Sharks bite 8-year-old boy while on vacation in Bahamas, report says: ‘Like a scene from Jaws’
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Nurse sharks attacked an 8-year-old British boy who was vacationing with his family in the Bahamas in what the boy’s father described as a scene from the movie ‘Jaws’, according to a report.
Finley Downer was bitten on both legs by at least three nurse sharks after entering a lagoon where he saw the sharks swimming among a crowd of people, his father, Michael, told The Sun. However, the children would not have realized that the sharks were being fed scraps of food when they went into the water.
“There was so much blood,” Michael told the outlet. “Pieces of his leg were hanging off.”
As Finley cried out for help, his 12-year-old sister managed to pull him out of the lagoon by his arms, according to the report. He was rushed to hospital for treatment and underwent a three-hour operation.
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“My son could have been killed,” Michael said. “It was like a scene from Jaws.”
However, tour operator Exuma Escapes told the outlet that the family went unguided to a lagoon that was not used on their tour.
Finley and his family returned to their home in Kettering, a town in England. The boy had to use a wheelchair and is expected to have permanent scars on his legs, according to the report.
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Nurse sharks are slow-moving bottom dwellers and generally do not harm humans, according to National Geographic. However, sharks are known to bite humans with their strong jaws filled with thousands of serrated teeth in acts of defense.