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Surfer Bitten by A Shark in Japan?

A surfer appears to have been bitten by a shark in Japan.

The unidentified man was surfing off Irino Beach in Kuroshia, of the Kochi Prefecture on July 24.

Around 7:05 p.m.  he was approximately 16-feet off-shore when he started to get on his surfboard board in the 1- to 2-foot deep water.

He was bitten on the left foot by what he believes to be a shark.

Another surfer contacted emergency services who responded to the scene and transported the 29-year-old to the hospital. The man, who hails from the town of Kuroshio, sustained minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Multiple people saw a shark, which is thought to have been around 3- to 6-feet long, in the area multiple times throughout the month.

There have been a total of fifty-four confirmed shark attacks bites in 2016. Five of which were fatal. Twenty-three reported in the US, with fifteen occurring in Florida. Eleven have occurred in Australia, three of which were fatal.

All locations have been marked on the 2016 shark attack bites tracking map.


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