Woman On Boca Raton Beach Taken To Hospital After Nurse Shark Bites Her Arm, Won't Let Go
Sometimes, it can be hard to let go.
Boca Raton beachgoers got an unsettling sight on Sunday, when a woman emerged from the water with a small 2-foot-long nurse shark latched onto her forearm.
When onlookers attempted to remove the shark, its serrated teeth would not let go. The 23-year-old woman was rushed off of the beach at Red Reef Park by paramedics—with the dead shark still attached to her arm.
"The shark wouldn't give up," onlooker Shlomo Jacob, of Boca Raton, told 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 watched as the woman was put into an ambulance.
"There was very little blood. She was calm. Good vitals," Tracy told CBS Miami. "And they secured her to a splint, onto the stretcher, with the shark."
Nurse sharks, which average 7.5 to 9.5 feet in adulthood, are typically considered docile and are rarely the culprit of such attacks. While the species doesn't tend to leave a deep bite, it is notorious for clamping onto its prey, using a strong bite reflex and razor-sharp teeth.
According to the Sun Sentinel, onlookers reported that the group had been antagonizing the shark, holding it by its tail.
The woman has since been released from the hospital, NBC Miami has reported.
(Photo courtesy Boca Ration Fire Rescue)