News of Sharks
July 15 , 2013
15-Foot Great White
Shark Spotted Near Chatham
Photo courtesy of
Cape Cod Shark Hunters
Just as the Sharknado craze sweeps the nation, Cape Cod
Shark Hunters have spotted a 15-foot long Great White Shark
off the coast of Chatham, MA on Sunday. Airline pilot turned
shark hunter George Breen followed the Great White for a
mile as it apparently targeted seals along the coast.
It has been over a month since the fist shark sighting of
the season, just 11 miles away at Nauset Beach. Breen
spotted numerous Great Whites in Chatham last year, and
based on last August's sighting a mere five feet from the
shore in Wellfleet, the season is long from over.
The three man crew of hunters hopes to get some shark
tagging done in the clear weather this week.
July 15 , 2013
Girl, 15, is 'sliced in
half' by shark while snorkelling off Indian Ocean island
A teenage girl ‘died instantly’ today when she was sliced in
two by a shark while snorkelling just off the holiday island
The 15-year-old was less than five metres (15 feet) off the
beach and in front of a packed restaurant when the savage
Her terrified sister was among those who saw the girl
schoolgirl disappear under the water at around 3pm.
Her body was sliced in two at the torso, and then ‘a part of
her body was taken away by the shark,’ said a spokesman for
the island’s health and safety department.
She added: ‘The girls were in an area of St Paul bay where
swimming is not allowed. She would have died instantly.
'The operation to recover the upper part of her body is
Huguette Bello, the mayor of St Paul, said: ‘The girl, who
was 15, came from mainland France and spent her holidays on
‘She was staying on the island with her father, who is in
charge of the yacht club in St Paul.
'Both of the girls had masks and snorkels on, and were
swimming just in front of the Bay restaurant.’
Mr Bello said it was the first time ‘in a long time’ that a
shark had attacked swimmers so close to the beach.
There have been recent attacks on surfers, but it is highly
unusual for sharks to come so close to the water’s edge.
The area around the restaurant was immediately closed to
holidaymakers as the hunt started for the killer shark.
In May a French honeymooner was attacked and killed by a
shark while he was surfing not far from the beach on
Reunion, which is in the Indian Ocean.
The 36-year-old was in the sea off the popular beach of
Brisants de Saint-Gilles when a shark charged at him twice,
prompting a nearby swimmer to raise the alert when he saw
blood on the water.
Lifeguards jumped in the water to fetch the victim, who had
lost a lot of blood and was in cardiac and respiratory
They brought him back to the beach but were unable to revive
The shark had bitten the surfer on the arm and on the thigh.
His wife was on the beach when the attack happened, and was
treated for shock.
The latest deadly shark attack means there have been two on
the island this year, while three people have been killed by
sharks in the past two years.
Sharks are not man-eaters, but sometimes mistake humans for
their natural prey, like seals or tortoises, and at other
times hurt surfers as they ‘mouth’ them out of curiosity,
Last year, 78 shark attacks were reported around the world,
of which eight were fatal.
July 13 , 2013
- Brutal Shark Attack
Won't Keep Surfing Instructor out of the Water
Barbara Corey recovers from a shark attack. (ABC News)
Surfing instructor Barbara Corey said she was only worried
about her 10-year-old student's safety when a shark zeroed
in on them during a surf lesson at Holden Beach on the North
Corey, 63, of Supply, N.C., was out in the water for a
surfing instruction session with her student, Cassandra
Calloway, on Thursday when a shark emerged from the murky
water and ripped into Corey's ankle.
"I was just concerned more about Cassandra, getting her in
safely," Corey told ABC News' "Good Morning America." "I was
just thankful that there was a foot there."
The shark bit into Corey's right foot for approximately 30
seconds, tearing into her flesh and leaving serious puncture
wounds that will keep the long time surfer out of the water
for at least five months, her doctor, Mark Hanna, told "Good
"It was really painful, very painful," Corey told ABC News'
Wilmington, N.C., affiliate WWAY-TV. "It was like somebody
had clamped my ankle in a vise grip, and was tightening the
screws. Then it started thrashing around. My foot is being
thrashed around and I am kicking and kicking."
Corey told her young student to paddle to shore to avoid
being the shark's next victim.
"She said a shark just bit her and to get out of the water,"
Cassandra told "Good Morning America."
While Cassandra's brother helped his sister get to shore
safely atop her surfboard, Cassandra's mother, Christina
Calloway, ran to help Corey during the brutal ordeal.
"I looked down and her ankle was mangled," Calloway said.
"It was horrid."
Calloway said Corey was her "lifelong hero" for helping to
save her daughter's life.
Corey was expected to be discharged out of Novant Health
Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia, N.C., this morning. But
she has no plans to let this attack get in her way of
catching some waves once she's fully recovered.
"I'm not giving it up," she told WWAY-TV. "After 50 years,
why stop now?"
July 11 , 2013
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