Was a great white killed on California pier?

Social media has been popping with photos of what appears to be a great white shark killed on a California pier. Adding to the uproar is the fact that great white sharks are protected by both Federal and California laws. Angler Joshua Merrill was on the Oceanside pier Jan. 5 when a large shark was hooked after sunset by a man who proclaimed himself to be a shark fisherman. As the shark was brought near the pier, Merrill said the man descended a long ladder at the end of the…

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Teen bitten by shark in Perth

A teenage girl is healing from a shark bite she received Jan. 14 at a rural beach in Perth. Isabella Brett-Jensen, 15, was relaxing with her friend Lucy Laylor on North Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia, when they jumped in the water to cool off. Around 11:30 a.m. as the two girls waded into the waist-deep water, Isabella felt something grab her foot. “I was trying to wriggle it out and then I realized there was something actually suckling on my foot,” she told 9News. The teen couldn’t see what had…

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Surfer bitten by great white shark in California

Nick Wapner was hitting the waves at Montaña de Oro State Park Jan. 8 before catching one last wave and a shark bite. The Cal Poly sophomore had been in the water off Sandspit Beach for about an hour with other surfers from his school, when he went to catch one final wave. After his friends headed in around 10 a.m., Wapner paddled into position for an incoming set of waves when a great white grabbed him and his surfboard from below. “It all happened quickly, but I turned and…

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Fatal shark attack reported in Mexico. Gulf of California

A fatal shark attack has been reported in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico on the Gulf of California. On Dec. 18 Nahum Verdugo Aguilera, 35, was diving for mollusks off Puerto Penasco with a group of divers from the vessel Lidia Isabel. Aguilera, of San Carlos, Baja California, entered the water around 11 a.m. and was found floating a few moments later. His two companions saw Aguilera’s gear was damaged as he floated on the water and went to offer assistance. When they attempted to pull him aboard the boat, they…

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Spearfisherman attacked by mako shark

Kevin Llod Spearfisherman attacked by mako shark

A spearfisherman was attacked by a mako shark off the coast of New Zealand. Kevin Lloyd and friends were fishing near the Cavalli Islands Dec 15 when a shark grabbed a freshly speared kingfish. The group decided to head to a less sharky spot around 8 a.m. After fishing for around 3 hours Lloyd shot a king fish and a shark “came out of nowhere” and grabbed onto his leg. The 24-year-old drew out his knife to defend himself. “I started stabbing it heaps with my knife and it didn’t…

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Video: Shark bites New Zealand spearfisherman

Video: Shark bites New Zealand spearfisherman

In a case of mistaken identity, a spearfisherman who was being bitten by a shark managed to catch the encounter on video. Anton Oleinik was spearing off Omaha’s Ti Point, north of Aukland, when he shot a kingfish Dec. 9. As the 50-year-old Russian-born man pulled the kingfish he’d just speared, an 8-foot (2.5m) bronze whaler shark arrived. “The rope wrapped around me. I was trying to untangle it when I popped my head above the water to take a breath,” Oleinik told the Herald. “All of a sudden I…

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‘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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