Galapagos Islands Attack
Fox News reports that earlier this month a 45-year old snorkeler from Britain a was attacked by a shark near the Galapagos Islands.
The victim was on holiday with a group of people at Galapagos. The group was snorkeling when the incident happened.
Shark Attacks are Rare
Attacks, though often the only headline you will see, are rare. We are in their homes and sometimes they confuse us for food! There were 155 alleged incidents of shark-human interaction in 2017 with just over 56% unprovoked according to the Florida Museum. Data from SharkAttackData.com shows that since 1990 there has only been six unprovoked attacks at the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
“Hold my beer and watch this!”
Many of us have said something like this! The leader of his vacation was no different as he said ‘this is your last activity of the whole holiday’ He was right in this case. Jumping in the water with a bunch of seals and a shark, well, you read the rest of the story.
They saw sea lions, a shark and a turtle in the water. They made the decision to go in and check it out! Yet still all 16 of them jumped into boats and went out to film.
Fighting The Shark
After the initial shock of the “clamp-like vice” on his foot, the snorkeler began to punch the predator. He punched about four or five times before he shark released him.
Fellow Swimmer Comes to Rescue
A fellow swimmer dragged the victim to some nearby rocks. The victim was provided emergency care on the beach.
It seems that several shots of tequila and a mojito helped endure the extreme pain from the bite during the long three hour transport!
I think that a bottle of tequila would be in order! Luckily the victim will survive and still has his foot!