MIAMI – A shark attacked and killed a Royal Caribbean ruise ship passenger who was snorkeling in waters round the Bahamas on Tuesday, in response to authorities.
The incident concerned a 58-year-old lady from Pennsylvania and occurred at a preferred snorkeling spot close to Green Cay in the northern Bahamas, police spokeswoman Chief Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings advised The Associated Press.
“It’s unfortunate,” she stated.
Skippings stated the lady’s household recognized it as a bull shark.
Royal Caribbean International stated in a press release to the AP that the particular person died after arriving at an area hospital for therapy and that the company helps their family members. They stated the visitor was taking part in an impartial shore tour in Nassau and had been crusing on Harmony of the Seas, which is on a seven-night journey after departing Florida on Sunday.
The majority of shark assaults in the Caribbean have occurred in the Bahamas, with two reported in 2019, one in all them deadly. That incident concerned a Southern California lady who was on trip and was attacked by three sharks close to Rose Island, positioned only a half mile from the place Tuesday’s attacked occurred.
In December 2020, a deadly shark assault was reported in the French Caribbean territory of St. Martin, the first such incident in that area.
Overall, at the least 32 shark assaults have been reported in the Bahamas since 1749, adopted by 13 assaults in Cuba throughout that point interval, together with one in 2019, in response to the Florida-based International Shark Attack File.
Michael Heithaus, a marine biologist at Florida International University in Miami, stated in a telephone interview that the excessive variety of assaults in the Bahamas is probably going linked to the indisputable fact that there are lots of people in the water in that space and that it has a sturdy marine ecosystem.
He stated the Bahamas has a wide range of shark species, the majority of which don’t take note of individuals, apart from bull sharks and tiger sharks.
“They get to very large sizes, and they eat big prey,” Heithaus stated, including that sharks have unimaginable sensory techniques and could be interested in meals, sounds and smells in the water.
But total, shark assaults stay uncommon, he harassed.
Worldwide, there have been 137 shark assaults final year, 73 of them unprovoked, in response to the International Shark Attack File.