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Posted: Aug. 10 2007,05:44

Yup, you know the place:  Bud 'n Mary's famous store and docks.  This is home to many commercial and private fishing boats.  The mates clean fish here and it's common to see feeding tarpon and pelicans.

And now a shark.

A young lady decided to get cool by jumping off the stern platform of their boat and take a quick dip.  Of a sudden she felt an incredible pain in in forearm, thought she'd been struck by a prop.  It was reported to be a shark in the 10 to 15 foot range.

The water filled with blood - but three very scared companions, including her boyfriend - jumped in to save her.  And did!  They managed to extract her from the water, applied a tourniquet.  She was tranported to (I believe) Mariner's Hospital (in the area), then was airlifted to Miami for very extensive surgery to reattach nerves, tendons, etc.  

She did lose a sizeable chunk of of her arm but did retain some circulation.  Her surgeries will be major and extensive.  Our best wishes to this young lady.

I have some doubts about the length of the shark guestimated by the TV news, since all of the followup printed articles I found stated the shark was never seen.  Kayak Willie puts his money on a bull shark, which tend to run shorter.  

Anybody know how they came up with this length (other than TV dramatics)?


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Posted: Aug. 10 2007,13:36

Every time someone tells the story they add a foot. I've seen some realy large Lemons in the keys , and if they are being fed on a regular basis they might hit something like that.

Hey if she jumped in, in front of me I might have had a friendly nibble
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Posted: Aug. 11 2007,00:14

Found out that the attack was viewed in horror by Capt Brian Sutton, among others.  Dr. Randy Miller of Baptist South in Kendall, with other surgeons, later worked through the night on Ashley Silverman's arm.  He said:

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But Miller said based on the gashes on her right forearm -- about eight inches long and three inches wide -- the predator was probably a bull shark.


Miller then estimated the length at 10 to 15 feet long based on the bite.  

I have learned that bull sharks can indeed fall within that length range, altho 15 feet would be immense.  I noted that one eight footer weighed over 600 lb.  Another article cited a bite of 9 inches wide was made by a five foot bull shark.

Even taking Miller's maximum dimension of 8 inches "long" (did he mean width?) as meaning width, this would indicate a bull of five feet or less.

Any marine biologists out there?  Serge?


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Edited by Capn Jimbo on Aug. 11 2007,07:59

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Posted: Aug. 11 2007,07:24

More research:

Typical lengths of adult bulls is more like 7 (male) to 11 feet (female).   The length range cited in the article (10-15 ft) would be exceptional.  The bite reported (8 x 3 in)  would seem to indicate a much smaller shark (maybe 6 ft?).

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Posted: Aug. 21 2007,04:56

Yet another shark attack in Islamorada!

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A 52-year-old marine biologist who swims every night offshore of Founder's Park in Islamorada was apparently bitten by a shark on Sunday.

Chris Olstad, 52, was swimming his normal route from the park to a sailboat about a half mile offshore and back about 9:15 p.m.

He had made it to the boat and about a quarter of a mile back when he was struck in the side.

He believes it was by a shark.

''I felt a bump and a shake and felt the head of an animal,'' he said Monday.

After the attack, he managed to make it back to shore.

No one was around, he said.

As he walked along the beach toward the sheriff's Islamorada substation, located at the entrance to Founder's Park, he passed out three times, sustaining cuts and bruises on his head.

Eventually he made it the 100 yards to the station, where an ambulance took him to Mariner's Hospital, a short distance away.

Sgt. Tom Kiffney, who spoke with Olstad at Mariner's Hospital, said the man's wounds were extensive, from under his arm to his waist, with a large chunk of his flesh missing.

From the Keys hospital, he was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he remained Monday.

''I've been swimming there for eight years,'' he said. ``This is a pretty rare event.''


Courtesy Miami Herald.  

I know an Englishman who swims every day - bout a mile - off Dania Beach.  Sure makes you wonder...


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Posted: Aug. 21 2007,07:45

It does make you wonder. You can compare the frequency of shark attacks to lightning strikes or death by coconut incidents. You can say attacks are rare .... who cares?

I think swimming offshore for no good reason is risky behaviour. I think jumping in bloody water is risky behaviour.

But's that just me ...

Never get out of the boat. ... no really, I mean it.
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Posted: Aug. 22 2007,07:17

Regarding this most recent attack, just noticed the guy was swimming in open waters - at night!  The earlier attack was in an area full of fish scraps, bait and tarpon.

Pretty foolish both.  


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