The weekends are quite often a great time to hit the beach, but for one 23-year-old woman, she got a bit more than she bargained for while swimming at a Florida beach.
On Sunday afternoon at a beach in Boca Raton, FL, an unnamed young woman was swimming when all of a sudden she was bitten on the right forearm by a two-foot-long nurse shark!
The woman had to be taken to the hospital, but what makes this situation so bizarre is the animal latched on and was STILL attached to the young lady’s arm the ENTIRE time!
Though it is not known how the woman came in contact with the shark, some beachgoers said that there were a few people antagonizing the animal in the water shortly before the attack.
One witness, Nate Pachter, even said that he saw people “holding the shark by its tail. He added:
“Sharks are like the most humane thing ever. So it wouldn’t bite them if they hadn’t been messing with it.”
Well, that’s fair. After the woman was bitten, another witness recalled:
“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.”
The woman reportedly remained fairly calm, but as a crowd grew around her, she became more and more anxious. Luckily she was taken to the hospital — along with the shark — on a stretcher.
Dylan Narcowich, a lifeguard on the scene at the time recalled seeing the woman and her male companion swimming off shore about 60 feet away, saying:
“There’s a rock pile where she was at and there are two more over there where they kind of hang out.”
Fortunately for the victim, the little guy was ONLY two feet as it is common for nurse sharks to grow up to about 14 feet and frequent the waters offshore in Florida. Not only that, but they’re also pretty well known for having strong jaws with THOUSANDS of tiny teeth!
Clint Tracy, Captain of Ocean Rescue, was even surprised by the event saying:
“I have never seen anything like it. Never even heard of anything like this.”
LOLz! The National Park Service made sure to once again remind people in the wake of this most recent attack that:
“Knowingly or not, people swim near nurse sharks every day without incident. Attacks on humans are rare but not unknown and a clamping bite typically results from a diver or fisherman antagonizing the shark with hook, spear, net or hand.”
So next time you’re at the beach, make sure you keep your eyes peeled and don’t swim out too far!
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