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5 Unbelievable Shark Attacks That Actually Happened

September 15, 2019

The SS Cape San Juan was a US troop transport torpedoed by a Japanese sub while unescorted enroute to Australia during WWII. An SOS was sent with the message “torpedoed, ship sinking fast” before the radio was inexplicably ordered destroyed. As the ship slowly listed into the Pacific, her crew and 1,340 passengers leapt overboard in life jackets and rafts. With no radio, it took a Navy flying boat until night to locate the burning ship, and a rescue was delayed until dawn… …when, flying in low, they noticed 2 packs of sharks with 25-30 sharks each were menacing the survivors in the oily water. To “occupy” the sharks, the PBY5’s Air Gunner let loose with his browning machine gun and armor piercing bullets. Wounded sharks reportedly flung themselves out of the water before falling back in a bloody mess to be devoured by the pack. Approximately 115 sailors drowned or had been picked off by the sharks while clinging to their rafts overnight. In 1985, Shirley Ann Durdin was snorkelling in only 7 ft (2.1 m) of water in Australia’s Peake Bay… …when she was viciously struck by a great white shark that was so powerful, it ripped her in half. The gory scene was witnessed by her husband and 4 children who watched helplessly from the shore… …as the 20-ft (6 m) long great white left only Durdin’s headless torso bobbing up and down in the water. Rescuers attempted to retrieve the gruesome remains, but could not reach them before the shark returned for its leftovers. The incident is thought to be the first Australian shark attack by a man-eater that actually devoured its victim. After the 1942 Battle of Java, some Australian and British troops headed to the hills to form a guerrilla resistance. An enraged Kempeitai hunted down and rounded up nearly 200 of the soldiers for imprisonment and torture. The Japanese secret police force then packed the soldiers into 1 m long (3 ft) cages built to transport pigs… …and reportedly paraded the “dirty animals” around before sending them by rail to waiting boats on the coast. Witnesses at a war crimes trial recalled seeing the cages stacked on top of each other as the ships headed off to sea. Off the coast of Surabaya, the cages full of soldiers were then cast overboard into shark infested waters. It is said that those who didn’t drown were eaten alive, as the sharks broke open the cages for their meal. In 1916, the Jersey Shore was overflowing with people trying to escape a heatwave and a polio epidemic in the north east. But rather than avoiding danger, they were plunging into the hunting ground of a young great white shark learning to kill. It started with an attack on Charles Vansant, who was dragged to the shore by lifeguards but bled to death on a hotel desk As 3 more people were killed and 1 injured in the jaws of the Jersey man-eater, sensationalized panic set in… …and shark hunters hit the seas with rifles and dynamite while steel nets were erected to protect the beaches. Attacks finally ended when Michael Schleisser killed the shark with a broken oar as it tried to sink his boat. The 7.5 ft (2.3 m), 325 lb (147 kg) shark was found to be full of “suspicious fleshy material and bones” identified as human. When the USS Indianapolis was split in half by Japanese torpedoes in July 1945, its problems were only just beginning… …as the 900 men on board soon discovered that the water was filled with hundreds of circling oceanic whitetip sharks. The rescue operation didn’t arrive until 4 days later, by which time 579 men were dead, many devoured by the sharks. Sailors recalled the nightmarish dread of dehydrated hallucinations and feeling the bumps of probing sharks in the dark. Survivor Woody James said, “Everything would be quiet and then you’d hear somebody scream and you knew a shark had got him”… …and Loel Dean Cox recalled, “Thank goodness, there were lots of dead people floating in the area” to satisfy the sharks.


  • Reply 1scott921 July 16, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Much more gruesome would be a video about worst human attacks on sharks.

  • Reply Jermain Allen July 16, 2017 at 5:06 am

    I have a sharkphobeia but here I am 😧😧

  • Reply M Smith July 17, 2017 at 4:08 am

    What a terrible vid in every way. Oh..Dark5, that's why it's shit.

  • Reply Chris Clover July 20, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    The 1916 attacks were NOT a Great White! They were one or more Bull Sharks!!!!

  • Reply cydneedmeds s July 23, 2017 at 7:12 am

    ocean man, take me by the hand

  • Reply dread. by.nature July 25, 2017 at 8:03 pm


  • Reply J Salsa July 25, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Face revel

  • Reply Linda Isabel Vasquez July 26, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Their nose is the weakest part of a shark so if you are attacked by a shark if you can hit him hard on the nose.

  • Reply Santiago Ft Cheese August 5, 2017 at 12:44 am

    At least put happy music >:/

  • Reply Dubble REGnarok - August 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Sharks can do nothing, or leave you a bloody mess…

  • Reply Millionaire Souls September 5, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    What's that song?

  • Reply Jacobus Stefanus van der Vyver September 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    All of these were believable and non interesting- dislike

  • Reply Frederick Kasanda September 8, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    The Japanese were ruthless back then, why can they unleash there furry the way they used to do back then on North Korea. What happened?

  • Reply Randolph Mantooth September 12, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Cuz sharks are naughty by nature not cause they hate ya

  • Reply Allison Wallace September 16, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    It was not a Great White at the Jersey Shore. It was a Bullshark. They why it was able to attack in the river.

  • Reply Young Breezy16 September 21, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Kill anything that harms us on purpose not just for fun

  • Reply Shark fan of the sea September 26, 2017 at 2:11 am

    looks at watch. OH BOY LUNCH TIME

  • Reply Angel Storm September 28, 2017 at 8:28 pm


  • Reply SuZet Rides an Andalusian September 29, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Get a Narrator. Having to read is a pain because I listen while doing chores and click out of sites that want to make me read when I'm busy.

  • Reply j b September 30, 2017 at 3:34 am

    It is said…..? Was it a medieval legend?

  • Reply Rusty Patterson September 30, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    When I heard that sharks may go extinct I think it's a good idea they have no place on earth with humans in fact all animals that deadly should be caged up and used for food

  • Reply Fina Ventura October 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    I don't like reading

  • Reply Millie Sandor October 5, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Most sharks only attack if you give them a reason to.

  • Reply Steve Guzman October 6, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Holy Fucking Saakee that Pig Basket thing was hardcore

  • Reply Nate October 8, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Lol bro

  • Reply Darryl Bernard October 9, 2017 at 8:15 am

    New Jersey was probably two sharks,not one. A Great White at the beach and a bull in the creek. Great Whites have never been known to spend much time at all in even brackish water.

  • Reply Christopher Colón October 13, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Is there a source for the image at 2:40 uncensored?

  • Reply burntpiece oftoast October 14, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I dig the music.

  • Reply Haylee Harris October 22, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Nothing tap it on the nose

  • Reply Robinson Paonam October 22, 2017 at 8:42 am

    O my God

  • Reply Douglas Ripsom October 22, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I know this is late, but has anyone yet mentioned the Matawan Creek maneater?

  • Reply Ashlyn Daulton October 25, 2017 at 12:20 am

    I scared now

  • Reply Jarrett Isaacs October 25, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Who else thought the music was annoying

  • Reply Naruto One November 1, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Im really scery wen sharks attacks me:(

  • Reply RavnDream November 6, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    "Durrrrrrrr sharks don't eat people! Sharks are completely harmless and friendly! Sharks are more afraid of you than you are afraid of them! Sharks eat seaweed and tofu!" Omg vegans shut the fuck up.

  • Reply Matt Johnston November 10, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Dark5, nice choice of music for background.

  • Reply Gabby R November 15, 2017 at 1:35 am

    I hate sharks

  • Reply Loni Marshall November 15, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    love to watch this stuff

  • Reply AngryKitty November 25, 2017 at 5:35 am

    This was a particularly great video. Your music really sets the mood. Oh and the weapon I’d want to use against a shark is a wasp knife.

  • Reply TheEmeraldTV November 27, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Lol 4 is so fake

  • Reply TheEmeraldTV November 27, 2017 at 2:19 am

    A shark struck someone. Is shark lightning?

  • Reply TheEmeraldTV November 27, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Sharks don't eat peole

  • Reply DJ Day December 5, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    I am so interested in sharks

  • Reply J Chung December 26, 2017 at 10:04 pm


  • Reply J Chung December 26, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    You are poop

  • Reply J Chung December 26, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Im not gonna Watch your ulgy vids

  • Reply J Chung December 26, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    I wish your dead

  • Reply J Chung December 26, 2017 at 10:10 pm


  • Reply TheEmeraldTV December 29, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Hey kid, tell your parents to buy you a bigger boat

  • Reply SM January 1, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    As opposed to five unbelievable shark attacks that didn't happen.

  • Reply Serena beers January 2, 2018 at 4:10 am

    I watched this cuz i thought it was gonna show a shark attack on tape

  • Reply joe arias January 3, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Seems like animals had their fair share of casualties during WWII between the 3 shark stories in this vid to one of the worst recorded crocodile attacks eating an estimated 1000 Japanese soldiers, to stories of wolves and the Russians, Tigers and the South Pacific, snakes, poisonous insects and mosquitos also in Asia and Elephant stampedes in North Africa.

  • Reply Nicholas Death January 6, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Sharks broke open their cages. That’s BS! why didn’t they sink? They soldiers would have drowned if they were inside a cage thrown overboard.

  • Reply Lynn Kayee January 7, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Screaming over the Jersey one getting killed by a broken oar as people patrolled with guns and dynamite!

  • Reply Ausin Bentley Chappin January 26, 2018 at 12:54 am

    damn sharks killed a woman in front of her kids F#@! Dem Sharks

  • Reply Fan of Savvytv from LPS:bad boys & leather jackets February 27, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Why do sharks eat PEOPLE😣

  • Reply Battlecruiser Анжи Сурия March 15, 2018 at 8:17 am

    The music are perfect.

  • Reply Marcus Mattern April 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Could you have picked a more annoying song? Holy Shit.

  • Reply Apples April 26, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    These stories are brutal, but I hope people realize that sharks aren't like mindless killing machines. Every year, more people are killed by land predators, like bears or even dogs.

    Sharks naturally investigate when a ship sinks, or a larger animal like a whale is clearly about to die, but under normal circumstances they almost always avoid people.

  • Reply Cheska Baby April 30, 2018 at 1:23 am


  • Reply David Moore May 2, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    The Jersey Shore attacks were by a Bull Shark (and potentially several), not a Great White. How much of the rest of this video is bullshit?

  • Reply DeenanTheKemon I May 7, 2018 at 9:06 am

    As the sharks 'broke open the cages for their meal?' … What?

  • Reply cneddy22 May 20, 2018 at 3:35 am

    What about the bull shark that killed people in a fresh water river in NJ I believe

  • Reply urusmomus gayus May 22, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Why the fuck am i watching this? Its scary as fuck.

  • Reply Amit Kumar May 24, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    How would the survivors felt in real?

  • Reply Leah Miller May 30, 2018 at 4:51 am

    i would have a fucking speargun

  • Reply sta. maria family May 31, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    That shark so scary😱😱😱😱

  • Reply Brandon Ohara June 5, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    These are all bad but the second one is just downright awful

  • Reply Carly McConnell June 13, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    that is really sorry

  • Reply Xx_Sunlight12345 YT June 17, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    If a shark tried to attack me ‘I would summon Godzilla to eat it’

  • Reply Super Awesome Peanut Dyer July 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Cool cat

  • Reply sally the wlof July 8, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Not going to the ocean ever

  • Reply Hexagon July 16, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Damn, the dude at #2 who killed the shark with a boat oar is a real savage considering that most people can't even kill a shark with a gun, at least in the movies.

  • Reply Kp Derailed July 20, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    #2 was thought to actually be a bull shark by experts today as it actually did the majority of it's killing in a fresh water Creek/river called Mattawa I believe.
    Bulls are well known for taking excursions up river.

  • Reply Dakota Oliver Budgell July 22, 2018 at 2:13 am

    A ax

  • Reply RandomGD July 26, 2018 at 9:10 am

    This music is awesome!!!!

  • Reply Vienna Shu August 5, 2018 at 8:51 pm


  • Reply Kojii Naz August 20, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Meanwhile, about 100 million sharks are killed by humans each year, for the delicacy of shark-fin soup, etc.
    Humans are the mass-killing monsters.

  • Reply Dany K September 17, 2018 at 1:23 pm


  • Reply Ryan B October 23, 2018 at 9:20 am

    The Shirley Ann Durdin one has me shoooook

  • Reply Mighty Boosh November 15, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Everything in Australia is trying to kill you

  • Reply Livienne Russellia November 25, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Here’s a fact about sharks did you know shark don’t like to eat people they just making a mistake if they eat a people they will just throw up people that they eat

  • Reply Craig Graves November 27, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    One very very bad way to die. Torn to bits by SHARKS

  • Reply Nazema Peru December 5, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Lol sooooo funny

  • Reply Charles Harmon December 13, 2018 at 4:38 am

    The Japanese were every bit as inhumane as the Germans in WWII. U just don't hear as much about it.

  • Reply Axolotl Rose December 19, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Who went strait to the commets
    I sure did

  • Reply Eimy Perez December 22, 2018 at 4:26 pm

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  • Reply jose dimas December 23, 2018 at 1:13 am

    That so bad People die from that😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣

  • Reply Sentinel TV December 25, 2018 at 12:48 am

    Dear Dark5, what is the background music called, and where can I find it?

  • Reply Tyler Childress December 30, 2018 at 8:04 am

    OK people been saying Spongebob exist he's under the ocean he is just a cartoon

  • Reply Tyler Childress December 30, 2018 at 8:05 am

    I watch spongebob he is a little bit funny

  • Reply Tyler Childress December 30, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Anybody eat shark

  • Reply chara and frisk January 3, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    I watch JAWS the movie so l am NOT scared !

  • Reply Shazza T January 18, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Why is when ever someone wants to make a clip on something they feel the need to add shitty music with it.

  • Reply Frosted Pretzel January 21, 2019 at 4:53 am

    This is why I don’t play in the ocean

  • Reply Youtube Life February 19, 2019 at 8:08 am

    I went on a boat before and I did not get no shark attacks. That's because I'm a lucky boy

  • Reply Erick Langarica April 7, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Sharks attack

  • Reply MICHELLE Parks May 31, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    I don't understand why people still get surprised by shark attacks when a person decides to swim in their home (the ocean) then the sharks get killed for well..being sharks 😔🦈

  • Reply Dennis Shih July 11, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Ten Signs that a Sharknado Apoclypse is coming

  • Reply Jennifer Brewer September 14, 2019 at 4:06 am

    The 1916 attacks were the work of a bull shark, not a great white. White sharks can't go into fresh water, no matter what The Asylum's movies may say.

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