A Teen Died After Losing His Leg and Penis in a Horrific Shark Attack
The tiger shark reportedly attacked him at his local beach in Brazil.
BY STACEY LEASCA
On Sunday, 18-year-old Jose Ernestor da Silva was killed by a tiger shark off the coast of Brazil. The teen died after the shark ripped off his leg and his penis in a horrifying attack, according to the Daily Mail.
Da Silva was reportedly taken by ambulance to Restauracao Hospital in Recife, suffering two heart attacks en route. In a three-hour operation, doctors amputated his left leg and attempted to reattach his veins to his penis, but the teen died a few hours later.
“He arrived unconscious, with an extremely serious injury. After the surgery, he was taken to the Intensive Care Unit,” Miguel Arcanjo, the Director General of the hospital, told reporters, according to the Daily Mail. “He lost a lot of blood, which was replaced, but he suffered hypovolemic shock and passed away.”
A diver next to a tiger shark in Hawaii.
According to the Daily Mail, this is the second major shark attack on the same beach in the Jabotao de Guararapes district of greater Recife in just the last two months. On April 15, 35-year-old Pablo de Melo received both a leg and hand amputation after a shark attacked him in the same location.
Da Silva’s attack reportedly marks the 65th shark attack registered along the coast of Brazil’s Pernambuco state since 1992.
Worried about swimming in the ocean after reading this?
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.
Hawaii DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources)
31. March 2018
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SHARK INCIDENT CLOSES KUKIO BEACH
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.
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 SharkSmart.com.au 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 SharkSmart.com.au before heading to the beach to ensure they are informed of the latest shark detections and sightings in their area.”
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 Location: Boucan Canot Beach Victim: Male (21) Activity: Bodyboarding Injuries: Bitten on left arm, right foot severed Involved shark: Unknown
Police responded to a reports of what was thought to be a shark attack at Riversdale Beach, Wairarapa at 1.07pm today. After reaching the scene police are now able to confirm that this was a stingray attack, not a shark.
The man is in a moderate condition with an injury to his lower leg.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called and the patient has been taken to hospital.
American Tourist Dies In Isla Del Coco Shark Attack
The National Coast Guard Service of the Ministry of Public Security (Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas, del Ministerio de Seguridad Pública) confirmed the death of an American tourist, whose identity has not yet been made public, after being attacked by a tiger shark in the Isla del Coco.
The press office of the Ministry of Security confirmed that they received the warning of the attack by the Caldera Coast Guard Station.
Apparently, the woman was participating with a group of tourists in a diving session, when the shark attacked. The diving instructor was also seriously injured, and in stable condition.
The Ministry of Security said the boat sailed from the Isla del Coco, with the body of the woman and the injured man aboard, at 2:30 pm Thursday and is expected to arrive Friday night at the city of Puntarenas.
The Isla del Coco is 523 kilometers from the coast of Puntarenas. The trip by sea lasts more than 24 hours.
According to the preliminary information, the trip to the island of the Pacific was organized by a private company.
The Fiscalia (Office of the Prosecutor) and the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) have been alerted and will take charge of the removal of the body upon arrival at port and the investigation of what happened.
Although sharks rarely bite humans, the tiger shark is sometimes regarded as one of the most dangerous shark species.
The tiger shark had been absent in the waters of the Isla del Coco for almost 30 years. According to a report by the HuffPost, “The tigers, which commonly roam tropical and temperate waters, mysteriously started showing up in small and large numbers in late 2008 (…) The reasons are unclear, but according to Randall Arauz, director of Pretoma (which stands for Marine Turtle Restoration Program in Spanish), they are back because the island offers shelter from fishermen.”
“In the last thirty years, the general shark population in Costa Rica has decreased 90 percent,” says Arauz in 2014
According to National Geographic, tiger sharks, which can reach a length of up to 20-25 feet, “are second only to great whites in attacking people. But because they have a near completely undiscerning palate, they are not likely to swim away after biting a human, as great whites frequently do.”
Until today, according to Undersea Hunter, “There have been no tiger attacks on humans in Cocos”.