A 23-year-old woman was taken to hospital with a two-foot long nurse shark still attached to her arm when it refused to release its bite – even after it died.
The woman reportedly emerged from the sea with the shark attached to her right forearm in Boca Raton, Florida.
By the time paramedics arrived at the scene the shark had died, but a splint board was used to support its weight as its jaw was still clamped around the woman’s arm.
“Knowingly or not, people swim near nurse sharks every day without incident,” a spokesperson for the National Park Service told the newspaper. “Attacks on humans are rare but not unknown and a clamping bite typically results from a diver or fisherman antagonizing the shark with hook, spear, net or hand.”