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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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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