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.
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.
Jason Hartl, 17, was surfing on the south side of the Juno Beach Pier when he was bitten on the left foot, by a shark – believed to be a black tip shark. He needed more than 50 stitches to mend the bite.
He was about 200 metres from shore when the incident happened on 23 October 2017.
The shark bit his foot and pulled him off his surfboard into the water.
“I was like paddling out and then I was just about to where I wanted to be to like catch a wave and then all of a sudden a shark came up and bit my foot,” he told the media.
He managed to get back on his board and paddle to shore.
“I felt like my whole foot was dangling,” said Hartl. “I started paddling. I didn’t want to look at it and get all panicked.”
Once on shore he collapsed after telling a boy he had been bitten by a shark. A lifeguard covered the wound until paramedics arrived and transported him to Jupiter Medical Center where his wound was stitched up.
Although he only saw the shark’s tail, he thought it could have been a black tip shark, about 3 to 4 feet long.
“I was lucky but not everyone could be as lucky as me and they could potentially lose their foot.”
He told media: “What I wish I would’ve done differently is stayed away from the pier just because I definitely think that enhanced my chances of getting bit because sharks are attracted to the bait in the water.” He said that when he was bitten about 15 people were fishing from the Juno Beach Pier, and he was 25-50 feet south of the pier when he was bitten.
Mitch Milan, 54, was surfing at Davidson’s surf spot, near Kekaha on Kauai island, Hawaii, in the evening of 9 October 2017 when he was bitten on his left hand by a shark. He suffered serious lacerations which required 50 stitches.
“I was outside of the waves, just waiting for a set wave to come in, and all of a sudden, my worst nightmare. Any surfer’s worst nightmare,” he’s quoted as saying by Hawaii News Now.
“I don’t know how I got my hand out of its mouth but all of a sudden, I’m on my back and then the thing kind of swings around and it’s looking at me, and I’m just going, ‘Please God, let me live.
“I’m backpedalling and trying to get my board back from him because he had it in his mouth. It’s like, ‘What do you do?’ ” he said.
The shark – thought to be 10-foot Tiger shark – bit his hand and took a chunk out of his board.
The attack occurred at 6.30pm, at dusk, a time notorious for shark activity when they are thought to come inshore to feed.
Milan was surfing with Gary Watkins, who paddled over to try to help. But when Watkins arrived, Milan pulled his board away from the shark, by its leash, and caught a wave to shore.
Watkins said he saw the shark next to him while he waited 30 seconds for another wave. “Then a wave came to me and I just bombed out of there,” he said. “It was done.”
Milan said that despite excessive bleeding in the moments after the attack, he made it to shore purely on adrenaline, and sought help at a local hospital.
“I consider myself very, very blessed to be alive,” he said. “That’s the one thing, when you’re looking at this creature that wants to eat you.”
Catherine Vissers, 28, escaped injury when a Great White shark struck her surfboard from underneath launching her into the air.
The 3.5 metre shark left bite marks in her board.
The incident happened just before 6pm at the North Point surf spot, near Gracetown, southwest Australia on Monday 25 September 2017.
Surfer Tom Van Beem was the only other person in the water at the time. He’s quoted in the press as saying:
“I felt the water move underneath me and then all of a sudden the girl next to me was knocked off her board by this huge shark.
“She’s just sort of got knocked up and over and there was a big splash and then I saw the shark’s body follow with the pectoral fin and the tail.
“The shark came out of the water and landed in between us.
“I was only a few meters away.
“I’m a lifeguard, and I have some training for shark situations, so the first thing I did was ask if she was OK; I knew that if the shark had hit one of her major arteries, she would have only had a minute or so before she’d pass out from blood loss.
“Once she said she was OK, we paddled 50 meters straight to the rocks, floated over the barnacles, and scurried up as fast as possible.
“I just put my head down and paddled as fast as I could.
“I had this sinking feeling that it was going to hit me, but we’re very lucky that no one was injured and everyone’s fine, just a few minor dings on her board.
“It must have had its mouth open because there was three pretty big teeth marks in her board.
“She was pretty rattled, tearing up, just kind of in shock I guess. I think we all were.
“If it wanted to, it could’ve taken a big limb or something like that.
Catherine, from Belgium, told Dutch newspaper Nieuwsblad: “Ik heb er niets van gezien. Ik dacht dat het een stomme dolfijn was. (I didn’t see anything. I thought it was a dumb dolphin.)
Her father was quoted as saying when he asked her if she would go back in the water she said: “Oh Dad, I’ve been attacked. The chance that a shark will hit me again, is minimal.”
Youtube: Tom Van Beem decribes of the shark attack