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Surfer Who Punched Shark Encounters Another

As another surfer punches shark, gets bitten for his trouble

(Newser) - Mick Fanning might want to consider a nice second career as, say, a librarian. The surfer and Earth's best-known shark-boxer no sooner returned to the water for his first surf in his native Australia than he had to quickly leave it: As the Courier-Mail reports, Fanning says he sighted... More »

Diver Returns to Water, Sees Shark Kill Her Father

Attack occurs off coast of Australia

(Newser) - A woman watched her father being mauled to death by a large shark today while the pair were diving off the Australian island state of Tasmania, police said. The adult woman had returned to their boat with scallops that the pair had collected, then became concerned that her father, in... More »

Sharks Pick on Wrong Surfer

Mick Fanning says he punched shark that attacked him during competition

(Newser) - Mick Fanning made a few more waves than normal during today's Jeffreys Bay Open surfing competition, likely due in no small part to the fact that shark attacks make for great live television: The professional surfer from Australia was getting ready to compete in today's final in South... More »

No. 7: Shark Attacks Swimmer Off North Carolina

This is the most for the state in at least 80 years

(Newser) - Beaches along the North Carolina coast are sure to be jam-packed this holiday weekend, which makes this bit of news especially troubling: A shark attacked a 67-year-old man off Okracoke Island in the Outer Banks today, making him the state's seventh victim this season, reports Reuters . In the 80... More »

Experts to NC: If You Fish for Sharks, They Will Come

Bait and chum used to catch sharks may be attracting them to shoreline

(Newser) - Six people have been attacked by sharks over the past few weeks off the North Carolina coast, including two this weekend , and while local officials are spinning their wheels to figure out why the numbers have been so high this summer, some experts think they may have it figured out.... More »

Another Swimmer Bitten by Shark off Carolina Coast

Teen's injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening

(Newser) - Officials say a 17-year-old boy is the latest victim of a shark attack off North Carolina's coast, the second attack in as many days and the sixth attack in the past two weeks. Rescue personnel and park rangers responded to the boy, who received what they described as injuries... More »

North Carolina Sees 5th Shark Attack of Month

And South Carolina gets one, too

(Newser) - North Carolina has been plagued by shark attacks this month, with a 13-year-old girl injured June 11 , two teens injured on June 14 , and an 8-year-old boy bitten Wednesday . Today, another victim, plus one in South Carolina:
  • A 47-year-old man swimming with a group near North Carolina's Avon beach
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Teen: I Won't Let Shark Attack Ruin My Life

Hunter Treschl says he 'didn't see it coming' before NC attack

(Newser) - The way Hunter Treschl sees it, he's got two ways to deal with losing his arm to a shark Sunday in North Carolina: He can let his injury ruin his life, or "I can try to live my life the way I was." In a series of... More »

NC Beach Stays Open After 2 Shark Attacks

Killing aggressive sharks 'foolhardy,' experts say

(Newser) - After two young people lost their left arms in an extremely rare pair of shark attacks on Sunday, there were ATVs patrolling the beach, and helicopters and boats searching the waters off Oak Island, NC, yesterday—but no lifeguards. Town officials say they'll keep looking for sharks, but they... More »

Teens Lose Left Arms in 2 NC Shark Attacks

Attacks happened just 2 miles apart

(Newser) - Two teenagers lost limbs in two separate shark attacks off Oak Island, NC, yesterday—and for now, authorities do not recommend going back in the water. Authorities say the first victim, a 13-year-old girl, was attacked at around 4:40pm yesterday and lost her left arm below the elbow, as... More »

Shark Kills Woman Snorkeling in Hawaii

Fatal attack is state's 4th in 20 years

(Newser) - Hawaii appears to have seen its first deadly shark attack of the year. A 65-year-old woman was killed while snorkeling off the southwest coast of Maui yesterday morning, and county officials say she suffered injuries to her upper torso consistent with a shark attack, NBC News reports. She had been... More »

'Don't Worry, Mom:' Teen Killed in Shark Attack Left Note

13-year-old Elio Canestri promised his mother he wouldn't surf if it wasn't safe

(Newser) - By his dad's account, Elio Canestri was a "very careful" boy "who always listened to his parents." This description underscores the devastation over the 13-year-old surfer's death over the weekend in a shark attack off the Indian Ocean island of Reunion. Even more devastating: the... More »

Why the World Will See More Shark Bites

More people means more encounters: researchers

(Newser) - Shark attacks like the one that killed a young surfer on Sunday are rare, but according to experts, they're only going to increase in number. In fact, the rate of "unprovoked" shark attacks has been steadily rising for the last century. No, sharks aren't developing a particular... More »

Shark Kills Surfer, 13, Off French Island

Boy was in off-limits water on resort of Reunion in Indian Ocean

(Newser) - A teenage surfer died in a shark attack this morning off the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, reports the BBC . The 13-year-old boy, said to be a talented surfer named Elio, was in a closed-off section of water; the AP notes that a spike in shark attacks has driven... More »

'Huge, Huge Shark' Kills Australia Surfer

Tadashi Nakahar, 41, is latest victim in string of encounters

(Newser) - Australia sees an average of one shark attack death every 12 months—but a brutal attack on a Japanese surfer has brought the total to four fatalities in the past year, the Guardian reports. Tadashi Nakahar, 41, lost both his legs and died at the scene as fellow surfers tried... More »

Teen Spears Shark He Watched Kill Friend

Jay Muscat, 17, dies after shark bites leg

(Newser) - A 17-year-old Australian boy is dead after being attacked by what authorities suspect was a 13-foot-long great white—and a friend who was alongside him managed to survive after shooting the animal with his spear gun. "The shark hit me first, then attacked Jay," Matt Pullella wrote on... More »

Shark Drags Surfer Under at California Beach

Man's injuries aren't life-threatening

(Newser) - A surfer was hospitalized after a shark pulled him underwater in California. Witnesses at Montaña de Oro State Park say the victim was one Kevin Swanson, 50; the attacker, according to a park ranger, was an 8- to 10-foot juvenile shark, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports. "It... More »

Fishermen Find Human Head —Inside Shark

Philippines find could have been ferry passenger's remains

(Newser) - The shark weighed some 650 pounds, but it's what was inside that was disturbingly memorable: a human head and leg. Fishermen in the Philippines caught the tiger shark last month, and when they opened it, they discovered the human remains, UPI reports. The flesh was only partly digested. "... More »

Friend Punches Out Shark to Save Surfer's Life

Brian Wargo says he wasn't about to let shark eat McKenzie Clark in Hawaii waters

(Newser) - Brian Wargo doesn't remember consciously thinking about what he should do when he saw his friend being attacked by a shark—but he obviously took the right course of action, because he likely saved her life. Wargo and McKenzie Clark were surfing off North Kohala on Hawaii's Big... More »

Surfer Loses Hands to Shark

2 great whites killed after Western Australia attack

(Newser) - A 23-year-old surfer in Western Australia has lost both hands and one arm from the elbow down in a shark attack that has renewed debate on the state's controversial shark cull policy . A witness says Sean Pollard believed he had been attacked by two bronze whaler sharks in a... More »

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