California Shark Attacks

Two more swimmers were attacked by sharks Saturday, boosting the number to seven this year in the United States and debunking the often heard “sharks’ unprovoked human attacks are rare”. These recent two attacks come on the heels of a tourist filming a shark attacking and devouring a seal off California’s coast on October 10th.

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FLMNH Ichthyology Department

A 44-year-old male swimmer was seriously wounded Saturday after a shark attacked him off Lanikai beach in Oahu, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

He was swimming to shore from Mokulua Islands when the shark attacked about 50 to 100 yards from shore, according to the Honolulu Fire Department. A man who called 911 said they used a jump rope to put a tourniquet on him. Joey Montano said the swimmer was conscious, but looked very pale and didn’t appear to be bleeding anymore. The 44-year-old swimmer suffered serious injuries to his legs.

“They were hanging on by just threads, from just above his ankle,” Montano said.

Two nearby kayakers paddled the men back to shore, where Hawaii Fire Department staff and paramedics treated the victim. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Only seven hours later or so, at approximately 7:20 p.m., a shark bit a 32-year-old man’s left foot in the water off Waikiki beach, KITV station reported.

Unusually high numbers of sharks spotted off the southern California and northern Baja California Sur, Mexico coast all summer prompted warnings. Last week, for the first time, a shark was filmed attacking and devouring a seal near California’s coast at Alcatraz island.

Earlier this summer, an unidentified type of shark attacked a seal off the northern coast of Baja California Sur, approximately 15 miles south of San Diego. Struggling to shore, when only a few yards from it, the shark charged again and took the bloody seal.

In August, a central coast California surfer described her narrowly escaping injury after a great white shark bit and took a huge chunk of her board.

This weekend, warnings were issued to California coast beach goers to also beware of one of the world’s most deadly animals that is usually found much further south in warmer waters, the yellow belly sea snake, spotted on California beaches.

Such deadly threats are yet another hazard of warming waters that scientists attribute to global warming from fossil fuel addiction, heating ocean waters and thus, changing sea life ecosystem and habitats. One scientist, however, suspects another possible cause: The Navy Weapons’ Testing, experimenting on animals and humans. Rosalind Peterson has raised awareness that these tests include at least five years of the Navy, with NOAA government approval, disrupting and killing millions of sea animals.


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