A long distance swimmer was attacked by great white shark off the coast of Manhattan Beach, Calif., on Saturday. According to a Sunday report on the LA Times, the male victim, Steven Robles, a 50-year-old Realtor, only sustained a single bite to his right rib cage. He was rescued by swimmers and taken to the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he is currently listed in stable condition.
The victim was swimming near the pier where a fishermen was battling a great white shark that had been fighting wildly on the line for 45 minutes. The shark had taken the anchovies and sardine offered as bait, but the law prohibits pulling a great white shark from the water. They did not cut the line right away because of the proximity of swimmers.
A lifeguard stated that the shark was agitated at the time of the attack, and it could possibly be characterized as a type of accident. The fisherman eventually cut the line, and the shark swam away. There were two miles of beaches closed while authorities managed to lure the shark to deeper waters.
This shark attack might not have taken place absent the fisherman's hook. Readers can determine for themselves whether it was provoked or unprovoked. According to the International Shark Attacks File, part of the Florida Museum of Natural History, there were 125 incidences of shark- human interaction around the world in 2013. Out of the 125 incidents, 72 incidents have been labeled as unprovoked attacks. This means it happened in the shark’s natural habitat without any human provocation. There were 10 fatalities resulting from unprovoked attacks reported in 2013.
It is indeed reasonable to question why an inexperienced swimmer was swimming near the pier. While shark attacks there are rare, shark sightings are not. The swimmer endangered not only his own life but the life of those who risked their own to rescue him and help get him the medical care he required. There have also been questions about the actions of the fishermen who were fishing on the pier that day, but no charges have been filed.