VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Marine biologists say they are puzzled by a second shark attack in 24 hours off Russia’s Far East coast after a teenager was bitten.
The shark attacked the 16-year-old Thursday near Zheltukhin Island, inflicting injuries to his legs, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.
He was taken to a hospital in Vladivostok.
“The young man’s flippers and wetsuit saved him from death. Some 20 meters (60 feet) off the coast, the shark grabbed the man’s legs, but the wetsuit served as a protective covering,” doctors said.
It was the second shark attack in 24 hours, after a 25-year-old man lost both hands in a shark attack in Telyakovsky Bay in the Far Eastern Primorye Territory Wednesday.
Dangerous sharks are not normally found that far north in the Sea of Japan, Russian scientists said.
“Usually sharks attack people because of a lack of their normal food, or because they are in groups with lots of other sharks which are feeding,” a marine biologist at Moscow University said.
“We have also observed a tendency recently for animals to move to regions where they have not been seen before. No one really knows why. This shark would have had to go a long way north to turn up in this area,” he said.