark was not mentioned. No other details were reported.
Rich Thompson, 30, suffered some minor lacerations to his thumb and hand when he punched a small shark that had latched onto his leg while he was surfing off the coast of Bantham in South Devon, England on 6 June 2017.
Although his injuries are minor the incident caused a lot of hype in the British media because it is believed to be the first shark attack in British waters.
Thomson said the shark was about 3 feet long. Shark experts said it was probably a smooth hound shark.
“I turned round and saw this little shark was on my thigh and wriggling its head side to side.
“I hit it on the head and it swam off. My hand was cut to pieces.”
He said he thought his thick winter wetsuit protected him from being injured more seriously when the shark bit on his leg.
“I went home and told my wife I was late because I had been bitten by a shark.
“She said ‘I’ve heard that one before’, but it was true.
“It won’t stop me going back in the water and it shouldn’t stop anyone, I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I have never caught any fish while fishing but the biggest one I’ve ever caught attached itself to my leg.”
Tiffany Johnson, 32, was snorkeling off Athol Island, Bahamas on 2 June 2017 when what is thought to be a tiger shark bit off her right arm below the elbow.
Her husband James had swum back to the boat 10 minutes earlier.
“I just stayed out for a little bit longer because there was a part of the reef I hadn’t seen yet,” she was quoted as saying.
“I was just floating there for the most part. I wasn’t moving my arms and legs very much, because I didn’t want to disturb the fish.
“I didn’t feel any pain. I just felt like I had run into something. I thought I had bumped into something.
“I causally looked to the right and I was face to face with a shark, and he had my arm in his mouth.
“He didn’t struggle at first. He was just kind of sitting there with my arm in his mouth, almost as if he was waiting for me to do something. It was very strange.
“It registered what was going on, so I went to pull my arm back and that’s when the struggle began.
“We struggled for some time, it wasn’t very long, and then I was able to break free because he had taken my arm.”
She threw off her snorkeling gear and screamed for help. Her husband jumped in the water and swam to his wife and met her when she was about halfway back to the boat.
James said: “I looked over there and I just saw blood all over in the water, all around her. She’s saying, ‘help me, help me, Jesus,’ and she’s praying as she’s swimming back with one hand. Her other hand raised above the water. It was just unreal. My biggest concern was to get her back to the boat, hoping and just praying the shark wasn’t following us.”
Once on board the boat they wrapped her severed arm in a towel to stem the bleeding.
It wasn’t until they reached an ambulance that she felt pain. At that point, the pain was excruciating.
The crew rushed her to a local hospital in the Bahamas where doctors performed initial surgery to try to save as much of her arm as possible.
The couple were then flown to Charlotte, North Carolina, US, where Tiffany had further surgery at Carolinas Medical Center.