Top 10 Breathtaking Shark Attack Stories

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Every year, there are about sixty shark attacks reported world wide.

And here are top 10 of the scariest and most amazing stories of shark attacks ever recorded.

1. His Wet Suit Held His Skin Together

In 1963, freestyle diver Rodney Fox, was taking part in a spear-fishing competition and grabbed around the middle by a great white shark.

Finally, after very nearly drowning, Fox got free and was pulled into a boat.

His bones were visible on his right hand and arm, and his rib cage, lungs, and upper stomach were all completely exposed.

His rescuers kept his wetsuit on, which kept his internal organs from spilling out, ultimately saving his life.

Fox underwent four hours of surgery and received 462 stitches to put his skin back together, but he is still alive today to tell his tale of survivial.

2. Bethany Hamilton Was Back On Her Board A Month After Losing Her Arm

In 2003, Bethany Hamilton was Hawaii's top female surfer and one of the best in the United States before being attacked on the morning of Halloween by a 14-foot tiger shark.

She lost over 60 percent of her blood and endured many surgeries in order to recover.

Remarkably, losing her arm did not dissuade Hamilton from surfing, and within a month of her attack she was back on her surfboard.

In 2005, Hamilton won her first national title at the National Scholastic Surfing Association National Championships.

Her story later became the basis for a big budget Hollywood movie called "Soul Surfer."

3. Man Killed In Front of New Bride While On Honeymoon

Just ten days after getting married, Ian and Gemma Redmond were enjoying a tropical beach vacation in Seychelles.

Ian Redmond was snorkeling just twenty yards off shore while his new wife sunbathed on the beach.

Redmond was attacked by a shark, which bit off one arm and destroyed one of his legs.

It is thought that Redmond died instantly, though he was quickly pulled from the water into a boat, and a doctor on the beach applied first aid until emergency medical crews arrived.

4. Man Punches Shark In Face To Escape

28 year old Hawaiian resident Joshua Holley was surfing when a 10-foot tiger shark bit his left foot.

Holley suffered some severed tendons in his foot which required 42 stitches to repair.

In spite of his attack, Holley says he will return to the water and feels no animosity towards the shark, saying,

"You have to remember when you're in the ocean you have to respect the ocean, that's where they eat, live, breed; we're just visitors in their home."

5. Diver Survives Attack By Fending Off Shark With Camera

Russell Easton, was photographing a 12-ft tiger shark in the Bahamas when suddenly his camera's viewfinder showed a huge mouthful of sharp teeth!

The shark bit into Easton's camera, so the diver shoved the camera further into his mouth and was able to swim away to safety.

Despite the terrifying incident, the diver says he doesn't think the shark was trying to hurt him.

Rather, the shark was just trying to figure out what he was by using his mouth like we would use our hand.

6. Dolphins Save Swimmers From Shark

While on a training swim about 100 metres off Ocean Beach, Rob Howes said he was surrounded by a pod of dolphins who were acting very strangely.

The dolphins circled around the swimmer and began beating the water with their fins, causing the water to be a churning mass of dolphins and bobbing human heads.

Howes managed to get outside the circle of dolphins, and that's when he spotted a huge great white shark a short distance away.

The shark finally swam away when a rescue boat approached, but the dolphins did not leave the scene until all of the swimmers were safely back on dry land.

7. Man Captures Attack On Film

In 1964, Henri Bource and two other divers were swimming with seals in the ocean, when a great white shark suddenly appeared and bit off his leg at the knee.

His diving partners got Bource onto the boat, and incredibly, the rescue was videotaped.

Bource was an amateur underwater photographer and filmmaker, and he eventually took the film footage from the attack and reconstructed the other parts for a documentary called "Savage Shadows."

8. Man Loses Leg and Becomes Shark Preservation Advocate

On Aug. 4, 2001, while vacationing with his wife on Grand Bahama Island, Wall Street banker Krishna Thompson was attacked by a shark and dragged out to sea.

Thompson pried the shark's mouth open and punched it twice in the nose.

The shark released him and he was able to get himself to shore, but sadly his leg was so damaged it had to be amputated.

However, 10 years later, Thompson has become an advocate for the preservation of the species, saying that "Sharks set the balance for the whole ocean."

9. Shark Attack Death Blamed On Reality TV Show

In April 2012, a production crew was filming the television reality show "Shark Men" off the coast of South Africa.

The production company had permits for chumming and filming.

However, just a few days after chumming the waters, a local 20-year-old champion body boarder was killed by a 13-to-16-foot shark in waters that had not previously seen shark activity since 1999.

The show's research permit was immediately revoked. The show "Shark Men" continues to receive criticism and has been cancelled.

10. Brave Mother Pulls Daughter From Jaws of Shark

In March of 2012, a mother and her 15-year-old daughter were sitting on their surfboards off the coast when a shark suddenly pulled the teen underwater.

Acting quickly, Valeh Levy grabbed her daughter Sydney by the shoulders and pulled her up onto her own surfboard.

The shark continued to circle until rescuers heard the mother's screams for help and chased it away.

The teenager required surgery on her foot, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Anytime you're alongside the sea, please be careful.


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