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.
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.
A 14-year-old boy (name withheld in local media because of his age) sustained minor lacerations to his right calf after he was bitten by a shark while he was surfing with two others at The Waves surf spot on Keurbooms beach, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. The incident took place around 5pm on Saturday 29 April 2017.
Shark researchers suspect that it was a 2-metre great white shark, going by the size of the bite marks.
He was treated by NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) medics and by paramedics on the scene for lacerations to his right calf before being transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition.
According to media reports, the teenager was surfing with two other surfers. At the take-off zone he turned to catch a wave when he saw a fin approaching him; he felt a bump and he felt a bite on his right calf.
He caught a wave to the beach where he was met by his father, who had witnessed the incident, and bystanders who aided and called paramedics.
There had been several sightings of sharks in the bay the day before, prompting the NSRI to issue a warning to surfers and swimmers.
“The increase in shark inshore presence at this time of the year is part of the normal aggregation of these animals. Sharks are aggregating in this area at this time, as they have done in previous years, to take advantage of naturally occurring prey like seals and fish close inshore,” the NSRI said in a statement.