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JULY 2013


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 of Reunion.

The 15-year-old was less than five metres (15 feet) off the beach and in front of a packed restaurant when the savage attack happened.

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 ongoing.’

Huguette Bello, the mayor of St Paul, said: ‘The girl, who was 15, came from mainland France and spent her holidays on the island.

‘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 arrest.

They brought him back to the beach but were unable to revive him.

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, experts say.

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 Carolina coast.

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 Morning America."
"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?"



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