Most AMAZING Shark Attack Survival Stories! From insane surfers meeting great white sharks to famous musicians getting attacked…stay tuned to number 1 to find out 10 of the most amazing shark attack survival stories, you’ve ever heard!
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From insane surfers meeting great white sharks to famous musicians getting attacked…stay
tuned to number 1 to find out 10 of the most amazing shark attack survival stories, you’ve
Number 10: James Grant.
James Grant was spending time in New Zealand’s South Island, spearfishing with his friends,
when he was suddenly attacked by a shark!
He wasn’t sure what kind of shark it was, but it was probably a sevengill.
All of a sudden, James felt something pulling his leg; his initial reaction was “Oh, it’s
probably a friend of mine joking around.”
Well, it was no friend.
And it certainly wasn’t joking around.
The problem was that James simply didn’t see the shark approaching.
When he realized what was happening, the shark was already there, biting his leg.
Luckily, James had a knife in his hand, and he used it immediately.
He started stabbing the shark in the head.
Because of the multiple stabs, or the general shock to the shark, the animal went away.
But what’s even luckier is that James Grant is a doctor, and he immediately started stitching
himself up when he reached the shore.
He came for spearfishing, but he ended up shark-stabbing.
Number 9: David and Sebastian Cozzan.
Do you know the old saying “Lightning never strikes the same place twice?”
Well, it depends, really, because sometimes very strange things can happen.
In March 2014, Sebastian Cozzan, who was only 14 years old at the time, was enjoying the
surf in Palm Beach, Florida when he was attacked by a shark.
The shark grabbed the boy’s right foot, and it was a severe bite.
Sebastian started hitting the shark and fighting it off, and he did manage to get away.
However, the bite was very bad, and it required 80 stitches.
Now, what’s really amazing is that the boy’s father, David Cozzan, was also attacked by
a shark…the attack had taken place twenty years earlier, but it was at the exact same
Not only that, but the shark that went for Sebastian’s father also got his foot.
Only, in his case, it was the left foot, not the right.
What an amazing coincidence!
Number 8: Todd Endris.
On August 28, 2007, in the waters of California, Todd Endris came to surf, as he always did.
For him, it was supposed to be just another ordinary surfing day.
But it wasn’t.
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So, Todd Endris was on just another ordinary day of surfuing, but, before he realized what
was happening, he was attacked by a shark.
Todd was fighting, hitting the shark with his fist and foot, but the shark kept coming
In all, the shark attacked him a total of three times, and cut him pretty badly.
He lost almost half of his blood, and it seemed like his life would end right there.
All of a sudden, a group of dolphins came close to Todd, and began forming a circle
It was the best defense, and the best distraction for the shark, because Todd was able to swim
back to shore and get the attention of his friends and some lifeguards who immediately
But if it wasn’t for dolphins…he most likely would have lost his life.
As Todd has later told many times, these beautiful creatures were jumping around him, and circling
his surf board, until he reached the beach.
Pretty amazing, right?
Number 7: Henri Bource.
Henri Bource was a rock and roller, in every sense of the word.
Not only did he play the saxophone in a rock group from the 1960s called The Thunderbirds,
but he also survived a shark attack and has retold the tale countless times.
The shark attack took place on November 29, 1964, when Henri was busy filming footage
for an underwater documentary in Australia.
It was then that a great white shark came at him, grabbing his left leg just below the
Henri fought as much as he could, but it wasn’t enough.
The great white took his leg.
What’s amazing is that all of this happened during the actual filming of the documentary,
and Henri Bounce didn’t want to stop shooting.
He actually ordered his crew to keep on shooting, determined to get every possible shot for
the upcoming documentary.
And they even managed to film Henri’s leg, floating around in the ocean, because the
shark simply left it there right after the bite.
Henri Bource came back to the ocean less than two months later, and he finished his documentary.
And he also continued playing with the band.
For him, it was all rock and roll!
Number 6: Rodney Fox.
In December of 1963, Rodney Fox was spearfishing in Australia, when he was bitten by a huge
great white shark.
The shark pulled Fox underwater, for some 30 feet.
Needless to say, Fox fought back, trying to get away from the beast’s jaws, and he finally
managed to do it.
He quickly started swimming back to the surface, but the shark kept at him, biting on his boat
Rodney Fox suffered a terrible bite, but he somehow managed to reach the hospital.
Upon arrival, doctors immediately did everything in their power to save him, which they did.
His ribs were broken, his lung ripped open and his diaphragm punctured.
Also, his whole abdomen was exposed and, as doctors later told him, he was literally minutes
away from dying of severe blood loss.
It took staggering 462 stitches to sew him back together.
But…Rodney worked against his fear and got back into the water.
He became an ocean researcher and conservationist, making shark documentaries and being a consultant
for the majority of films on great white sharks.
Talk about a turn of events!
Number 5: Shannon Ainslie.
Shark attacks happen very rarely, even though it seems like they’re in the news all the
But sometimes, two sharks can attack at the same time.
This is precisely what happened to Shannon Ainslie.
In 2000, Shannon was surfing in the waters of South Africa, and it was there that two
great white sharks, 15 feet each, attacked her.
As we said, this is one in million type of occurrence, but that just what happened to
the 15-year-old Shannon.
One of the sharks grabbed Shannon and started pulling him down, and the other one went for
his head, trying to bite it off!
In a crazy bit of luck, though, the two sharks collided.
One of them hit Shannon’s surf board and knocked him into the air, while the other came from
behind while he was being pulled down into the ocean’s depths.
But here’s the amazing thing.
The second shark was actually a blessing in disguise, because, when it tried to bite his
head, it hit Shannon with such a force that he managed to pull out his right hand from
the jaws of the second shark.
What happened later was a true miracle.
Shannon came back to shore; his fingers on the right hand were bleeding severely, but
he didn’t lose a limb!
Even more amazing, he still surfs…and says that he’s not afraid of sharks.
Number 4: Michael Coots.
For Michael, it was just another surfing day of 1997.
He was just eighteen years old when Michael came to the ocean with his friend, impatient
But there was something in the air, he said, something like the smell of a dead fish.
He didn’t think much about it, and decided to get into the water as soon as possible.
But, seconds after he entered the ocean, a tiger shark grabbed his right leg, determined
not to let go.
Michael fought back, even managing to hit the shark on the head, and eventually the
fish did let go.
But it was too late for Michael’s right leg…it was completely severed from the knee down.
It was surgical precision, Michael later told.
He reacted quickly and managed to reach a local hospital.
His life was saved, and after one month, he got a prosthetic leg.
However, there was no thought of quitting the surf.
Michael came right back, and, as he later told numerous times, the most difficult part
was being out of the ocean…he just couldn’t wait to hit the waves once again.
He is still surfing, and…listen to this…advocating for the rights of sharks.
What a guy!
Number 3: Achmat Hassiem.
Back in 2006, Achmat and his brother were working as lifeguards in Cape Town, and, on
a particular day, they had a special assignment.
They were instructing people how to deal with drowning victims, and Achmat’s brother was
lying in the water, pretending to be drowning.
However, this soon stopped being just a regular drill.
What Achmat’s brother didn’t notice, but Achmat did, was that a great white shark was approaching.
Achmat kept his cool and reacted in a flash.
He knew that sharks responded to water splashes, because of the impulses thus created.
He immediately started splashing, in the hope of the great white moving away from his brother.
However, the shark now found a new target…and it was Achmat.
The shark grabbed his right leg, but he kept fighting, and turned loose.
Unfortunately, his right leg was bitten off from the knee down.
He was immediately rushed to hospital and his life was saved.
But this was just the beginning of an amazing adventure.
Achmat Hassiem started competing professionally, in Special Olympics, and he won gold in the
2012 London Paralympic Games.
A true survivor!
Number 2: Nicole Moore.
It’s absolutely amazing when people can move on with their lives after surviving a shark
Many of them use their experience to enhance the lives of others, and get them into the
Nicole Moore is one of those people.
In January 2011, Nicole was swimming in the waters near Cancun, when she felt something
like a pull that came from the water.
There was no dorsal fin, no silhouette…nothing.
A few moments later, Nicole saw what had pulled her down…it was a bull shark, and it was
coming back to get her.
She tried fighting the beast, but it was very hard to move away, since the shark kept coming
back at her.
It bit her left leg and whole left arm, and her blood loss was enormous.
The operation took eight hours, asthat’s how much time the doctors needed to pump enough
blood back into Nicole’s body and keep her alive.
Eventually, she recovered, but decided to use what happened to her to help others.
Nicole Moore inspires other shark attack victims, working closely with them and sharing her
own life story.
Number 1: Bethany Hamilton.
For our top pick, we’ve chosen a story of courage and determination.
Bethany Hamilton was a very successful surfer, right from her early age.
When she turned 13, she was already a promising star of American surfing.
But then…things took a different turn, jeopardizing her surfing career and even her life.
While surfing with her friend, Bethany was attacked by a tiger shark.
The shark approached her surfboard and bit off her left arm up to the shoulder!
Bethany was in shock, but her friend and friend’s father quickly pulled her out to shore and
used first aid to prevent further blood loss.
However, when Bethany reached the hospital, she had already lost around 60% of her blood…Luckily,
she survived, but what happened later is even more amazing that her survival story.
Bethany Hamilton refused to remain traumatized by the shark attack…and decided to continue
Just one month after the attack, Bethany was back, and she is still taking part in major
At 13, her life changed completely, but she didn’t let that destroy her, and she kept
What can we say, but…well, done, Bethany!
What do you think about these amazing tales of bravery?
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