A 12-year-old boy, Julian Elizondo, was bitten on the left foot by a shark while walking in knee-deep water at Crystal Beach, east of Galveston Island, Texas, United States. The attack took place Friday 19 August.
Media reports that “when he couldn’t pull away, Julian knocked the shark on the head and it let go”.
There was no mention of the size or type of shark responsible for the attack.
He was taken by ambulance to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where surgeons operated on his foot. Hospital officials said the wound also affected the ankle joint.
- Source: Houston Chronicle
You know the scene: A black dorsal fin slices through the surf toward a solitary swimmer. From the crowded beach come cries of “Shark!” But it’s too late.
Robert Thompson, a 61-year-old surfer was bitten on the foot by a shark while paddling 20 metres from shore at Ormond Beach. The cuts were minor and the surfer didn’t need stitches.
Thompson told reporters his foot probably wasn’t appetising because the shark let him go.
A beach patrol spokesman said based on the cuts on Thompson’s foot, the shark was likely a spinner or black tip shark. He said these are less aggressive and often found along the Volusia County coast.
A 13-year-old girl, Nicole Carlos, was bitten on the left hand by a shark while wading in waist-deep water off Zelda Boulevard. The attack occurred close to the Zelda approach, which is near the line separating Ormond and Daytona beaches. Nicole was hospitalised, although officials said the injury was minor.
Chris Humphrey, 22, was hanging on the side of a raft when he was bitten on the forearm by a five foot shark. He said the pain “felt like razor blades”. He suffered multiple punctures and a 15-centimetre gash that required stitches. Tiny fragments of shark teeth were removed from the wound.
Humphrey hit the shark which released its grip and swam off. He made it to shore where his parents wrapped his injured arm in a towel.
According to local police officials the attack was reported as a medical emergency sometime after 5pm (local time).
Humphrey was on vacation from Springfield, Virginia.
The type of shark responsible for the attack was not reported.
The Virginian Pilot