Wednesday 28 September 2016

Pictured: Woman taken to hospital with shark still latched on to her arm

Published 16/05/2016 | 12:35

A nurse shark bit a woman on the beach Sunday afternoon in Boca Raton.
A nurse shark bit a woman on the beach Sunday afternoon in Boca Raton.

A woman bitten by a shark was taken to hospital with the beast still attached to her arm.

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The woman (23) whose name was not released was attacked by the two-foot nurse shark off the coast of Florida on Sunday afternoon.

The baby shark, latched itself on to the woman and died shortly after she was taken out of the water.

Lifeguard and fire rescue were called and the woman was taken to Boca Regional Hospital.

The woman was in stable condition, officials said.

The shark wouldn't give up," said Shlomo Jacob, of Boca Raton, among the beachgoers who looked on told local paper the Sun Sentinel. "It was barely breathing but it wasn't letting go of her arm, like it was stuck to her or something

Ocean Rescue Capt. Clint Tracy saw the woman and the shark as they were put into an ambulance at Red Reef Park about 1:30 p.m. "I have never seen anything like it," Tracy said. "Never even heard of anything like this."

Nurse sharks are common in offshore Florida waters and can grow up to 14 feet in length.

They are also known for having strong jaws filled with thousands of tiny teeth.

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