A large nurse shark swims over the coral reef and is surrounded by hundreds of fish. (Rainer von Brandis, iStock)
(Rainer von Brandis)
A couple on their honeymoon experienced an unexpected terror when the bride was attacked by a nurse shark that took a bite of her arm.
Sarah Illig was swimming in the water when the shark suddenly appears in the video and bites her. Frantically, Illig swims away after recoiling from the pain.
“I felt a whoosh of water, something clamped on my arm and I thought my husband was playing a joke on me,” said Illig in the comments that was obtained by The Sun.
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“Less than a second later, I realized how much it hurt, and looked along where my glasses were blocking my side vision to see the shark (greater than myself) latched on to my arm,” she added. “I pulled away and got out.”
The video is shot by her husband Evan Carroll and has been viewed more than 750,000 times on YouTube.
Nurse sharks are generally thought to be less harmful to humans than other species, such as great white sharks, but a study in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery shows nurse sharks rank fourth documented bites.