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May 7th, 2013
08:54 AM ET

Teen surfer Michael Adler recounts surviving shark attack on foot; 'grateful' to anonymous stranger who helped save his foot

A teen surfer swam for his life after a shark bit down on his foot in Central Florida over the weekend. Sixteen-year-old Michael Adler shares his story on "Starting Point" this morning.

“As soon as it did a little head shake when it had my the foot, I knew it was a shark,” Michael says about the attack. He immediately put the injured foot above water and started paddling to shore before he noticed a “pretty big gash.”

A stranger on the beach helped treat Michael’s wound with a tourniquet made of his surfboard leash on the scene, a move doctors' say saved his foot. “I'm very grateful for the guy,” Michael says. “We tried tracking him down, but we couldn't find him. And no one really knows who he was.”

Already, Michael is ready to reenter the water. "When I was sitting there, I could see the perfect waves breaking,” Michael says. “I really wanted to go back in.”

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March 25th, 2013
10:44 AM ET

Great white shark attack caught on tape – swimmer describes 'freak' encounter

Two divers off the coast of South Africa experienced quite an encounter with a great white shark that was way, way too close for comfort.

The shark swam right up to their diving cage, rammed hits he had through the bars, then flexed its jaw muscles. You don't want the sharks to do that. It was all caught on video, and thankfully no one was hurt.

The man who shot this incredible video, Bryan Plummer, talks to John Berman and Christine Romans on "Starting Point" to describe seeing what could have been a deadly shark encounter.


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August 20th, 2012
12:14 PM ET

62-year-old Diana Nyad's fourth attempt at historical swim from Cuba to Florida

Long distance swimmer Diana Nyad is making a fourth attempt at swimming the historic crossing from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida. As of Sunday evening, the 62-year-old had completed nearly 28 miles according to her blog. The trip, which is expected to take Nyad 60 hours to complete, covers a total of 103 miles from Cuba to Key West, Florida.

This morning on “Starting Point” Mark Sollinger, the operational director of Team Nyad gave a live update on Nyad’s status and condition. Sollinger says Nyad is doing well but has “experienced a lot of jellyfish... experienced several stings...but she did the Diana Nyad thing and powered through it.”


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July 9th, 2012
03:31 PM ET

Great white shark attacks kayak

Pelagic Shark Research Foundation's Sean Van Sommeran on details of a great white shark attacked on a man in a kayak.


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