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

This guy seems to attract nature's fiercest predators
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2018 3:30 PM CDT
Hawaii Shark Attack Victim Also Had Bear, Rattlesnake Run-Ins
A Hawaii shark attack victim was previously bitten by a bear and a rattlesnake   (Getty)

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 on Thursday in the waters off Kauai while treating himself to some much-deserved boogie boarding after days of helping out the island's victims of recent historic flooding. Just months earlier, McWilliams had to get nine staples in his neck after he was woken up by an angry 280-pound black bear while sleeping outdoors at a Colorado summer camp.

That shocking encounter alone was enough to land McWilliams in national news—he told People he had to fight off the bear as it dragged him some 12 feet. McWilliams said he used a similar tactic with the shark, which he gave a swift kick before swimming for his life back to shore. However, it's probably for the best that McWilliams didn't try that with the pygmy faded rattlesnake that bit him three years ago while on a hike in Utah. McWilliams walked away from what was luckily just a "dry bite," with only enough venom to make him sick for a couple days. So what's this guy's deal with run-ins and terrifying animals? “I’m either really lucky or really unlucky," he told the Star-Advertiser. (More shark attack stories.)

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