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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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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Twelve-year-old girl bitten by shark hours after adult mauled

Twelve-year-old girl bitten by shark hours after adult mauled

A twelve-year-old girl was bitten by a shark in the same area a 46-year-old was bitten. Hannah Papps was boating with her father and sister off Cid Harbour in the Whitsunday Islands of Queensland, Australia September 20. As Papps was swimming she was bitten on the upper leg near the groin area. Emergency response teams notified the ACQ CQ Helicopter Rescue service who dispatched a helicopter to collect the child at around 1:43 p.m. ACQ CQ arrived on scene landing the helicopter on the beach and retrieved the girl from…

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Swimmer mauled by shark in Queensland

Swimmer mauled by shark in Queensland

A Tasmanian woman was mauled by a shark in Queensland while swimming near a yacht. Justine Barwick, 46, was swimming at Cid Harbour off Whitsunday Island’s Sawmill Bay around 5:00 p.m. September 19 when a shark grabbed her upper right leg. She was pulled out of the water and onto a larger vessel which had a doctor on board. “The shark had taken a huge chunk out of her inside leg and she was bleeding out,” RACQ CQ Helicopter Rescue crewman Ben McCauley told ABC News. “The people on scene…

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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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7-year-old bitten by cookiecutter shark in Australia

cookiecutter shark attack bite

A rare shark bite has been reported in Queensland, Australia. Jack Tolley was wading with his family in Alma Bay in North Queensland October 27, when a circular chunk of his leg was torn off. The 7-year-old’s father first spotted the small shark as it swam near him and even referred to it as a friendly fish.  Things changed dramatically when the shark aggressively bumped against his leg and moved toward Jack. When the shark latched onto Jack’s leg, his father quickly kicked it away and out of the water,…

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Video: Man tries to lasso shark gets bitten

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A man trying to lasso a shark was bitten by the shark he was trying to lasso. Josh Neille was on a fishing boat off the coast of north Queensland, Australia when they caught a nine-foot lemon shark. Neille, who runs a wildlife shelter, wrote that he was trying to help the shark and prevent its death. “The fisherman that hooked this shark had planned to gaff it to land the shark and do what means to retrieve their gear which would result in it most likely being killed.” He…

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