Another Death by Shark Attack on Abernathy Shear Water

07/134/2014 – John Petty – Bahamas

Postby alb » Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:09 pm

Search ends for Texas doctor who disappeared while shark-diving in the Bahamas after search crews find dive gear near where he was last seen
63-year-old Doctor John Petty was last seen Sunday as he entered the water near Tiger Beach
Tiger Beach is a popular location for shark divers because of its large number of tiger sharks
Petty was part of an eight-person dive excursion but never surfaced with the other divers
On Wednesday, the Coast Guard said it discovered dive gear it believes to be Petty’s near where he was last seen alive
No body has been recovered

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The search for a well-liked Texas doctor who was reported missing after not surfacing following a shark-diving excursion in the Bahamas over the weekend has ended, the U.S. Coast Guard announced on Wednesday.

No body has been recovered, but search crews found dive and camera equipment they believe belonged to 63-year-old chiropractor John E. Petty, who also was an avid photographer.

Petty was part of a multi-day shark-diving excursion near Tiger Beach, a well-known spot for commercial shark-diving operations.

Disappeared: The search for Texas Doctor John Petty was called off Wednesday after search crews found dive gear near where he was last seen

Disappeared: The search for Texas Doctor John Petty was called off Wednesday after search crews found dive gear near where he was last seen
Eight other divers were part of the excursion, where the water is baited with chum to attract sharks, and divers enter the water without the safety of shark cages.

On Sunday, when the other members of the excursion surfaced after a dive, Petty wasn’t amongst them.

Shear Water, the 65-foot vessel used to transport divers to the dive site, issued a distress call to alert the Coast Guard that Petty was missing.

Coast Guard Petty Officer John-Paul Rios said Wednesday that a ‘substantial amount’ of dive gear had been found within the search area, but it could not be immediately confirmed that the gear belonged to the missing man.

Tiger Beach: Tiger Beach in the Bahamas is a popular location for shark-divers, who often get in the water without cages

‘The family would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support and prayers on behalf of John Petty.

The U.S. Coast Guard has ceased its search as of 11:00 a.m., today,’ Petty’s family said in a statement given to KETK. ‘After the Bahamian Government studied the items recovered in numerous searches, it has been determined that a shark attack was the cause.

A memorial service is being planned and details will be posted later today. Thank you all again.’


Jim Abernathy, who runs the Florida-based dive company that Petty hired for the excursion, is well-known in the world of shark diving. The website describes him as a ‘controversial figure among the commercial shark-diving fraternity.’

‘Controversial’: Shark-diving professional Jim Abernathy was bitten by a shark during a 2011 dive

In 2008, a participant in one of Abernathy’s excursions was fatally attacked by a shark during a dive. In 2011, Abernathy himself was bitten by a shark. He survived after being airlifted to a Florida hospital.’s Patric Douglas describes Tiger Beach as ‘an ongoing lab experiment.’

‘Tiger Beach has been a long running experiment with large predatory sharks and a number of “firsts” for the cageless shark-diving industry,’ he writes on the website. ‘First to night dive with these sharks, first to hand-feed these animals, first to film a woman dressed as a mermaid with baited sharks, first to stand tigers on their noses for paying customers in a controversial shark interaction called “tonic shark.” There are few animal interaction boundaries that have not been explored at this remote and well-known shark site.’

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We hate to add bits of information to the incidents here.1. In the International Shark Attack File for 2014 attack summary this incident will not be listed as an attack, fatility.
2. The 2008 fatality on the same boat with the same captain where another diver was killed is currently not listed.
3. If we listen to 90 % of our shark experts out there. This couldn’t have been a shark if the person was alive or dead “Sharks do not like the taste of Humans”

Shark Attack On Florida Island

Shark Attack On Florida’s Akaloosa Island: Details Emerge Of 39-Year-Old Swimmer’s Ordeal
Shark Attack On Florida Island
The shark attack of an unidentified man on Florida’s Akaloosa Island is updated with details surrounding the event. As Inquisitr just reported, a man vacationing from Tennessee was bit on the foot by a shark Monday. More information on the attack are revealed in this article.

According to NFW Daily News, the man’s name is Terrell Moore from Pleasant View. Monday’s report initially stated that he had lacerations on his foot requiring stitches, and that he was fishing at the time of the attack. The latest report indicates Moore was with his wife and their 11-year-old son swimming about 75 yards from shore when he stopped at the sandbar. He suffered a broken foot and two deep puncture wounds while swimming. His wife, Melissa, tells the news source:

“He got on the second sandbar and was kind of standing up. All of the sudden, he went under a little bit and popped back up… he started swimming really fast.”

First responders believed Moore was bait-fishing with the two other fishermen seen at the sandbar. What had actually happened was he was seen standing near them, about 15-feet from where the family was swimming.

As a side note, NBC Los Angeles reports that a fishing ban on Mahattan Beach pier is being debated after a shark that was caught on a fishing line attacked a swimmer there on July 5.

George Burgess, curator of the International Shark Attack File, says:

“The fishermen are very attractive to sharks. Fishermen and bathers and surfers don’t mix.”

Burgess surmises:

“… Misinterpreting the moves of (Moore’s) foot for being the actions of a fish, possibly even a hooked fish.”

Burgess says this isn’t unusual:

“It’s your typical hit and run attack – grabs a human and then lets go. No Jaws music in the background.”

Moore recounts the shark as being about the size of his son. Burgess estimates from the bite that the shark was somewhat small — theorizing that it might have been from a backtip or spinner shark. Both are common species that feed off fish along Panhandle waters inland. He thinks a “tug of war” between the shark and Moore exasperated the situation.

“If you’re rotating your ankle around something that’s holding it, you can break some bones. If he hadn’t broken his foot, he might have gotten a stitch or two on his lacerations, and a good bar story.”

Moore’s wife is grateful his shark attack wasn’t worse.

“We’re happy everyone’s here and everyone’s safe.”

The family will finish out their vacation before heading home. On Tuesday, Moore was experiencing a lot of pain and is currently on crutches. Despite his shark attack, Moore knows there’s a risk to some degree going into areas where sharks lurk. He concludes:

“We’re going to stick it out. What are you going to do? You make the best of it.

“It happens, we’re in their territory. We understand that.”

Spain shark scare briefly shuts down beaches

Would-be beachgoers near Barcelona faced a brief ban after a shark scare shut down six beaches for a day, the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

Three small blue sharks, between one and 1.5 metres (five feet) long, were sighted by lifeguards on Tuesday, prompting two local town halls to ban bathing from their beaches.

The beaches in the resorts of Premia del Mar and El Masnou near Barcelona were closed on Tuesday and reopened on Wednesday morning, a local Red Cross spokeswoman told AFP.

“A surveillance patrol in boats did not find the sharks,” so green flags were flying again on Wednesday indicating it was safe to bathe in the sea, the spokeswoman said.

Two Red Cross boats carrying out routine patrols in the waters off the two resorts were continuing to keep an eye out for the sharks, she added.

The Florida Natural History Museum, which monitors shark attacks, says the blue shark is considered a dangerous species and is known to have attacked sharks and boats.

60-year-old man survives Maui shark attack

60-year-old man survives Maui shark attack

HONOLULU —The shark attack on Maui this year happened Wednesday.

Officials say a 60-year-old man suffered lacerations to his left foot after being bitten by a grey 6 to 8 foot reef shark.

It happened in the afternoon about 200 yards offshore of Paia Beach.

The victim was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Officials say the victim swam to shore on his own.

At first light Thursday, the Department of Land and Natural Resources will be closing a 2-mile section of beach at Paia Bay to assess any sharks.

If no sharks are spotted in the morning, the waters will reopen at noon.

Before this incident, Maui was on a six-month streak with no reports of shark attacks compared to end of 2013 with six reported shark attacks.

Shark Attack at New Smyrna Beach 5th in 2014

Shark bites 14-year-old boy in New Smyrna Beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. —A shark bite was reported Wednesday in the shark bite capital of the world.

A 14-year-old boy from Edgewater suffered minor lacerations to his right foot after a shark bit him while the teen surfed around the jetty in New Smyrna Beach.

Beach safety officers said the injuries were minor and the teen was not transported to the hospital but was going to seek treatment on his own.

Wednesday’s incident was the fifth shark bite in Volusia County in 2014. Officials said all bites reported in the same area.

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