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.
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.”
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.
Adrien Dubosc, 28, was bitten in the right thigh and groin area by a shark (species not identified – though it was likely a bull shark or tiger shark) while body boarding with two friends at Pointe au Sel, on Reunion island in the Indian Ocean. The attack happened on Saturday morning 29 April 2017.
Pointe au Sel is a short distance south of the well-known St Leu surf spot.
The attack came two months after one of his best friends, Alexandre Naussac, 26, was killed by a shark at a nearby beach.
Dubosc was a shark enthusiast and member of Shark Watch Patrol, whose job it is to keep an eye out for sharks while people surf and swim. The Shark Watch Patrol was set up as the number of shark attacks on Reunion has increased dramatically with 21 attacks, nine of them fatal, in the past six years.
“The young man was in the water with two friends, when a shark attacked him, biting his right thigh, and his groin area.
“The victim was pulled out of the water, and emergency workers arrived very quickly. Despite cardiac massage, he died within half an hour of the attack,” police were quoted as saying.
Greg Pickering, 55, suffered ‘substantial’ wounds to his torso and minor wounds to his face from an attack by what is thought to be great white shark while diving for abalone off Poison Creek in Cape Arid National Park, Western Australia. The incident occurred about 10.30am on Tuesday 8 October 2013.
It is not the first time Pickering has been attacked by a shark. In 2004, Pickering survived an attack by a 1.5m bronze whaler while spearfishing with a friend near Cervantes.
The crew of a nearby abalone boat dragged him from the water and tried to stem the bleeding. They rushed him to shore from where he was evacuated to Esperance Hospital where he was treated for bite wounds. A Royal Flying Doctor Service plane then transported him to Jandakot airport from where he was taken by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital. Pickering underwent a 10-hour surgery at the hospital. He was discharged on 15 October.