Teen bitten by a shark at Daytona Beach Florida

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A teen was bitten by a shark while swimming off Daytona Beach, Florida on April 3. Kody Stephens was with a friend in chest-deep water when he felt something bite his foot. “I told my friend that I had felt something bite me, and we got out of the water and (my foot) was bleeding,” the 16-year-old told 11Alive. “We went up and washed it and the hotel called 911. They showed up and looked at it.” The teen, who is visiting from Georgia, had a half-moon shaped bite on…

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Second shark bite of 2017 for New Smyrna Beach

The second shark bite of 2017 for New Smyrna Beach, Florida reported on April 4. Melanie Lawson was in four feet (1.2m) of water around 1 p.m. near the Esther Street Beachfront Park when she was hit hard on the side and knocked into the water. The 51-year-old woman from Georgia was bitten on her thigh by a five foot hammerhead shark. The shark had left bruises and part of its tooth in Lawsons leg, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She said she will go back…

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How Cage Diving with Great White Sharks Began Part 3

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In Part 1 of our series, we looked at origins of cage diving and what divers learned from those early expeditions. In Part 2, we visited the history of great white shark dive spots around the world. Now, in Part 3, we look at the impact of cage diving on great white shark populations. Does the cage diving industry harm great white sharks? It is difficult to assess whether cage diving has already harmed white sharks in the form practiced up to this time. Injuries to sharks during cage diving…

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Shark bites kayak off Queensland Coast

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Gavin Kleidon has been rescued by marine police after a shark bit his kayak off the Queensland Coast. The 39-year-old was 5 miles (8 km) offshore in Moreton Bay when the shark bit a large chunk of his 21-foot (6.5m) kayak. He had around 30 minutes left in his paddle when he was chucked into the water.  He knew something big had bitten his craft as he watched the tail float off. “I was paddling along minding my own business, it was all good, and next thing, bam! I was…

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**Graphic** Teen bitten by a shark in Destin Florida

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A teen was bitten by a shark in Destin, Florida on April 2. Caitlyn Taylor was swimming with friends in the Gulf of Mexico near 1040 Highway 98. According to witness, the 17-year-old was on the second sandbar around 3:00 p.m. when a five-foot long (1.5m) shark swam past Taylor’s sister and brushed her leg. Her mother Tracey said Caitlyn saw the head of the shark coming towards her in a wave and she started to swim back towards shore. The shark then grabbed her and lifted her off the…

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Great white shark attacked a kayak off California coast

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A Great white shark attacked a kayak off the California Coast near Cannery Row. Brian Correiar had just paddled back from Pacific Grove on March 18, and was about to end his “great paddle” when a shark showed up around 4:30 p.m. Correiar was around 100 yards off shore on the end of San Barlos Beach in Monterey Bay when he was thrown out of his kayak by a great white shark. “Suddenly, I heard a loud Bang as my kayak and I flew into the air. I landed outside…

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Video: Gums, the toothless Great White Shark

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Video of a toothless great white shark has been shared on social media. Doug Vanderby was diving with Shark Diving Xperts and was lucky enough to film the shark as it passed by his cage off Guadalupe Island on October 26, 2016. Because of the large number of missing teeth in the shark’s mouth, Vanderby gave the shark the nickname of Gums. It is believed to be the same great white shark that became stuck in a cage last year. We were able to speak with Mr. Vanderby about the…

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Spearfisherman bitten by shark in New Caledonia

A spearfishman was bitten by a shark March 4. The unidentified man was fishing with two friends north of Lifou Island, part of the Loyalty Islands Province in the archipelago of New Caledonia. He had just strung a fish when a 7- foot (2m) shark showed up. The shark, which was identified as a gray shark, bit the man on the left side of his head before swimming off. The 43-year-old was assisted by his friends and taken to Médipôle of Koutio, a private hospital in New Caledonia, for medical…

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Video: Blacktip Shark nearly bites snorkeler’s fins

Video showing the moment a blacktip shark nearly bites a snorkeler’s fins has been shared on Instagram. David Diez was filming his girlfriend, Helen Palacios, who was snorkeling off the coast of West Palm Beach March 22 when he caught the interaction with his drone. Palacios was blissfully unaware that a small blacktip shark was eying her fins as a possible meal. “What I think happened was the shark confused her fins for a fish . . . ,” Diez posted on Instagram. A post shared by daviddiez (@daviddiez) on…

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Shark bites surfer in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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A surfer was bitten by a shark off New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on March 27. Robert Nesbit was 30 to 40 yards (27 to 37m) off shore when he was bitten on the foot just before 10 a.m. According to the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue, the injury was minor and the man drove himself to the hospital. Florida is known as the shark attack capital of the world, yet the majority of injuries caused by sharks are minor.  Most bites occur off the east coast of the state…

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