INJURED – Terramar Beach, Carlsbad, California, US – 25 August 2009 – swimmer attacked
Bethany Edmund (age not reported) was swimming about 100 metres offshore of Terramar Beach, near Carlsbad, California, US, when she was bitten on the left foot and leg by what is thought to have been a juvenile great white. She received minor injuries and bruising and didn’t require hospitalisation. The incident occurred on Tuesday, 25 August 2009.
She told San Diego News:
"I felt a sharp pinching pain on my foot.” She thought she had kicked the reef.
"I started swimming sideways on my side and that’s when I got hit for the third time, about 30 seconds after I started swimming and that one propelled me about a foot out of the water."
The shark took another bite on her calf.
"I went and caught the next wave and I felt the same sharp pain on my calf, but this time I got pulled down and shaken around for four or five seconds and I accidently kicked it and it let me go and to that point I was in waist-high water and I started running," said Edmund.
A shark expert said Edmund’s bright-green toenail polish might have triggered the attack.