Surfer Bitten By A “Shark” In British Colombia

Something is a bit, ahem, fishy here. Kaitlin Dakers was having her first go at surfing in the small BC town of Tofino when she lost her balance and fell in the water. She then surfaced with a bunch of blood around her and a torn up finger. Problem is, there aren’t too many species of shark in those waters, and the one that is prevalent, salmon sharks, aren’t known to be aggressive or bite humans. Could it be that the fin sliced her? Or, have salmon sharks taken a liking to the flesh of pasty Canadian chicks? Read below for more…

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A Vancouver Island woman believes a shark bit off part of her finger in B.C. waters while she was trying to surf for the first time. Kaitlin Dakers, 23, of Campbell River, was in Tofino earlier this month when the apparent attack happened.

“I went to jump on my board, and I lost my balance and I fell in the water. And when I went to grab my surfboard, I realized there was a lot of blood in the water,” Dakers said. Dakers was taken to hospital in Campbell River, thinking the rope tethering her to the board caused the damage, but her doctor said that’s not possible. “The doctor said, ‘This looks like a bite,’” said Dakers.

Dakers believes she was attacked by a salmon shark, which is found in B.C. waters. But Nick Dulvy, a University of British Columbia professor and co-chair of an international group of shark specialists, is skeptical. “There has never been a shark attack in Canadian waters and there’s never been a shark attack by this species,” Dulvy said.

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Salmon Shark

A salmon shark becomes dinner for one shaka-throwing kayaker. Photo courtesy