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Shark Kills Tourist on Great Barrier Reef

It was 3rd attack in area in 7 weeks

(Newser) - A shark has killed a man in an island harbor on Australia's Great Barrier Reef where two tourists were mauled on consecutive days in September. The spate of attacks has left authorities struggling to explain an apparent escalation in danger in an internationally-renowned vacation destination, the AP reports. The... More »

Shark Followed Rescuers After California Attack

The teenage victim was left with serious injuries

(Newser) - Shocking as it was, a witness offered new details in the story of a California teen bitten by a shark that suggest the attack could have gotten worse. Per USA Today , a kayaker who helped rush the bloodied victim out of the water following Saturday's incident in Encinitas said... More »

Cape Cod Shark Attack Victim Assured Aunt, 'They're Not Going to Bite Me'

'I'm Superman,' Arthur Medici used to tell his aunt

(Newser) - Marisa Medici was always concerned about her nephew, Arthur, when he went boogie boarding in what the Boston Herald describes as the "shark-infested waters" of Cape Cod. "Oh my gosh, that’s where he wanted to be every day. Every day. Always I asked him, 'Don’t... More »

Rare Shark Fatality Takes Life of Boogie Boarder

It's the first Mass. shark-attack death in 80 years

(Newser) - A man was bitten by a shark Saturday in the water off a Cape Cod beach and died later at a hospital, becoming the state's first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years, the AP reports. The 26-year-old man from Revere succumbed to his injuries following the attack... More »

Cape Cod Shark Attack Victim Explains How He Survived

William Lytton says he punched shark in the gills

(Newser) - The man bitten by a shark off Cape Cod this month said on Tuesday he escaped by punching the powerful predator in the gills after it clamped down on his leg, the AP reports. In his first interview since the Aug. 15 attack, William Lytton said he'd been swimming... More »

Cape Cod Suffers First Shark Attack in 6 Years

Man suffered wounds to torso, legs

(Newser) - A man swimming off Cape Cod was attacked by a shark on Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital. It was the first shark attack on a human at the popular summer tourist destination since 2012. The victim was a 61-year-old man who suffered puncture wounds to his torso and... More »

2 Kids Injured in First NY Shark Attacks in 70 Years

One bite left a tooth lodged in boy's leg

(Newser) - After decades without a shark attack off Long Island, two children were bitten within minutes of each other on Wednesday. A 12-year-old girl was bitten around noon at Sailors Haven beach on Fire Island, a Long Island barrier island, and a 13-year-old boy was bitten at Atlantique beach, nearly 5... More »

Bahamas Photo Op Turns Scary for Instagram Model

Nurse shark chomps down on Katarina Zarutskie's arm

(Newser) - California native Katarina Zarutskie grew up doing water sports and had seen photos online of people swimming with nurse sharks, which Exuma Online deems "typically harmless to humans." But the 19-year-old Instagram model and University of Miami student still had a frightening experience with one during a Bahamas... More »

Shark Pulls Woman Off Yacht by Her Finger

The Australian woman is just fine, though

(Newser) - An Australian woman is feeling lucky to be alive after she was reportedly pulled into the water by a shark. According to PerthNow , Melissa Brunning was on a friend's yacht off the coast of Australia's rugged Kimberley region in late May when her group got the opportunity to... More »

Hawaii Shark Attack Victim Also Had Bear, Rattlesnake Run-Ins

This guy seems to attract nature's fiercest predators

(Newser) - The survivor of a Hawaii shark attack has had run-ins with some of nature's fiercest predators before. Specifically, Dylan McWilliams has previously suffered bites from both a bear and a venomous snake, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser . The 20-year-old was reportedly bitten by a 6- to 8-foot tiger shark... More »

Surfer Mauled by Shark Escapes With 2 Injured Legs

He punched shark to escape, witnesses say

(Newser) - A surfer mauled by a shark Monday off southwestern Australia managed to swim to shore despite serious injuries to both of his legs, an official and a witness say. Alejandro Travaglini was surfing at Gracetown around 8am when he was attacked, St. John Ambulance spokesman Dennis Bertoldo says. The Argentinian-born... More »

Shark Bumps Man Off Paddleboard, Attacks

Hawaii man was critically injured

(Newser) - A 25-year-old was critically injured in what is believed to be the first shark attack near Hawaii's Big Island in years. Authorities say the man was paddleboarding Saturday morning with his father near the Kukio private community when the shark bumped him off his board. "Apparently they had... More »

Scuba Diver Mauled to Death by Shark

The American woman was on vacation in Costa Rica

(Newser) - An American tourist who was mauled to death by a shark off the coast of Costa Rica on Thursday has been identified as a New York City private equity director. Authorities say Rohina Bhandari, a 49-year-old senior director at WL Ross & Col. LL, was with a group of 18... More »

When Shark Came, Surfer Remembered a Trick

Charlie Fry punched it in the nose, escaped

(Newser) - A novice surfer mastered a pro's move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws, per the AP . The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm. Fry, a... More »

She Was Kayaking, Then a 'Big Bang'

Sarah Williams, her dad recount frightening experience in Australia

(Newser) - It was "everything you picture in the Jaws movie," minus the bloody death. A 15-year-old Australian teen relates her harrowing encounter with what's believed to have been a great white shark on Sunday. ABC reports Sarah Williams was fishing for squid in a kayak off the Normanville... More »

'Luckiest Guy on Earth' Escapes Tussle With Great White Shark

Shark snapped Abe McGrath's board

(Newser) - A 35-year-old surfer was taken to a hospital in Australia on Sunday after a shark snapped his board, tore his hip, and flung him into the air, the AP reports. Abe McGrath was surfing at Iluka, off Australia's east coast, when what he described as an 11-foot great white... More »

He Thought He Stepped on a Shell. Then He Saw a Shadow

Teen is SC island's 4th shark victim this summer

(Newser) - Researchers say a teen appears to have suffered a shark bite on South Carolina's Hilton Head Island. Linton Suttle, 13, tells the Island Packet that he was swimming Thursday near Sea Pines Beach Club when he felt a sharp pain in his foot. His parents used photos of comparable... More »

Mother Loses Arm in Shark Attack While Snorkeling

'He was just floating there, staring at me'

(Newser) - While snorkeling on vacation in the Bahamas, a North Carolina woman survived a terrifying ordeal when she encountered the one creature most swimmers never hope to see up close: a shark. Tiffany Johnson, 32, was snorkeling with her husband, reports the NY Daily News , when she felt something bump her... More »

Surf Leash Used in Rescue of Shark Attack Victim

Surfers at San Onofre State Beach in California recount aiding the victim

(Newser) - An unidentified woman was attacked by a shark Saturday while swimming at “Churches,” a popular surf spot in Orange County, California. Two surfers towed the victim in on their board, reports the Orange County Register , traversing slippery rocks before safely pulling her ashore. Several surfers on the scene... More »

Father-Daughter Surf Outing Turns Tragic

Shark kills 17-year-old surfing with her dad in Australia

(Newser) - A teen surfing off the southern coast of Australia died Monday after she was attacked by a shark, the AP reports. ABC Australia says the 17-year-old was surfing with her dad near the Kelp Beds surfing break, off of Esperance, at the same beach where a surfer suffered serious injuries... More »

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