Shark bite victim taken to hospital with shark attached to her arm

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Woman Gets Bitten, Goes To Hospital With Shark Still On Arm



This shark does not understand the concept of catch and release.

A 23-year-old woman was brought to the hospital in Boca Raton, Florida on Sunday after a 2-foot-long nurse shark bit her arm and refused to let go.

According to the Sun Sentinel, the shark was killed before rescue workers arrived, but they were unable to safely remove the shark from the woman's arm.

"I have never seen anything like it. Never even heard of anything like this," Ocean Rescue Capt. Clint Tracy told the Sun Sentinel.

The woman was transported to Boca Regional Hospital with the shark still attached to her arm. She was in stable condition.

Although this shark was small, nurse sharks can grow up to 14-feet-long, and their mouths are filled with thousands of tiny serrated teeth.

According to National Geographic, nurse sharks "will bite defensively if stepped on or bothered by divers who assume they're docile."

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A 130-centimetre long goblin shark swims in a tank at the Tokyo Sea Life Park's aquarium in this handout photo taken on January 25, 2007 by the park in Tokyo. The Goblin Shark, a deep sea "living fossil" shark, was caught off the shallows of Tokyo Bay and survived barely a week in its new environment. The shark was the second deep sea shark to have been found in the same month. Picture taken January 25, 2007. REUTERS/Tokyo Sea Life Park/Handout (JAPAN). EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
A 130-centimetre long goblin shark swims in a tank at the Tokyo Sea Life Park's aquarium in this handout photo taken on January 25, 2007 by the park in Tokyo. The Goblin Shark, a deep sea "living fossil" shark, was caught off the shallows of Tokyo Bay and survived barely a week in its new environment. The shark was the second deep sea shark to have been found in the same month. Picture taken January 25, 2007. REUTERS/Tokyo Sea Life Park/Handout (JAPAN). EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
MERIMBULA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 2: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) The rare goblin shark was caught by fishermen off Green Cape on the NSW south coast and was taken to the nearby town of Merimbula for examination, February 2, 2015. (Photo by Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
MERIMBULA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 2: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) The rare goblin shark was caught by fishermen off Green Cape on the NSW south coast and was taken to the nearby town of Merimbula for examination, February 2, 2015. (Photo by Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
MERIMBULA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 2: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) The rare goblin shark was caught by fishermen off Green Cape on the NSW south coast and was taken to the nearby town of Merimbula for examination, February 2, 2015. (Photo by Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 15: Goblin Shark (Mitsukurina owstoni or Scapanorhynchus owstoni), Mitsukurinidae, drawing. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
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