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.
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.
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.
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.