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Widower: Woman Eaten by Shark Didn't Feel a Thing

She was consumed 'basically completely,' he says

(Newser) - The widower of a woman killed by a shark during a swim in Australia this week says he's taking comfort in the fact that his wife died doing what she loved and likely didn't suffer much, reports Sky News . "Her friends need to know I am absolutely... More »

Aussie Woman 'Taken by a Shark'

'Community in shock' after experienced swimmer killed at popular beach

(Newser) - An Australian woman taking a morning swim with friends at the popular east coast beach she'd frequented for 14 years died today in a rare shark attack. Christine Armstrong, 63, had become somewhat separated from five fellow swimmers, including her husband, when a witness onshore at Tathra Beach said... More »

Aussie Girl, 10, Survives Shark Attack

Or maybe a mackerel; officials aren't sure about source of hand injury

(Newser) - A 10-year-old girl was attacked by what may have been a shark off Australia's east coast and suffered an injury to her hand, officials said today. Paramedics were called to a beach at Lennox Head, 120 miles south of Brisbane, after receiving a report the girl had been bitten... More »

After Shark Bite, Guy Stitches Leg, Grabs a Beer

New Zealand doctor wasn't too worried

(Newser) - When a New Zealand man felt something odd on his leg while spearfishing, he assumed it was one of his buddies. "I looked behind to see who it was and got a bit of a shock," James Grant, a 24-year-old doctor, tells Radio New Zealand . It was, apparently,... More »

Cull Begins: Australia Lures, Kills 1st Shark

Conservation groups slam 'waste of life'

(Newser) - The first shark has been killed off Western Australia under a controversial new policy aimed at protecting swimmers from attacks. A large tiger shark attracted by a baited line was shot in the head several times and its body was dumped at sea, reports the Western Australian . Thousands of people... More »

Australian War on Shark Attacks Sparks Uproar

Scuba divers fear plan could actually increase danger

(Newser) - Six people have been killed by sharks in Western Australia over the past two years, meaning that when it comes to shark attacks, the state is the deadliest place on Earth. Now, officials are trying to do something about it: They're set to install 72 baited hooks attached to... More »

Leo DiCaprio: I Was Almost Eaten by Shark

'Gigantic' great white got into cage with him

(Newser) - Apparently sharks find Leonardo DiCaprio just as tasty-looking as teen girls everywhere do. The actor revealed to Ellen DeGeneres yesterday that he was once nearly eaten by a great white: He often gets up close and personal with wildlife as part of his work with his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which... More »

Shark Kills Hawaii Kayaker

State can't explain surge in attacks

(Newser) - A kayak fisherman using lures to attract baitfish off Maui was killed after he attracted a shark with his dangling right foot, Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources says. A friend rushed to help after the shark bit the man's foot but the victim, identified as Washington... More »

Teen Killed by Shark While Body-Boarding

In Australia's 2nd deadly attack this month

(Newser) - A teenager was killed today after being attacked by a shark off Australia's east coast in the second deadly attack this month, police said. Zach Young, 19, was body boarding with three friends about 330 feet offshore at Riecks Point, near the northern New South Wales city of Coffs... More »

Surfer: 'Amazing' Morning —Til That Shark Bit Me

Jay Scrivner describes Northern California attack

(Newser) - It was a perfect day for surfing. Except for the shark. Jay Scrivner, a 45-year-old college English teacher, was waiting for waves off the Northern California coast near his hometown of Eureka on Sunday morning when a great white shark he estimated at about 8- to 9-feet-long bit his thigh... More »

Snorkeler Who Lost Arm to Shark Dies in Maui

German woman was bitten last week

(Newser) - A German woman who lost her arm in a shark attack died today, one week after she was bitten while snorkeling off Maui. Jana Lutteropp, 20, who had been on life support, died at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Lutteropp was snorkeling about 100 yards off Palauea Beach in Makena when... More »

Shark Bites Off Woman's Arm in Maui

20-year-old tourist was snorkeling

(Newser) - A third shark attack has been reported off Maui in as many weeks; in the latest case, a 20-year-old woman lost her right arm. Maui Now reports that the German tourist was snorkeling about 150 feet from the shore at Palauea Beach yesterday afternoon when the shark attacked, severing her... More »

Shark Attacks Close 2 Hawaii Beaches

Both victims survived in Maui

(Newser) - Two shark attacks this week have closed a pair of beaches off Maui, reports NBC News . In both cases, the victims survived. The most recent occurred Wednesday when a woman got bit in the upper torso while swimming in murky waters off the Hawaiian island. She was able to swim... More »

Shark Kills Drowning Teen

Lifeguards were en route to save Bruni Gobbi when it attacked

(Newser) - It's hard to imagine a worse way to die: Bruni Gobbi was drowning, with lifeguards on their way to help the 18-year-old and her cousin on Monday, when a shark attacked. It bit Gobbi's left leg, and though rescuers were able to get her ashore, she died that... More »

Teen Girl Torn Apart by Shark

15-year-old snorkeler attacked, killed off French island

(Newser) - Gruesome: a 15-year-old girl has been killed in a shark attack off the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean. More gruesome: only part of her body has been recovered—the shark took the rest of her with it, the AFP reports. "Part of her body was carried... More »

Man on Honeymoon Killed by Shark

Surfer attacked on Reunion island

(Newser) - A French man was killed by a shark while on his honeymoon on Reunion island, AFP reports. The 36-year-old was surfing at the popular Brisants de Saint-Gilles beach at the French Indian Ocean island when the shark attacked him twice, biting his arm and thigh. A swimmer who saw blood... More »

NZ Shark Victim Was Award-Winning Director

New Zealand victim identified as Adam Strange

(Newser) - The swimmer killed today by what witnesses say was a "huge" shark was Adam Strange, an award-winning short film and commercial director, Sky News reports. After the rare attack in New Zealand, police in inflatable boats shot at and hit the shark, which is believed to have been a... More »

Shark Attacks Calif. Surfer

He survives with serious injuries

(Newser) - Another California surfer has been attacked by a shark, but unlike last week's victim , he survived the experience. The 25-year-old man was hospitalized with serious injuries after being bitten while surfing in Humboldt County, the Eureka Times-Standard reports. A group of fellow surfers scrambled to save the man's... More »

Shark Kills Calif. Surfer

2nd deadly attack in 2 years off air base's beach

(Newser) - A 39-year-old California man was killed by a massive shark bite to the torso while surfing off the coast of Vandenberg Air Force Base yesterday. Fellow surfers pulled the man to shore and tried to administer CPR but he was pronounced dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Times reports.... More »

Australia Will Now Kill Sharks on Sight

Spate of attacks prompts controversial new policy on west coast

(Newser) - Australia has seen a big increase in shark attacks in recent years, including a record five deaths in 2012—all of which is bad news for swimmers and now for sharks as well. The state of Western Australia has put into place an aggressive new policy to track and kill... More »

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