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Sunday
May052013

Teen Surfer Recovering After Shark Attack

iStockphoto(MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla.) -- A teenage surfer is recovering in a Florida hospital after a shark took a bite out of his leg on Saturday.

Michael Adler and four friends went surfing at Melbourne Beach on Saturday morning, an area known for its bull sharks.

The 16-year-old said he didn’t see the shark that bit him, he recalled the moment of terror when it sunk its razor-sharp teeth into his leg.

 “His whole jaw just crammed down on my leg and right from there I kind of knew it was a shark attack,” he said. “So then I was paddling in as fast as I could.”

Adler’s friends said a man with military training raced to his aid, using his surf board leash as a tourniquet.

Doctors said because of the anonymous stranger’s quick-thinking, Adler was able to keep his foot and doctors were able to repair four tendons.

"The doctors told me that I was lucky that it didn't hit like a major artery, cuz that would've been a lot more bleeding," Adler said.

Adler later tweeted "I better be on Shark Week."

The shark attack didn’t deter Adler’s friends, though. After dropping him off at the hospital they headed back to the beach.

When Adler recovers, he said he plans to do the same.

“I am definitely going to surf in the future,” he said. “I wish I could surf tomorrow.”


 

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Friday
Nov302012

Oregon Man Attacked by Shark Off Maui Coast

Comstock/Thinkstock(KIHEI, Hawaii) -- An Oregon man suffered a shark bite in the waters off Maui in Hawaii Friday. Police said the man appeared to have a gash in his leg but was able to climb onto a paddleboard and get back on shore.

The 61-year-old man told police it looked like a 10-foot shark.

Police say sharks were seen in the the area, and that there has seen an increase in shark attacks this year.

"In this area and also island wide, there has been several incidences with in the last year, this past year of incidents with sharks," Lt. Wayne Ibarra with the Maui Police said Friday.

The victim was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment. Police say at the time of medical transport, the man was "alert and conscious."

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Wednesday
Aug012012

911 Calls of Cape Cod Shark Attack Victim Released

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The man who barely survived what is believed to be a great white shark attack in the waters off Cape Cod, Mass., said he worried about blood loss during the ordeal and that he's in no hurry to return to the water that he loves.

"It will take some gentle effort to get back in the water, but I hope one day," Chris Myers said on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday from the Boston hospital where he is recovering.

Myers was swimming with his teenage son J.J. off the coast of Ballston Beach in Truro, Mass., around 3:30 p.m. Monday when he was apparently pulled under the water by a shark.  Police say Myers was bit in both legs below the knees in possibly one single, crushing blow.

The harrowing moments after the father of two emerged from the water can now be heard on the 911 calls received after the attack.

"A shark attack, he's bleeding, he's wounded.  His whole ankle's been bit, we need 911!" according to screams recorded during the calls.

Beachgoers had just watched helplessly as Myers was pulled under the water while he and his teenage son were bodysurfing.  Myers soon surfaced and screamed for help.

His son J.J. told GMA the attack seemed unreal.

"I heard him scream and turned around, and saw the back and the fin of the shark up out of water," he said.  "At that point it hit me when it was happening.  But at the same time, I thought that none of it was real.  It really seemed like a movie.  None of it seemed real until I was on the beach."

After the shark attacked, the father and son attempted to get back to land as quickly as possible.

"We really didn't have a lot of options," Chris Myers said.  "We were motivated, so we swam, hard.  I was thinking as I was swimming, my lungs were fine, my kick was fine, I was starting to feel kind of dizzy and wondering if I was losing blood.  My concern was that I wouldn't make it back to shore, but we were able to do it."

J.J. stayed by his side as emergency medical personnel raced his dad to the hospital.

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Dr. Greg Skomal, Massachusetts' top shark scientist, says the attack most likely involved a great white.

"Given what we now about the other species in the area ... it's not likely to be a Blue or a Mako, or any of those other coastal sharks.  All this add up to the white shark being a candidate," he said.

A great white shark was also spotted trailing a kayaker three weeks ago at Nauset Beach, about 25 miles south of Monday's attack.  That's a total of four shark sightings this summer off the coast of Cape Cod.

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Tuesday
Jul312012

Massachusetts Man Hospitalized After Shark Attack Near Cape Cod

Comstock/Thinkstock(CAPE COD, Mass.) -- A man bitten by a shark Monday as he body-surfed with his teenage son off the coast of Ballston Beach near Cape Cod, Mass., is expected to live, officials said.

The attack happened around 3:30 p.m. when Chris Myers, a father of two, was pulled under the water by a shark.  Police say the shark bit Myers in both legs below the knees in possibly one single, crushing bite.

“They dragged him out and they had to carry him up here and they had to wrap it around his legs and he was bleeding through the gauzes,” a witness said.  “It was bad.  Both his legs were pretty bad.”

Myers was conscious and alert when authorities loaded him into an ambulance.

“It was pretty deep.  You could see muscle and bone,” Truro police officer Scott Holway said.  “It was like his flesh had been ripped.”

Several witnesses say they saw a shark fin appear before the attack.  They watched helplessly from the beach as Myers was pulled under the water by the shark.  Myers soon surfaced and screamed for help.

Witnesses were able to reach Myers after the attack and bring him safely to shore.  After Myers was raced to the hospital, authorities posted notices to swimmers but did not close the beach.  

Sharks have been more visible along Cape Cod this summer.  Experts say that’s because of a drastic increase of seals in the area.

“The elbow of the cape has these large, dense concentrations of gray seals now, and these white sharks go to the area to feed,” said Greg Skomal, a senior biologist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.  “Because the seals are so abundant, now the white sharks are paying more attention.”

A great white shark was spotted trailing a kayaker three weeks ago at Nauset Beach, about 25 miles south of Monday’s attack.  That’s a total of four shark sightings this summer off the coast of Cape Cod.

“It’s a little alarming, I have to say,” a beachgoer said.  “With kids and boys that are pretty brave to go far out deep in the water, it’s a little alarming especially with the seals coming so close.”

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Friday
Jun152012

Probable Myrtle Beach Shark Attack Leaves Four Bitten

Comstock/Thinkstock(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) -- Four people have been bitten by a marine animal or animals in the water off Myrtle Beach, S.C., according to fire rescue officers.

The victims were reportedly bitten Thursday on their feet and calves.  One witness said that a victim was in chest-deep water with his girlfriend when the attack happened.

“There were about five large indentations on his calf.  The blood was pouring down to his ankle and he had five sets of teeth marks,” witness John Gonas told Carolina Live.

Three of the victims were taken by Emergency Medical Services to Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

Horry County fire officials cannot say whether the bites were caused by a shark, although a lifeguard reportedly said that he was almost certain it was a shark attack.

“Nobody saw them.  Even the guys that got bit didn’t see it,” lifeguard Denny Starr told the Charlotte Observer.  “They’re definitely shark bites.  One guy’s foot was opened up.  The other had a full mouth print around his leg.”

Shark bites are more common near piers, because of bait in the water. These victims, however, were not near a pier.

A 25-year-old man was bitten by a shark on the same beach earlier this month.  He is expected to make a full recovery.

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Thursday
Apr052012

Hawaii Man Punches Shark in Face, Tells It ‘I’m Not Gonna Die Today’

Courtesy of the Holley Family(HONOLULU) -- Joshua Holley, 28, was surfing at his favorite spot off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii’s North Shore, when he felt a push on the left side of his body.

“I looked to my left and I saw this really big dorsal fin,” Holley said.

“I got this popping sensation in my foot, I didn’t feel the pain; I guess there was so much adrenaline,” he said.

When the shark submerged and came up on the other side of his body, Holley knew what he had to do.

“I’m kind of holding it and its coming out on the right side, I punched him once and twice with my right hand, it submerged and swam off,” said Holley, who lives in Oahu, today.

Another surfer and a man with a body board came to Holley’s rescue after the attack, and helped him on to the beach, he said.

“I’m just happy to be alive,” he said.  “At the time it was pretty terrifying to be attacked by a shark, not gonna lie.  Instinct came in and I told the shark, ‘I’m not gonna die today.’”

Holley has two severed tendons, which required 42 stitches, but the shark did not bite any major arteries, Holley said.

“It looks like a knife cut on both sides of my foot,” he said.

Holley is headed back to the doctor on Thursday, and expects to undergo foot surgery as early as Friday.

Despite his run-in with the shark, which he described as about 10-foot long and likely a tiger shark, Holley said he isn’t going to stay away from the ocean.

“Definitely, I’ll be back in the water,” he said.  “You have to remember when you’re in the ocean you have to respect the ocean, that’s where they eat, live, breed; we’re just visitors in their home.”

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Sunday
Mar182012

Mother Saves Daughter From Shark Attack in Florida

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) -- A brave mother fought off a shark that attacked her daughter as the two were surfing, the same day another surfer was attacked on the same Florida beach.

The  two incidents Wednesday are among a series of shark attacks in recent days, as the underwater predators have seemed to enter shallow coastal waters earlier than usual, with the warmer than usual weather this year.

Valeh Levy and her 15-year-old daughter, Sydney, were paddling on their surfboards Wednesday off New Smyrna Beach when a shark suddenly pulled the teen underwater — twice. Levy pulled her daughter onto her board.

“It was to me like a scene out of ‘Jaws,’ where the girl’s getting sucked under, and I said, ‘There’s no way this thing is going to kill my daughter,’ and I grabbed her shoulders and I pulled her up and I threw her on the nose of my board,” Levy told WKMG-TV.

The shark continued circling Levy and her daughter until two nearby surfers heard their screams and helped them to shore.

An ambulance was already at the scene because a shark had attacked 17-year-old surfer Nick Romano in water that was waist deep only minutes before. Levy was rushed into surgery and released from the hospital a few hours later.

A few days earlier, a bull shark leaped out of the water and chomped down on a surfer’s arm just over 100 miles away, at Florida’s Jensen Beach.

“I was in the middle of my stroke and paddling and my left arm was like this, and all of a sudden something jumped out of the water and hit my arm. I looked over at it and I was eye-to-eye with a shark,” said surfer Frank Wacha.

Experts say environmental factors may be responsible for the earlier attacks.

“Environmental factors that we’re suffering on land could also be happening in the water such as climate change, lack of food sources, which changes migratory patterns, and you have 80 million or more tourists that come to those waters, so it’s no surprise accidents happen,” said ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau.

Experts say the unseasonably warm weather is bringing more people and fish to shallow waters, and so sharks that might usually feed in September when there are fewer people around are showing up now.

But Cousteau says the kinds of attacks seen in Florida last week are mostly exploratory: “Sharks don’t have arms like we do, so for them feeling, is feeling with their mouths.”

He says 95 percent of the time, a hungry, curious shark takes a taste, and moves on because sharks don’t consider people to be particularly tasty.

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Tuesday
Nov012011

Surfers Warned After Shark Attack

Photos.com/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO, CALIF) -- Surfers are being cautioned that shark sightings and attacks are on the rise up and down the California coast after a second sighting this week follows an attack that nearly claimed a young man’s life.

For the second time in less than a week a shark was seen in the Pacific waters -- this time at Beacon’s Beach in Leucadia, Calif., just north of San Diego -- where a surfer spotted a shark looping around him before disappearing.

“I’m shaken up about it you know it did a couple circles around me, was checking me out...I’m not too comfortable about that,” surfer Brent Manion said. “Luckily, I wasn’t as far out as I could have been and was able to get out of the water quick.”

The shark, almost ten feet long, forced lifeguards to advise people to keep out of the water.
Encinitas lifeguards told ABC News San Diego affiliate that they believe the sighting was credible based on Manion’s description of the shark.

“He saw the shape of the nose, a dorsal fin and a straight up-and-down tail fin,” said Encinitas lifeguards Sgt. Dave Brown. Crews evacuated the area immediately and advised surfers to avoid the area.

John McCosker, Chair of Aquatic Biology at the California Academy of Sciences says this is to be expected in this season.

“This is the peak time of the year for white shark attacks on seal, sea lions, and surfers. The white sharks are here,” McCosker told ABC News.

Manion’s sighting comes just days after another surfer was released from the hospital narrowly surviving a Great White attack.

Eric Tarantino was about 150 yards from shore on his surfboard when the shark came out of nowhere, chompin his board, and biting the surfer in the arm and neck. Injured and bleeding, he was able to paddle to shore and out of harm’s way.

The Great White that approached Tarantino took a 19 inch-wide gash out of his board; it missed the main carotid artery in his neck by just two millimeters.

“I just feel really lucky and grateful right now,” Tarantino told ABC News. “I just want to thank everyone who supported me, all my friends on the beach. The paramedics especially who helped me, the ambulance they did a great job -- also, obviously everyone at the hospital.”

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Tuesday
Jul262011

Shark Attack Survivor Lucy Mangum and Family Describe Attack 

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Lucy Mangum, 6, looked up at her parents and asked them to say a prayer for her after a shark bit her leg on a North Carolina beach.

Lucy told ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday that she asked her mom and dad to pray for "my leg to heal."

Lucy was with her parents and sister at Ocrakoke Beach on the Outer Banks on July 19 when what they think was a tiger shark sneaked up from behind them and sank its teeth into Lucy's leg.

"I only saw its tail," she said. "I felt like...it almost stayed there."

Lucy's mother, Jordan Mangum, immediately grabbed her daughter.

"I heard her scream so I immediately turned towards her and at that point saw the shark right next to her," Jordan Mangum said. "I ran over to her and at this point it hadn't really crossed my mind that she had been bitten, I just wanted to get her out of the water...I saw that she was injured pretty badly...it was a pretty big gash."

She crouched down and cradled Lucy, applying pressure to her wound.

"It was pretty surreal," she said.

The shark had bitten Lucy twice, once between the ankle and lower foot and once between the ankle and lower leg.

Her husband was farther out in the water but swam to his family when he heard their screams.

"I ran over and...we got her up on the beach and we had Jordan move her hand and the entire lower leg...filleted itself open...It was a pretty significant wound and I noticed there was an arterial bleed there and I just realized right away we were going to have to get her to a medical center," Craig Mangum told GMA.

Lucy was taken by helicopter to a hospital. The little girl is expected to fully recover and will begin undergoing physical therapy.

"She'll be in a wheelchair for a little bit but all of her pieces are there...she's going to walk and function pretty well, dance and run and play like she should," Craig Mangum said.

Experts say there are sharks of all kinds living off the coast, and in the evenings they move closer to the beaches, searching for food.

The Mangums plan to head back into the water once Lucy is able to, and they call what happened to Lucy a "fluke."

While they'll head to the beach, they said that they will go earlier in the day.

"We were told not to be at the beach...later in the afternoon and that's when we were on the beach...I think we'll stay out of the water during suppertime," Jordan Mangum told GMA.

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Wednesday
Jul202011

Shark Attacks Child Off North Carolina Coast

Ablestock.com(OCRACOKE, N.C.) -- A 6-year-old girl is in critical condition after being attacked by a shark on a North Carolina beach Tuesday evening.

The child was swimming with her father in shallow water when she was bitten on the right leg and part of her foot, according to Kenny Ballance of the National Park Service for Cape Hatteras.

The child was swimming on a boogie board in about a foot of water.

Hyde County EMS, the National Park Service and the Ocracoke Fire Department responded to a call at Ramp 72 on Ocracoke Island.

"The Ocracoke EMS and another park ranger, Shane Bryant, [were] on the scene right away," Ballance said. "The rescue squad began working on the little girl when ranger Bryant arrived. It was apparent that she was bitten below the knee in the foot area is the report."

Pitt Memorial Hospital flew a helicopter into Ocracoke Beach and flew the child to the hospital in Greenville.

"We were told she was in stable condition, then we called this morning to learn she's in critical condition," Ballance said.

Authorities said the last shark attack in Cape Hatteras was a fatal one.

"The last shark attack in Cape Hatteras was in 2004 and that was in one of the villages north of us here," Ballance said. "... the guy was bitten in a major artery and he bleed to death before we were able to get to him."

Ocracoke Island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The entire island is owned by the U.S. National Park Service, except for the village.

A 10-year-old girl was attacked by a shark earlier this month in North Topsail Beach in North Carolina. Cassidy Cartwright of Erie, Pa., like the 6-year-old victim, was also playing on a body board and was wading knee-deep in only 3.5 feet of water.

Biologist Andy Dehart told ABC News earlier this month that the murky water around the North Carolina shore is often to blame for unprovoked shark attacks in this area.

The Florida Museum of Natural History keeps an international shark attack file, which was last updated in January. It shows 41 unprovoked shark attacks from 1935 to 2010.

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