Nude surfer headbutts shark, gets bitten in NSW

bodysurfer was bitten by a shark in New South Wales, Australia

A nude bodysurfer was bitten by a shark in New South Wales, Australia October 20. Paul Kenny was hitting the waves off the clothing optional Samurai Beach, which had just been reopened after a dead whale had washed ashore, in Port Stephens at 7 a.m. The 51-year-old was around 50 meters (55 yards) off the beach when he decided to head back in. “I went to catch the last wave back in, put my head down and headbutted the shark,” He told the Sydney Morning Herald. “I didn’t know it…

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Surfer bitten by great white shark in New Zealand

Surfer bitten by great white shark in New Zealand

A surfer was bitten by a great white shark in New Zealand October 19. Andrew Brough was hitting the waves at Baylys Beach, Near Dargville in the Northland Region. Around 6 p.m. the 25-year-old, who was wearing a full black wetsuit, was in a prone position when a shark bit his left arm. “It’s got him in the hand, the elbow, a little bit on his mouth. He was definitely in pain and there was a bit of blood. “I’ve lived here 45 years and I can’t remember the last…

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Big sharks. Inhabitants of the abyss or residents of the shallows?

It’s not surprising that when many people think of a large shark, the first image that comes to mind is likely that of a mature great white shark lurking in the depths. It’s also not surprising to see the reactions of stunned beach goers when they see an 8-foot-long bull shark, 10-foot-long tiger shark, or 12-foot-long great hammerhead in water so shallow that their backs are barely covered. While it is true that many of the largest great white sharks ever recorded have been found near Guadalupe Island where the…

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Six-foot bull shark lands in family’s fishing boat

Six-foot bull shark lands in family’s fishing boat

A family in Queensland received quite a shock when a six-foot bull shark landed in their boat. Ken Madsen and his grandson Jake were loading their boat up when they heard a commotion on the Proserpine River October 12. “Me and pop thought they must have caught a pretty decent fish when we saw the water splashing about,” Jake told 9News. As the two looked towards the small aluminum type boat, they realized a six-foot bull shark was in the boat flopping around. A father and his children, who were…

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Australian fisherman bitten by shark he caught

Queensland fisherman was bitten by a shark

A Queensland fisherman was bitten by a shark he was trying to reel in after catching it. On October 8,  a 55-year-old hooked a large reef shark off Swains Reef, near the Yeppoon Coast. The angler, called Mozzie by his friends, was with a charter group and in a small tender boat as he tried to reel in the shark. As he attempted to haul the shark on board around 5 p.m., he slipped and went overboard with the shark in tow. “Mozzie thought he could bloody wrangle it in…

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Three shark bites reported in Florida

Two surfers and one swimmer have been bitten by sharks in Florida. The first incident occurred September 8 off Fort Pierce Inlet when a man in his mid-60s was bitten on the leg. The unidentified man received a serious wound between his knee and ankle. He was transported by emergency personnel to a local hospital and was originally listed in serious condition. The species of shark that bit him has not been identified; however, local sources indicate bull sharks have been spotted in the area. A second minor shark bite…

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Teen bitten by shark in Southern California

Teen bitten by shark in Southern California

A teen who was diving for lobster was bitten by a shark off the coast of Encinitas, California. Keane Hayes and his church youth group were in the area for opening of lobster season at 6 a.m. September 29. The 13-year-old was around 200 yards off Beacon’s Beach in about nine feet of water when an estimated 10- to 11-foot shark, most likely a great white, grabbed his upper body. Chad Hammel, who was lobstering with the group, heard Hayes’ scream. At first, he thought someone had captured a large…

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