Balian beach in Bali. A shark atacked a surfer and damaged his hand, provoking also a fracture.
Balian in Northoest of Bali shall start to be a concern for the surfers and tourists that usually enjoy baths in those waters. That place is populated by Bull Sharks, according to some witnesses and by the atacks that have been happening there since 2010.
Last morning shark atack was reported by Twiggy Van Ryan that wrote in his facebook “Empty line line up. It was a bit weird being about half a kilometre out and already had my board “bumped” then hearing someone closer in had been bitten! Turns out he was a paramedic, damaged hand and a fracture also. Big thanks to Brett (Big Bird) Hodge for all the tips back in the day about keeping ya heart rate steady, it was a long paddle in from 500m out to sea”
Despite Bali have been known by no sharks atacks, untill a few years ago, there is a agressive specie os shark that always populated Indonesian Waters - the Bull Shark. This animal is the responsible by the biggest part of the shark atack episodes in the world.
* Every day we can see lot's of sharks captured in Bali.
About the Bull Shark:
The bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas), also known as the Zambezi shark or, unofficially, as Zambi in Africa and Nicaragua shark in Nicaragua, is a requiem shark commonly found worldwide in warm, shallow waters along coasts and in rivers. The bull shark is known for its aggressive nature, predilection for warm shallow water, and presence in brackish and freshwater systems including estuaries and rivers.
Bull sharks can thrive in both saltwater and freshwater and can travel far up rivers. They have been known to travel as far up the Mississippi River as Illinois, although there have been few recorded freshwater human-shark interactions. They are probably responsible for the majority of near-shore shark attacks, including many bites attributed to other species.
Bali Shark Attacks reports, the Database:
So the best way is stay away from the mouth of streams or rivers - this time of year the number of streams dumping into the ocean expands due to the heavy rain.
The video below show shark activity in Balian, in a normal day with lots of surfers in the water, that don't realize what's happening near them.