Shark bites wader on foot – 21 August 2017 – Bon Secour Wildlife Rescue, Alabama, US

Barbara Porter Parks wrote in to Shark Attack Watch’s Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/sharkattackwatch — to say she’d been bitten on the left foot by a small shark while in shallow water at Bon Secour Wildlife Rescue near Gulf Shores, Alabama, US. She suffered minor lacerations to her left foot.

The incident happened about 5.15pm Monday, 21 August 2017.

Wader bitten by small shark at Bon Secour Wildlife Rescue near Gulf Shores, Alabama, US
Wader bitten by small shark at Bon Secour Wildlife Rescue near Gulf Shores, Alabama, US

She said: “I was ankle deep in the water looking at some fish. I turned to tell my husband to come get a pic of the fish and boom! I felt something clamp down on the bone below my big toe. I honestly thought I’d stepped on a crab. I told my husband something bit me and we saw the marks and bleeding. It was strange lol.

“We rinsed it with bottled water and headed home where I showered and washed it with soap and water. That was followed by cleaning with diluted hydrogen peroxide and Neosporin.

“Despite my friends’ plea for me to go to the ER, I did not and all is fine.”

Barbara said she asked a marine biologist she met at Shark Week what type of shark it could have been and was told it was probably a small shark that was scouring the bottom and mistook her foot for buried prey.

The species was not identified.

 

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.

Watch video here…

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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INJURED – 26 June 2011 — North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, US – body boarder / wader bitten

Casssidy Cartwright - shark attack victimCassidy Cartwright, 10, was bitten on her lower right leg by a shark while standing in 3.5 feet of water at North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, US. The unprovoked attack happened on Sunday 26 June 2011. The species of shark is not known.

She was playing with her bodyboard when the shark bit her and dragged her down.

“It pulled me down, and it hurt. I just thought it was somebody messing around, and I found out that it wasn’t ‘cause it pulled me down again,” she was quoted as saying.

“My leg was cut wide open and it was bleeding really badly,” she said.

She was brought ashore by her mother with the help of a friend. They wrapped a towel around the wound. Paramedics called a helicopter to airlift her to UNC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Her mother said that at first she thought she had stepped on something in the water. She fell once. Then she fell again … then she saw all the blood in the water.

“Together we got her out, but when we pulled [her] out of the water her leg was wide open and it was just… a lot of blood,” her mother was quoted as saying.

“At that point I guess we assumed it was a shark bite, but it wasn’t until we got to UNC [where] they found a shark tooth in her leg,” she said. Doctors found the tip of a shark tooth in the wound.

The shark attack severed Cassidy’s Achilles tendon and two others and took a piece out of her ankle bone.

She underwent five hours of surgery. She is expected to walk again but whether she will have full use of her ankle is uncertain, according to her mother.

In a strange twist of fate, her mother bought the boogie board the day they arrived at North Topsail Beach from a store named Shark Attack. Her other took a photo of her daughter and a friend in the mouth of a shark model at the store.

Sources:

ABC News
Goerie.com

PIC Source: still from video on Goerie.com