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. usul idiot

    Kill all fish then we can all go swimming in the marianna trench safely.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Going In Circles

    Cage goes in the water
    you go in the water
    shark in the water............
    Hears to swimmin with bow legged wimmen..........

    August 19, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Big Mowma

      The head, the tail, the whole damn thing....

      August 19, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Bettyboop

      "You all know me, you all know how I earn a livin"

      August 19, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      You want your shark, I'll get you your shark.

      August 19, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • B

      Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies....farewell and adieu you ladies of Spain.....

      August 19, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Big Mowma

      Show me the way to go home. I'm tired and I wanna go to bed! I had a little drink about an hour ago and it went right to my head!

      August 19, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Quint

      And, you know, the thing about a shark... he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living... until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'.

      August 19, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Ttommy

      We're gonna need a bigger boat

      August 19, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Nuisance

      ROFLMAO!!

      August 19, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris R.

      Awesome comments!! U should all be commended for knowledge, style, and for dropping some if the most memorable quotes. I would just add... You're gonna need a bigger boat.

      August 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pdiddy

    "Authorities were putting together a team to find and kill the suspect shark" Why do we feel the need to kill the shark for doing exactly what it naturally does? Just because it attached humans we need to kill it? This is something I've never understood about animal attacks.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Because we like to think of ouselves as an apex predator, oh, and we can think...not just act on instinct. Although, it is quite instinctual to kill things that try to kill you. If we think about it too much we end up lunch, maybe not a bit bite, maybe just a munch. I wouldn't want to end up in the next monster's jaws, people like you will use this as an excuse to make new laws.

      August 19, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • kristi

      THANK YOU!!!! I get it if a bear or something starts breaking into homes-that's a little too close for comfort. But if you go into their "home" then you take that chance. And the odds they'll kill that exact shark-a million to one. easy! So stupid! And I love these stories–cause normally they do not tell you what that person was doing at the time of the attack. When I lived in Florida and there was an attack it made huge news cause it was a kid, what they didn't publish is that he was fishing in water up to his waist with a bait bag tied to his belt. Important information left out.

      August 19, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • JP

      Exactly ... we are in "it's" environment ... they are now going to to go out randomly and kill every shark they see and still will not get the one that did what it is meant to do. I feel bad for the people injured. But it is not the shark's fault. People can be just so ignorant ...

      August 19, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • yeah!

      they kill em, cause they remember easy prey. they ain't stupid. Same reason they put down any animal that crosses the line.

      August 19, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Cascade Animal Hospital

      The reasoning behind euthanizing/hunting/destroying animals that have attacked humans, is because once they've shown aggression towards humans, it's likely to continue. They obviously contained the initial drive to attack, which would only be reinforced after their encounter with humans.

      Sharks don't "naturally" attack humans, in the sense that we're not their natural prey – this shark did, indicating an abnormal behavior (whether due to a changed environment, or some other individual issue in this animal). After two attacks it's also possibly developed an instinct to view humans as a source of food, putting it an an increased risk for future attacks; more so than it did prior to these initial attacks.

      August 19, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      pdiddy you are so right....... next thing you know they will start hunts after someone is stuck by a bee lol

      August 19, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Cascade Animal Hospital – I understand your thought in euthanizing an animal with a complex thought process that endangers humans in our living areas. But what is being done here with a million year old species that are nearly autonomous is a shame . Based on what we know of their evolution the White sharks brain has downsized through the years to function as a living being that takes what it needs for survival, a minimalist. 2nd we are entering into their area which is clearly different than say a bear coming into your house .

      http://www.elasmo-research.org/education/white_shark/structure_brain.htm

      August 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. IDIOT

    (Russian accent) Big shark eat friend ...i killl fish ... i stupid ...i destroy ecosystem .

    The question of the day is : How long can this planet sustain human stupidity?

    August 19, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      You are an idiot

      August 19, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kat

    This was nothing more than a sad, unfortunate incident. No one can blame the shark for searching where he lives for food. Over fishing in waters has taken away many food sources that sharks rely on. I doubt that they will find the exact shark responsible, but they'll find one and kill it just the same. Sad.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. John

    To everyone trumpeting about global warming, white sharks are temperate creatures. They prefer cool water and can be found in the chilly waters off Nova Scotia and South Africa. While global warming may be real, this is not evidence.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    They might need a bigger boat...

    August 19, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jaxx

    Lots of great whites in our area in Cape Cod this summer...beaches in Chatham closed. No one has been attacked "yet" and I can't imagine folks around here would go looking for any shark that did attack someone to kill it. Whats up with these Russians????

    August 19, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. soviet russia!

    in soviet russia, shark eats you!

    August 19, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Nichole

    I think the shark in the picture is ganster. If you look closely at it, it looks like something is tattooed on it's snout. Does it say Viv la France? I can't tell.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chris HOnry

    We need a bigger boat!

    August 19, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • FedUp

      Good one!

      August 19, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Karina

    Why would you kill the shark? How will they know that it's the correct shark? This is the most absurd thing I've ever heard. If you don't want to risk an attack with a shark...don't go in the ocean people!! That's their domain. If you choose to go in, the chances of you being attacked are worse than getting hit by lightning. We swim with sharks all the time and don't know it. It's rare, even for the bigger sharks, to attack humans.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. FedUp

    We live on land and water is for fun. Sharks live in water and land is for... containing the water. They don't invade our space, yet we feel compelled to kill them when we invade their space. If you don't want to be eaten by a big fish, don't go swimming with the big fish!

    August 19, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. Borat

    ahhh yes. My brother Ananatoli have #2 largest Seals in all of Russia. Shark confuse poor boys as delicious seal.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Iceman

    Stab a shark in the eyes- it is the most vulnerable place in its body.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Newmoon2

      Pretty hard to do when it's taken both your arms at the elbows!

      August 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
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