INJURED – 4 June 2017 — near Middle Sambo reef off Boca Chica in the Florida Keys, US – spearfisherman videos attack on himself

Parker Simpson shark attack Florida Keys
Parker Simpson shows the shark bite below the knee


Parker Simpson filmed himself being attacked by a 7-8ft reef shark while swimming back to the boat with a grouper he’d caught spearfishing near Middle Samo Reef off Boca Chica in the Florida Keys on Sunday 4 June 2017.

Watch Parker’s video of the attack…

He said the shark came out of nowhere.

“He first went at my dive buddy Justyn but immediately turned toward me,” Simpson wrote. “He first bit my left fin then took a chunk out of the right one before biting my leg and cutting the speargun line.

“I assumed he was trying to steal the black grouper I was holding. But after I lost the grouper and watched it swim to the bottom, the shark kept coming at us!”

Simpson posted the video of the incident on his YouTube Channel called Over the Edge .

Parker Simpson shark attack Middle Samo Reef off Boca Chica
Parker Simpson shows his shark bite before he gets treatment on the boat.

“The shark tore through the skin, fat tissue, muscle, muscle sheath, and unfortunately my tibial artery, which caused me to lose more than a liter of blood.”

“I would not have made it back to the boat without the help of another strong swimmer and would have bled out had I not been patched up so well by Amanda,” Simpson wrote, adding a word of caution to all divers: “Always dive with a buddy and someone who is trained in first aid!”





INJURED – 15 June 2012 – Summerland Key, Florida Keys, USA – fisherman bitten

A 23-year-old fisherman (not named) was bitten on the calf after hooking a nurse shark in the Florida Keys, USA. He got into the water to release it and it bit him on the calf. The incident happened on June 15, 2012.

The brief report says Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a house in Summerland Key. The report adds he was transported to Lower Keys Hospital with only superficial injuries.

No other details were reported.

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INJURED – 28 April 2010 — Everglades National Park, Florida, USA – research diver attacked

Shark researcher Dr Kirk Gastrich, 29, was bitten on the left forearm while ushering  a six-foot lemon shark toward the boat he and two other researchers were using in the Everglades National Park, Florida, USA.

Dr Gastrich is a marine biologist at Florida International University.

According to media reports the shark moved erratically and bit him on his left forearm.

The other two researchers applied basic first aid to the victim after the shark bite; when they returned to the Flamingo Marina, park rangers administered additional first aid to the bite.

He was then airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital and was reported in a stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

FIU director of Environment and Society Dr Michael Heithaus, said: The waters were really murky. He was actually back near the tail of the animal and he didn’t see it move, and it reared up, and normally you’d be way out of the way, and he just didn’t see it coming.

“Next thing you know, it bit him and wouldn’t let go of his elbow.”

Heithaus said Gastrich was researching sharks at the mouth of Shark River near Bailey Key, just west of the Florida Keys. He explained: “We bring him up next to the boat and let them swim slowly forward because that usually keeps them calm. We collect small tissue samples from them because that let us know what they are eating. We put a tag in the dorsal fin so we know where the individual is and we can measure it later. We get measurements of its length and then we let them go.”

According to officials, the bite cannot be considered an attack, since the victim was conducting research. Linda Friar of Everglades National Park said, “You never know when you’re dealing with wild animals, whether they’re in the water or on land, how they may respond to research. Usually, they’re very cautious and careful. What they do with the shark research, from what I understand, is they bring the shark close to the boat and they try and measure them for size. I don’t know exactly what they were doing at the time, but this particular shark, apparently, did not appreciate it.”


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