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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INJURED – 4 June 2017 — near Middle Sambo reef off Boca Chica in the Florida Keys, US – spearfisherman videos attack on himself

Parker Simpson shark attack Florida Keys
Parker Simpson shows the shark bite below the knee


Parker Simpson filmed himself being attacked by a 7-8ft reef shark while swimming back to the boat with a grouper he’d caught spearfishing near Middle Samo Reef off Boca Chica in the Florida Keys on Sunday 4 June 2017.

Watch Parker’s video of the attack…

He said the shark came out of nowhere.

“He first went at my dive buddy Justyn but immediately turned toward me,” Simpson wrote. “He first bit my left fin then took a chunk out of the right one before biting my leg and cutting the speargun line.

“I assumed he was trying to steal the black grouper I was holding. But after I lost the grouper and watched it swim to the bottom, the shark kept coming at us!”

Simpson posted the video of the incident on his YouTube Channel called Over the Edge .

Parker Simpson shark attack Middle Samo Reef off Boca Chica
Parker Simpson shows his shark bite before he gets treatment on the boat.

“The shark tore through the skin, fat tissue, muscle, muscle sheath, and unfortunately my tibial artery, which caused me to lose more than a liter of blood.”

“I would not have made it back to the boat without the help of another strong swimmer and would have bled out had I not been patched up so well by Amanda,” Simpson wrote, adding a word of caution to all divers: “Always dive with a buddy and someone who is trained in first aid!”





INJURED – 2 December 2012 – Green Island, New South Wales, Australia – spearfisherman bitten

A spearfisherman (name not released) received minor lacerations to his knee after a shark bit him while he was spearfishing off Green Island, New South Wales, Australia. The incident happened on 2 December 2012.

He was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital with minor injuries, which did not require stitches.

According to other divers, the victim had a dead fish attached to his weight belt, which attracted the shark.

No other details were reported.


INJURED – 16 May 2012 – Matacucu Reef near Taveuni, Fiji – spearfisherman attacked

Tevita Naborisi, 20, was bitten on the right side of his head by an unidentified shark while spearfishing with a group at Matacucu Reef near Taveuni, Fiji.

The incident took place on May 16, 2012.

His cousin who was in the spearfishing group said Naborisi strayed from the rest of the group before the shark bit him.

“He had speared a donu when the shark attacked him from his right side,” his cousin is quoted as saying.

“The shark bit his head but he managed to fend the shark away.

“The shark had bitten into the right side of Tevita’s temple in the first attack. The shark came around a second time but Tevita managed to push the shark away.”

Naborisi swam 50 metres to the nearest man in the group who then called the boat which was another 50 metres away.

According to the report Naborisi was recovering at Waiyevo Hospital in Taveuni.

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INJURED – 24 September 2011 – Anna Maria Island, Gulf of Mexico, Florida, US – spearfisherman attacked

Charles Wickersham recovers in hospital from a shark bite.

Charles Wickersham was spearfishing with several friends in the Gulf of Mexico off Anna Maria Island on Saturday afternoon, 24 September 2011 , when a suffered a severe crescent-shaped bite wound about 15 inches long after bull shark bit him on the left thigh. His friends got him back to the boat and took him ashore where paramedics airlifted him to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

Rescue officials said he lost a lot of blood, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Experts estimate the bull shark was about 6-feet long.

Wickersham’s mother was quoted as saying:

Nobody saw it coming. They said it was pretty horrific.

And they heard CJ [Wickersham] scream, and he said ‘I’ve been bit by a shark!

He came up to take a breath, he thought one of the guys punched him in the leg, he felt this really hard force in his left leg, he was looking to his right in the water, looking down to see if he could see any more fish, saw the shark, punched him in the nose and thank God, he let go and they pulled him in the boat.

One of Wickersham’s friends was quoted as saying:

He didn’t even see it, just bit him right in the thigh gave him about a 14-inch laceration. The shark came up took one bite, realized it wasn’t anything he wanted, let go and was gone. The water turned just blood red. Gave him just a ten-foot diameter, just like pure blood, it was bleeding pretty fast.


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