Shark Attacks 23-Year-Old Surfer in Hawaii: Reports

September 9, 2018 Updated: September 9, 2018

A shark attacked a 23-year-old surfer at a Hawaii beach and bit his wrist and elbow, causing him to bleed profusely.

“You kind of just saw blood everywhere,” Ryan Hailstones, another surfer, told KHON, adding that he was about 20 feet away from the attack.

He said, “It was beautiful, glassy, really good waves and all of a sudden you hear someone yelling ‘Help! Shark! Help!’” He added, “I just saw the fin going back-and-forth, back-and-forth while he’s screaming trying to fight the shark off.”

Surfers brought the man to shore and made a makeshift tourniquet from their surfboard leashes, KHON reported.

“We safely got him to the beach and got through to one of these beach houses and called 911,” he said. “We redid the tourniquet when we got down there.”

Hailstones added, “It looked like he was losing blood really quick and the tourniquet really helped.”

The victim, he said, was quite friendly and appeared calm through the ordeal. “He actually had a smile on [his face] getting into the ambulance and he was thanking everyone,” Hailstones said. “He was a nice guy and I hope he recovers well.”

It’s not clear what type of shark bit the surfer.  Fox News reported that some of the species spotted in the area are hammerhead and tiger sharks.

“If they are hanging around an area, it’s usually an indication there is food there,” said Andrew Rossiter, who is the Hawaii State Aquarium director. “Perhaps something is dead beneath the water and the scent has attracted them there.”

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A great white shark’s predation of a seal was recorded off the coast of Cape Cod. (Atlantic White Shark Conservancy via Storyful)

Stunning New Shark Video

On the other side of the world, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy recently released stunning video footage (which can be seen at the top of the article) of a great white shark attacking a seal off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

“The research team recorded this close up footage of a seal predation in clear water about 100 yards from the beach off Wellfleet, Massachusetts,” said the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, reported Fox News. The video shows a “rarely seen window into the world of the Atlantic white shark in Cape Cod water,” it said.

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