South Africa: Shark incident at Cape St Francis

Press Release

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI)

03. April 2018

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Stuart Obray, NSRI St Francis Bay deputy station commander, said:

NSRI, Municipal lifeguards and local authorities at St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis are urging bathers surfers, paddlers to not enter the water at local beaches following a shark incident at Cape St Francis Beach today.

Local authorities are monitoring and will advise on the status and local Municipal lifeguards are flying the No Swimming Shark Sighting flag specifically at Cape St Francis Beach.

At 15h05, Tuesday, 03 April, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew and our local doctor were activated following reports of a local 19 year old male surfer bitten on the knee by a shark while surfing close in-shore at Cape St Francis Beach.

NSRI crew responded to the scene where the surfer was found to already be on the beach after friends and fellow surfers assisted him from the water and local Municipal lifeguards had initiated medical care treating the patient for shock and for lacerations to his left knee and below the left knee and placing the patient on a stretcher.

NSRI medics and our local doctor assisted the lifeguards treating the patient.

Private Care ambulance services were summoned and the patient has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by Private care ambulance and he is accompanied by family members.

The SA Police Services were also in attendance at the scene.

A shark bite kit stored at the beach was used to assist in the treatment of the patient.

The species of shark remains unknown and initial observations suggest that the injuries may have been caused by a relatively small shark but this cannot be confirmed at this stage.

Shark working groups will investigate.

Local authorities were appealed to investigate licensed shark fishing being conducted nearby from a fishing boat using a chumming method to determine if this activity may contribute to increased shark activity in close proximity to recreational beaches during the school vacation.

The surfers who assisted to get the teenager out of the water and the local lifeguards who immediately initiated medical treatment are commended for their swift actions.

Source: NSRI


Hawaii: Shark incident near Kikaua Point

Media Release

Hawaii DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources)

31. March 2018

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At about 0930 this morning the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources was notified by the Hawaii County Fire Department of a shark incident near Kikaua Point fronting Kukio Resort.

A 25 year old man was taken by HFD helicopter to North Hawaii hospital with multiple injuires to his hand and leg.

Standard procedure is for beach closure signs to warn ocean goers for one mile on either side of the incident until noon the next day. A decision will be made to reopen beaches based on observations tomorrow morning.

Source: DLNR


Woman bitten by shark at Botany Bay beach, NSW

News Release

Randwick City Council

23. February 2018

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Lifeguards close La Perouse beaches following shark attack

Randwick City Council Lifeguards are closing beaches around La Perouse on Saturday 24 February following a shark attack at Congwong Beach at around 6pm this evening Friday 23 February.

A woman was swimming at the Botany Bay beach when a shark bit her right leg causing serious wounds. She is currently in hospital.

Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey said the community is in shock following the attack.

“From all accounts the woman was very lucky and certainly the whole community’s heartfelt thoughts are with her for a full recovery.

“I’ve lived in the area for 25 years and this is the first confirmed shark attack in Randwick City. We’re all a little shocked and concerned.

“As a precaution, Council Lifeguards have immediately closed all the La Perouse beaches including including Congwong, Little Congwong, Yarra Bay and Frenchman’s Bay for at least Saturday.

“Council Lifeguards will be stationed at the usually unpatrolled beaches on Saturday to advise swimmers not to swim.”

Council enquiries are continuing.

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UPDATE: 25. February 2018

La Perouse beaches reopen following Friday shark attack

Randwick City Council Lifeguards have this morning (Sunday 25 February) reopened La Perouse beaches following a shark attack on Friday evening.

The beaches – Congwong, Little Congwong, Frenchmans and Yarra – were closed on Saturday as a precaution while Lifeguards, Lifesavers and the Westpac Surf Life Saving Helicopter searched for the shark.

There have been no further sightings of the shark.

Source: Randwick City Council


WA: More white sharks tagged in Esperance operation

Media Release

Department of Fisheries, Western Australia

16. February 2018

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  • ​Long-lasting internal tags have been inserted into 16 white sharks off Esperance
  • The tags can be detected on WA’s 27 satellite-linked shark monitoring receivers
  • More than 860 sharks including 258 white sharks have now been tagged

An expert team from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has just completed an operation off Esperance to tag white sharks at the request of the community.

A total of 11 female and five male white sharks were tagged across a total of 25 days in November and December last year and this month.  Tagging occurred at a range of locations near Esperance including Alexander Point, Salisbury Island, Daw Island, Israelite Bay, Cape Pasley, Middle Island and Cape Arid.

All 16 white sharks can now be detected if they swim within range of one of Western Australia’s 27 satellite-link shark monitoring receivers. None of the tagged sharks have so far been detected by the Shark Monitoring Network.

A beached whale carcass at Alexander Point attracted sharks into the area, enabling the team to tag 12 white sharks at that location and a further four at Salisbury Island. These sharks are from the southern-western population that extends from Victoria, along the South Australian coast as well as WA’s south and west coasts.

White sharks are known to be highly mobile and travel long distances, and events such as a whale carcass stranding provide a significant attractant to white and other sharks.

The 16 white sharks ranged in size from 2.8 metres to 4.6 metres in length.

Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly:

“Tagging operations are an important part of the McGowan Government’s multi-faceted shark mitigation strategy to help keep Western Australians safe at the beach.

“Seventeen sharks, including 15 white sharks were tagged during 2017 and a further four white sharks were tagged this month.

“This is a significant increase on the eight sharks tagged in 2016, of which just three were white sharks.

“When a tagged shark swims within 500 metres of a Shark Monitoring Network receiver, an alert is posted on and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed almost instantly, allowing beach authorities to close beaches where necessary.

“Beachgoers are encouraged to check the activity map on before heading to the beach to ensure they are informed of the latest shark detections and sightings in their area.”

Source: Government of Western Australia


2016 Summary of the Shark Fishing Program in Réunion Island

Helmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine,
01. January 2018

In 2016, a total of 85 specimens were killed in the fishing program for shark hazard mitigation off the western coast of Reunion Island – 49 of them were bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) and 36 were tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier). The details on each specimen are provided in Table 1. below.

The catch numbers have almost doubled in comparison to the 47 specimens wich were landed in the previous year (see 2015 summary here).

A 4,40 metres long tiger shark was the biggest specimen in the 2016 season. The catch of the female tiger occurred in Saint Paul Bay in late March.

The biggest bull shark, which measured 3,10 metres in length, was also caught in the waters of Saint Paul Bay in early August.

Only a minority (20%) of the shark catches consisted of relatively small  specimens, with a body length of under 2,50 metres (see fig.2).

November turned out to be the most productive month with 13 captures (8 tiger and 5 bull sharks), while the lowest catch rate was recorded in May (1 bull shark).

Réunion Island – Shark Incidents in 2016

Only the following non-fatal shark incident was reported in 2016 (see also here):

Date: 27. August 2016
Boucan Canot Beach
Victim: Male (21)
Activity: Bodyboarding
Injuries: Bitten on left arm, right foot severed
Involved shark: Unknown