The AP reports, that a long distance swimmer suffered injuries as the result of a bite from a sub-adult white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) of off Los Angeles County’s Manhattan Beach yesterday morning. According to an NBCLA report, the shark had been hooked by a fisherman on Manhattan Beach Pier and had been on the line for about a half-hour when a group of swimmers intersected the hooked shark’s path.
Steve Robles of Lomita, CA was bitten in the chest area and also suffered injuries to his right hand. A paddle-boarder helped Robles to the shore where he was treated by paramedics and transported to a nearby hospital. Thankfully, Robles injuries were not life-threatening, and he is currently recovering at home.
The fisherman told NBCLA that he was fishing for bat rays when he hooked the shark. He said he didn’t realize it was a white shark until after it had been on the line for 15 minutes. California law dictates that the line must be cut if a white shark is hooked, but he said the shark was close to a surfer when he recognized the species, and he didn’t want it to attack the surfer.
It should be noted that a white shark of this size, which was estimated at 7′ (about 2m) in length, does not typically feed on marine mammals or large prey items.
Here’s a quick video that I shot at Isla de Guadalupe last month. “Bella,” the white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) seen in the video, is an adult female. She was being accompanied by several pilot fish (Naucrates ductor). As Bella goes to take a bite of a tuna hang-bait, you can see her eye roll back, which is a protective mechanism to prevent injury from struggling prey.
A 16-year-old boy suffered a sting from a stingray yesterday at Myrtle Beach, SC, according to a report from WMBF News. The injury was originally reported as a shark bite by multiple local news outlets. However, doctors informed the victim, Matthew Breen, that he had suffered a sting from a stingray and not a bite from a shark.
Breen was swimming in waist deep water when the incident occurred. He said he saw a large amount of blood in the water and knew he needed to get to shore. It wasn’t until he was treated at a local hospital that he learned a stingray barb was the cause of his injuries. Breen is expected to make a full recovery.
UPDATE:WPED News Channel 15 has since reported that police confirmed “sharks” were responsible for the bites but had no confirmation of species.
According to a WPED News Channel 15, four people were bitten yesterday by an unidentified marine animal (or animals) while swimming/bathing at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The victims suffered various injuries to the legs, feet, and hands. However, none of the injuries were life-threatening.
The species involved in the attacks has/have not been identified. However, other media outlets, including ABC News have reported the incident as a “probable shark attack.”
Myrtle Beach Online reports that the bites took place over a ten-minute span between 72nd Avenue north and 82nd Avenue North, during the early afternoon. The bites were reported around 1:20pm. According to the report, photos of the bite marks are being sent to researchers at the University of Florida for review.
Ryan Orellana-Maczynski, a 25-year-old man who was bitten on the left foot by a shark, is expected to make a full recovery, according to a report from WMBF News. Orellan-Maczynski sustained non-life-threatening injuries to his foot on Saturday (June 2, 2012) evening when a shark bit him near the 2nd Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Reports indicated that the shark was still attached to Orellana-Maczynski’s foot when he exited the water. However, the species involved has yet be determined.