I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… fishing in Florida is not for the faint of heart. Whether you’re on shore or on the boat, it’s pretty terrifying to not know what could be lying below the surface.
From jellyfish to stingrays, sharks or even alligators, there are a number of reasons why you always have to be cautious about sticking your hand, or any other body part, in the water.
With that being said, here’s a perfect example.
This terrifying scene went down at the Everglades National Park in Florida.
A few anglers were out on the water fishing for snook, when one decided to stick his hands in the water to wash them off. All of a sudden, a large lemon shark popped out of the water and bit the man in the hand, and pulled him straight in.
Luckily, the bystanders were quickly able to get him back on the boat before the shark could do anymore damage.
One witness wrote in the caption:
“Today was one of the scariest days on the water I have ever had. It started off great and we were crushing the fish but the sharks were eating some our fish despite our best efforts. After releasing a snook, Elarjan washed his hands in the water and was immediately bit by a large bull shark.
There was no chum or blood in the water and the sharks were unprovoked. The sharks are no joke in the Everglades and the warnings about keeping your hands out of the water are not an exaggeration. Please take this as a lesson and keep your hands out of the water because this could have been prevented.
He was rushed back to the dock and the park rangers were a lifesaver (literally). He was airlifted to the hospital and is in the best care possible.”
Of course, we have yet to see any pictures of the hand, but it looks like he took a pretty good chomp… you can see the blood on the gunwale of the boat.
Thank God he was able to get some quick medical treatment, and the situation didn’t end as badly as it could’ve.