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. Matthew

    It is a sad story and I pray for the healing and full recovery of the victims, and for miracles of freedom of paralysis and disability in their lives, and for their loved ones and families/friends. What is up with that Jaws comment below?

    August 19, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Coolio


    August 19, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tromso

    Too bad it wasn't Putin !

    August 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikhail

      You mean, too bad it wasn't you. Ignorant fool.

      August 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tom Jones

    I don't understand when experts say they are putting together a team to find the shark and kill it. The shark is only doing what is natural in THEIR own environment. It's not like sharks are coming onto the streets and biting people in OUR environment. There is always a risk when humans go into environments where we are not top predators.I wish a speedy recovery for the victims of course, but we do have to realize the ocean belongs to sea life, not to us.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angelusaxon

      Totally agree...let the shark be.

      August 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trolly McDoogle

      I'm pretty sure that they will need a bigger boat...

      August 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Denzig

    Bad, bad shark! You kill things(sometimes people) for food. You will be judged someday you bad shark! You should learn to kill things like humans do, for greed, for power, for fun. You very bad shark. No one is innocent. And you're next bears, until you can learn to act like a human and kill someone for their cellphone you are worthless.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chase

      Don't forget about killer bees!!!

      August 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • just_shaking_head

      It is ridiculous to hunt this creature down and kill it. The ironic thing is, if it were a human predator, it would be sentenced to a few years and subsequently released early due to prison over- crowding, since it didn't kill the determination to destroy it was ever rationally justified to even one human, muchless a group, is beyond my comprehension...sheer foolishness.

      August 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. liwingnut

    Hooper drives the boat Chief.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobby

    The Russian still trying to out do Americans. Your not suppose to Hill Billy hand fish with sharks.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. libcircus

    Sharkfin soup, anyone?

    August 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. PoconoPhil

    It's Obama's fault!

    August 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. zlul

    Not as bad as the story from Siberia about the girl who called her mom screaming for help for nearly an hour while a mother brown bear and its three cubs ate her alive.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NipponReptilian

    These two sharks are hired by ILLUMINATI cabal to attack Russia becuase their ICBM failed to reach Russia. This is completely New World Order. Watch Youtube "Reptilian Hulk Hogan" to learn New World Order. Enjoy!

    August 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. J

    we eat them, they eat us. im perfectly fine with that arrangement

    August 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat2u

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |

    I LIKED that movie with burt reynolds = shark's machine...

    August 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. wow

    wow, so many dumb comments. i guess none of you righteous peta crowd have ever gone swimming in the sea. two young people were badly injured, don't know what's there to laugh or gloat about.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
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