"Jaws - the sequel" hits Russia`s Far East
A second shark attack in two days has rocked Russia`s Primorye region, with the deadly fish savaging a 16-year-old on Thursday.
ЄThe incident occurred in daytime on Zheltukhin island in the Khasanky district of Primorsky Region, Interfax news agency reported.
The teenager managed to fight the shark off and escape with his life, but suffered several laceration wounds to the hip, with an artery being severed.
The victim received first aid on the beach and was transferred to hospital in the region`s main city, Vladivostok, by boat.
The teenager`s life is not currently in danger, and no further details of the circumstances of the attack or the species of shark have been released.
It was the second shark attack in Primorye within the last 24 hours. On Wednesday evening, the predator ripped the hands from a 25-year-old man.
Officials have banned swimming along the entire coastline of Khasanky district as an emergency measure.
Several types of man-eating shark inhabit the Sea of Japan, including the hammerhead and blue shark, but they are rare visitors to Russian shores.
According to WWF representative Konstantin Zgurovsky, the appearance of sharks off Primorye may be related to changes in the migration routes of their prey, brought about by climate change.