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 a total of 78* shark attack bites in 2017, 5 of which were fatal*; 37 were reported in the US, with 24 occurring in Florida** and one in Hawaii. Twelve have been reported in Australia, one of which was fatal. Five unconfirmed worldwide and not included in the total count.
All locations have been marked on the 2017 Shark Attack Bites Tracking Map.
*Two may be scavenge. **One report may have been outside of Florida waters.