Shark in Boca Raton clamps onto woman’s arm, won’t let go

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4 Fast Facts

  • Nurse shark latches on to woman’s arm in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Woman came out of the water with shark still attached
  • She was taken to an area hospital so the shark could be removed
  • Shark died during the encounter

BOCA RATON, Fla. — A 23-year-old woman who was bitten by a small nurse shark in Boca Raton emerged from the water with the shark still attached to her arm.

According to the Sun Sentinel, the woman was taken to the hospital by ambulance Sunday so she could go the emergency room. Witnesses said the woman calmly emerged from the water near Red Reef Park Sunday. The shark had maintained its grip.

“There was very little blood. She was calm. (She had) good vitals and they secured her to a splint on to the stretcher with the shark and she went to Boca Raton Regional Hospital with the shark still attached to her arm,” said Capt. Clint Tracy with Ocean Rescue.

Tracy said the attack is unusual because nurse sharks are usually docile. The shark in question was known to stay near the reef. A few beachgoers reported seeing people antagonizing the nurse shark in the water, the Sun Sentinel reported. Tracy said it was unclear how the woman encountered the shark, which kept its grip even though it had died.

“It’s a shark that has been in our park for sometime, and while we have compassion for the victim, we are sad the shark is not going to be there anymore,” Tracy said.

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