‘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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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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13-foot tiger shark attacks kayak in Queensland

A man paddling his kayak off Sunshine Coast, Queensland, had a shocking experience Nov. 14 when a 13-foot tiger shark attacked. Kyle Roberts, 31, was floating in his boat around 6:50 a.m. about a mile off Moffat Beach when his kayak was hit so hard by the shark, he was knocked out of it and into the water. “It hit side-on with such force it ejected me and flipped the kayak,” he told The Courier Mail. “I landed in the water about [seven feet] away and looked to see it…

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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.…

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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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Fatal shark attack in Queensland near the site of two other bites

Fatal shark attack in Queensland

A fatal shark attack has occurred in Queensland, Australia near the same location as two previous shark bites that occurred in September, one day apart from each other. On Nov. 5, Dr. Daniel Christidis, 33, had been with several friends on a charter boat in Cid Harbour near Whitsunday Island. Around 5:30 p.m. he and a friend were taking turns using a paddle board. When Dr. Christidis entered the water so his friend could use the paddle board, he was attacked by a shark. His left thigh and right calf…

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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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