Nurse sharks, which are bottom-dwelling sharks typically found in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean, can grow up to 10 feet long but are generally not seen as a threat to humans. That was not the case this weekend in Boca Raton, Florida, when a 2-foot-long baby nurse shark bit a 23-year-old woman’s arm and held on for dear life.
Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services responded to a 911 call that a woman had been bitten by a shark, and when they arrived the shark was still attached to the woman’s arm, despite already being dead by the time emergency crews arrived. As if we needed something worse than sharks, now there are sharks that continue to bite while in a state of being “living challenged.”
The woman was taken to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital on a stretcher with a splint board supporting both her arm and the shark, and while her condition is unknown it’s to be assumed that eventually hospital workers were able to remove the shark from her arm. If not, that would make one hell of a sitcom premise, right? We can only imagine the endless shenanigans and awkward scenarios that come with having a shark permanently attached to your arm.