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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Spearfisherman bitten by shark in Samoa

A spearfisherman from the village of Nofoali’I on the island of Upolu was bitten by a shark in Samo September 15. The unidentified man was spearing fish in a lagoon when a shark came into take the man catch. “I’ve been told that the shark came out of nowhere while the young man was trying to get a fish he had caught,” a local villager told the Samoa Observer. Another villager was able to assist the injured man, before he was taken to the Leulumoega District Hospital. There have been…

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