Ali Mohammad Hamad Al Beloushi, 41, was on a fishing trip in the Arabian Sea 5 nautical miles off Khor Fakkan, United Arab Emirates, when he took a free dive off the side of the boat. When he surfaced about 3 metres from the boat he was bitten on the right leg by a shark and suffered serious lacerations
His friend, Omar, who was in the boat, shot the shark with a ‘fishing gun’. The shark released Ali who managed to get back in the boat. The two fishermen caught the shark and hauled it to shore. The species of shark was not reported, but they said it weighed about 200kg.
Ali was taken to Khor Fakkan hospital. His brother Hassan said he had “severe bites to his right leg”.
Treasure hunter Kylie Maguire, 29, suffered serious wounds to her buttocks and thighs from a shark attack in waters off Tonga.
Doctors who treated Kylie in Tonga estimated the length of the shark to be 3m, with teeth about 25mm across and a 40-45cm bite circumference. The shark is thought to be a bull shark.
The incident occurred on Monday 10 September 2012.
The captain of the treasure seeking boat said Kylie had paddled off with a friend in an inflatable kayak from the anchored boat near the Treasure Island Resort in Vava’u about 4pm. The shark attack occurred shortly after this. It is not clear if she was swimming or diving when the attack occurred.
She was treated initially at a hospital in Tonga and then airlifted to Brisbane for further treatment after one of the wounds became infected.
Benigno Medina Navarrete, 46, lost his left hand when a shark bit him while he was fishing. He nearly lost his entire left forearm in the attack while was diving with his friend off Boca de la Leña in La Unión, Mexico. It is not clear if he was spearfishing. Some reports say he was fishing, some say he was diving.
His friend helped him ashore, placed a tourniquet on his arm and then took him to Hospital General de Lázaro Cárdenas where he underwent emergency surgery.
He told media he is thankful his friend got him to hospital quicky which saved his life.
He said: “I felt a sharp pain, but I held strong … and I asked God, ‘Help me … I still want see my children and my family.'”
The incident happened around 9am on 29 May 2012.
Some reports say it was a bull shark about 3 metres long.
A Melbourne Aquarium diver in her late 30s (not named) was bitten in the face during a routine feeding session, but avoided serious injury. She suffered three lacerations to the right side of her mouth, according to the report.
The shark that bit her was “a 40cm tawny nurse shark that did not have sharp teeth”.
She was taken to hospital in a stable condition after being treated.
A brief report on South Africa’s East Coast Radio (ECR) quotes Dr Mark Penning, the CEO of uShaka Marine World in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa as saying one of the divers at the marine theme park was bitten on the arm by a ragged tooth shark while doing routine work in the aquarium. The incident happened in the morning of 28 October 2011.
“Luckily he’s a tough guy. He’s in hospital, and he’s being very well looked after,” he said.
“This is not an aggressive shark, it’s not a species of shark that will deliberately go out and hunt a diver, but the animal got scared and it lashed out, and unfortunately his arm was in the way at that time.”