Sunday, March 29, 2009
Mike Spalding was about 11 miles into his nighttime Alenuihaha Channel crossing when the attempt was cut short by a bite from a cookiecutter shark. This shark, only about 20" tops, is known for taking deep round bites out of seals, dolphins, tuna. It mistook Mike for a tasty snack. He thinks perhaps the lights from his support boats attracted other snacks, and he just got in the way. He made the record books, but not in the way he intended--he's the first living human to have been bitten by this shark.
Photo: Maui News