Shark Rampages off Russian Coast

Attacks are first in region's history

Aug 19, 2011
Outside Magazine

Two people were seriously injured this week in what are believed to be the first-ever shark attacks on Russia's Pacific coast. The first attack occured on Wednesday when a 25-year-old man lost both his hands and lower arms to a shark while swimming with his wife at a beach in Primorsky Krai, on Russia's southeastern coast. On Thursday, the second victim, a 16-year-old boy, sustained severe bite wounds to his legs. Authorities suspect the same great white shark was responsible for both incidents. A third attack was rumored but not confirmed on Friday. "[The sharks] come here for food. When there is a shortage of their common food–fish and squid–they swim here searching for bigger food," Russian Academy of Science biologist Alexander Sokolovsky told Pravda. "Maybe the shark took those two people for seals." Others have speculated that warmer than usual waters or over fishing have driven sharks into the region. Local authorities have post swim warnings and are gathering a team to find the shark in question.

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