Two shark bites reported in New York

Two possible shark bites have been reported off Fire Island in New York on July 18. The first report involved a 12-year-old girl who was wading in the water at around 11:15 a.m. Lola Pollina was in waist-deep water when she was bitten on the right leg off Sailors Haven Beach.  “I look up and I saw her in a panic,” her father Philip Pollina told Newsday. “She came out and her leg was covered in blood.” Lifeguards quickly came to the girl’s aid. “I think people didn’t realize…

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Woman photographing shark bitten by shark

A woman photographing sharks at Trinidad Beach State Park in northern California was bitten by her subject. The unidentified photographer was among a group of people watching a sick salmon shark swim in the shallows and onto the beach July 15. Once the dying shark was in 2 inches of water, the woman approached it to take a photo. When a wave washed the shark into the woman, it bit her right foot. The 58-year-old woman turned to run, but twisted her knee, which resulted in a second injury. Emergency…

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Three shark attacks reported in Florida

Three shark attacks were reported in Florida over the weekend, with two attacks occurring several minutes apart in waters off the same northern Florida beach. Dustin Theobald was helping his son Emerson catch waves off Fernandina Beach just before 3:30 p.m. July 13. “It was a west wind, so it was kind of hot out, you know all the wind coming off the land instead of the water,” he told Tracking Sharks by phone. “I got back in the water to push him [Emerson] on some waves.” The 30-year-old was floating…

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Surfing teen bitten by shark in Florida

A surfer visiting Florida has been bitten by a shark. An unidentified 14-year-old was hitting the waves off New Smyrna Beach July 11 around 11:30 a.m. when a shark grabbed his foot as he paddled his board in chest-deep water. The Ohio teen was able to paddle back to shore and alert authorities. Beach Safety Ocean Rescue responded to the scene near the 27th Avenue Beach approach. The teenager had a roughly 4-inch diameter bite wound on his left foot. He was treated on scene and released.  Rescue personnel advised…

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Instagram model swimming with sharks gets bitten

Instagram model Katarina Zarutskie had a run-in with one of her photo props. The 19-year-old model and nursing student was visiting the Bahamas with her boyfriend last month and heard about a nurse shark encounter on Staniel Cay. The Staniel Cay Marina has a healthy population of fed nurse sharks and visitors are free to interact with them. “My boyfriend’s family was freaking out when I went to swim with the sharks and I was like, it’s fine,” she told NBC News. However, she missed the posted nurse shark policy…

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Shark bite reported in the Florida Keys

Florida Keys shark bite?

A probable shark bite has been reported in the Florida Keys. A Georgia man identified only as Donnie, whom witnesses said was celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary, was snorkeling at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo July 7 when he was bitten around 1:30 p.m. “Within 15 minutes of all the snorkelers going out there, I saw one of the snorkelers, a male, waving his hands in distress,” a witness told WTVJ NBC 6. A member of the boat crew jumped into the water to assist Donnie…

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Video: Shark bite at Myrtle Beach South Carolina

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Video showing the aftermath of a reported shark bite at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has been shared on Social Media. The video, filmed July 2 by Cristy Torres, shows Peyton Force with her lower left leg wrapped in a towel. “I went for a day to celebrate my husband’s birthday, when all of a sudden we hear ‘help, help’,” Torres said by email. “Everyone was looking at the family, but no one was really doing anything. “I told my husband ‘omg I see the “sharks” fin’, because that’s what they…

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