Surfer bitten on foot – 3 September 2017 — Ota River mouth, Iwata City, Japan

Surfer bitten by shark near the Ota river mouth, Japan
Surfer bitten by shark near the Ota river mouth, Japan

A brief report in the Japan Times says a 42-year-old man (not named) who was surfing off a beach in Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan on Sunday 3 September 2017, when he was bitten by a shark. He suffered bite wounds to his ankle and feet.

The shark attack occurred at around 10am while he was surfing about 80 metres from the mouth of the Ota River.

The newspaper quoted the surfer as saying he did not see the shark, although a man on shore apparently saw a dorsal fin moving towards the surfer.

It was also reported by police that there had been multiple sightings of a  shark in the area two weeks previously.

No other details were reported in the English media.




Surfer bitten on the hand – 2 September 2017 — New Smyrna Beach, Florida, US

Surfer bitten on hand at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, United States

A 17-year-old was bitten on the right hand by a shark while he was surfing at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, United States on Saturday 2 September 2017. Volusia Country Beach Safety said the incident occurred around 11.45am. It is reported he was in waist deep water when he was bitten.

He was not seriously injured and his parents took him to a local hospital for treatment, according the report.

The shark was not sighted.

The bite was the seventh reported in Volusia County to date this year.

No other details were reported.



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 — — 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.


Fisherman bitten by shark – 3 August 2017 – Cape Cod, Massachusetts, US

A 34-year-old man was bitten on the right foot by a 4-foot (some reports say 6 foot) brown shark after he had reeled it in.

shark bites fisherman at Menauhunt beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, US
Menauhant Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, US

Some reports say the man was about to take a photo with his catch when the shark bit him on the foot. Other reports say it bit him when he was attempting to remove the hook from its mouth.

The man, whose name not reported, was fishing on Menauhant Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts around 11.30pm when the incident happened.

He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Falmouth Hospital for treatment.

The shark was reportedly released back into the ocean.



2 girls in raft bitten by shark – 29 July 2017 – DeBordieu Beach, South Carolina, US

In a rather unusual incident, two 12-year-old girls were bitten by a 2-3 foot shark which jumped onto their raft and thrashed about.

shark bite DeBordieu Beach, South Carolina
DeBordieu, South Carolina

The two children, whose names were not released, were paddling their raft off Pioneer Loop in DeBordieu, South Carolina, US when the incident happened on Saturday, 29 July 2017.

One girl was bitten on her thigh and was taken to Georgetown Memorial Hospital where she was reported in stable condition. The other girl was not hospitalised.

No other details were reported.


DeBordieu rentals