Friday, August 19, 2011

Possible Shark Attack in Puerto Rico - 18th Aug 2011

A shark is believed to have attacked a tourist swimming in Mosquito Bay, along the coast of Vieques, Puerto Rico. The woman, idetified as Lydia Strunk, from Idaho, was kayaking in the bioluminescent bay of Vieques, a smal island off the east coast of Puerto Rico.

She jumped into the water to swim, something that is allowed, and after a brief swim, suffered the injury.

The injury was about 30 centimeters long (12 inches) and damaged tendons in the ankle and foot. Surgery was needed to repair the damage and the doctors believe Ms. Strunk, a former vice president of Amnesty International's U.S. chapter, will make a full recovery.

Shark bites are extremely rare in Puerto Rican waters, with only six recorded attacks since the mid 1880s. Of these, two were fatal, the last one occurring in 1924. Although the waters of Mosquito Bay do have small sharks, they tend to shy away from human contact. However, this is breeding season and the theory is that either a juvenile shark mistook a foot for food in the murky water or that a female shark may have acted out because she felt her young were threatened. Source

NOTE: This the THIRD shark attack in the past 48 Hours which has happened in areas where there have never been any reported shark attacks or in this case extremely rare.

I would be interested to hear from someone who has knowledge and expertise of why this could be happening.