On October 10, 2016, a man was attacked as he surfed at Indian Beach, Oregon. The victim is a 29-year-old Joseph Tanner, he is a resident of Portland.
According to the Oregon State Police, he suffered bites on his thigh; upper and lower. He explained that the mammal was “medium-big,” he told responders that he thinks it was a Great White Shark.
Tanner’s injuries are serious. Once stabilized, he was airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Hospital on North Ganterbein Avenue in Portland.
State Police officers told that they would continue to investigate this unusual event.
The beach is located at the Ecola State Parka, which is south of Seaside. Shark attacks are rare in the state, even though there are 34 species found off the coast, including Great White and Pacific Sleeper Sharks. According to KGW, an NBC affiliate in Oregon, since 1974 there have been 27 attacks.
Shark Attack Data
The shark attack data website collects information on a global basis. The intent is to increase understanding of human/shark interactions. Shark Research Institute is tasked with teaching the public about the rareness of shark attacks.
In June 2015, there were eight unprovoked shark attacks and these took place in; Hawaii, Texas, North Carolina, Florida; New Wales and Western Australia; Suez, Egypt; and New Caledonia. Reports indicate there was only one fatality. There were no attacks listed for the months between July and October.
Written by Cathy Milne
OPB: Police: Shark Attacks Surfer Near Cannon Beach
KGW NBC: Portland man bitten by shark on Oregon Coast
Shark Attack Data: The Database
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