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A bump, then a bite: Shark hits kayaks


  Just ask kayakers Ida Parker and Kristin Orr, who were hit by a great white shark and dumped into the water Wednesday off of White Horse Beach in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  
  The two women were 100 yards offshore, near an area populated by seals, when they were struck by a shark measuring 14 to 16 feet.
  
  "I looked back at her and it came directly out of the water, underneath the boat, launched her backwards and flipped me over," Parker told CNN affiliate WCVB.

A bump, then a bite: Shark hits kayaks

Just ask kayakers Ida Parker and Kristin Orr, who were hit by a great white shark and dumped into the water Wednesday off of White Horse Beach in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The two women were 100 yards offshore, near an area populated by seals, when they were struck by a shark measuring 14 to 16 feet.

"I looked back at her and it came directly out of the water, underneath the boat, launched her backwards and flipped me over," Parker told CNN affiliate WCVB.

A pair of kayakers say the shark bit through the bottom of their boat and flipped it over.

Fisherman bit by shark while on west end of Dauphin Island

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama — A man fishing on the west end of Dauphin Island was bitten by a shark Saturday afternoon, an official with the Dauphin Island Police Department said.

James Robson, 43, was reeling in a fish on the part of the beach known as “Katrina Cut” when a shark began swimming after his catch.

Waist deep in the water, the shark sunk its teeth into Robson’s knee, letting go after he hit it with the end of his fishing rod.

Mako shark ‘unusually close’ to Nova Scotia Thursday

A little less than two metres in length, the shark was tagged in May off Ocean City, Md., and appears to have a penchant for northern climes, said Mahmood Shivji, who runs the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Shark Kills Man in Australia Despite Rescue Try


  A shark killed a 50-year-old swimmer Tuesday at eastern Australia’s popular Byron Bay despite a beachgoer’s brave rescue attempt, police said.
  
  Beachgoer Mark Hickey swam 15 to 20 meters (50-65 feet) into the water at Clarkes Beach to retrieve the severely wounded victim, Police Inspector Bobbie Cullen said.
  
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  He said Wilcox had apparently bled to death in the water. Ten reported that the shark had bitten through Wilcox’s wetsuit on his upper right thigh, tearing off much of his leg. The wounds were being examined to identify the size and species of the shark.

Shark Kills Man in Australia Despite Rescue Try

A shark killed a 50-year-old swimmer Tuesday at eastern Australia’s popular Byron Bay despite a beachgoer’s brave rescue attempt, police said.

Beachgoer Mark Hickey swam 15 to 20 meters (50-65 feet) into the water at Clarkes Beach to retrieve the severely wounded victim, Police Inspector Bobbie Cullen said.

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He said Wilcox had apparently bled to death in the water. Ten reported that the shark had bitten through Wilcox’s wetsuit on his upper right thigh, tearing off much of his leg. The wounds were being examined to identify the size and species of the shark.