An unnamed surfer suffered a minor wound from a shark bite on the back of his left leg below the knee. He was surfing about 20-30 metres offshore of Singer Island, Riviera Beach, Florida, US on Monday 19 June 2017 when the incident happened.
He paddled ashore and was treated by paramedics on the beach.
The surfer told Jarrod Hedrick who was on the beach at the time, that he saw bait fish in front of him as he was surfing. Then he saw a dark shadow followed by pain in his leg. He suffered a 3-5 cm laceration on the back of his left calf.
The species and size of shark was not mentioned. No other details were reported.
Rich Thompson, 30, suffered some minor lacerations to his thumb and hand when he punched a small shark that had latched onto his leg while he was surfing off the coast of Bantham in South Devon, England on 6 June 2017.
Although his injuries are minor the incident caused a lot of hype in the British media because it is believed to be the first shark attack in British waters.
Thomson said the shark was about 3 feet long. Shark experts said it was probably a smooth hound shark.
“I turned round and saw this little shark was on my thigh and wriggling its head side to side.
“I hit it on the head and it swam off. My hand was cut to pieces.”
He said he thought his thick winter wetsuit protected him from being injured more seriously when the shark bit on his leg.
“I went home and told my wife I was late because I had been bitten by a shark.
“She said ‘I’ve heard that one before’, but it was true.
“It won’t stop me going back in the water and it shouldn’t stop anyone, I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I have never caught any fish while fishing but the biggest one I’ve ever caught attached itself to my leg.”
Jeff Horton, 25, was surfing with 10 others at Pila‘a Beach near Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii on Sunday 20 October 2013 when he spotted a dark shape approaching him while he was sitting on his board. He says he thought it was a stingray. He lifted his legs out the water and the shark bit into his board.
“It came flying straight toward me,” he said
He was knocked off his board and fell onto the shark. He grabbed a fin and started punching the shark, which continued to bite onto his board.
“I finally got one nice punch into the eye,” Horton was quoted as saying. “I put some really good hits on it, for sure.”
When he hit it in the eye the shark let go the board and swam away. He was not injured, although his board was left with the typical semi-circular bite mark.
It was not reported what type of shark it was or what size it was.
Scott Stevens, 25, suffered serious wounds to his left torso from a shark bite while he was surfing at North Jetty, Humboldt, Eureka, California, United States. The shark is thought to be a great white.
The incident occured on Tuesday 30 October 2012.
He said he was catching waves about 150 metres from fellow surfers at Bunkers, a popular surf spot near Humboldt Bay.
The shark dragged him under the water and shook him around a bit. Stevens then punched the shark several times in the head, which made it release its grip and swim away. He managed to retrieve his board and paddle back to shore, where other surfers helped stem the bleeding and wave down a truck which took him to hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery to stitch the wounds.
Stevens told the Lost Coast Outpost in a podcast interview:
“I went in the water for a surf about 10am. I had just caught a wave and was paddling back out when the shark came out of nowhere. It grabbed my torso from behind and dragged me underwater and shook me a couple of times.
“I opened my eyes underwater and saw the shark grabbing onto me. I punched it a couple of times in the head and it released me and swam off.
“I recovered my board (the shark had severed the leash) and managed to paddle to shore on my own.”
He was shouting for help.
“The support of other surfers was amazing. They waved down a truck which took me to hospital. And they put pressure on the wound the whole time to stop bleeding.” One of the surfers actually lay across his torso to put pressure on the wound and stem the bleeding.
He told the Times Standard that when he opened his eyes under water he saw a lot of blood.
“When I reached the beach, I realised how injured I was and how much blood I was losing.”
“I was in shock. I really didn’t feel much, didn’t feel too much pain, until I woke up this morning,” he said.
He said from the time of attack to ER it took about 20 minutes – “An amazing response which helped a lot.”
”Those guys are heroes,” he said.
He said he received lacerations from the top of hip to his upper chest. The surgeon who stitched up the wounds said there were seven to eight deep lacerations, but fortunately the shark did not open the chest cavity and damage any internal organs.
“At the moment it happened I was truly scared for my life. I didn’t know if I was going to make it or not.
“Now I am a little bummed that my surfboard is damaged,” he said from his hospital bed at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, California.