Shark bites reported in the UK, South Carolina and South Africa

Several shark bites have been reported over the weekend. The first occurred May 12 at Nahoon Beach, South Africa. An unidentified male was participating in a junior surfing event when he was bumped off his board and bitten by a shark. The surfer was transported to the hospital by private vehicle and apparently suffered minor injury to his side. While the shark bite has made national news, a second more deadly event took place later in the day.  A school-aged teen boy and girl drowned off Eastern Beach, East London,…

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Shark bite reported in Hilton Head

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A teenager is recovering from a minor shark bite he received in Hilton Head, South Carolina August 10. Linton Suttle was pushing his sister on a boogie board near the Sea Pines Beach Club when he decided to dive into the water. The 13-year-old felt a pain in his left foot and instinctively pulled away. “I thought maybe it was a seashell but as I turned around to look I saw a shadow swim away and I knew I had just got bit by a shark,” Suttle told the Island…

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Minor shark bite reported in Hilton Head

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A minor shark bite has been reported in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Johnny Simatacolos was swimming in waist deep water on July 29 around 3 p.m. when he felt a sharp pain in his foot. “I thought something bit me or I stepped on something like a crab,” the 10-year-old from from Prospect, Kentucky told The Herald. “I was screaming, a little. It was bleeding badly.” The young man’s parents assumed he had stepped on something, and bandaged the wound. After learning that a shark had been spotted in the…

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Shark jumps into raft injures two teens in South Carolina?

Two teens were injured by a shark in DeBordieu, South Carolina July 29. Both 12-year-old girls were floating together off DeBordieu Beach near Pioneer Loop when a small shark somehow jumped into their raft. The species of shark could not be identified. The estimated 3- to 4-foot shark was thrashing about, in its attempt to leave the raft, causing minor injuries to one girl while biting the other girl’s thigh. The two were able to make it back to the beach and were treated on scene by Midway Fire Rescue.…

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Indiana teen bitten by a shark in Hilton Head, South Carolina

Jan Wallhauser was vacationing with her family June 21 when she and her three daughters decided to enjoy the water off South Forest Beach. Mrs. Wallhauser was holding onto a pool noodle as three of her daughters, Cassie, Heather and Olivia, rode the large waves on boogie boards. The family group, from Dubois County, Indiana, stood 3- to 4-feet apart in shoulder-deep murky water when a wave rose and lifted 16-year old Olivia’s feet off the bottom. “Then Olivia started to scream,” Mrs. Wallhauser said. Apparently, when Olivia kicked the…

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Ohio teen bitten by shark in South Carolina

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A vacationing teenager from Ohio was bitten on June 18 by a shark off Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Reagan Readnour was boogie boarding with several family members on Burkes Beach when she was bitten by a shark. The 14-year-old was in waist-deep water with her feet dangling behind her as she played on her boogie board around noon.  She thought her brother was playing a joke on her by grabbing her leg, but quickly realized it was something else. “I felt a terrible sting and didn’t know what it…

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‘Land Shark’ Bites South Carolina Woman on Hand

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A woman has been bitten by a shark off Awendaw, South Carolina. Mackenzie Higgins, 20, was fishing with her family on Bull Island May 31, when her brother landed an Atlantic sharp nose shark that was about 3 1/2 feet long. He was holding the creature by its tail when his sister, a nursing student, reached out to feel the shark’s back. In a flash, the shark spun around and sank its teeth into her right hand just below the thumb. Link to graphic image 1 “They’re strong, and their…

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