BOCA ROTAN — Beachgoers in Florida witnessed a shark that became very, very attached to a woman’s arm — so much so that it wouldn’t let go. Others are saying the woman got what she deserved — and a shark unnecessarily lost its life.
The nurse shark bit the woman and would not let go, not even when she ran out of the water or when another beachgoer rushed to help her and killed it. And also not when the woman was loaded on a stretcher with a splint board supporting her arm.
Witnesses say one or more people were agitating the shark in the water, with one person say he and a cousin saw a group “holding the shark by its tail. They were messing with it,” 11-year-old Nate Patcher told the Sun Sentinel.
It happened at a Boca Raton beach on Sunday.
The good news is that the 23-year-old woman was taken to a hospital where doctors removed the shark and she’s fine. And it was a nurse shark — not a menacing Great White. Pretty sure she wouldn’t have been able to run out of the water, were that the case.
The bad news is the two-foot shark chomped down on the woman’s right arm, and died holding on.
Nurse sharks are common in offshore Florida waters and can grow up to 14 feet in length, so this one was fairly small.
“It’s a shark that’s been in our park for sometime,” Capt. Clint Tracy of the Boca Raton Fire and Rescue told CNN affiliate WPEC. ” And although we have compassion for the victim, we’re also sad that the shark is not going to be there anymore.”
That makes a bunch of us.