Teenager Bitten Hand By Shark Near Catalina Island
A 15-year-old boy was bitten in the hand by a shark on Wednesday morning while kayaking off Santa Catalina Island, authorities said.
The boy, who was attending a scout camp, was with his father when their kayak was struck by what was believed to be a shark of unknown type or size, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said in a press release.
“During the meeting, the boy had put his hand in the water” and was bitten, the spokesman of the rescuer Pono Barnes told the fire department.
The Boy Scouts of America said the boy was near Emerald Bay camp when he received a non-life threatening bite.
A camp doctor and paramedic treated the boy and he was airlifted to a hospital in stable condition for surgery, authorities said.
It was the first shark-related injury in his Emerald Bay camp’s nearly 100-year history, the Boy Scouts said.
The Boy Scouts said a morning boat check of the waters before the incident did not reveal any danger. Water activities at the camp have now been canceled, the organization said.
Rescuers also cleaned and closed off part of the ocean for 24 hours.
Shark attacks are extremely rare in California, but Dr. Chris Lowe, a shark expert at California State University Long Beach, told KABC-TV that great white sharks have been spotted in the Catalina area.
The shark involved in the attack was likely a juvenile, he added.
“By the time they’re 2-3 years old… they’re 7 or 8 feet long,” he said. “They will start to venture into islands like Catalina and the Channel Islands.”