A SANCTUARY Point man was bitten by a shark near Sussex Inlet on Monday morning.
Jeff Brown and his daughter Rhianna were surfing at Bherwerre Beach near the entrance to Sussex Inlet when he was bitten.
He had just caught a wave and was in the white water when he felt the shark latch on.
“I had just caught my first wave and was laying in the water with the board when I felt something grab my ankle,” he said.
“I knew it was a shark. I shook my leg but it didn’t let go so I kicked it with my right foot and cut that foot on its teeth. Then it let go and went away.”
Mr Brown said he didn’t feel any pain.
“It was really weird, I always imagined if I got bitten by a shark it would be more like a dog attack. “But it was quick, and it was all happening down below the water where I couldn’t see it. I was just kicking it off with my feet.
“It’s probably the best way to get bitten by a shark.
“Then after it let go I was a bit worried it might come back.”
Mr Brown’s daughter saw it swim away and thought it could have been about two metres long.
“We don’t know what sort of shark it was but it had a pretty big fin on it,” Mr Brown said.
Shortly after he made it to shore his brother-in-law and sister arrived with a first aid kit.
They bandaged his wounds before taking him to the Sanctuary Point Medical Centre where he received more than 20 stitches in his right foot as well as stitches in his left foot.
Source: South Coast Register
A 17-year-old boy has died after being attacked by a shark while spearfishing on Western Australia’s south coast.
Jay Muscat was bitten on the leg by a shark, thought to be a great white up to five-metres long, at Cheynes Beach, near Albany.
Jay Muscat, 17, killed at Cheynes Beach by shark
Police received a call from a member of the public at 12:20pm (AWST) to report they had found a body in the water.
When officers arrived at the beach, about 60 kilometres east of Albany, they confirmed the teen was dead.
Police said the body appeared to have an injury consistent with a shark bite.
The ABC has been told a fisherman brought the body to shore on a boat.
A report is being prepared for the coroner. The fatal shark attack is the eighth in WA in the past five years.
Spear gun ‘fired at shark’ during attack
Department of Fisheries spokesman Rick Fletcher said the shark may be injured as a spear was fired at it during the attack.
“They had been spearfishing and it’s our understanding they had already captured some fish,” he said.
“It appears the shark swam past one diver and bit the other on the leg.”
Drum lines have been deployed in the area to catch the shark.
Beaches were closed on Monday afternoon and were likely to remain closed on Tuesday as the search continued.
“It’s possible the shark was actually injured in the attack therefore we’ll do patrols along the beaches as well,” Dr Fletcher said.
Shark ‘likely to be killed’ if caught
Dr Fletcher said one inflatable and one rigid-hull vessel had been deployed to track the shark and deploy drum lines.
He could not confirm whether a shark sighting in that area had been reported to the department earlier on Monday.
Fatal shark attacks in WA since 2000
Spearfisher Jay Muscat: Cheynes Beach December 29, 2014
Surfer Chris Boyd: Gracetown November 23, 2013
Surfer Ben Linden: Wedge Island, July 14, 2012
Diver Peter Kurmann: Geographe Bay, March 31, 2012
Diver George Wainwright: Rottnest Island, Oct 22, 2011
Swimmer Bryn Martin: Cottesloe Beach, Oct 10, 2011
Surfer Kyle Burden: Bunker Bay, Sept 4, 2011
Surfer Nick Edwards: Gracetown, Aug 17, 2010
Snorkeller Brian Guest: Port Kennedy, Dec 27, 2008
Snorkeller Geoffrey Brazier: Abrolhos Islands, Mar 19, 2005
Surfer Brad Smith: Gracetown, July 10, 2004
Swimmer Ken Crew: North Cottesloe, Nov 6, 2000
He added it was likely the shark would be killed.
“At this stage it’s highly likely that if we capture the shark that’s likely to have been involved in the incident it will be destroyed,” he said.
He described the incident as tragic and traumatic.
“Our sympathies go out to those particular families,” he said.
Fisheries has urged local people and holidaymakers to stay out of the water.
Children’s vacation swimming classes were being held about 250 metres from where the shark attack occurred, but had concluded shortly beforehand.
A spokesman for the Department of Education said the lessons would remain suspended until further notice.
ABC reporter Roxanne Taylor was at the beach about an hour before the suspected attack occurred.
“There was a massive pod of about 10 dolphins in the cove. The water was perfectly still, crystal clear,” she said.
Local surfers have talked about a shark swimming around people in the area in recent days.
Cheynes Beach has deep water and rocky outcrops, and is a popular camping and fishing destination.
In October this year, surfer Sean Pollard, 23, lost an arm and his other hand during an attack at Kelpids Beach at Wylie Bay near Esperance.
Two sharks were caught and killed after WA’s Department of Fisheries deployed drum lines off the beach after the incident.
A 50-year-old man was attacked by a shark at Montaña de Oro State Park while surfing Sunday, according to authorities.
State Park Ranger Supervisor Robert Colligan said a man was surfing in the area of the sand spit shortly after 11 a.m. when an 8- to 10-foot juvenile shark swam up underneath him and grazed his surfboard and right hip and thigh with its teeth.
Colligan could not confirm the name of the surfer, but witnesses at the scene confirmed the man is Kevin Swanson of Morro Bay.
Andrew Walsh, who was surfing with Swanson at the time of the attack, said the shark swam from beneath Swanson’s board and dragged him under with no warning.
“It was really radical,” he said. “I was about 10 feet from him, and it was absolutely quiet. … (The shark) came straight up out of the depths and got him and took him under the water. That was the amazing part: this big giant side of the shark just curving up out of the water.”
Walsh said Swanson was below the water for several seconds before he surfaced on his board, yelled “shark attack” and began paddling for shore.
Once he reached shore, Swanson used the leash cord from his surfboard to fashion a tourniquet for his leg where the shark bit him, Walsh said. Two doctors who had been walking on the beach helped Swanson, as well, and determined that no major arteries had been hit, Walsh said.
“We’re really blessed that he was still able to get himself to shore,” Walsh said. “I was a few feet behind him, and we grabbed him and got him out of the water, obviously, up on the sand, and very quickly these doctors where there, helping out and calling 911.”
Several local agencies responded to the call, Colligan said, including the Cayucos Fire Department, Cal Fire, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, the Coast Guard and State Parks. After being treated on scene, Swanson was taken by air ambulance to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo with injuries that were not life threatening.
Sierra Vista media representative Ron Yukelson said Swanson was in fair condition as of 3 p.m. Sunday. Swanson could not be reached for comment.
Authorities will not close the beach because of the attack, Colligan said; instead, per the county’s coastal incident management plan, State Parks will post notifications throughout the beach informing visitors of the attack.
The notifications will stay in place for five days, unless another shark sighting occurs, at which point the signs will stay up for an additional five days, Colligan said.
In the meantime, surfers and beach visitors are encouraged to use caution in the area, he said.
Kevin Swanson surf board
Kevin Swanson Surfboard bottom View
UPDATE 2:50 p.m. Monday: Kevin Swanson has been released from Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, hospital spokesperson Ron Yukelson confirmed Monday afternoon. According to Yukelson, Swanson was released earlier in the day, though he did not have the exact time.
Swanson has not responded to requests for comment.
UPDATE 11:30 a.m. Monday: Kevin Swanson’s condition has been upgraded from “fair” to “good,” Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center spokesman Ron Yukelson confirmed Monday. He is expected to be discharged within 24 to 48 hours.
She is a fully finned female sand tiger that survived and all wounds are healed. Angler did not tag her because her girth made them believe she was carrying pups and to release asap. She was caught in Ocean City, MD in a spot 36 others were caught(no they were not finned) in the past month and a half, so shes cycling normal imo. She swam like a snake and was strong enough to knock angler over and break off swimming into surf.
-Caught 1\2 mile off Ocean City Inlet
-She was 91 inches from nose to what was left of lower caudal, 84 inches from nose to where caudal starts, estimated she would have been 100 inches if 3\4 of her caudal wasn’t gone.
-She was very “girthie” thought to have pups
-She swam like a snake. 3rd wave hit gills, he felt her pulsate and she exploded to right almost knocking him over.
– All wounds fully healed and he felt they were over a year old.
-Estimated at 300lbs
-He caught 36 total in same spot the past month and a half.
-His bait shop in Ocean City claimed its a normal occurrence with sandtigers in the area, when he showed them photos. They are caught yearly in that condition.
I believe this is the first ever documented full finning survivor. I do believe this might be species specific due to sand tigers gulping or holding air.
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29th Shark killed on Drumline in Reunion Island
Helmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine,
15. September 2014
Shark Fishing Program in Reunion Island:
Two bull sharks and three tiger sharks harvested in less than a week,
already 29 large sharks killed since January.
Read more: http://sharkyear.com/2014/29th-shark-killed-on-drumline-in-reunion-island.html