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Shark bites tourist in Puerto Rico

 
dntw8up
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On the vacation section of this forum posters frequently claim local sharks don't bite, but Puerto Rico isn't too far for sharks to swim

"SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A shark estimated at 6 feet long bit a U.S. tourist earlier this week while she swam in a popular bioluminescent bay at night, doctors in Puerto Rico said Thursday...Shark attacks are rare in Puerto Rico. Only seven attacks have ever been reported, two of them fatal, with the last death occurring in 1924, according to museum statistics."

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44181010/ns/travel-news/

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Topic starter Posted : August 18, 2011 7:29 pm
jewelygirl
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That's what she gets for swimming at night - stupid.

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Posted : August 18, 2011 8:04 pm
Marty on STT
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"Shark attacks are rare in Puerto Rico. Only seven attacks have ever been reported, two of them fatal, with the last death occurring in 1924, according to museum statistics."

Sounds like good odds to me....been here in the VI for over 13.5 years and I never give it a second thought...day or night....

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Posted : August 18, 2011 8:39 pm
noOne
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That's what she gets for swimming at night - stupid.

Sorry jewelygirl, diving at night is one of the most awesome experiences I have had (wreck dives to boot). Besides, sharks are up for blood, not visuals.

//been diving since 1981 in the USVI

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Posted : August 18, 2011 10:44 pm
stxem
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That really is a freak occurrence. I've swum in that bay at night (it's on Vieques) and the bioluminesence is an amazing experience (I think its illegal now to actually swim in it). When I was there, there were boats out on the bay practically every night with people. I know that the bay is used as a nursery by baby sharks--maybe the big one was a mom coming in to give birth or nursing her young. it's too bad that it happened, but anytime you enter the water, you enter their world. It's a small risk, but still a risk nonetheless.

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Posted : August 18, 2011 11:06 pm
MikeSTX
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I dive at nite and wouldnt give it up. Just a rare occurence in PR and odds to have a shark bite in the VI even more unlikely.

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Posted : August 19, 2011 11:02 am
IslandHops
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I swam in Mosquito Bay late at night last December. They have regular tours but we were anchored just off the bay. Unfortunately it was a near full moon so the bioluminesence was not as spectacular. I hope the Mrs doesn't read about this or she won't let me get out of the dinghy next time! 😎

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Posted : August 19, 2011 12:36 pm
Piratemike
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just another case of mistaken identity!! sharks feed 24 hours a day! there are more reports of attacks at night close to a beach than any other! as dark arrives and if tide is high, baitfish move in and the sharks are soon to follow! with low visibility, and erratic splashing as a swimmer does its just a dinner bell! and I don't believe it should be considered an attack!! just a shark bite!! sharks taste just as you and I! except sharks have razor blades in there mouth! anything they taste will be shredded!! they are wonderfull creatures!! and mean no harm to you and I! and yes a bite will happen again! but I would gamble on winning the lotto than getting bit by a shark just by recreational swimming!! and please support the cooperative shark tagging program!! or just get involved somehow! thanks for reading!!! mike. ps. I think were gonna need a bigger boat!!!

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Posted : August 19, 2011 3:36 pm
DonExodus
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just another case of mistaken identity!! sharks feed 24 hours a day! there are more reports of attacks at night close to a beach than any other! as dark arrives and if tide is high, baitfish move in and the sharks are soon to follow! with low visibility, and erratic splashing as a swimmer does its just a dinner bell! and I don't believe it should be considered an attack!! just a shark bite!! sharks taste just as you and I! except sharks have razor blades in there mouth! anything they taste will be shredded!! they are wonderfull creatures!! and mean no harm to you and I! and yes a bite will happen again! but I would gamble on winning the lotto than getting bit by a shark just by recreational swimming!! and please support the cooperative shark tagging program!! or just get involved somehow! thanks for reading!!! mike. ps. I think were gonna need a bigger boat!!!

There are other punctuation marks you know 😉

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Posted : August 19, 2011 8:48 pm
Neil
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Soon to be reported... the swimmer had a ham sandwich.

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Posted : August 21, 2011 1:07 am
jewelygirl
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Very funny - ham sandwich.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 4:32 pm
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