A man who was spearfishing near Middle Sambo Reef off Boca Chica in the Florida Keys was filming underwater when he was attacked and bitten on the leg by an 8′ reef shark. The Caribbean reef shark is a near threatened species that can grow up to nearly 10′ long. They are normally shy but have been known to get aggressive in the presence of food. According to the man in the video, he was holding a black grouper he had speared when the shark attacked.
He further writes:
[The shark] first went at my dive buddy Justyn but immediately turned toward me. He first bit my left fin then took a chunk out of the right one before biting my leg and cutting the speargun line. I assumed he was trying to steal the black grouper i was holding. But after I lost the grouper and watched it swim to the bottom, the shark kept coming at us! Justyn went back down for my gun and actually shoved it in the sharks mouth like a badass!!!! The shark then took it straight to the bottom while we rushed back to the boat and safety.
According to a 2008 report by the International Shark Attack File, there have been 4 known non-fatal unprovoked Caribbean reef shark attacks reported since 1580.
The most dangerous shark is the great white shark, made famous by the Jaws movie franchise.
According to the Key West Aquarium, the area around the keys is home to a variety of sharks, most of which are non-threatening to humans. The Wildlife Musuem organization writes, “The odds of getting attacked and killed by a shark are 1 in 3,748,067. In a lifetime, you are more likely to die from fireworks (1 in 340,733), lightning (1 in 79,746), drowning (1 in 1,134), a car accident (1 in 84), stroke (1 in 24), or heart disease (1 in 5). There are 70 to 100 shark attacks worldwide every year, 5 to 15 result in death.”