Tallahassee: A Beach-goer got the fright of her life when a shark bit into her arm — and could only be prised away hours later in hospital.
The two-foot-long predator sank its teeth into the 23-year-old victim on a busy Florida beach.
But rather than letting go and swimming off, the nurse shark bit down and was only removed by doctors at hospital.
Incredible images show fellow sunbathers trying to prise the fish from the 23-year-old woman’s forearm to no avail after it had taken a bite in the water off Boca Raton on Sunday afternoon.
Describing the scene, eyewitness Shlomo Jacob said, “The shark wouldn’t give up. It was barely breathing but it wasn’t letting go of her arm, like it was stuck to her or something.”
Even when the shark died it could not be removed from the unnamed woman’s arm.
Paramedics raced to her aid and gave the victim oxygen before taking her to a nearby hospital where doctors removed the fish.
Despite the nasty bite, there appeared to be little blood loss and the victim was described as being in a stable condition.
It was suggested that the woman was part of a group of beach-goers swimming 60ft out to sea near a group of rocks when the bite took place.
One onlooker said some of the group had been “holding the shark by its tail”.
Nurse sharks inhabit the warms waters of the central Atlantic Ocean and can grow up to 14ft in length.