Great white shark decapitated man in Mexico

The event took place in the Gulf of California on January 5. The victim was a fisherman and was spearfishing for mollusks.

A great white shark decapitated a Mexican man while he was diving in Tobari Bay, in the Gulf of California. This is an area where the sharks are known to frequent this time of year. The event took place on January 5 at around 11:30 local time.

Manuel López, the victim, was submerged 50 feet underwater catching mollusks when he came across the shark. At the time of the incident he was accompanied by two other fishermen, who said the shark was about 19 feet long. José Bernal, one of the witnesses, said:

He was diving when the animal attacked him, impressively ripping off his head and biting both shoulders.

This is the first fatal shark attack reported  recorded in 2023. On average, five people die each year due to this type of event and there are around 90 to 100 incidents.

The white shark is one of the most intimidating species in existence, although its attacks on humans are less frequent than others such as the tiger shark. They are usually between 16 and 22 feet long and are most commonly seen in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. However, they have also been seen in the Atlantic Ocean. They gained great popularity thanks to Steven Spielberg's movie Jaws.