Thursday, May 12, 2016

Swimmer in Boca Raton taken to hospital with shark attached

The swimmer appeared calm when she walked up to a lifeguard station in Boca Raton, Fla. on Sunday afternoon with a shark firmly clamped on her arm. After a crowd gathered, the woman in her early twenties became more agitated.

She was eventually carried off on a stretcher with the nurse shark still firmly affixed to her arm.

The Boca Raton Fire department said attacks by nurse sharks are extremely rare. Reports say swimmers were taunting the nurse sharks and held one up by its tail.
The shark was killed prior to the fire department's arrival but was still attached to her arm when first responders arrived. Locals know of an area that the nurse sharks congregate near a small reef off the shore. The sharks aren't known to be aggressive and are bottom feeders.

The woman was released from Boca Raton Regional Hospital after a couple of hours.