Lemon shark attack in French Polynesia

Bora Bora Shark Attack

Bora Bora Shark Attack

Helmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine,
24. February 2013

On February 9th, Zohar Kritzer was seriously wounded by a shark while scuba diving in Bora Bora. It’s a small island that belongs to the Leeward group of the Society Islands in French Polynesia.

A sicklefin lemon shark bit on the right forearm of the 48-years old tourist from Canada. The incident occurred during a dive excursion along the outer reef at Tapu. This place is considered as a famous dive site to see lemon sharks.

The injured diver received first aid by the team of the local Topdive Diving Centre. Later, Mr. Kritzer was transported to Tahiti for surgery at the hospital of Taaone. It is reported that the victim faces several months of rehabilitation to recover from his injuries.

According to the source (published on February 21st ), the Topdive Diving Centre has decided to suspend all dive trips to the lemon sharks in Bora Bora until further notice as a precaution.

It is believed that the shark was attracted by the diver’s watch ( also shown in the photo below ).

Emmanuel Bonifait of Topdive is quoted as saying: ‘ The specimen was not aggressive. Five testimonies of divers allow us to exclude any frenzied behavior. It really seems that the diver was injured while the lemon shark was trying to snatch his watch. ‘

There are two different species of lemon sharks: the Atlantic lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris) and the Sicklefin lemon shark (Negaprion acutidens) which is distributed in the Indo-West and central Pacific. Both species are described as quite shy when approached by divers, but they are potentially dangerous species and should be treated with respect.
According to the International Shark Attack File, lemon sharks were involved in only 10 non-fatal unprovoked attacks. In November 1976, our Shark Year’s Al Brenneka almost lost his life in an unprovoked attack by a specimen of the Atlantic species. Please see the related video HERE.

According to a scientific study released in 2005, scuba divers were involved in the majority (46 percent) of 54 recorded shark attacks and bites that occurred in French Polynesia. But in all these bite incidents, the divers were performing ‘ shark feeding ‘. So fish blood or flesh close to the victims appears to have worked as a stimulus on sharks. The author noted that shark feeding should be considered as a major factor of such bite incidents ( Ref. C. Maillaud et al. 2005 ).




Life after shark attack – Nicole Moore

Life after shark attack — taking challenges one step at a time

Take life’s challenges one step at a time.

Nicole Moore

Nicole Moore

That’s the message Nicole Moore delivered at the 2013 Industry Luncheon, held at Best Western PLUS Orangeville Inn & Suites on Thursday (Feb. 21).

The luncheon, hosted by the Greater Dufferin Home Builders Association, Rotary Club and the Greater Dufferin Area Chamber of Commerce, aims to unite a cross section of businesses from throughout Dufferin County.

“Life is too short to be anything but happy,” Moore said.

She is no stranger to challenge. The 40-year-old nurse at Headwaters Health Care Centre was attacked by a shark while vacationing in Cancun during January of 2011.

“I don’t wish to be identified as the shark lady, I go with it,” Moore said. “One moment should not define you, but they should strengthen you.”

Moore was bitten twice during the attack, which left her femur bone exposed and led to the amputation of her left arm.

“It bit through me like butter,” she said.

During her speech, Moore detailed a gruelling, and ongoing, recovery from her injuries.

While doctors have fitted her with a prosthetic arm, nerve damage hinders her ability to adapt.

“I can wear it for a couple of hours, but by night time I’m in tears,” Moore said.

She has accepted the fact that the attack has eliminated some once-common activities like playing volleyball or even tying her hair in a ponytail.

“I’m that woman who always had her hair up,” Moore said. “What’s even more heartbreaking is I can’t do my daughters’ hair.”

Moore told the luncheon audience that when facing obstacles, it’s important to continue moving forward.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward,” Moore said, quoting Martin Luther King Jr. “What ever you do, keep moving forward.”

Although her reality has changed, Moore has set goals for herself. She hopes to once again be able to run, cycle and ski.

“I’m just starting to get those muscles back that I’ll be able to run,’ she said.

In an effort to reach her goals, Moore signed up for the Warrior Dash – a 5 km obstacle course held annually in Horseshoe Valley.

“I did everything except one obstacle and I wasn’t the last to finish,” she explained. “I needed to complete this to say obstacles won’t stop me.”

The Orangeville-area woman is often told, “I could never do what you did.” However, she disagrees with that statement.

“I tell people you never know what you’re capable of until you’re actually faced with it,” Moore said. “We are built to survive — it’s in us. You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

Moore offers simple advice to hopeful travellers.

“The biggest people of advice I can give you is a card. A card with all your pertinent information on it,” Moore said. “It’s a simple thing and its takes five minutes to put together.”

Moore also told the luncheon she has recently signed a book deal and plans to tackle the Warrior Dash for a second round.

“All that really matters is we keep moving forward,” Moore said.




TWO Brits who saw a shark eating a human corpse

TWO Brits who saw a shark eating a human corpse off Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh resort were told to keep quiet — as it might hit tourism.

The pair watched in horror from their dive boat as the 16ft tiger shark tore at the body less than a third of a mile from the shore.

But the crew continued with the trip — not stopping to fish out the female corpse.

They told Richard King, 32, partner Laura Hooper, 29, and five other tourists not to speak out in the resort — blighted by shark attacks last year.

Horrified ... Brits Richard King and Laura Hooper

Horrified … Brits Richard King and Laura Hooper

Horrified … Brits Richard King and Laura Hooper

Police later recovered the body and began an inquiry.

Salesman Richard, of Swindon, told how the crew saw the shark soon after leaving Sharm Beach for a day’s scuba-diving.

He said: “As we got closer, we clocked that it had been feeding on a human
“Laura ran into the boat in tears. We were asked by the crew not to say anything as it would be bad for tourism.

“We couldn’t believe it when there were people swimming in the water the next day. There was no mention of sharks in the water or a dead body.”

The crew completed the day’s diving and took the pair home.

The couple cut their week’s hols short due to the incident. Richard said: “Neither of us felt like getting in the water again.”

A spokesman for their tour operator told The Sun the incident was reported as soon as the boat got back, and added: “It was not a shark attack that killed the person.”

And last night the dive centre insisted they reported the body DURING the trip. A spokesman said: “A guide asked if they wished to proceed and they all said yes. The other guide phoned the authorities.”

The resort’s beaches were closed last year following shark attacks that killed a tourist and injured two others.

Shock ... tiger shark splashes off Sharm el-Sheikh coastline

Shock … tiger shark splashes off Sharm el-Sheikh coastline

Shock … tiger shark splashes off Sharm el-Sheikh coastline
THIS latest shark incident will have a far greater impact on UK visitor numbers than last month’s revolution.

The Red Sea resort has staked its reputation on being able to offer unrivalled diving and snorkelling.

But with this shark seemingly ignored by locals desperate to return to normal, things are not looking good for Egypt’s tourist industry. Authorities need to get to grips with the problem quickly before it spirals out of control.

If they can’t guarantee safe diving, Brit tourists will just go elsewhere.
Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk

We would like to thank Jack Anavian, MD for finding this incident and sharing….



Cole Taschman, a 16-year-old student at Jensen Beach High School

Cole Taschman, 16, shows his injuries after being bitten by a shark Sunday at Bathtub Beach in Jensen Beach.

Cole Taschman, 16, shows his injuries after being bitten by a shark Sunday at Bathtub Beach in Jensen Beach.

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Video uploaded by WPTVnews on 11. February 2013 :

STUART, Fla. — Cole Taschman, a 16-year-old student at Jensen Beach High School, was bitten by a shark over the weekend.

He was surfing the “Stuart Rocks” break in Martin County Sunday around 2 p.m. when the shark came up and bit his right hand.

The teenager was taken to Martin Memorial Medical Center North by ambulance, where he received 12 stitches to repair the damage.  He was released a short time later.

The Jensen Beach High Junior surfs for Ohana surf shop and will return to school Monday with quite a tale to tell his friends.

( By James Wieland, Posted: 02/11/2013 ).

Jensen Beach surfer gets 12 stitches

Jensen Beach surfer gets 12 stitches after shark bite off Bathtub Beach

Cole Taschman knew right away why his right hand hurt. All the proof he needed was in front of him in the waters off Bathtub Beach.

“I was about waist-deep in the water getting ready to go out surfing,” said Taschman, 16, a junior at Jensen Beach High School. “All of a sudden, it felt like you got hit playing football or something. I looked at my hand to make sure that everything was intact still.

“I knew it happened initially because I saw the shark.”

Taschman described the shark as a blacktip reef shark between 4 and 5 feet long. His encounter landed him at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, where he received 12 stitches. It was also the latest involving sharks and swimmers off Treasure Coast beaches during the past year.

In late December, the waters off Jensen Beach were closed for a week after a suspected shark bite. Last June, lifeguards temporarily closed the waters off Bathtub Beach after man suffered a minor bite by what was suspected to be a shark. Other shark sightings have been reported near Vero Beach.

Taschman — who surfs for the Stuart-based Ohana Surf Shop team — said he struck the shark with his surf board to prevent it from attacking again, then ran out of the water to seek help.

He was in the water to get pictures for a fundraiser for an injured friend — Brooke Thabit, another Jensen Beach High School student and Ohana Surf Shop surfer who broke her neck in an accident last fall. He was wearing a T-shirt to promote her cause.

“We were trying to take pictures to raise some money for her,” Taschman said. “I’m more worried her than anyone because that was my whole goal in surfing that day.”

Taschman insisted Monday night he was fine despite the initial scare.

“I’ve got a hard cast around my wrist,” Taschman said. “I have 12 stitches in me… and a good story I can tell for college.”

Cole Taschman, 16, shows his injuries after being bitten by a shark Sunday at Bathtub Beach in Jensen Beach.

Cole Taschman, 16, shows his injuries after being bitten by a shark Sunday at Bathtub Beach in Jensen Beach.


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