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Mako Shark Bite Lawsuit Makes Court Progress

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Elke Specker, of IN2 Focus Media, was bitten by a shark during a guided dive while videoing mako and blue sharks in June 2015. She was diving with a group who embarked on Cetus Specula, a vessel out of San Diego, CA. As a result of the bite, Specker is said to have "sustained multiple severe permanent injuries and disfigurement, as well as emotional distress."

Mako Divers advertises safe out-of-cage encounters with mako and blue sharks in San Diego. In a lawsuit filed against Michael Kazma, owner of Mako Shark Diving, also known as 'Mako Mike,' the suit notes that they took a group of divers out and chummed the water before feeding the sharks. Specker believes that Kazma was intoxicated at this time and improperly and negligently directed the divers, including Specker, to an unsafe area. She alleges, "that to feed a swimming mako shark, Kazma held the bait so that it led the shark directly towards her." The shark bit her. Specker also alleges that Cetus Specula did not carry proper first aid or medical equipment. Represented by Richard Lesser and Richard Jorgensen, she names both Kazma and Mako Shark Diving, and Cetus Specula and Yellow Charter Boat, as defendants. ...

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