A shark killed a girl snorkeling within the Bahamas on Tuesday, September 6. The vacationer was from Pennsylvania. She was touring along with her household by way of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. She arrived in Nassau on Tuesday morning after setting sail from Florida Sunday and was taking part snorkeling day tour when a bull shark attacked her, in keeping with her household.

Different snorkelers, together with the girl’s members of the family, and tour operators tried to intercede—to no avail. The 58-year-old lady sustained life-threatening accidents to the left facet of her physique. “After arriving at a neighborhood hospital for remedy, the visitor handed away from accidents,” Royal Caribbean said in a press launch, as reported by ABC Information. “Royal Caribbean is offering assist and help to the visitor’s family members throughout this tough time.”

“[Bull sharks] get to very giant sizes, they usually eat huge prey,” Michael Heithaus, Florida Worldwide College marine biologist advised the Related Press.

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Most shark conflicts within the Caribbean happen within the Bahamas, however they’re uncommon. Solely 32 have been reported within the space since 1749. Worldwide, there have been 137 shark bites in 2021 alone. [Update: In February 2023, a great white shark decapitated a diver in Mexico.] Seventy-three of them had been unprovoked and 11 of them had been deadly, in keeping with Worldwide Shark Assault File. In 2021, surfers had been concerned in 51 % of shark assaults. Swimmers accounted for 39 %, physique surfers for six %, and snorkelers for 4 %.  

There are 548 sorts of sharks globally, however solely 13 of these, together with nice white, tiger, and bull sharks, are recognized to chunk individuals. Earlier this summer time, an 8-year-old boy survived a uncommon nurse shark assault within the Bahamas. 

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