Spearfisherman’s leg mauled by great white – 24 November 2017 – Stillwater Cove, Carmel, California, US

Grigor Azatian
Grigor Azatian

Grigor Azatian, 25, was spearfishing with his father in Carmel Bay, California, when he was attacked by a great white while coming to the surface

Grigor recounts the attack: They were diving in an area near Stillwater Cove, Pebble Beach, Carmel. His dad, Armen had no luck, but Grigor speared two nice-sized lingcod and a cabezon, then directed his dad to his fishing spot.

While his dad went off in search of prey, he took photos with an underwater camera, then dove in again with his spear. It was then he saw the great white – and the shark saw him and appeared to swim away.

He surfaced to warn his father of the shark, and while he scanned the water waiting for his dad to surface, the shark returned from behind and attacked.

The shake bit into his thigh and lower leg.

“The shark grabbed him and didn’t let him go, and took at least two bites,” said his father.

“It was horrifying; his muscles were torn apart.

He’s quoted as saying: “I didn’t have that luxury to panic, to scream and be emotional,” he said. “I had to concentrate and do everything possible to help my son.”

“He tried to fight with the shark. I don’t think he could do much, maybe pushing, moving his legs.”  He punched the shark’s face and kicked. He managed to free himself, screaming, then swam about 20 yards to the dinghy. His father surfaced about 30 yards away and reached the boat shortly after.

Lying with his mangled leg in the boat, Grigor asked that his constricting wetsuit be cut open.

“He was very calm,” he father said. He wrapped a tourniquet around his son’s leg.

“I was just trying to keep calm to help him somehow.”

The motored the dingy to the pier at Pebble Beach and shouted to a fisherman to call 911. He was taken to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas. He underwent a 2-hour surgery and then a follow up surgery two days later which was successful.


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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.






Shark bites surfer’s board – SURFER SCARED – 7 July 2017 – Nahoon Reef, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Zoe Steyn shows her board with the shark bite from great white a Nahoon Reef, South Africa
Zoe Steyn shows her board with the shark bite

Zoe Steyn, a teenager, was surfing Nahoon Reef, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa, on Friday afternoon, 7 July 2017, when a 2.5m-3m Great White shark bit into her board and pulled it from under her. She was not injured.

According to a report in the Daily Dispatch, adaptive surfing champ JP Veaudry, who was in the water at the time ‘swam towards the screaming teen after the shark pulled the board out from beneath her’. He paddled with her to the surfer’s walkway across the reef and helped her ashore.

“My first thought was to get out of there, but I couldn’t just leave her. She said she didn’t know if she’d been bitten. I paddled with her to the slipway and when we got out she said it hadn’t bitten her. But I saw it bit her board in exactly the place where her arm could have been.”

Tristan Wantenaar, 33, who was bodyboarding a few metres in front of Zoe at the time of the attack said he heard her scream and turned around to see the large dorsal fin of the shark thrashing.

“It grabbed her board and thrashed it from side to side. She was trying to get back on her board to get out of the water.”

Zoe was uninjured in the incident.

The shark attack sparked a debate on the Zigzag surf mag forum about whether it was an encounter or an attack.

Zoe’s dad comments on Zigzag forum:

Zoë is my daughter. She is as passionate about the environment as she is about surfing. The declining shark population is of great concern to her! She will be back in the water tomorrow for our local trials. We are very grateful that her encounter/ attack (call it what you will), left her unscathed. Also, all you guys who rushed to her aid and paddled back to shore with her are just awesome! That’s the spirit we try and instill in our children, and testimony to the camaraderie in the surfing community!! We are truly grateful!!!



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INJURED – 10 June 2017 – Ponce Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, US – surfer bitten

Ponce Inlet Shark Attack Watch

Ponce Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, US
Firing surf at Ponce Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, US — 2nd Light

An unidentified surfer suffered a minor bite on his foot while surfing at Ponce Inlet, Volusia County, Florida on Saturday 10 June 2017. He “got off his surfboard and stepped on the sand bar just north of the jetty when a shark nipped him on the left foot just before 10am,” said Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Senior Capt. Tamra Marris.


“He had a laceration,” Marris said. “It didn’t appear to be significant.”

He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Marris said the migration of mullet and other baitfish make for plentiful feeding grounds for common blacktip and spinner sharks, which grow to 6- to 8-feet long.

This was the 6th shark attack in Volusia County this year.

The Daytona Beach News Journal recounts them: Among the six shark bites this year was 58-year-old man, who was bitten on the foot while surfing in New Smyrna Beach in March. April saw four shark bites, including a 16-year-old swimmer in Daytona Beach, a Georgia woman bitten on the thigh in New Smyrna Beach, a 35-year-old woman bitten on the leg in Ormond Beach, and an unidentified person who suffered a minor bite on the foot in Daytona Beach Shores.

No other details were reported.


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