Shark Attack At Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway Injures Woman

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A 22-year-old woman was bitten by a shark Sunday afternoon while swimming in the intracoastal waters in Fort Lauderdale, Fire Rescue report.

The woman, who has not been identified, was inner tubing with friends near Bayshore Drive, said Chantel Botting, division chief for Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue.

The female victim jumped into the water and was swimming to the tube and felt something hit her leg according to rescue officials. That’s when the female said the fin of a shark hit her in the face.

Friends and family put the victim back into the boat and noticed a large bite to her leg. The boat then went to a near by dock in the 500 block of Bayshore Drive to call for help.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue transported the female to Broward General Medical Center and underwent emergency surgery according to officials.

Her condition is not known at this time.

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Shark attacks woman off Brevard coast Woman taken to hospital after ‘chunk’ taken out of leg

05/15/2014 Female – Florida

Postby alb » Thu May 15, 2014 6:08 pm

Shark attacks woman off Brevard coast
Woman taken to hospital after ‘chunk’ taken out of legShark rips ‘chunk’ out of woman’s legA 38-year-old woman on a family trip to the beach was attacked by a shark Thursday morning off Brevard County.

Brevard Ocean Rescue officials say the attack happened near Ponce de Leon Park on Melbourne Beach.

“Typically you’ll see fish jumping out of the water, birds chasing after the fish.. it was just out of nowhere, bam,” said Rick Tatsch, the victim’s brother.

Tatsch said he was body boarding with his 38-year-old sister while her two children played in the sand with family members when she had a “chunk” taken out of her calf.

“She looked OK, she was fading in and out a little bit because when you’re losing a lot of blood like that you seem to feel a little faint at that time,” he said. “It’s kind of a shocking thing for an individual.”

The woman, who lives in Indian Harbour Beach, was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, and her brother said she was in good spirits.

“You always expect it, you always hear that you have a better chance to get struck by lightning or winning the lottery and go figure it’s the shark bite that comes first, but I was telling her, ‘maybe we can win the lotto tonight,'” said Tatsch.

There are no lifeguards in the area where the shark attack occurred and Tatsch said his family and other beachgoers brought her to shore.

It’s not known what type of shark attacked the woman.

A 2,300-pound great white shark tracked by research group Ocearch pinged off the Brevard Coast earlier in the week, but the group’s website showed the great white near South Florida on Thursday.

Named Katharine, the 14-foot shark was just six miles off the coast of Sebastian Inlet on Monday night.

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Surfers survive attack by great white shark off West Coast of South Australia

AN Elliston pharmacist has told how he was launched into the air after he was attacked from below by a great white shark on the state’s West Coast this morning.

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The shark, estimated to have been 15 feet or 4.5m long, smashed into the bottom of Andrew “Monkey” McLeod’s board while he was surfing with two mates on the Elliston Bar, about 2km off shore, at 9.30am.

The great white left two huge bite marks, along with blood stains, in the bottom of Mr McLeod’s surfboard and left the trio — made up of one half of the “duct tape surfing” pair Tyrone Swan and Oakley Big Wave Contest finalist Sam Jervis — facing a harrowing paddle back to shore.

Mr McLeod, 35, said he had just arrived at the reef break after the long haul from shore when the shark hit.

“I was about 15 metres from the peak, just getting my breath back so I could catch a wave if one came through when I just felt this massive force and heard this massive sound,” he said.

“I went flying and Ty thinks that the shark might have totally breached the surface because there was a huge splash.

“After I climbed back on my board I saw its tail fin right next to me and it must have been five foot high. I’d say the shark was 15 foot long. I yelled out “it’s a pointer!’.”

Mr Jervis and Mr Swan, who had watched the drama unfold, waited for Mr McLeod to paddle over to them before the three surfers began paddling back to the southern end of Waterloo Bay.

“I have to give a massive thanks to them for waiting for me and allowing us to bunch up before we paddled in.”

The damage to Mr McLeod’s board, however, meant that the other two surfers were able to catch a wave and he found himself alone.

“Because my board was stuffed I couldn’t catch that wave, but then I got one and rode it on my guts,” he said.

“Then it was a very fast paddle back to the shore, but I was totally rooted because I’d only just got out there.”

Mr Jervis said once on shore the friends realised just how lucky they had been.

“It looks like it’s had two bites at Monkey’s board, and there was shark blood on the bottom of his board as well,” Mr Jervis said.

“That was my first encounter with a great white, and it certainly doesn’t make you feel like jumping straight back in the water. But it could have been a lot worse — we could have been paddling in without Monkey and had to tell his fiancée what had happened.”

Mr Jervis said that he and his friends rode big boards when surfing the Elliston Bar, mainly because it made the long paddle easier.

Mr Jervis, a well-known surfer and owner of two surf shops in Port Lincoln, said surfers and fishermen had recently seen a lot of sharks in the area.

“Yeah, personally I get pretty tired of hearing hippies telling us that we shouldn’t kills sharks,” Mr Jervis said.

“Well one just tried to kill my friend.”

Mr McLeod, who moved to Elliston from Adelaide about four years ago, said that while he was shaken by the incident, it wouldn’t stop him from surfing again.

“Nah, I’ll be back out there for sure,” he said.

“But maybe not at that spot again.”

Elliston was the scene of a fatal shark attack in 2000, when 17-year-old Port Lincoln surfer Jevan Wright was killed while surfing at Blackfellows.

 http://www.heraldsun.com.au

Woman wading at Jacksonville Beach describes being bitten by shark

Woman wading at Jacksonville Beach describes being bitten by shark

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Mihaela Cosa, 44, needed 21 stitches to close wound

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. –
A 44-year-old Westside woman wading in thigh-deep water at Jacksonville Beach Tuesday morning was bitten on the foot by a shark.

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Mihaela “Mimi” Cosa, who was at the beach with her mother, was bitten just before 11 a.m. near 34th Avenue South. She was taken to Baptist Medical Center Beaches, where she was treated and received 21 stitches to close her wound.

Cosa told rescuers she didn’t see what bit her — she just felt something bite and shake her foot. She said it felt like knives slicing through her foot. Medical personnel later confirmed the injury was from a shark bite.

Stitches on foot for shark bite “I was just standing, and I felt the bite, and it didn’t want to let go,” Cosa said. “I don’t know how big it was, but I felt that he didn’t want to let go.

“I finally turned and I lifted up and I saw the skin hanging.”

Cosa said she was able to flag down beachgoer Frank Costantini, whose dog “Ozzie” was splashing nearby. He helped her out of the water and called 911.

“I thought it was a jellyfish or sea urchin or something like that, typical, but once she pulled it out of the water it appeared to be a pretty bad shark bite,” said Costantini. “It was pretty nasty, actually. Maybe 6-8 inches in radius.

“I’m not a fisherman, so I don’t know how big of a shark that translates to, but probably at least 3-4 feet. Pretty severe wound.”

Blood on beach Cosa’s bloody footprints could be seen in the sand for a while after she had been rushed to the hospital.

Costantini, who lives just a few hundred feet from the shore, said what he saw Tuesday was unlike anything he’s ever seen.

“I’m in the water every day, surfing or boogie (boarding), just going out there swimming, playing with Ozzie,” Costantini said. “It’s pretty troubling, it’s disconcerting when you see it in front of you. You hear about it, it’s very rare, we know that. It would never prevent me from going in the water, but it still kind of shakes you up a bit.”

Experts believe the shark that bit Cosa might have been a 3-4 foot dogfish shark or sandbar shark, which tend to swim in shallow water.

Cosa will have to return to the hospital later this week for a check-up. She said she still can’t feel her pinky toe, which is something doctors told her could require surgery.

“I hope I don’t (permanently) lose any feeling in my toes,” she said. “We’ll see what happens.”

Cosa said she’s focusing on healing now and warns others to be mindful at the beach.

“Guys, be careful out there, especially the kids, because they’re helpless, they can’t realize it’s so close,” she said.

The captain of Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue, Robert Emahiser, said there are some precautions you can take to stay safe.

“If you have any open wounds, we don’t recommend swimming,” Emahiser said. “Or if it’s dark. We don’t recommend swimming at night because sharks like to eat at night.”

This is the first reported shark bite of the year in northeast Florida. There were three last year.

But the attack didn’t deter some people from going in the water Tuesday.

Michael Kesslar said he went to the beach to try out his new surfboard.

“I’ve been coming to the same beach for 20 years,” he said. “My whole life, I’ve been coming to this beach. I’m definitely going to keep coming down here. One shark attack isn’t going to worry me too much.”

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SAVANNAH, Ga – Shark attack reported off Tybee Island

Shark attack reported off Tybee Island

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — A Sunday trip to Tybee Island turned into a Mother’s Day that one Richmond Hill family won’t soon forget.

While surfing on the south end of Tybee Island, Raeshelle Meadows and her 12-year-old son, Ayden, spotted something gray in the water behind Ayden’s surfboard. They believed it was a shark, and before they could get out of the water, the animal had latched on to Ayden’s right leg.

“I had already caught two waves and I was getting ready to catch another one when we saw it,” said Ayden. “It was just like in the movies, it jumped up and hit my board then grabbed my leg.”

Meadows picked Ayden up and rushed him to the lifeguard stand, where the wound was wrapped. Then Ayden was transported to the lifeguard station, where Meadows was advised to take her son to the emergency room.

Meadows said she took Ayden to Memorial University Medical Center where the doctor on call speculated it was a shark bite, but was unable to confirm because he had never seen a shark bite before.

“I ran to the lifeguard stand and they wrapped it up and after we got to the other place the blood was already clotting so they told us to go to the hospital. The doctor said he believed it was a shark bite. You could see the outline of the jaw on his leg,” Meadows said.
Skip Sasser, the chief of the Tybee Island Fire and Emergency Services, said he was aware of the incident, but wasn’t able to confirm that the bite marks had come from a shark.

“I know the lifeguards wrapped the leg, but they couldn’t verify what bit the child. I think they were all scratching their heads because they didn’t know what it was,” Sasser said. “Certainly if it was confirmed to be a shark we want to know that.”

Ayden’s injury required 11 stitches, but an avid beach-goer, he said the experience won’t stop him from venturing into the water again.
“My adrenaline was so high I didn’t really feel it until I saw it,” he said. “It’s sore, but it’s still fine. It’s not going to stop me from going into the water at Tybee again.”

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