Shark flings surfer into the air – 10 September 2017 – Iluka, New South Wales, Australia

Abe McGrath shows the shark bite mark in his surfboard that was snapped with the impact of the attack.
Abe McGrath shows the shark bite mark in his surfboard that was snapped with the impact of the attack.

Abe McGrath, 35, was surfing with friends early on Sunday morning, 10 September 2017, at Main Beach, Iluka, New South Wales, Australia when he was attacked by a 3.5 metre Great White shark.

The incident happened around 6am. McGrath was lying on his board about 300m north of the Illuka Wall.

The shark attacked from underneath and flung McGrath into the air. His board was snapped in half with the impact. McGrath landed back in the water and was fortunate to come away with a torn wetsuit and relatively minor lacerations to his right hip.

“He was laying on his board and he got attacked from below really aggressively, the force of the attack snapped his board,”  McGrath’s friend Bryce Cameron, who was on the beach and about to head into the water when the attack occurred, said.

“The impact lifted him up. The shark was coming from the deep and hit (Abe’s board) with its nose and opened its mouth and latched on the board.

Cameron said shark got most of the board in its mouth.

“He [McGrath] got a good look at it. He said it was a 3.5m white pointer. In the big scheme of things that is a juvenile but it is still big enough to kill.”

Abe McGrath show the minor wound on his hip
Abe McGrath shows his torn wetsuit and the minor wound on his hip – from the the shark attack.

McGrath said the shark circled him after the attack and then swam off.

With the help of his friend Elijah ‘Hobbit’ Colbey, he retrieved one half of his surfboard and paddled to shore. His friends drove him to Ballina Hospital and he was then flown to Lismore Hospital, New South Wales, for further treatment and discharged Sunday night.

Cameron was on the beach during the attack and said if McGrath had been sitting on the board instead of lying on it when the shark struck, he would have lost his leg.

Cameron posted this on Instagram: “Life could of been very different this morning…. so stoked to still have our mate and not witness something far worse. Our arrival to iluka this morning, @abemcgrath hit by a juvenile white pointer. So stoked to see him able to limp up the beach.”

“Abe was left floating in the water with a couple of teeth marks on his body. He scrambled in the water and got washed in by the next wave.”

“He is pretty much the luckiest man on earth right now,” Cameron said.

“He was stoked, he wasn’t in shock yet, he was really happy to be alive and in front of his mates. We were all giving him big hugs and felt pretty lucky to have him there.”

 

Colbey, the only other surfer in the water with McGrath at the time, was quoted as saying:

“We were 50m apart and it was just me and him out there.

“A good wave rolled past, we were both watching it, and then I looked back and saw Abe skimming across the water splashing.

“Then I hear f**k off, f**k off and then my nickname Hobbit being called out.

“I started paddling towards him for help and then my mind clicked to it being the worst possible outcome.”

“I grabbed his two broken bits of surfboard and we looked at each other and counted our blessings that we could actually walk away.

“He was very stoked to be able to walk up the beach with me … we could look back on it and be very stoked but also shaken up and in shock.”

 

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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.

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Surfer bitten on the hand – 2 September 2017 — New Smyrna Beach, Florida, US

Surfer bitten on hand at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, United States

A 17-year-old was bitten on the right hand by a shark while he was surfing at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, United States on Saturday 2 September 2017. Volusia Country Beach Safety said the incident occurred around 11.45am. It is reported he was in waist deep water when he was bitten.

He was not seriously injured and his parents took him to a local hospital for treatment, according the report.

The shark was not sighted.

The bite was the seventh reported in Volusia County to date this year.

No other details were reported.

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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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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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CBS12