‘Shark bait’ surfer bitten near Nambucca, New South Wales

‘Shark bait’ surfer bitten near Nambucca, New South Wales

A surfer who has referred to himself as “shark bait” has been bitten by a shark off Nambucca, New South Wales, Australia. Joel Mason, 36, was hitting the waves off Nambucca Heads Dec. 9 around 7:15 a.m. when a shark grabbed his leg and right thigh. “I saw him out there and I was pretty keen to go out there, and then he just disappeared,” witness Scott Boxsell told 9News. Mason managed to swim back to some rocks where other surfers and an off-duty life guard pulled him out of…

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Naked man dives into to Ripley’s Aquarium shark tank

Visitors to Ripley’s Aquarium in Canada had an exceptionally unusual view when a naked man dove into the shark tank. For reasons unknown, David Weaver of Nelson, B.C., stripped off his clothes and dove into the 2.9-million-liter shark tank from an observation platform Oct. 12. Visitors in the lower section of the exhibit were shocked by the unexpected full view of Weaver as he performed a breast stroke around the tank. After swimming for a few moments, he held onto a fake rock on the side of the exhibit as…

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Video Bahamas shark encounter goes wrong when nurse shark bites child

Video Bahamas shark encounter goes wrong when nurse shark bites child

A nurse shark bit a child during a shark encounter in the Bahamas. Christine Jones and her family were on vacation when they read about an opportunity for a nurse shark encounter. The event was presented as a way to interact with “friendly, docile” sharks that could be touched. “We got in at our own risk, but we weren’t educated on the risk of what we were doing.  We were told that they might suck on you [nurse sharks use suction to pull food into their mouths]. The shark might…

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Surfer bitten by shark off Manly Beach, NSW, Australia

A surfer was bitten by a shark Nov. 28 in New South Wales, Australia. Mike Ruttkowski was off the South Steyne area of Manly Beach around 6:30 p.m. when he was bitten on the foot by a wobbegong shark. He was able to paddle 65 feet (20m) back to the beach and alert authorities. Lifeguards sounded a warning bell to call those in the water back to the beach while paramedics transported the man to hospital. A photo from the scene appears to show the 28-year-old’s injury was to the…

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Rare video Spearfisherman films shark as it bites his friend’s head in the Bahamas

A rare shark-diver encounter was captured by a GoPro video Aug. 20 off the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas when a spearfisherman was bitten on his head and neck by a reef shark. Will Krause, Zach Shipps and several friends were using a GoPro to video their successful day of spearfishing Aug. 20 off the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas. All was proceeding swimmingly until an apparently confused reef shark arrived. The group follows certain rules when they venture out, such as only diving clear water, alerting the boat when…

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13-foot tiger shark attacks kayak in Queensland

A man paddling his kayak off Sunshine Coast, Queensland, had a shocking experience Nov. 14 when a 13-foot tiger shark attacked. Kyle Roberts, 31, was floating in his boat around 6:50 a.m. about a mile off Moffat Beach when his kayak was hit so hard by the shark, he was knocked out of it and into the water. “It hit side-on with such force it ejected me and flipped the kayak,” he told The Courier Mail. “I landed in the water about [seven feet] away and looked to see it…

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Two shark attacks reported in Australia (NSW and NT)

Two shark attacks reported in Australia (NSW and NT)

Two shark attacks have been reported in New South Wales and the Northern Territory, Australia. The first bite occurred Nov. 16 at Seven Mile Beach in New South Wales, when a shark grabbed the lower leg of a man participating in surf lessons and wading in waist-deep water. “He felt quite a significant force and lashing against his legs,” NSW Ambulance Duty Operations Manager Inspector Jordan Emery said at a press conference. The unidentified man was helped to shore by good Samaritans who applied a tourniquet and administered first aid.…

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