Man bitten by a shark on the Great Barrier Reef

Man bitten by shark on Great Barrier Reef Matthew Vickers shark bite photo

A volunteer researcher was bitten by a shark on the Great Barrier Reef January 14. Mathew Vickers was volunteering with James Cook University (JCU) researching the recovery rate of coral after a bleaching event on the reef. The group was 37 to 49 miles off Lizard Island in Queensland snorkeling in an approved area. Around 3 p.m. as the group was feeding red bass and cod, a bass took a bit of food and swam past Vickers, who believes the fish was using him as shelter. “It all happened very…

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Shark bites kayak off Queensland Coast

2017_Shark_attack_Bite_Gavin Kleidon Patrick Woods_Queensland_Australia

Gavin Kleidon has been rescued by marine police after a shark bit his kayak off the Queensland Coast. The 39-year-old was 5 miles (8 km) offshore in Moreton Bay when the shark bit a large chunk of his 21-foot (6.5m) kayak. He had around 30 minutes left in his paddle when he was chucked into the water.  He knew something big had bitten his craft as he watched the tail float off. “I was paddling along minding my own business, it was all good, and next thing, bam! I was…

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