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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Two shark bites reported in Florida and a third in California

Two shark bites reported in Florida and a third in California

Two shark bites have been reported in Florida, with a third incident off the California coast. All three interactions occurred October 23. The first report came from Volusia County, Florida. A surfer was riding a wave into the beach at Ponce Inlet when the wave died out in ankle-deep water. The 29-year-old Edgewater resident had just hopped off his board when he was bitten on the toe by a 3.5-foot shark. The minor cut from the bite did not require further medical treatment. Several bystanders said they saw a shark…

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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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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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Fatal shark attack in Jamaica; nonfatal attack in Bahamas

Two spearfishers have suffered injuries from shark bites, one of which was fatal. Nicholas Malcolm, 43, of Pineapple, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, went fishing with a friend off James Bond Beach in Jamaica September 19. After he went missing, a search of the area where he was last seen turned up shark-bitten pieces of his diver’s gear. “It [his gear] was torn up real bad, a piece of the chest, it had the impression that the shark has taken a piece of his chest. Because the impression shows of the…

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