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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 »

Man Attacked by Shark Explains How He Survived

Joseph Tanner punched shark in gills off Oregon coast

(Newser) - Joseph Tanner was resting his arms on his surf board when something grabbed his right leg and yanked him under the waves, he recalled Wednesday, nearly three weeks after the shark attack north of Oregon's Cannon Beach. The shark had his leg in its jaw, and as Tanner struggled... More »

Shark Attacks Oregon Trauma Nurse

He directed his own first aid

(Newser) - A Portland-area man is recovering from a rare Oregon shark attack that left him with what a witness calls "fairly gruesome" injuries. The victim, 29-year-old Joseph Tanner, is a trauma nurse who was able to help his own rescuers, witness Jeff Rose tells KGW . "He directed his own... More »

3 People Bitten by Sharks in One Day at Florida Beach

All are expected to be OK

(Newser) - Three people were bitten by sharks Sunday at Florida's New Smyrna Beach, a place the News-Journal refers to as the "shark bite capital of the world." A 43-year-old male surfer was bitten on his lower leg and ankle and taken to the hospital with "significant lacerations"... More »

NFL Great Bitten While Fighting Over Lobster With Shark

The shark didn't care how many career sacks Warren Sapp had

(Newser) - It's a bad idea to get between a shark and its meal. The same could probably be said about NFL Hall-of-Famer Warren Sapp. So when Sapp and a shark both found themselves going after the same lobster Wednesday, the result was understandably gruesome. The Tampa Bay Times reports Sapp... More »

2nd Aussie in a Week Killed By Shark

60-year-old woman killed while diving as her companion escapes

(Newser) - A diver was killed by a large shark off the west Australian coast on Sunday in the country's second fatal attack in less than a week, reports the AP . The 60-year-old woman was diving with a man at a popular dive spot in the northern Perth suburb of Mindarie... More »

Bite Victim Hospitalized With Shark Still Attached

People had been 'messing with' nurse shark at Fla. beach

(Newser) - A Florida woman hospitalized for a shark bite Sunday didn't need to describe the shark that bit her—because it was still attached to her arm. The 23-year-old woman had been bitten on the right arm by a small nurse shark that wouldn't let go even after a... More »

Shark Mauls Aussie Pro Surfer

Quick-thinking beachgoers saved his life

(Newser) - A professional surfer was mauled by a shark off Australia's east coast on Wednesday evening, officials say. Brett Connellan, 22, was flown by helicopter to Sydney's St. George Hospital in serious condition after he was attacked 75 miles to the south, off a beach near Kiama, a police... More »

US, Global Shark Attacks Hit All-Time High

But shark-related deaths remain steady with 6 in 2015

(Newser) - Scientists' prediction of increasing shark attacks appears to be coming true: There were 98 shark attacks worldwide in 2015—the highest number recorded in the International Shark Attack File 's 57-year history, reports Time . The next highest total, 2000's 88 attacks, falls well behind the new record, which... More »

Shark Attacks Man During Helicopter Rescue

Luckless man was moments away from rescue off Aruba

(Newser) - Either the man was incredibly unlucky, or the shark had a sick sense of humor. The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard says a shipwrecked Venezuelan man was moments from rescue when he was attacked by a shark near Aruba, the AP reports. A Coast Guard helicopter spotted the man clinging to... More »

Shark Bites Florida Tourist 'to the Bone'

The woman then punched the shark

(Newser) - A Colorado woman is recovering from a serious shark bite and a less serious shark-punching wound after fighting off an attacker at a Florida beach on Sunday. Jill Kruse, 28, was bitten on her calf "to the bone" when the shark attacked her at Cocoa Beach on the state'... More »

Boy Seriously Injured in Apparent Shark Attack in Hawaii

It would be Hawaii's 7th recorded attack this year

(Newser) - Officials are investigating another possible shark bite in the waters off Hawaii that left a 10-year-old boy seriously injured. Officials said Thursday they are still waiting to hear from doctors and the victim to confirm whether it was a shark bite. (A man was injured when he was bit by... More »

Hawaii Surfer Bitten ... in Eel Attack?

Officials say it might be a first in the state

(Newser) - A surfer is recovering from serious injuries after he fell off a wave in Hawaii and was possibly bitten by … an eel. Yes, humans should apparently fear the creatures' teeth as well as their zapping ability . The 33-year-old local man was surfing at Waikiki Beach on Saturday when he... More »

This Year, Selfies Are Deadlier Than Sharks

They've caused 12 deaths, compared to 8 from sharks

(Newser) - With the recent death of a tourist at the Taj Mahal , 2015's selfie-related death toll sits at 12—compared to just eight people who have been killed by sharks this year, Mashable reports. "It sounds like a joke, but unfortunately it isn't," writes Cailey Rizzo. The... More »

Shark Bites Boy, Boy Punches Shark

There have been a string of attacks in Florida lately

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy is recovering in a hospital after police say he was bitten by a shark in the waters off northeast Florida. Police say the boy, who lives in Sparks, Ga., suffered significant injuries to his leg after the attack Sunday afternoon at Fernandina Beach. Police say Josh Bitner... More »

Guy Bitten by Tiger Shark, Posts Video of Wound

Hawaii spear fisherman gets out alive

(Newser) - A Hawaii spear fisherman who was bit in the leg by a tiger shark off the coast of the Big Island swam to shore and then filmed a video of his deep wound as he was being carried away on a gurney. "I just got attacked by a tiger... More »

Surfer Escapes After Shark Chomps Board

Close call for 54-year-old Californian Elinor Dempsey

(Newser) - A surfer escaped injury yesterday after a great white shark bit her board off California's central coast. Elinor Dempsey, 54, of Los Osos, California, said she was surfing at Morro Strand State Beach, just north of Morro Bay, around 10am when a shark swam under her board and chomped... More »

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 »

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