Australian surfer bitten by wobbegong shark

An Australian surfer has been bitten by a wobbegong shark off the coast of New South Wales. The unidentified man was bitten on the foot at Birubi Beach in Port Stephens October 27. He was able to make it to the beach around 9:30 a.m. and was treated on scene by an off-duty nurse. The 31-year-old man was bleeding heavily from the puncture wound, and was taken to the John Hunter Hospital. A shark biologist from the Department of Primary Industries identified the shark involved as a 3- to 5-foot…

Wobbegong Shark Bites Surfer

Shane Hilder was surfing with his daughter Molly over the weekend when he was bitten by a wobbegong shark. The high school teacher was around a 55 yards off a beach in Caloundra, Australia when the incident occurred. Mr. Hilder originally thought an adult body surfer had bumped his leg underwater, but felt that it was heavier than that. “It had a lot of weight to it so I knew it was something big and that’s when I jumped back and it bit me,” he told ABC News. The roughly…

Surfer bitten by Wobbegong Shark

A surfer has been bitten by a wobbegong shark in New South Wales, Australia March 12. Mike Porter had minor cuts after a shark clamped on to his foot at Lighthouse Beach around 6 p.m. “I’d just come up from a wave and I was getting ready to take a photo when I felt it latch onto my foot.”he told Port News “I didn’t know what to think, but I had a pretty good idea it was a shark.” The 40-year-old then started fighting the shark. “I just kept punching…

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…

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.…

Two surfers bitten by sharks hours apart in Australia

Two surfers were bitten by sharks in Western Australia April 16. The first man bitten around 8 a.m. off a beach known as Cobblestones, located south of Gracetown. Alejandro Travaglini’s was surfing when a suspected great white shark bit and released his leg. “This thing was a big shark, and it wanted to eat him,” surfer Adam Kennedy, who was in the water at the time, told The West Australian. The shark returned a second time and grabbed Travaglini’s legs and drug him underwater. “He was literally fighting for his…

Man bitten by bull shark in Western Australia

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A man was bitten by a bull shark in Western Australia January 28. The unidentified man was working on a barramundi fish farm in Cone Bay located in the Buccaneer Archipelago, north of the town of Derby. Around 8 a.m. the 18-year-old was bitten twice on the leg by a medium-sized bull shark. The man was taken to a hospital in Derby where doctors treated the wound on his thigh and lower leg. After receiving initial treatment at the Derby Hospital, the Royal Flying Doctor Service transported the man to…