Barbara Porter Parks wrote in to Shark Attack Watch’s Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/sharkattackwatch — to say she’d been bitten on the left foot by a small shark while in shallow water at Bon Secour Wildlife Rescue near Gulf Shores, Alabama, US. She suffered minor lacerations to her left foot.
The incident happened about 5.15pm Monday, 21 August 2017.
She said: “I was ankle deep in the water looking at some fish. I turned to tell my husband to come get a pic of the fish and boom! I felt something clamp down on the bone below my big toe. I honestly thought I’d stepped on a crab. I told my husband something bit me and we saw the marks and bleeding. It was strange lol.
“We rinsed it with bottled water and headed home where I showered and washed it with soap and water. That was followed by cleaning with diluted hydrogen peroxide and Neosporin.
“Despite my friends’ plea for me to go to the ER, I did not and all is fine.”
Barbara said she asked a marine biologist she met at Shark Week what type of shark it could have been and was told it was probably a small shark that was scouring the bottom and mistook her foot for buried prey.
The species was not identified.
- PIC: Courtesy Barbara Porter Parks
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