Fatal attack by a juvenile tiger shark on a kitesurfer in New Caledonia

paper3Published online on 30. April 2014

Fatal attack by a juvenile tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier, on a kitesurfer in New Caledonia (South Pacific)

Eric Clua, Pierre-Marie Bescond, Dennis Reid


We present a case of a non-provoked fatal shark attack on a 15-year old male kitesurfer in New Caledonia. The victim lost his board and was pulled by the sail along the water surface in a reef passage when a shark attacked. The shark inflicted at least two bites on the left leg, including a severe one around the knee, resulting in a quick hypovolemic shock that was fatal. The analysis of one of these bites indicated that a 2.8 m TL (est. length) tiger shark was responsible for this attack. The features of the attack are consistent with those of a predator response to a surface feeding stimulus.

Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, DOI: 10.1016/j.jflm.2014.04.005
Short communication (In Press Accepted Manuscript)



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