Woman avoids boar attack while surfing and escapes with bitten surfboard
A surfer from Oahu, Hawaii, was on the water when she saw a dark shape. As she got closer, she realized it was a wild boar that later bit off a piece of her surfboard.
ABC affiliate KITV4 reported that Ingrid Seiple, a surfer with over 35 years of experience, first thought the floating figure was a Hawaiian monk seal or a log.
âThat’s when I realized it was a pig and he saw me,â she told the outlet. “He started swimming towards me as fast as he could. I was shocked.”
Seiple said she didn’t have much on her mind while being chased by the boar.
âThe only thing that came to my mind was, ‘This thing is coming towards me and it can bite,'” she said.
She said News week the boar was “huge” and estimated to be around four feet long.
Seiple tried to pull away, but the boar continued to chase after her, getting so close that she used her surfboard as a shield. The pig bit his surfboard and Seiple swam away.
The entire incident only lasted a few seconds from the time the boar started swimming after Seiple until he left in a different direction.
âThe pig looked very disoriented, sort of turned towards the sea and started swimming towards the sea,â she told the outlet. âI arrived and the pig was still swimming towards the sea, and I rowed. “
According to the Restless Backpacker Hiking Guide website, wild boars are aggressive and can carry many diseases that can affect humans. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) noted that invasive species were first imported as a food source. Some were released intentionally or managed to escape.
In addition to acting as a potential threat to humans, wild boars have had a negative impact on the environment.
In early 2021, the USDA announced it was investing $ 11.65 million in projects to help agricultural producers and private landowners control wild boar. Eight states were included in this investment, including Hawaii.
Although Seiple’s board suffered a bite, it managed to escape the attack without any injuries. She told KITV4 that the boar had a facial wound and speculated that the boar could have been chased into the ocean by dogs. When she returned to the beach, she spotted hoof prints and dog tracks in the sand.
Despite being a seasoned surfer who has seen her fair share of marine life, Seiple said she has never encountered a boar before.
She said News week that they can be found all over the island, although they are not usually found in its residential area. Seiple said News week she was surfing with her boyfriend in a more rural area that day.
âIt was surprising at first, but as the pig got closer and I didn’t have a chance to turn around fast enough, I thought to myself, ‘Oh, that could turn out badly’â, a- she told the store.
This isn’t the first clash Seiple has had with potentially dangerous aquatic life. While swimming in Costa Rica, she came across a poisonous sea snake, although she was also able to escape the encounter unscathed.
She said people asked her if she was planning to go surfing again and Seiple had no plans to slow down.
âIt’s so important that we don’t live in fear and go out and live life,â she said.
Early December, News week reported that a Massachusetts woman was attacked by a raccoon and left with cuts and bruises.
70-year-old Donna Sanginario took to Facebook and said she was putting Christmas lights around the bushes outside her house when she heard a noise coming from the street.
She turned around and saw a raccoon about 10 feet away. The raccoon then “jumped” on Sanginario and hung on. Sanginario put the raccoon in a headlock until the animal stopped screaming. She released him and he left.
Updated 12/27/2021, 6:20 PM ET: This story was updated with comments from surfer Ingrid Seiple.