Shark attacks can be one of the most feared occurrences for ocean goers, or basically, anyone scared of swimming in any body of water. Even kids in pools can get scared that they might run into the toothy fish. In reality, actually getting attacked by a shark is surprisingly uncommon. It’s rare o even run into a wild shark when visiting a body of water, and even if you do, a shark isn’t always likely to attack. However, when the sharks do decide to take it to a fighting level, the results can be pretty gruesome. Click through to see 18 of the worst shark attacks in recorded history.
#18 Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Hamilton was just 13 years old when she was attacked by a 14-foot Tiger Shark. She was lounging around lying on her surfboard, when suddenly, out of nowhere, a shark came up and bit off her arm that she had hanging in the water. Luckily she survived and went on to be one of the top ten professional female surfers in the world.
#17 Shirley Ann Durdin
Shirley Ann Durdin’s shark attack story might be one of the saddest on the list. She was vacationing in Australia with her family when she was attacked in just seven-foot water by a great white shark. The shark ripped her to pieces in front of her family, leaving only her torso behind. Before rescuers made it to the scene, the shark came back and ate her torso as well.
#16 Rodney Fox
Rodney Fox is one of the most notable shark attack survivors. In 1963, at just 13 years old, Rodney was attacked by a great white who grabbed him on his side. The shark punctured his lungs and diaphragm, dragged him across the ocean floor, and charged him twice, leaving him for dead. Rodney survived and managed to stab both of the shark’s eyes! He went on to create the first shark observation tank.
#15 USS Indianapolis
In 1945, a U.S. warship was torpedoed in two, causing it to crash into the ocean, leaving 900 sailors stranded in the Pacific. As if that wasn’t enough, the stranded soldiers were also attacked by sharks for the next five days while they awaited rescue. A crew of 900 men became less than 300 survivors of both an attack by enemies and by sharks.
#14 Steven Robles
Steven Robles was swimming in the ocean among other competitive swimmers when he came face to face with a shark as it crunched right into his chest. Luckily, Steven was able to punch the shark in the nose and get it to leave. Moments before, a fisherman caught the shark on a fishing line in an effort to stall the beast so swimmers could escape, however, it seems he didn’t scare it off long enough.