Friday, February 7, 2014

28-Year-Old Surfer Bitten Three Times by Shark in New Zealand

Porpoise Bay Beach - Pic credit AAtravel
New Zealand police report that a surfer was bitten by a shark on February 7th, 2014 off Porpoise Bay Beach near Curio Bay.

The 28-year-old victim was on his board approximately 50m from the beach when he was attacked Friday evening at around 8:20pm.  He sustained three bite wounds to his leg ranging from his calf to his thigh.

He was transported by helicopter to Southland Hospital were he was listed in stable condition.

Shark attack at Curio Bay, New Zealand
Following the attack, signs were put up in the vicinity of Porpoise Bay requesting people not enter the water until further notice from the Department of Conservation.

Several NZ news organizations are reporting that the shark involved was a great white (white pointer) but none have provided any source for the statement.

This marks the second shark incident in New Zealand waters this year.  Last month a spearfisherman sustained a shark bite near Garden Bay.  Read story here.

UPDTATE: 02/09/2014
• The surfer has been identified as Darren Mills, a British citizen.
• Experts believe it was a 9' Great White  responsible for the attack.
Read more at the Daily Mail and Stuff.