Woman Bitten by Shark While Kayaking in Hawaii

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By Wire Service
April 25USshare
Woman Bitten by Shark While Kayaking in Hawaii
Stock image of a shark. (Gris379/Pixabay)

Glendale, CA (KCAL)—A California woman is recovering on April 24 after being bitten by a shark while kayaking in Hawaii.

Kimberly Bishop says she was kayaking Tuesday morning when she was suddenly hit from behind, knocked over and bit in the leg by what turned out to be a shark.

The shark immediately let go and left a bite mark of about 12 inches in diameter on her thigh, just above her knee.

Her husband says he heard her yelling “shark, shark!” and saw a fin near her in the water.

Nearby paddlers helped bring Bishop and her husband back to shore. She got stitches and is expected to be OK, and says she won’t let this incident keep her out of the water.

“I’m still gonna kayak. No, I’m not afraid of going out in the water anymore, and I’m not afraid of sharks,” Bishop said. “This is their home, you know. We go into their home, and things happen.”

The fire department flew over several miles of shoreline after Bishop was bitten and did not see any sharks in the water. However, the beaches in the vicinity are closed until further notice, according to the County of Hawaii Civil Defense Service.

The bite was approximately 12 inches in diameter and came from a five-foot blacktip reef shark, according to Dan Dennison, a spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. Dennison told CNN that this is unusual.

“[There is] no record of this species biting anyone in Hawaii,” he said.

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(KCAL via CNN)

This is the third shark attack in the state of Hawaii in 2019, according to department records. The last incident occurred with a victim in a canoe. The shark bit the side of the canoe but did not injure the boater.

In 2018, three incidents were reported, including an attack that cost the victim their right leg below the knee. No fatalities have been reported since 2015.

Black Tip Shark
Black tip shark. (Courtesy of JIMAR via CNN)

Diver Captures Massive White Shark Charging at Him

In one of the most terrifying moments captured of attacking sharks, a 32-year-old photographer shot footage of the massive fish attacking his underwater shark-cage off Neptune Islands, in South Australia.

Kane Overall captured the 11-foot shark on March 3, reported the Fox News.

“She was a female and around 3.5 meters [11.4 feet]. It came in around 2 meters [6.5 feet] from the cage and then one time charged us for this shot and ended up turning off around 2 feet from my camera,” Overall told Magnus News Agency.

The Neptune Islands are home to great white sharks and are becoming increasingly famous with tourists for their shark adventures and expeditions.

“I knew it was going to be a pretty wild shot but maybe too close as I was shooting 50mm. When I got up on the boat everyone crowded around the camera in the housing for a quick look and we were all blown away,” he said.

Two months ago another Australian photographer came within inches of being devoured by a 16-foot great white shark but managed to capture some of the scariest, close-up pictures of the fish yet.

The incredible shots include the fearsome beast biting into a metal cage with its razor-sharp teeth and others where the photographer’s dangling camera and arm are just inches away from the shark’s glistening, sharp jaws.

Commercial abalone diver Luke Thom, 26, came across this incredible experience at the Neptune Islands off the coast of South Australia, according to News.com.au.

Epoch Times reporter Venus Upadhayaya contributed to this report.

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