Graphic: Shark bite reported in the Bahamas

A shark bite has been reported in the Bahamas. An unidentified female was snorkeling around noon near Rose Island when she was bitten on the foot by a shark June 27. The woman, who is from Switzerland, was on a private snorkeling trip when the shark grabbed her and nearly severed her right foot. She is currently listed in stable condition. Questions have been raised as to whether the charter boat had proper licensing and if, at the time, conch were being cleaned. This is the second shark attack bite…

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12-foot tiger shark bites surfer in Hawaii

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A 12-foot tiger shark bit a surfer in Hawaii April 14, at in Kekaha Beach, Kauai. A 28-year-old French surfer, known as Baboo Bourdenx, was around 100 yards (91m) offshore in an area known as Davidson’s before 10 a.m. when a tiger shark bit him. Mac Pigott, who witnessed the incident, said he saw a lot of thrashing around and splashing. Bourdenx was taken to the Wilcox Medical Center in critical condition where part of his right leg was amputated about 12 centimeters below the knee. When Pigott visited Bourdenx…

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Scuba diver killed in fatal shark attack?

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A scuba diver died April 12 after what may have been a shark attack in waters off KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Leopold Mairhuber was diving with a charter group near Shelly Beach and Port Edward, but when the group surfaced, divers realized one man had disappeared. The 68-year old diver was a master instructor with over 2,000 dives according to African Dive Adventures (ADA) with whom he had been diving. According to the group, Mr. Mairhuber was with a class of divers from Dr. Erich Ritter’s Shark School and had been…

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Scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas, Part 3

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Today we return to scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas, Part 3.   The tiger-like striped pattern, with which the hunter can easily be recognized, fades with age. Divers who encounter a tiger shark should not panic. The dangerous animal is rather shy and reserved toward divers. As a rule, you can keep the shark in check with a stick or a large camera, but you must have good nerves. In particular, don’t let the shark push you toward the water surface—the so-called death zone. There, the tiger shark loses…

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Scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas Part 2

We return to Scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas Part 2. Part 1 can be found here. The news that the first tiger shark is now swimming below has disconcerted everyone at the lunch table. Now it’s a frantic rush onto the dive deck of the Bye Polar, because this is the moment all the guests have waited for. The dive crowd on the platform is curious, and everyone’s eyes are searching. Only the silhouettes of the lemon sharks are clearly visible. Fifteen or more might be there now. A…

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Scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas Part 1

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When Tiger Beach is ON—it’s the world’s greatest shark dive. —Eli Martinez, Shark Diver Magazine I kneel on the ground of a sandbar at a six meter depth (19 ft) in the Bahamas crystal clear water, visibility approaches about 30 meters (98 ft). In front of me are roughly 20 lemon sharks. With a length of about three meters (10 ft), the lemons are quite impressive. When you dive with them for the first time, you might feel a bit uncomfortable, because these sharks do not know anything like a…

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Kayaker knocked into the water by a shark

A kayaker was knocked into the water by a shark off the coast near Durban, South Africa. Murray van Wyk was fishing with friends February 6 off Eastmoor Crescent Beach when he hooked a tuna fish, only to be quickly relieved of his catch and knocked off his kayak by an eager shark. His friend Owen McMillan had his camera on, and although he wasn’t close to van Wyk he filmed the event from a distance. “He was busy reeling in his catch, a tuna, and he saw a large…

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