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A video that went viral on social networks showed The terrifying moment a man is bitten and thrown overboard from his boat by a shark. The curious thing about the images is that they were recorded last Friday in the Florida Everglades.
A visitor to Everglades National Park reported that he was bitten while washing his hand in the water in Florida Bay, according to a statement released by the National Park Service.
He was attended to by a ranger and taken to a hospital.
The statement continued: “While shark bites are extremely rare in Everglades National Parkwe always advise visitors to be careful with the wildlife in the park.”
The video begins with a man dressed in a sweatshirt and shorts leans over the edge of a boat and dips his hands into the water. Then a voice is heard warning the man: “I would not put my hands in there.”
The man in the sweatshirt, who seems to be laughing, says, “Two seconds, it won’t do any good.”
Then dip both hands into the water a second time. At that time, it shows the video, a shark surfaces and clings to his right hand. He screams, and his right hand hits the edge of the boat and a bloody mark appears on the boat.
The man in the sweatshirt is in the water when a voice is heard yelling, “Catch him, catch him, catch him, catch him,” the video shows.
The video then becomes shaky and ends abruptly, while the man appears to have been dragged back into the boat.
Authorities have not determined what type of shark bit the man, but it was possibly a bull shark.the park spokesman said.
The Miami-Dade Fire Department said in a brief statement that it received a call at 10:10 a.m. Friday about a possible shark bite. An air rescue unit transported a patient to a local hospital.