• A 23-year-old woman was bitten by a 2-ft. long nurse shark during a swim at the Boca Raton Beach in Florida
  • The woman was taken to the hospital with the nurse shark still stuck on to her right arm
  • She was released from the hospital on the same day and is already in stable condition

A 23-year-old woman from Boca Raton, Florida was bitten by a small nurse shark during a swim on the beach Sunday, May 15. The woman was later taken to the hospital with the shark still attached to her arm.

A crew of Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services responded to the incident at Boca Raton Beach to find the 23-year-old woman, identified as Shaylen Borkowski, with a 2-ft. long nurse shark attached on her right forearm, as per an article published by NBC Miami.

Nurse sharks are common in Florida but are known to be very docile, said shark expert Jim Abernethy in an interview with WPTV.

“The shark wouldn’t give up” said Boca Raton resident Shlomo Jacob who was at the beach at the time of the incident. “It was barely breathing but it wasn’t letting go of her arm, like it was stuck to her or something.”

The small nurse shark was “antagonized” by beach-goers upon seeing it was still biting on Borkowski’s right arm, according to some witnesses; one of the bystanders may have killed the small shark even before the paramedics have arrived.

11-year-old Nate Pachter was snorkeling in the area, he told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, when he witnessed a group of people in the water “holding the shark by its tail. They were messing with it.”

Ocean Rescue Captain Clint Tracy said the medical crew used a splint board to hold Borkowski’s arm, with the shark still attached, while she is being transported to Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

“I have never seen anything like it,” he added. “Never even heard of anything like this.”

Borkowski was reportedly released from the hospital the same afternoon and is in stable condition.


Watch WPTV’s report of the incident below: