Woman bitten by shark in Boca Raton, gets attached to her arm
Woman bitten by shark in Boca Raton, gets attached to her arm

Woman bitten by shark in Boca Raton, gets attached to her arm

A woman bitten by a shark in Florida had quite the experience.

A 23-year-old woman was taken to hospital with a two-foot long nurse shark still attached to her arm when it refused to release its bite – even after it died.

The woman reportedly emerged from the sea with the shark attached to her right forearm in Boca Raton, Florida.

By the time paramedics arrived at the scene the shark had died, but a splint board was used to support its weight as its jaw was still clamped around the woman’s arm.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was taken to Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services said the woman was in a stable condition when she was transported to the hospital.

According to the Sun Sentinel, an 11-year-old boy named Nate Pachter claimed that he and his cousin had been snorkelling in the same area where the woman and a group of people had been in the sea.

He claimed he saw the group “messing” with the shark and holding it by its tail.

“Knowingly or not, people swim near nurse sharks every day without incident,” a spokesperson for the National Park Service told the newspaper. “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.”

Nurse sharks mostly do not attack humans, though they have been known to bite defensively if stepped on or “bothered by divers who assume they’re docile,” according to the National Geographic. They can grow up to 14 feet and have strong jaws filled with thousands of small but razor sharp serrated teeth.


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