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.

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Shark bites kayaker’s ski – FRIGHTENED – 11 July 2017 – Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, US

Steve Lawson points out where the Great White shark bit his ski off Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California
Steve Lawson points out where the Great White shark bit his ski off Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California

Steve Lawson was kayaking outside the kelp beds at the Steamer Lane surf spot in Santa Cruz when a great white bit the front of his ski and knocked him into the water.

The incident happened just before 11am on Tuesday 11 July 2017.

He told the press he used his marine radio to call for a rescue from the Harbor Patrol, but he had to tread water for a few minutes.

“It felt like I hit a rock. I looked in front of me and there was a shark biting the front of my boat. When it let go it knocked me sideways and I fell out.

“I spent a little time in the water swimming around. I panicked, everyone panics. There’s a shark in the water, but he didn’t come back. He wasn’t interested in me,” he told NBC Bay Area.

According to some reports he had tried to get back into his kayak but couldn’t.

The Harbour Patrol showed up and pulled him out of the water.

The bottom of the kayak showed shallow cracks and damage from the shark’s bite.

“Attacks like these are extremely rare in Santa Cruz County, and we are so thankful that the kayaker was uninjured,” Santa Cruz Fire Chief Jim Frawley was quoted as saying.

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Shark Bite – Injured – 19 June 2017 – Singer Island, Riviera Beach, Florida, US

surfer bitten by shark off Singer Island, Florida, USAn 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.

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INJURED – 6 June 2017 – Bantham, South Devon, England – surfer bitten – the first shark attack in UK waters

Rich Thomson is the first shark attack victim in the United Kingdom
Rich Thomson is the first shark attack victim in the United Kingdom

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.

Rich Thomson shows his bloody thumb that was bitten by a shark while he was surfing.
Rich Thomson shows his bloody thumb that was bitten by a shark while he was surfing.

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.”

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SCARED – 20 October 2013 — Pila‘a Beach near Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii – surfer attacked

Jeff Horton shows the shark bite mark on his board after the attack at Pila'a, Kauai.
Jeff Horton shows the shark bite mark on his board after the attack at Pila’a, Kauai.

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.

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