UK shark attack survivor shares horror of ‘freak’ bite from ‘majestic predator’

A UK shark attack survivor says the "freak" bite to her leg during a £180 sea snorkel was "very scary" – but doesn't want the sea beasts to get a bad rap.

The yet-to-be-named victim was rushed to shore by Penzance, Cornwall's Blue Shark Snorkel – which has now stressed that such bites are "extremely rare".

We reported earlier on Tuesday how HM Coastguard sent Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team to the scene of a suspected shark bite just before 12.30pm last Thursday (July 28).

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Blue Shark Snorkel offers "trips of a lifetime" for experienced snorkelers to swim with sharks in the open sea, and is flooded with rave reviews on social media.

Incredibly last week's victim only had positive things to say about their trip despite their terrifying bloody brush with nature.

“I just wanted to say that despite how the trip ended, it was amazing to see such majestic creatures in the wild and I don’t for a second want this freak event to tarnish the reputation of an already persecuted species," the survivor said in a statement shared by Blue Shark Snorkel.

They added that the emergency response made them feel a great deal safer.

"Wanted to thank everyone for their amazing actions," the survivor continued. "What was a very scary incident was made so much easier by the kindness and calmness of the people around me.

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"Thank you to the trip team for getting me back to shore quickly and carefully and making me feel as safe as I possibly could."

The shark lover accepted that it was always a risk when deciding to hop in the water with a powerful and wild creature.

They admitted: "We all take these risks when we enter the habitat of a predator and we can never completely predict the reactions of a wild animal.“

A spokesperson from Blue Shark Snorkel explained to the Daily Star that they were speaking to shark experts to find out why the usual harmless and friendly shark sank its jaws into a snorkeler's leg.

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The said: "These occurrences are extremely rare and can be easily misunderstood so we want this to be dealt with as sensibly as possible.

"As we know, these things can happen when we choose to interact with wild animals in their own environment. The last thing we want is to let speculation drive the media into a world of bad press for the sharks, under no fault of their own.

"We immediately enacted our emergency response plan, with first aid being carried out on the person involved.

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"Following advice and assessment from the coastguard, the person walked off the boat and received further treatment ashore."

The company runs its snorkelling trips from Penzance harbour, heading out through the marine conservation zone of Mounts Bay where a host of wildlife can be expected.

According to the experts at British Sea Fishing, there have previously been just four confirmed cases of fatal blue shark attacks on humans with twenty-five confirmed non-fatal attacks.


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