Great white shark bites Ballina surfer

Great white shark bite victim Lee Jonsson

A great white shark has bitten a Ballina surfer off the coast off Australia. Lee Jonsson was hitting the waves off Shelly Beach, Ballina Nov. 7 just after 7 a.m.  when an 8-foot (2.6m) great white shark bumped his board and knocked him into the water. The 43-year-old grabbed his board and began hitting the shark, unaware that he had been bitten on the left leg below the knee. Even though he had a 20cm wound, Jonsson was able to swim back to shore and alert authorities. Jonsson transported himself…

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Samoan and NZ paddlers have close encounters with large sharks

Andrew Wheatley with his shark bitten surfski.

Three paddlers separated by more than 2,000 nautical miles had close encounters with large sharks during October. Andrew Wheatley was paddling off the coast of Samoa when he lost the rear end of his surfski to a shark. The Australian was around 1.5 kilometers from the south coast of Upolu when he felt a huge bump and found himself airborne. “I was going pretty fast when I was lifted from behind, flung up and to the right,” he told the Samoa Observer. Without focusing on what had just happened, he…

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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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Fatal shark attack in Massachusetts

A fatal shark attack occurred off Cape Cod September 15 as the victim was showing another man how to catch waves. The previous day, the duo had been boogieboarding off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet before the sun went down. By 10:00 a.m. the next morning, Arthur Medici, 26, of Revere, Mass., and his friend Isaac Rocha were again in the water. Initial reports indicate the two surfers were using fins and wetsuits. Around 12:30 p.m. Joe Booth, a local fisherman who was on the beach, heard Medici scream and…

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Survivor TV star has encounter with great white shark

A California woman had a close encounter with a great white shark off the California coast June 25. Julie Wolfe, a world-class outrigger canoe paddler, was offshore of Oceanside Harbor around 5:30 p.m. when something grabbed her new outrigger canoe. “All of a sudden I felt like a car hit me from underneath. Just a BAM! And I knew right away what it was,” the 57-year-old said during an interview with Fox 5. “I think you are just supposed to stay there, but I spun around and I paddled as…

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Shark attacks in California part 1

People across the globe have always been fascinated by California: The dream of being a Hollywood star, seeing the streets of San Francisco, visiting the blue Pacific and being around the beautiful people! Even the Beach Boys said California Girls are the prettiest girls in the world. Only one thing makes life on the coast of California less pretty for divers, surfers and swimmers—sharks! But according to a new study, the risk of a shark attack has dropped sharply. The Bermuda Triangle in the Atlantic Ocean, Death Valley in the…

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Great white shark tracked in the Panhandle, and it’s not the first

hilton

A great white shark known as Hilton is currently being tracked in the Gulf of Mexico, and it’s not the first time a great white has been tracked in the Florida Panhandle. Hilton is a mature great white that weighed 1,326 pounds when tagged on March 3, 2017 off the coast of Hilton Head, South Carolina. The male shark was caught and tagged by the nonprofit group OCEARCH during their Lowcountry Expedition. Scientists and researchers attached a Smart Position and Temperature (SPOT) Tag to Hilton’s dorsal fin. When the tag…

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