Australia is famous for its many beaches where people love to surf, but for one Japanese man his day at the beach was much more than that. Monday, Feb. 9th on Shelly Beach, part of Australia’s East coast, Tadashi Nakahara was sitting on his board waiting to catch the next wave when a shark came behind him and bit off both his legs.
He had friends who swam him back to shore and tried to stop the bleeding, along with performing CPR. David Wright, the mayor of Ballina- the beach town where the attack occurred- said, “Because both legs were gone, he bled to death very quickly.”
Just one day before, 12 miles down the coastline at South Mile Beach, another man named Jabez Reitman was also attacked by a shark while surfing. Luckily for Reitman his attack was not fatal. “I thought it was a dolphin at first,” Reitman said, but soon realized it was a seven to ten foot shark, which then attacked him.
Mayor Wright believes that the two attacks are linked to the same shark, because of the similarity and proximity of the attacks. Shelly Beach and parts along the coastline were closed as officials tried to find the shark.
Australia is among one of the most common places for shark attacks in the world, and is known for having great white sharks in its waters. Still, other places throughout the world have several more attacks reported, South Africa and Florida being the highest.
Shark attacks seem to be heard of often enough, but really are not as common as one might think. A person is more likely to be in a car accident on the way to the beach, or even hit by lightning than attacked by a shark, as reported in a National Geographic study. Interestingly, it’s men that should be on the lookout for sharks when out swimming in the ocean, as 93 percent of reported shark attacks have happened to men.