Two mauled in shark attacks off Russia's east coast
A great white shark, such as this one off South Africa in 2009, is suspected in two attacks off Russia's east coast.
August 19th, 2011
07:53 AM ET

Two mauled in shark attacks off Russia's east coast

Swimming has been banned in the Sea of Japan off Russia's Far Eastern Primorye Territory after two shark attacks in the past week have left two people hospitalized, Russian media report.

The first attack occurred Wednesday when a 25-year-old man lost both arms up to the elbow, Pravda reported. He was hospitalized in serious condition but expected to survive, according to the report.

Witnesses said the shark was about 13 feet (4 meters) long with large fins, according to the Pravda report.

The second attack occurred in a nearby area Thursday when a 16-year-old boy suffered severe wounds to his legs, RIA Novosti reported. The boy was hospitalized in Vladivostok, the report said. The boy's diving suit prevented the shark from taking his legs, according to a Moscow Times report.

Authorities suspect the same shark was responsible for both attacks, according to the Pravda report.

Alexander Sokolovsky, a candidate of biological sciences at the Far Eastern Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Pravda that recent storms may have made the waters off Russia's eastern coast more desirable for sharks.

"After a typhoon, the waters here become even better for sharks. The sharks are very sensitive to ecology, but the water here is clear," Pravda quoted Sokolovsky as saying. "They come here for food. When there is a shortage of their common food - fish and squid - they swim here searching for bigger food - seals, for example. Maybe the shark took those two people for seals."

Great white sharks have been spotted in the region before, but these are the first attacks Sokolovsky has seen in 51 years in the area, according to Pravda.

Authorities were putting together a team to find and kill the suspect shark, according to the RIA Novosti report.

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  1. Drewsah

    Oh, and everyone pushing their political views on something completely unrelated as a string of shark attacks is a moron. Global warming has nothing to do with shark attacks... The apparent increase in events has more to do with a greater number of people entering the oceans and the ever-expanding reach of our social communication and reporting. It wouldn't have been to long ago when a couple of shark attacks in Russia would not have made it in to the general populaces media scope. Greater awareness and a broader reach of reporting is just letting us know a lot more about whats going on around the globe.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. AntiSharkHunting

    Leave the shark alone. Swimming is a risk. The world overfishes, therefore starving these amazing predators, which pushes sharks closer to shore in search of food. If a human is near, a hungry shark will test bite. Once it recognizes that the victim isn't its natural food source, it moves on usually.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • ttony21

      ...there's a big difference between typical shark behavior and a single shark making repeated attacks on humans. If a bear terrorizes a camp site and starts not only biting campers, but also tearing their arms off and devouring them, you have to trap, kill, or relocate the bear. You don't just let it eat campers because it's starving.

      August 19, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |

    "Maybe the shark took those two people for seals." – CNN's Brad Lendon

    "Maybe the shark took those two people for food." – Mars Co. *Jordan Shrug*

    August 19, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |

    When are humans going to learn, when you enter the animals habitat the animal is doing what comes naturally. Like the bear attacks in the US, we invade their habitat and expect them to be all cute and furry when the truth is they are WILD animals. You take a risk whenever you enter their world.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • UmmDuh

      Well, thanks for that educational bit of information, sharks are wild animals. Who knew?

      August 19, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. manda81305

    THATS SUCH B.S.!!!! They're going to kill a shark because he's looking for food and mistaken people for seals? How do they even know they will be killing the right shark??? Stories like this just tick me off to no end. Sharks are already on the edge of being endangered yet were just going to kill some random shark because two people got bit...totally annoys me!!

    August 19, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelddd

      come on? you gotta kill him to set an example to all the sharks out there,

      August 19, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • SciGuy

      They kill us, we kill them...your problem?

      August 19, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • SciGuy

      We are much more efficient. One shark will serve as hundreds of meals for humans, whereas the shark gets one, maybe two meals out of the human. I'm rooting for the humans in this battle.

      August 19, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. alain

    In Reunion island Indian Ocean sharks have killed twice in a month, In Seychelles Indian ocean Sharks have killed twioce in a fortnight , what the hell does that mean.Killing sharks probably isn't the solution but telling man is invading their space is stupid.Then where could man live ? Not in a forest not in the sea not in acities tezll me where may he go then ?It is too easy to say man kills everything animals do the same betrween themselves;

    August 19, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. SheZA-ManEater

    Primal Eating-Killing machine – 2 arms for breakfast, 2 legs for lunch – and please just leave me alone!

    August 19, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • carl

      and then a torso or two for din din

      August 19, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. steven

    Leave the shark alone, they are already basically an endangered species from fishing them, overfishing there food supply. Sharks are deadly but only because nature and evolution have perfected this magnificient species.

    I don't swim in the oceans for one main reason, sharks, not that im scared of them, but I do respect them and there natural instincts.

    If you want to hunt down and exterminate sharks, go hunt for some CEO's, those are the dangerous ones.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tonelok

    @Dan Holiday
    And how many weeks did Bush spend at his ranch while at war? Your an idiot. The guy was making a joke and suddenly it was an attack against the GOP? You guys are so serious and have no fun.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. svscnn

    Ah'll find 'im fer three. But ah'll ketch 'im 'n kill 'im fer ten.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Marylyn

    I am pleased to see how many comments were posted in the sharks defense.It is so true that the human response to any living creature that interrupts our existence is to kill it.When will we realize that the world around us is not ours alone.It is the humans that are constantly polluting the waters that fish,whales,coral,turtles and seabirds habitat..It is the air,soil and environment that humans are polluting with oil and chemical spills,raw sewage,industrial dumping etc.Yet we feel that it is ok to eradicate by any means possible,any other non human species that dares to interfere with our existence.Arrogance at its best.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. carl

    it may develop a taste for vodka.... thats why they gotta kill it. i hope it takes some of those ruskies out that are hunting it...let nature be!!!

    August 19, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. notborncynical

    I agree with most of the comments made here about the danger of swimming in the sharks environment. I don't agree with killing the shark, how do they know which one did it.? I've seen situations like this in the past turn into a shark killing frenzy. Why are people so surprised when some idiot gets bitten by a shark in the ocean? Of course it's going to happen. Stay out of the water!

    August 19, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Quint

    Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish! Not like going down to the pond and chasing bluegills and tommycod. This shark, swallow ya whole.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • carl

      its gonna mame ya first and let ya bleed and die then it'll come eat ya. bite first!

      August 19, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. Eli

    Islamic Shark

    August 19, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
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