Yesterday afternoon, May 15, in Boca Raton, Florida a 23-year-old woman was viciously attacked by a small shark. That’s enough to ruin anybody’s day at the beach. To make matters even worse, she had to be taken to the hospital with the shark still clamped onto to her arm. Talk about being clingy.
“I have never seen anything like it,” Boca Raton Ocean Rescue Captain Clint Tracy told The Sun Sentinel local newspaper. “Never even heard of anything like this.”
The woman was reportedly in a stable condition after she received medical attention at the local hospital. As for the shark, it eventually died after struggling to breath outside of the water. However, its jaw remained firmly locked down.
“The shark wouldn’t give up. It was barely breathing but it wasn’t letting go of her arm, like it was stuck to her or something,” said beachgoing witness Shlomo Jacob, also speaking to The Sun Sentinel.
Witnesses report that the attackee was playing with the shark when the shark bit her. The shark is believed to be a nurse shark, which are fairly common to the waters around Florida. Although this species is usually around 3 meters (9.75 feet) long, this little nipper was barely 0.6 meters (2 feet.) Usually, they’re not particularly dangerous to humans, however, their serrated teeth can evidently cause some damage if they’re feeling antagonized.
Sue Ametsreiter commented on Facebook, “She was in the shark’s house. One must always proceed with caution in the shark’s house. Anyway, it was a small 2 ft. shark. I’m with the shark. The ocean is THEIR home.”
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