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.
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.
An 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.
A man (name not released) suffered minor lacerations to his leg from a shark bite while swimming near Gulf State Park Pier, Gulf Shores, Alabama. The incident happened around mid-morning Wednesday 15 August 2012. He was reportedly in waist deep water at the time of the attack.
He was treated at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley where he received stitches to close the wounds.
On 14 June 2012 four swimmers reported being bitten by shark in separate incidents at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA. The bites were reported over a 10-minute span between 72nd Avenue north and 82nd Avenue North. However, at the time of this blog it was still not confirmed if they were in fact shark bites. Photos of teh bites have been sent to experts at the Shark Attack File in Florida for confirmation. However, one of the victims 16-year-old Jordon Garofalo said his doctor was pretty sure it was a shark because of the bite marks.
A lifeguard on duty at the beach is quoted as saying: “Nobody saw them. Even the guys that got bit didn’t see it. They’re definitely shark bites. One guy’s foot was opened up. The other had a full mouth print around his leg.” He didn’t see the other injuries.
Three people were taken by Emergency Medical Services to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and the fourth drove himself.
A shark expert Dan Abel told media it was not likely the same shark was responsible for the 4 bites and reckoned it was probably black tip sharks. He said a black tip shark could have a bite between three and six inches in diameter.