Thursday, August 21, 2014

Australian Spearfisherman Bitten in Face by Shark

Adam Haling recoups in hospital after shark bite
Adam Haling recoups in hospital after shark bite
We are just learning of a harrowing shark bite incident that occurred on Saturday, August 16, 2014, off Gnaraloo in Western Australia.

Adam Haling had been spearfishing with a friend when he speared a fish and was heading back to shore with his catch. He was in shallow water at about 2.5 meters in depth when a reef shark appeared out of nowhere and bit Adam on his snorkeling mask. Fortunately, the mask absorbed most of the impact but the shark's bottom row of teeth connected underneath his chin. As the shark pulled away, it tore off the mask and caused Adam to drop the speared fish.

Adam Haling facial injuries from shark bite
Adam Haling facial injuries
Adam told Perth Now that he did not feel he was the target but that the shark was going after his speared catch.

“It then took the fish I had and it was gone. I think it was chasing the fish I had in my hand, and at the last minute it hit me instead the fish.”

The shark quickly consumed the speared fish and swam off which allowed Adam to work his way back to shore. He was suffering from severe facial injuries and was loosing blood.

But that was just the beginning of the story for it would take Adam nearly 10 hours to make it to the hospital due to the remoteness of the area.

News Accounts:
- Adam Haling was attacked by a shark at Gnaraloo, Western Australia - Perth Now
Outback dash for shark victim - The West Australian
Photos from Perth Now article courtesy of Adam Haling

Full Listing of 2014 shark bites/attacks click here.