A 58-year-old Pennsylvania girl was killed in a shark assault whereas snorkeling within the Bahamas.
The lady was attacked Tuesday in Inexperienced Cay, northwest of Rose Island off the coast of Nassau, Royal Bahamas Police Power Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings told CNN.
She had been a passenger on the Royal Caribbean ship Concord of the Seas. The ship had docked in Nassau and the lady and her household had booked a personal tour to the favored snorkeling area, officers mentioned.
“It’s unlucky,” Skippings told the Associated Press.
Reviews say a couple of half dozen relations have been on the tour once they noticed the lady attacked by a bull shark. Operators of the tour firm and relations have been capable of pull the sufferer aboard the boat, the place paramedics arrived and weren’t capable of finding any important indicators, Skippings mentioned.
She was taken to a neighborhood hospital and pronounced useless.
The lady had suffered bites to her “higher extremities,” Skippings mentioned.
The seaside the place the assault befell has been closed whereas officers examine.
“Royal Caribbean is offering help and help to the visitor’s family members throughout this tough time,” the cruise line mentioned in a press release.
The household, from the Lake Erie area of Pennsylvania, was a part of a seven-night cruise on Concord of the Seas that left from Port Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday.
Shark Assaults In The Bahamas
Shark assaults are extraordinarily uncommon, with 32 reported within the Bahamas since 1749. Even with that small quantity, the Bahamas is without doubt one of the extra frequent areas for sharks to be noticed.
Michael Heithaus, a marine biologist at Florida Worldwide College, advised the Related Press that the Bahamas has a strong marine ecosystem and there are very often lots of people within the water.
Whereas most shark species ignore people, bull sharks are an exception. Bull sharks are drawn to meals, sounds, and smells within the water, he mentioned.
“They get to very massive sizes, they usually eat huge prey,” Heithaus mentioned.
In response to the International Shark Attack File, there have been 137 shark assaults worldwide final 12 months, slightly greater than half of them unprovoked.
Lots of the assaults occur when people are round massive colleges of fish, officers mentioned. They’ll additionally assault once they really feel threatened.
The final identified deadly shark assault within the Bahamas was in 2019. There was additionally a deadly assault in 2020 in close by St. Martin.