We have seen people coming from water with surfboards. But this woman came out with a shark attached to her arm after the fiery fish didn’t let go of her. This happened when small nurse shark, 2-foot in size, bit an arm of an unknown 23-year old woman off the coast of Red Reef Park in Boca Raton on Sunday.
“The shark wouldn’t give up,” said Shlomo Jacob,a bystander from Boca Raton.
“It was barely breathing but it wasn’t letting go of her arm like it was stuck to her or something.”
A beachgoer had already killed the shark when the firefighters and police arrived at the scene, but woman’s arm was still wedged even though the fish is already dead.
People have flocked around the woman to see what happened to her. Later, an 11-year old, Nate Patrick, said that the woman was messing around with the fish.
“Sharks are like the most humane thing ever. So it wouldn’t bite them if they hadn’t been messing with it,” he said in a report by Sun Sentinel.
The woman was rushed to Boca Regional Hospital with her hand supported by a splint board when she was laid on the stretcher. She was treated and released on the same day, according to Fox News.
In a report by WCTV, a spokesperson for Boca Raton Ocean Rescue said that the woman remained calm after the bite. There was very little blood.
“I have never seen anything like it,” Ocean Rescue Capt. Clint Tracy said.
“Never even heard of anything like this.”
The nurse shark has strong teeth with jagged edges and can grow up to 14 feet. They are slow and can bite if bothered.
They are very common off the coasts of Florida.
‘The bite reflex is such that it may be some minutes before a quietly re-immersed nurse shark will relax and release its tormentor,” warns National Park Service’s brochure.
“The small teeth seldom penetrate deeply but are razor sharp.Holding still reduces damage to both shark and man. Leaving sharks alone is the best tactic.” it added.