14-year-old surfer bitten on foot by spinner shark – 18 November 2017 — Floridana Beach, Florida, US

Kaia Anderson, surfing.
Kaia Anderson, surfing. Photo: Florida Today / Ted Wittemann

Kaia Anderson, 14, was bitten on the foot by a spinner shark while surfing with friends at Floridana Beach, Florida, United States.

The incident occurred an hour or two before sunset on 18 November 2017.

“I felt a tug on my leg,” she said and shouted to her friends that she been bitten. They turned and caught a wave to the beach.

Kaia Anderson recovers from shark bite to her foot.
Kaia Anderson recovers from shark bite to her foot.

A witness said when she got to shore she couldn’t stand up. A nearby fisherman carried her to a the beach access. A friend of Kaia who had been watching the surf, wrapped his shirt around her ankle. They called an ambulance and she was taken to Sebastian River Medical Center.

She needed 100 stitches to mend the shark bite wound, including 3 tendons that were damaged.

Kaia’s father said the shark was likely swimming toward food, but clamped onto Kaia’s heel instead. He said after the shark bit Kaia it immediately let go.


Surfer gets 50 stitches to foot after shark attack – 23 October 2017 — Juno Beach Pier, Florida, US

Jason Hartl show the shark bite to his left foot he got while surfing at Juno Pier
Jason Hartl shows the shark bite to his left foot he got while surfing at Juno Pier

Jason Hartl, 17, was surfing on the south side of the Juno Beach Pier when he was bitten on the left foot, by a shark – believed to be a black tip shark. He needed more than 50 stitches to mend the bite.

He was about 200 metres from shore when the incident happened on 23 October 2017.

The shark bit his foot and pulled him off his surfboard into the water.

“I was like paddling out and then I was just about to where I wanted to be to like catch a wave and then all of a sudden a shark came up and bit my foot,” he told the media.

He managed to get back on his board and paddle to shore.

“I felt like my whole foot was dangling,” said Hartl. “I started paddling. I didn’t want to look at it and get all panicked.”

Once on shore he collapsed after telling a boy he had been bitten by a shark. A lifeguard covered the wound until paramedics arrived and transported him to Jupiter Medical Center where his wound was stitched up.

Although he only saw the shark’s tail, he thought it could have been a black tip shark, about 3 to 4 feet long.

“I was lucky but not everyone could be as lucky as me and they could potentially lose their foot.”

He told media: “What I wish I would’ve done differently is stayed away from the pier just because I definitely think that enhanced my chances of getting bit because sharks are attracted to the bait in the water.” He said that when he was bitten about 15 people were fishing from the Juno Beach Pier, and he was 25-50 feet south of the pier when he was bitten.


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Lifeguard bitten on foot by shark – 18 October 2017 – Lantana Beach, Florida, US

shark bite at Lantana Beach, Florida
Carlos Iribam shows the shark bite to his right foot

Carlos Iribam, a part-time lifeguard for beaches in Lantana and Boynton beaches, suffered minor lacerations when he was bitten on the right foot by a 4-5 foot spinner shark, 20 feet from the shore at Lantana Municipal Beach, Florida, US.

The incident happened on 18 October 2017.

“I was out there swimming and then I got stung by a jellyfish, I was like ‘Ahhh, I think I should go back in,'” he said. “Next thing you know, I felt a crushing pain on my foot.”

He came to shore himself and received assistance from his fellow lifeguards.

“I like to stay calm in these situations. I didn’t want anybody on the beach to freak out,” he said.

“If you don’t mess with them, they won’t mess with you. I felt like when he bit me, he nipped me and pulled. It just felt like a crushing pain and he just let go because he knew it wasn’t a mullet,” he said.

On 24 September 2017 a surfer was bitten at Lake Worth Beach a few miles up the coast.



Shark bites surfer – 24 September 2017 – Lake Worth beach, Florida, US

The pier at Lake Worth beach, Florida, US
The pier at Lake Worth beach, Florida, US

A surfer suffered minor wounds to his to his right arm after being bitten by a shark while surfing at Lake Worth beach, Florida, US on Sunday 24 September 2017.

the minor wound on the right arm of the unidentified shark bite victim
The minor wound on the right arm of the unidentified shark bite victim

According to the press report, the surfer and witnesses said the shark was engaging a school of bait fish and bit the surfer by mistake.

The surfer’s name was not released.

Another surfer in the water at the time said he saw what appeared to be an eight-to-ten foot shark just before the surfer was bitten. The shark species was not named.

Surfers in the water helped the shark bite victim to shore where he was treated by lifeguards and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue before being taken to a local hospital.

No other details were reported.






Surfer bitten on foot – 3 September 2017 — Ota River mouth, Iwata City, Japan

Surfer bitten by shark near the Ota river mouth, Japan
Surfer bitten by shark near the Ota river mouth, Japan

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.