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Shark Attack Leaves Florida Student Scarred, Wounded; 'There Was Blood'
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SARASOTA, Florida -- An American student has described the moment she was bitten by a shark in an attack that almost punctured her lungs and left her needing more than 100 stitches.

Andrea Lynch, 20, said she was lucky to be alive after being attacked as she enjoyed a late-night swim with friends during a boat trip off Sarasota Bay in Florida.

As she floated on her back, the shark, believed to be a 7ft-long bull shark, sank its razor-sharp teeth into her side until they hit her ribs and pelvis.

It shook her briefly before letting go.

Ms Lynch was left with 17 wounds in the attack, which happened last week.

"I got on the boat and my friend was, like, 'Do I need to call 911?' [the emergency services]," she told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune newspaper.

"I reached back with my hand and felt all these gashes on me, and there was blood running down my body and pooling in the boat," she added.

The shark attack was reported to be the second near Sarasota Bay this year, although they are relatively rare on the coast of Florida compared with the more perilous waters of Australia and South Africa.

However, the potential severity of any shark attack - even by smaller sharks like the bull - was underlined when doctors said that Mr Lynch's lungs were very nearly bitten through in the attack.

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I'm just glad she's ok, bull sharks have their place in the eco system but they sure are menacing. I dont buy the relatively rare in Florida waters comment they are becoming more frequent.
   comment# 1   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Aug 26, 2007 @ 4:19pm

what was she thinking, going swimming at night. Why not just ring the dinner bell!
   comment# 2   - Jayne · Newton, NJ · Aug 27, 2007 @ 7:23pm

Swimming at night and lying on her back were two of the biggest mistakes she could have made in the water
   comment# 3   - Erin · Newark · Aug 28, 2007 @ 10:11pm

Whoever said the bull shark is rare in Florida waters does not know Florida waters. The bull shark can live in the St Johns river and is by far our most aggressive shark. I have lived in Florida all of my life and no way would I go in the water at least past my knees at night You are just asking for trouble.
   comment# 4   - Sullivan · New Symrna Beach, Florida USA · Aug 31, 2007 @ 10:30am

This girl needs to get her head checked for going swimming at night off the Florida coast. Does she not know that sharks feed at night? She better educate herself before she ends up a meal someday.
   comment# 5   - rob · East Hampton, Ct · Sep 7, 2007 @ 10:16am

i have been reserching shark attacks around the world for years and people should get there facts right. the international shark attack files have lied for many years and have changed there numbers on attacks around the world to keep the averages low. In australia in the last 5-10 years the attacks have increased rapidly as we are no 1 in the world for fatalies the longer you go back in history the lower the averages are its not rocket science! anyone swimming at night are targets for sharks. most people are not educated enough about sharks and there habits but alot of industries rely on tourism dollars these days the film jaws made us aware of the dangers in the sea and when someone yells barra theres no responce but if someone yells shark! its that primal fear that kicks in and the brain takes over.we fear for sharks as they are only part of a group of species that can eat us alive and that is fact.the great white shark is a smart fish and is very territorial it doesnt attack only if hungry but been in its territory is dangerous enough and if by chance its carring there young look out it will attack you for no reason !I DONT USUALLY COMMENT AT ALL ABOUT SHARK ATTACKS BUT WHEN YOUR OWN COUNTRY BECOMES THE HIGHEST FATALITY RATE IN THE WORLD TWICE THE AVERAGE OF THE REST OF THE WORLD SOMEONE SHOULD SPEAK UP AND TELL THE FACTS NOT THE TRUTH.THE TRUTH CAN BE MISIMFORMED BUT THE FACTS SPEAK LOUDER.THERE IS A TIME AND PLACE FOR EVERYTHING NOWS THAT TIME
   comment# 6   - banjo jnr · australia · Sep 15, 2007 @ 9:53pm

That shark is a lucky bastard!!. You dont get around chicks that hot for often. hehhehe.
   comment# 7   - Habib · Manama, Bahrain · Oct 28, 2007 @ 10:47am

   comment# 8   - Cyrill · Australia · Jan 19, 2008 @ 9:29pm

Jeez Cyrill. That's a long bow to draw. lol I think what banjo is saying is that he believes that there are more shark attacks in Australia than elsewhere, but for whatever reason, others are saying there are more shark attacks in the US. Either that, or he's saying there are more shark attacks around the world than are being admitted to. In any case, let's not see terrorist plots where they don't exist. I think sharks are way too sensible to get involved in terrorism!
   comment# 9   - Dave · Australia · Jan 20, 2008 @ 6:03pm

I think what the other people said about is wrong because I myself have been studying shark attacks. In this case i am not sure however why the shark attacked her because they normally only attack if they think your a seal or something. but I thenk the Lord that she is okay and that she can tell the world her story and also i hope she learned that you shouldn't swim at night because that still isn;t smart you don;t know what could be in the water!!!!
   comment# 10   - Kaylyn · United States · Feb 20, 2008 @ 3:33pm

i feel sorry for you
   comment# 11   - christopher · bedias,tx united states · Feb 26, 2008 @ 10:38am

It beats the hell out of having tattoos all over her back. Praise Allah and all the imaginary friends out there that the noah was only 'testing the waters'. It must have been all the body lotions and potions that she was wearing that probably persuaded the little fella to let go.
   comment# 12   - doug · King Island · Feb 28, 2008 @ 2:14pm

I watched a programme on shark attacks, and it has absolutely scared me for life! i dare not even go swimming in the sea at blackpool!! ha ha ha!
   comment# 13   - Lyndsey · Cheshire · Mar 17, 2008 @ 9:36am

id bite her too
   comment# 14   - timbo · jerzee · Mar 17, 2008 @ 6:18pm

In the shark attack reports they claim every bite as an attack, unless it's like a fishing accident unhooking. In Volusia County alone (Daytona Beach Fl.) they average 30-40 bites a year. However these bites are no way as serious as Australia or South Africa because of the type of shark. Most bites here happen in just a few feet of water while sharks are coming in to feed on smaller fish.
   comment# 15   - kcbartlett · Macon US · Mar 19, 2008 @ 11:56am

Well, I am glad that she survived and when I was little we had were swimming and 2 bull sharks swam near us,we did not know it until someone yelled shark.we made it out okay!
   comment# 16   - kellen · hamilton,US · Mar 21, 2008 @ 10:29am

Well, Even for those who venture into the water (and even at night) you are still more likely to die from being attacked by a dog or being struck by lightning then you are to be attacked by a shark. You are even more likely to be a lottery millionaire so all of you who say she was stupid need to have your heads examined. Your commute to work is more dangerous by far and sonce you do it, you certainly don't mind the odds.
   comment# 17   - Larry · Anahiem, CA - US · Mar 31, 2008 @ 8:19am

Yeah...This is a terrible accident. But its just an accident. People make mistakes everyday. An this is one of life's little mistakes. Andrea Lynch is lucky to have survived such an experience. But in no way is she crazy or ringing any bell. Shes just a teenager trying to have a good time. There was no way of knowing a shark was going to attack her. An it could have just as easily have happened to anyone of the kids swimming that night.
   comment# 18   - Nicole Weaver · Arlington, Ga. · Apr 1, 2008 @ 2:23am

i'm from Australia, i like how the reporter calls our waters perilous
   comment# 19   - lawrence · australia · Apr 1, 2008 @ 4:49am

the bull shark checked her out by biting her and not recognizing the human flesh as something of the sea let her go. Unlike a rogue shark did back in the 1920 era up the coastline of NewJersey, which did indeed,develope a taste for human flesh..diverdave..belleville,ont.can.
   comment# 20   - diverdave · belleville ont. canada · Apr 6, 2008 @ 5:25pm

Sharks attack! Thats that! Scientists spend millions of dollars and lots of time on these findings. My advice, dont swim near sharks! We're probably all going to die from cancer before we encounter a shark anyway!
   comment# 21   - Toni · NJ, USA · Apr 7, 2008 @ 5:52am

scary experience for sure, but those are some bad scars!
   comment# 22   - cricket · providence USA · Apr 8, 2008 @ 6:18pm

Yikes...We still must respect the water and the creatures in it... We are in their territory as well, and they are being lured into the coasts... I'm so glad she is alright! Kimberly Edwards :)
   comment# 23   - Kimbery Edwards · Niagara Falls, Canada · Apr 8, 2008 @ 6:23pm

I guess I won't be swimming in the waters near Sarasota and so much for swimming at night. This is very frightening and I am just happy to see the girl is o.k.
   comment# 24   - · Niagara Falls, Canada · Apr 8, 2008 @ 6:34pm

If you think about how many people are in the water ever year, 30-40 bites is a pin pick. Better chance of being in a plane crash. The waters (even at night) are safer than activities we do every day (i.e. driving)
   comment# 25   - Robert · USA · Apr 9, 2008 @ 11:34am

The ocean is the shark's kingdom. We do not belong there. As someone who snorkels daily, I can tell you the chances of being attacked are directly related to your time in the water. Only a dumb tourist, or someone with a death wish would swim in the ocean at night! The only reason I am still living is because I only dive in the daytime, with a partner. Even still, there have been a few times where I narrowly avoided attack. I learned a long time ago that I am a guest in their home. And sometimes if they are hungry they eat their guests!
   comment# 26   - Tsu Nami · San Salvador, Bahamas · Apr 9, 2008 @ 8:49pm

Hey what kind of shark bit you?
   comment# 27   - nikki · FL, U.S · Apr 13, 2008 @ 6:21am

does anybody not wonder what is causing these sharks to come so close into shore? I'm an old beach-nut, and 30 to 40 years ago, you NEVER heard of sharks swimming close to shore-I think it is due to overfishing by commercial fisheries who limit the food supply, or perhaps global warming of the seas..? Any thoughts?
   comment# 28   - cindylucinda · columbia, south carolina, USA · Apr 21, 2008 @ 3:33pm

There is no doubt the increase in attacks is directly related to the impact we've caused on the food chain. The number of attacks will continue to increase, people will continue to use the "lightning strike" comparison... bottom line, if they scare you so much, stay out of the ocean!!
   comment# 29   - Scotty G · Denver, CO USA · Apr 23, 2008 @ 11:43pm

At least that shark has good taste!
   comment# 30   - P. James · Chicago · Apr 26, 2008 @ 9:43am

READ, people. They didn't say the SHARKS were rare, they said ATTACKS were rare.
   comment# 31   - SK · Vancouver, Canada · Apr 26, 2008 @ 5:57pm

I have been studying sharks half my life and accidents happen. We all take risks, but we also need to use commen sence. Swimming at night is not a smart idea! People need to understand that when they enter the water they are taking risks and they need to take responsibility for their actions!
   comment# 32   - Juls · morro bay, California · Apr 27, 2008 @ 10:12pm

this is why i don't go in the ocean past my knees, glad she is ok, some folks are not so lucky
   comment# 33   - debbie · hickory north carolina · Apr 28, 2008 @ 9:34am

My twin boys and I are all happy that she is ok. Sometimes life's lessons are learned the hard way. Jordan says life pulls out many surprises and hers wasn't a happy one. Keaton agrees with all who wrote that the idea wasn't a smart one, but don't let that stop you from swimming during the day and with a partner. When something this traumatic happens in your life it is never a waste if the experience benefits others. We are sure that many will benefit from this experience and make different decisions.
   comment# 34   - Kim · St. Petersburg, Florida · Apr 28, 2008 @ 4:06pm

hi, nice she survived.she should consider it God[ALLAH] blessing instead of her superiority in swimming and luck.
   comment# 35   - tahir · Pakistan · Apr 29, 2008 @ 5:06am

I am 32 years old and I have been a shark enthusiast since I got my first book, which was about sharks, as a child. I feel enormous sympathy for anyone who loses a loved in such a violent and unexpected way. As I read and watch the news on the recent attacks in Florida, as well as the far more sensationalized attack by the White in California, one thing becomes very clear to me. In the 32 Years since the film JAWS was released, peoples attitudes have changed very little about the shark. Despite efforts of countless scientists and shark enthusiasts, and educational programming such as the Discovery Channels SHARK WEEK, alot of people are still ignorant to true shark behavior. Three people were bitten in Florida in as many days, but since they were not fatal, they did not embody the tradgedy of the California doctors poor fate. I have lived in both New York and Florida and have seen huge white sharks caught of Montauk. Personally more than the white, the shark I most fear is the bull. It is far-ranging, fresh water adaptive, and has killed more people worldwide than White Sharks and Tiger Sharks combined. While the chances of being bitten are rare, and fatally attacked rarer still, it is such a horrifying experience that it will always be a nightmare in our psyche.
   comment# 36   - Fran · Reading, Pennsylvania · Apr 29, 2008 @ 10:13am

We have bugs electronic repellents, mice and rats repellents. Can't they come up with some sort of shark electronic repellents???
   comment# 37   - Fori · Florida · May 1, 2008 @ 2:27pm

omg im sooo happpy shes ok but i no if i got bit i would be sooooooooo scared i dont no how she got through that i was just looking at pics of sharks and i said to my self imagine getting bute by one of those but it was a great white shark but still!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 38   - JESSICA S · orange county folrida · May 3, 2008 @ 7:23am

a plane crash may be more likely than a shark attack but i'd rather not take the risk of being eaten alive by a 9 foot creature with dozens of teeth designed to shred and tear right through flesh and bone. yea, a plane crash definately sounds much more pleasant.
   comment# 39   - sammie · san bernardino, californis · May 3, 2008 @ 6:59pm

She decided to take a little night swim with friends? Like Christie in the Original Movie Jaws? Do the math girlie! That's a no brainer, or perhaps you've always wanted to be in the sequel. Well, you're a Star! and so are your scars & how's your nerve endings? I'm NOT mean, just a realist with a functioning brain with an emphasis on common sense. By the way, ALL you scientist with your oceanography mumbo-jumbo; "fact this!": The truth is WE really don't know anything for sure regarding these creatures that have been on the planet for thousands of years do we? You guys fear them just like the rest of us. Your stats and theory rubbish are temporary shields to hide behind. But let's face it, thousands and some odd years have past and your colleagues and peers have studied and you're still throwing the old "as a matter of a fact(s)" at us. Give it up you'll never be able to explain the unexplained. Why don't you get out of the water and leave the bastards alone? Build, spruce up or hopefully you bought the boat with one of those grants you continue to swindle receiving from the government. You know, to continue your very important research that hasn't really amounted to answering any of those unexplained questions like, when's the next unlucky son of a less than respectable female going to die from a shark bite, and why? "Thanks" for the years of great under water footage and I truly mean that!
   comment# 40   - catherine ataide · Sunnyvale · May 7, 2008 @ 9:05pm

Wow Catherine, why are you so mad? "oceanography mumbo-jumbo"???? Researchers are learning a bunch about sharks everyday. There are explanations for why people are attacked you are just choosing to ignore them. And with out these researchers "swindling" money from the government sharks would probably be extinct. And by the way it is not thousands of years they have been around its millions of years, they were here before the dinosaurs. So please keep your ignorant rants to yourself.
   comment# 41   - Kat · Toronto · May 11, 2008 @ 7:23pm

wow... i used to surf a lot in VA Beach but ever since i heard of a few sharks swimming around that area i stopped... freaky stuff and what she said is true... im glad shes okay and dont let that stop u from not going back into the water =)
   comment# 42   - Brittany 14 · Canton, USA · May 15, 2008 @ 6:25am

I hope that that young girl was ok and that she is up and going about once again. She must be in GREAT shock to this very day and probably will be for the rest of her life!
   comment# 43   - Caoilfhionn Monaghan · Strabane Northern Ireland · May 20, 2008 @ 11:45am

WOW, Glad to see you made it, looks like you lived through one of my worst nightmares! Dont worry, you are still gorgeous!
   comment# 44   - Craig · Houston · May 21, 2008 @ 7:35am

wow!!!! dude u okii ???? that shark attack must have been pretty painful :0
   comment# 45   - popz · astraler · May 29, 2008 @ 4:15am

You are very pretty and you have a unique story to tell. Sharks are not what some others here are saying. The shark tasted and realized you were not food and left you be. The shark is no more horrible than humans. We kill everyday for food and think nothing of it. Even if the meat is not one we eat, we still think nothing of it to kill. Atleast the shark realized you were not food and left you be. Humans are worse than sharks. I think it is because they hardly kill that they are such big news. Someone gets shot and that is old news a day later. Stop painting sharks as bad creatures everyone. Andrea, you are beautiful and the scars are also.
   comment# 46   - Rachel · Orlando, FL USA · May 31, 2008 @ 3:08pm

I would rather swim at night than walk through L.A at night
   comment# 47   - James · Winnipeg ,Canada · Jun 3, 2008 @ 7:59am

bull sharks developing taste for humans in some places. be careful.
   comment# 48   - carmelcurl · portland · Jun 9, 2008 @ 3:27pm

Sharks are beautiful, intelligent creatures. Perhaps if more humans would exhibit the same level of intelligence, there would be even fewer accidents like this. I'm not saying Andrea is stupid, but it's NEVER a wise decision to knowingly enter the unpredictable habitat of such creatures as sharks, and going into their waters at night/in the dark is equatable to suicide. Realize and understand the risk you choose to put yourself at when you enter the oceans- sharks do what is in their nature to do. People often fear what they don't understand.
   comment# 49   - Nicole · Venice · Jun 11, 2008 @ 12:46pm

Why do people swim at night when it's so dark , they can hardly even see their own feet. Well, I would never even swim past my chest(only in oceans). But , i must admit ..I feel bad for her.More than 100 stitches? She must be HORRIFIED!!! I KNOW I WOULD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 50   - Angelina · U.S.A · Jun 17, 2008 @ 1:37pm

Omg your bite, im glad you survived. Thats ahmazing. but even though its sad nd stuff its kinda cool to show off that like you got bit by a shark. but anyways glad you survived hat big attack.
   comment# 51   - Kelly · Detroit,MI · Jun 21, 2008 @ 10:13pm

WOW. It's amazing how many people claim to be experts, and end up spewing absolute crap that makes no sense at all. It's true that your chances are slim that you will ever be attacked by a shark, but you do in fact increase your chances by swimming in certain circumstances. First of wich is swimming at night which many of you have noted. It could also be noted the depth of the water she was swimming in, and of course the position she was swimming in. The point is that though she wasn't doing intentionally, she was in fact metaphorically "ringing a dinner bell". If you're gonna enjoy recreation in an area with dangerous predators you better know how to prevent being attacked. You wouldn't go swimming in a hippo, and crocadile infested river in africa at night would you?
   comment# 52   - Dustin · Brush, CO · Jun 22, 2008 @ 4:40pm

yeah, poor girl. But you don't really go swimming in the ocean at night and be surprised when a shark bites. It's nature to them.. Ergh, it annoys me when people try to endanger these sharks to... This world isn't JUST ours. rear orifices. Anyways, I'm gald she's ok! :D
   comment# 53   - ashley · usa · Jul 6, 2008 @ 9:36pm

you gotta be careful babe,it would be a shame to loose a ... ummm :] to loose you.
   comment# 54   - ivan · bulgaria · Jul 9, 2008 @ 1:51pm

Wow, Catherine you are ignorant! Go Kat, agreed with everything you said, and James, L.A. at night, your watching too much T.V. and haven't been to L.A. at night or any other time for that matter. Bottom line, sharks are awesome! Stop fishing them (atleast for sport) and understand when your in their world it's all fair so take the precautions to minimize your risk.
   comment# 55   - Jeff · Seattle, Wa · Jul 10, 2008 @ 6:38pm

The world is ours, the most supreme predator. All is fair in our world? Sport fishing is awesome. Jeff you are the igmo.
   comment# 56   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Jul 11, 2008 @ 6:02pm

Its good that she survived the attack, though i find it very stupid of her to go swimming at night there. Here in Belgium we have only 30km of coast and the only sharks that swim there are Speckled Epaulette's and a few other sand sharks. greetz
   comment# 57   - Wim Verhoeven · Antwerp, Belgium · Jul 12, 2008 @ 6:13am

"Whoever said the bull shark is rare in Florida waters does not know Florida waters" - thats right dude! myself, my husband, son and all our friends are somekind of ocean/water-sport junkie and we were all talking about the sharks that most frequent south broward-waters all the way up to melbourne-waters and all of us were in agreement that its the BULL & NURSE shark and they are far far far from rare if your looking you will spot one 9 out of 10 times you look and they are close to the shoreline only about 8feet out We all agree though that it depends on the time of day it is and what the weather conditions(also up-coming weather) are and some say moon size has something to do with it too, but that normally they don't bother you! Me personaly think that it is invading their teritory so be careful.and enjoy our beautiful waters its a risk to take prescribed medicine from a doctor too but you like them have to outway the benificial factors against the negative ones and the enjoyment of being/playing in that ocean are in our opinion more benifical. oh and for the person who said that you have a better chance of being in a plane crash is way wrong the statics are way far greater to be attacked by a shark than in a plane crash, check it out
   comment# 58   - bowdie · dania beach florida, US · Jul 13, 2008 @ 7:24pm

One of the first rules of Shark Respect: Don't go swiming after dark! Gotta respect the shark's turf. We are the guests in their house.
   comment# 59   - mtodd · USA · Jul 19, 2008 @ 8:47am

it must have been a big shark.
   comment# 60   - Emily · W.A Australia · Jul 20, 2008 @ 1:34am

First off Sharks don't come up on land and bite us! we make a choice to go into the water where these incredible creatures hunt. If you get bit I don't care when, where, or what time it is! we need to stop shifting blame because the only party to blame is yourself. YOU know before you venture out for a swim that there are sharks in the water. We have no buisness in the water anyways if you like swimming go to a pool. Sharks were here millions of year before we were even a twinkle in our mothers eyes so have some respect.
   comment# 61   - Ashley.C · Canada · Jul 20, 2008 @ 1:22pm

OMG that looks really really painful
   comment# 62   - Bailee · Peru,illinois · Jul 22, 2008 @ 5:15am

i always am afraid of sharks but at least i have some commen sence! swimming at night...good move! whenever someone gets bit by a shark they blame the shark but it was that girls own fault. i say get some brains and swim in the DAYTIME! -ashlee (:
   comment# 63   - ashlee · ontario, canada · Aug 4, 2008 @ 9:06am

Also spassmässig gesagt würde ich Dich trotz Narbe sofort als Freundin nehmen! ;-D Sorry, tut mir natürlich leid für Deine schreckerregende und schlussäntlich leider sehr schmerzhafte Begegnung mit dem Hai. Aber trotzallem, auf dem Bild strahlst Du aus: "Was Dich nicht umbringt - macht Dich stärker".
   comment# 64   - David Pierroz · Basel (Schweiz) · Aug 7, 2008 @ 12:44pm

Ouch! That must have really hurt! I thought getting attacekd by a dog hurt, well I was wrong. I think it's not that bad snice I have seen what a shark can do!
   comment# 65   - Kaylah* · Red Deer · Aug 10, 2008 @ 8:06pm

what....complete crazy, maybe drunk...rsrs anyways ...glad she is ok, some folks are not so lucky ...
   comment# 66   - alex · BRAZIL ... · Aug 27, 2008 @ 8:03pm

wow alot of you guys are really full of it and need to do your research before you act like you know what your talking about
   comment# 67   - Ashley · Iowa · Sep 6, 2008 @ 3:15pm

now i dont want to be liberal but its a sharks ocean she did the wrong thing she swam at night in deeper water in fact theres a show about her shark attack it was on shark week but yeah wrong place wrong time
   comment# 68   - Rob · USA · Sep 11, 2008 @ 12:17am

I have read a few of the comments here and most of them were people saying how they think she is the less than intelligent person for swimming at night (granted not smart) but I say the real award for being a A class moron goes to her friend who asked if they need to call 911. no scat buddy a shark just attacked!
   comment# 69   - Jason · Toronto, Canada · Sep 25, 2008 @ 3:10pm

Whatever whatever with the shark...she's kinda hot lookin
   comment# 70   - TDC · Anytown usa · Oct 2, 2008 @ 11:05am

Beautiful girl with a wild story to tell! Glad you're okay!
   comment# 71   - Rager · Milton, PA - U.S.A · Oct 7, 2008 @ 12:39pm

Ouch! That must have hurt so much. It's good that she's okay after the incident, after all, the percentage of shark attacks on human are escalating and many of them rarely get out of it alive and worst some die. Glad she's fine now.
   comment# 72   - rico · manila, philippines · Oct 14, 2008 @ 9:24am

Oh my god so glad that she made it through it all now its making me think twice about loving sharks
   comment# 73   - Sarah · Katherine, Austraila · Oct 19, 2008 @ 7:21pm

Floating? thats what people should never do! It must of been a mistake case of identity, as many scientist say! I surf in austraila near sydney, i dont really know how many sharks hunt there but there are really beautiful creatures.Belive me i was attacked by one but it went for my board rather than me i was so lucky that my friend was near by i climb on her surf board then we went to sore, i was scared going back into the water, but after a few days or so i went back in and i am really glad i did, i dont blame the shark at all! But if fisher men are going to carry on killing sharks they shouldnt cause its cruel and just think what have the sharks done to us ai just think about that?
   comment# 74   - Amy · Austraila · Oct 20, 2008 @ 11:10am

i am glad you are alive cause i was real scared when i saw that pic if you
   comment# 75   - Damanpreet Dhillon · Ontario,mississagua · Nov 5, 2008 @ 2:23pm

I hate sharks, THey're horrible fish OH, my god lookthat girl
   comment# 76   - orgesa · america -texas · Nov 8, 2008 @ 1:33am

This girl is so so sexy...
   comment# 77   - Kevin · Portsmouth, NH · Nov 14, 2008 @ 10:19am

   comment# 78   - KASEY · DETROIT · Nov 15, 2008 @ 9:52am

U poor thing. I hate sharks. I'm never going swimming again! All sharks should be killed.
   comment# 79   - Averill · West Glover, United States · Nov 22, 2008 @ 3:39pm

I have been studying shark attacks for the last several minutes. I believe that this attack happened because she was humming the song One by Metallica. It is well known that sharks prefer R&B. She also had several mackeral taped to her elbows. Some hot chicks are pretty wierd.
   comment# 80   - George · US · Nov 27, 2008 @ 1:35pm

Praise God that it wasnt any worse! He is amazing!
   comment# 81   - Julie · New York · Nov 30, 2008 @ 11:15am

Since when have shark attacks been limited to nighttime? Sharks feed when there is food present. They follow their nose and not their eyes. They could care less about the time of day just as they do about the color of your swim suit. They, along with their prey follow the same logic as most of the animal kingdom: eat when you can. Just keep doing as you do in every aspect of your life, weigh the consequences of your actions against the possible repercussions and enjoy the ride
   comment# 82   - Chris · Virginia · Dec 3, 2008 @ 6:33pm

Will people stop praising God for the girl surviving! It had nothing to do with God, if God wanted to help why didn't he divert the shark, or help her sooner. This girl survived because the shark didn't like her taste, simple as. No God, just natural instinct. If you don't like the taste of something you spit it out. It doesn't take an implausible invisible deity to do it. Instinct!
   comment# 83   - Alex · Edinburgh · Dec 8, 2008 @ 8:06am

Andrea was the first recorded case of a shark attack in Sarasota Bay. Swimming in the bay at night when you can see the phosphorescent phytoplankton (they look like little stars in the water) has been a tradition at our college since the sixties. And though, in this freak accident, there's a chance that those lights helped attract the shark, the odds were hugely in favor of nothing happening. People play such odds all the time by sky divng, bungee jumping, getting onto the freeway, etc. Also I'm just going to put it out there, going to the trouble to call someone an less than intelligent person who almost died... tacky.
   comment# 84   - Cristina · Sarasota · Dec 8, 2008 @ 9:17pm

For anyone wondering, she's doing swimmingly these days. (pun absolutely intended) For those suggesting that she's an less than intelligent person or was drunk... she is/was neither. Hers was the second or third shark attack in the general area in roughly 100 years. It was a freak accident, it sucked, and, luckily, everything's fine now. In fact, she dressed up as a Were-Shark for Halloween last year - gotta love a sense of humor. The picture up there has all the bandage residue and stitches... the scars are much less scary-looking now. Now she just looks way tough for having a shark bite. But it looks kind of fake, honestly, like some stick-on Jaws bite... you know what, I bet she faked the whole thing. There's some shark out there in our bay, totally peeved because of the slander. "I was just LOOKING, man, jeeze!"
   comment# 85   - Jenn · Sarasota, FL · Dec 8, 2008 @ 9:31pm

Whilst I sympathies with this girl who has suffered a traumatic injury in statistically unlikely circumstances I cannot see any reason for vilifying sharks in general or calling for their extermination. Certainly more lives would be saved by executing drunk drivers after the 2nd recorded offence. You don’t need to go near the ocean for one of them to get you and they all believe it is their god given right to risk other peoples lives as well as their own. Predators eat things usually after killing them. Large sharks are big enough to bite lumps off us while we are still alive. Drunks kill indiscriminately without any reason other than irresponsibility and certainly don’t eat what they kill. Lets keep a sense of proportion here just stay out of the water and the bars: its not that hard to understand :if you are a rational being prove it!
   comment# 86   - Bill · manchester UK · Dec 10, 2008 @ 12:12pm

i think that sharks are very cool - but they are dengres yust look whats happened whit the girl !
   comment# 87   - Mary · Norway Stavanger · Dec 11, 2008 @ 2:53am

She shouldnt have gone swimming @ night in the first place and floating on her back was a sign to the the shark saying "Im hurt come take a bite out of me!"
   comment# 88   - Censee · Tahlequah, OK · Dec 11, 2008 @ 2:09pm

the article failed to mention several very important facts regarding sharks attacks. amoung the questions left unanswered: why do they tend to single out hot women? is she single? has she left florida and maybe moved to- i dunno- southern california? if so, is she maybe free next friday? c'mon, stupid reporters, get your game faces on and give us the news.
   comment# 89   - joe · california · Dec 13, 2008 @ 3:01pm

really glad shes ok but at the end of the day its there home an we invade it.. what would you do if someone burst into your house?? sit there?? i dont think so.. there protectin themselves.. and also splashing makes them think your a wounded fish there not interested in humans were too bony.. there not killing machines there very misunderstood.. if ya wanna kearn more visit lets help them an help people around who are unaware of the potential dangers.
   comment# 90   - michaela · united kingdom · Dec 22, 2008 @ 3:08am

this prof that sharks r blind coz if it can see it wouldnt bite that extra hot sexy body ^^ lol iam glad she is ok
   comment# 91   - youssef · egypt · Dec 22, 2008 @ 7:35am

i have been studying sharks for a long time. The attacks of shark bites and fatalities are increasing but this is because they have to come in closer to feed (their food source is depleating) and anyone swimming in a body of water like an ocean should know that they are at risk WE are invading THEIR territory they dont like the taste of human flesh the only 2 sharks that will eat ANYTHING is a tiger and a black tip reef shark other sharks just bite and leave we are mistaken for THEIR prey sharks need to be protected and people need to be more educated on them and the only reason why more atacks are happening by austraila is because of the climate changing causing their food source to go closer to shore and/or dying its no ones fault really just everyone needs to be careful
   comment# 92   - Britni · Missori USA · Dec 25, 2008 @ 9:24pm

WOW andrea I can't believe you survived that attack that is so intense on how big your wound is. I have never been in the ocean but I definetly don't want to come in counter with a shark ever. Were you scared at all I bet you were because I would be, especially if I knew that I might have died!!!!
   comment# 93   - Julie · Aurora, Colorado · Dec 26, 2008 @ 12:32pm

that is so said me and my 4 year old brother are learn alot from people like you ou enspierd me too do more reshearch of sharks when i grow up i want to open a free help center with my broters
   comment# 94   - patrica oconor · middletown new york · Dec 26, 2008 @ 2:28pm

I know so much about sharks but I am terrified of them and of the ocean. I freaked out when I snorkled in Hawaii. I can't imagine how scared you were. But come on, isn't it common sense not to swim at night?
   comment# 95   - Joyce poole · tampa bay flordia · Dec 27, 2008 @ 12:33pm

well i don`t fell sorry for her she should have been smart and she lives in florida and they have a lot of sharks.Sharks do have to eat something you know so don`t blame it on the amazing creatures [SHARKS]
   comment# 96   - Kacie · slidell united states · Dec 29, 2008 @ 9:32pm

I am soooooo glad that she is okay! I got to swim with a few sharks before but I mean you cannont blame her or the shark becuase it's just nature but I'm sooooo glad she's fine x0-Madi
   comment# 97   - Madi · St.Louis · Dec 31, 2008 @ 7:38pm

hey! i have never seen a shark in real life ecxept at those boring aquariums which don't tell you much. i would love to be able to cage dive with sharks but for me that aint gonna happen :( you might think i am wierd but oh well! lol that girl is very luck to have survived the accident but it was ONLY an accident, sharks are not evil creatures sent out to kill us they have been here for WAY longer than we have, yet humans think the own the water, well ye don't. we are in their territory and we can be seen as prey, or they could jst be curious to what we are. shark attacks are RARE compaired to most things that we do. people who go out and kill sharks because they attack/kill someone are sick. they do not derserve it!! okay its not very nice to be bitten but over reacting much!?
   comment# 98   - Ashley · Scotland aberdeenshire · Jan 4, 2009 @ 3:17pm

Ok to all of you people that think they know everything sharks have lived here 400 million years earthlings that is alot longer than people have lived here for. Sharks kill 4 people a year supose to humans that kill 40 million sharks a year. People in China are killing sharks just fo there fins and throwing them back in the water to die. Statistics show that coconuts you can check it up kill about 150 people a year. she wasn't lucky she was probaly playing around when sharks do attack they think we are seals that ar ingured because we splash around alot so the shark had an accident. were not all vegetarians and eat meat every animal is equaled to us so back off about thinking sharks are so bad and grow up. i live in florida and go to the beach all the time ive never heard of anything happening at the beach.
   comment# 99   - Marina Fadlon · florida sunrise USA · Jan 4, 2009 @ 8:43pm

ok first no im not the girl in the story second please read my comennt. ive been to south africs and what they said is funny and true. we slept in tent so if you had to pee it was a sepret building. and they said if you see to glowing eyes at night stay or stand still cuz only pray moves.also im writing cuz im bourd. lol. oh right by the way i think the people that say they study shark attacks are lieing because if you study shark attcks why wouldnt you study sharks not just attacks and i dont study them but my uncul is a sinenticet sorry by the way i cant spell lol. anyways my uncul studys the ocean and every thing in it not olny sharks but octopuss , plants , sharks , whales , jelly fish , sea monter legands , stingrays , coral refs , fish that are at the bottom bottom of the ocean and so on ... he even studys the bermuta triangle. THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART!: most sharks dont attack unless the find that you are a threat, most people think oh no its a shark its going to eat me ahhh but really they dont just eat us most of the time they eat other fish thats the circle of life so next time you look up a shark attack or just see a shark think of this and also most of the shark pictures that you look up are photo shoped or from a movie seand witch is not real either. SHARKS ARNT ALWAYS BAD! now after this i am just soooooooooo bourd so im trying to use up all the letters your alowed to use lollol tee hee. oh and i got home at 4:00AM from a plane and i used all the letters whoot
   comment# 100   - Andrea · Canada · Jan 5, 2009 @ 9:41am

me again! :) the girl can do what ever she pleases whether thats swimming at night where sharks are or walking to her work or whatever. its up to her. she looks sensable (my spelling sux :( oh well) enuf to know whats wrong and right. okay she made a mistake going swimming, i wouldnt myself coz i have a fear of drowning, then i start hyperventilating. but a mistake just the same, we all learn from them. one way or another.
   comment# 101   - ashley · scotland · Jan 5, 2009 @ 4:10pm

i once swam at night before i new much about sharks now that i think about it it sends shivers down my spine
   comment# 102   - gfd · USA · Jan 7, 2009 @ 1:57pm

That rarest of rare things, a shark biting someone hot! If I were a shark I would definately have continued to eat her, maybe it was a female shark :)
   comment# 103   - Phil · London, Los Angeles, New York · Jan 9, 2009 @ 9:31am

Ea Ostia! Lol... That really IS a rarest of rare stuff.. U can't come across a hot girl and just bite her indistinctively.. gotta praise the shark u know. animal instinct got the better off it. whether it was lookin for a meal or.. ehem lookin for.. lol some other reason to bite such a thing.. well HER! haha. Andrea don't be ashamed of having those scars. They made you even hotter IMO. Anyways One is lucky to have survived and cheated death.
   comment# 104   - Victor Melendez · Cidra, Puerto Rico · Jan 15, 2009 @ 4:36am

Who says Sharks are stupid ? Id love to have taken a bite out of her and I'd have bitten her all over hehehe.Serious side though Im glad your alright !
   comment# 105   - philip De Thame london paparazzo · London · Jan 17, 2009 @ 11:42pm

   comment# 106   - IRONMAN · PHILIPPINES · Jan 21, 2009 @ 9:46am

wow that is horrible. i can't believe she was bit by a shark. When i first say the picture i thought it was just some drawings but wow that is amazing. but that must have sucked to be almost killed by a shark i bet it hurt really bad.
   comment# 107   - Kensly · Germany · Jan 24, 2009 @ 2:15am

Come to Cape Town in South Africa and experience a real Shark. How about a 13Meter Great White at Rob Island??? It WILL bite you in half and feed your remains to the Seaguls! This lady was Lucky...
   comment# 108   - Wiaan · South Africa · Jan 27, 2009 @ 4:46am

wow i can't belive it i meen she's a girl and was brave bc if someone get's bit by a shark and lives it is a miracle.if she was on a feild trip the school could have been sewed anyway i am glad that she is ok.
   comment# 109   - if i could be · dubai · Jan 31, 2009 @ 3:25am

i think that people are right i meen what was she thing when she did that i thought she is 20 but acts like a 11 year old
   comment# 110   - if · dubai · Jan 31, 2009 @ 3:30am

if your deep in the water don't think the shark ain't going to attack you your in it's territory now and you invade it your expected for some company and Sharks hate our taste
   comment# 111   - Madison · Oshawa Ontario Canada · Feb 5, 2009 @ 1:48pm

so sorry allways had nightmares of being attackted by a shark.
   comment# 112   - kelly · america · Feb 10, 2009 @ 7:30am

Ok so I heard some talk of statistics and how rare shark attacks are and how likely you are to be killed by a shark versus being killed in a car accident or whatever. What if I told you that STATISTICS ARE USELESS without context. what the heck? Ok, suppose you have an overall 1 in 10,000,000 chance of being attacked by a shark, I'm just pulling this number out of nowhere but bare with me here. If you are swimming at night in shallow water, you are in the right time and place for shark feeding. Which means, that your chances of encountering a hungry shark are SIGNIFICANTLY increased. Same thing with lightning. How likely are you to be struck by lightning at any given place? not very likely right? now go stand in the middle of a field where you are the tallest thing around in a severe thunderstorm, maybe even hold up a lightning rod for a little while. You think your chances of being struck by lightning are pretty good? I think so. So the moral of the story is: educate yourself, and do not swim where sharks feed during normal feeding hours, this is what we would call high risk behavior.
   comment# 113   - James · USA · Feb 14, 2009 @ 6:34pm

Im just happy that she is okay.... But most of the time no one ever gets attacked by a shark and most of the time they are not harmful.. there are alot of people who kill over 1000 sharks for money every day one day they well be extict.. so people gotta be more concerned in my opinion..
   comment# 114   - Camille · Canada · Feb 16, 2009 @ 7:15am

I dive at night and have never encountered a shark yet. However I have been attacked (bitten on shoulder) during the day. The worst time to swim is at dawn or dusk
   comment# 115   - Vince · Australia · Feb 16, 2009 @ 5:13pm

Still such a shame of such a pretty girl, she's damaged for life =( But lucky she survived
   comment# 116   - Pieter · Assen, The Netherlands · Feb 23, 2009 @ 10:36am

Talk about being stupid. Bull Sharks are very dangerous. Lets count the mistakes. 1.Swims at night in the ocean when that is the time sharks hunt mostly. 2. Lets lay on the surface splashing around like a wounded fish on the surface. Only better way of attracting a shark is to cut yourself. What was she thinking? NOT thinking of course. She was lucky, Bull sharks are extremly dangerous anytime.
   comment# 117   - Frank Filbert · Stony Mountain Mb Canada · Feb 27, 2009 @ 8:01am

I wish I could have bitten her instead.
   comment# 118   - Justin · Clinton · Mar 1, 2009 @ 8:02pm

What less than intelligent person swims at night?? But I'm glad she survived.
   comment# 119   - Neve · Liverpool England · Mar 3, 2009 @ 9:35am

yea that shark was lucky!!! i wouldve taken a bigger bite of that though!
   comment# 120   - barry free · yourrmamaville · Mar 3, 2009 @ 11:18am

So much hype! I have lived on the water my whole life and have gone swimming in the open ocean countless times (in shark-infested areas) and never once been threatened by a shark. The ocean is a wilderness...and not ours to manipulate. Sharks populate the oceans, and unless you're going swimming in the Arctic, they are unavoidable. Just use LOGIC. Don't hop into the open ocean, don't go swimming at dawn or dusk, don't jump in the water bloody, and don't go splashing about like you're having the time of your life. It's that simple.
   comment# 121   - Joey · Sarasota, FL · Mar 5, 2009 @ 9:26pm

wow! that must of been painful.i'm glad i found this story during my shark unit at alp or target which ever you prefer but alp stands for advanced learning program.
   comment# 122   - sarah · acworth georgia · Mar 9, 2009 @ 4:33pm

Ouch that must of hurt x
   comment# 123   - sophie · england · Mar 11, 2009 @ 11:10am

Wow it must of been quite a shock i am glad she survived though she is very lucky the bull shark let go as they are quite an animal
   comment# 124   - Ellis Worth · England · Mar 14, 2009 @ 11:49am

Wow! I'm glad she's alright. I'm going to Florida for Spring break so now I am officialy freaked out! She must have looked like a seal because of the way she was lying on her back.
   comment# 125   - ray · midland · Mar 14, 2009 @ 9:45pm

yeh Florida has on of the highest shark attacks in the world. And the USA has the highest amount of shark attacks and related deaths in the world. Australia has the 2nd highest attack rate, but one of the lowest shark attack related death rates in the world, averaging on one a year. So i don't get how people think that Australia is shark infested and ultra dangerous :S
   comment# 126   - Bd · Gold Coast, Australia · Mar 17, 2009 @ 8:05pm

that is an amazing story and God did spare her life. god does things in his own good timing EVERYTHING that happens to people happens for a reason. Not because you deserve it necessarily but this kind of thing is the DIRECT result of sin entering this world(Adam and Eve) So the best wishes to the woman who was bitten. God bless you.
   comment# 127   - Violet · U.S.A. · Mar 23, 2009 @ 3:07pm

it's her fault, she should have known better. i meen really... swimming at night on her back kind of stupid. but im also glad she is ok.she should be more careful.
   comment# 128   - cristina · los angeles, ca · Mar 30, 2009 @ 5:14pm

I travel to the west coast of Florida 2 or 3 times a year for the past 5 years and have had 2 shark encounters. I was bit on the foot by a small shark (black tip) and needed a tetnus shot. And last October about 50 yards off Indian Shores beach I had a 4 to 5 foot sand shark swim right up to me (following a fish) at noon. It turned away about a foot in front of me...they are beautiful creatures and should have our respect and protection. I'm glad she is okay and I'm glad to have met the sharks I did.
   comment# 129   - Doug · Vancouver, Canada · Apr 1, 2009 @ 1:12am

Glad she survived.
   comment# 130   - John · Canada · Apr 1, 2009 @ 1:15am

Im a straight up Florida boy born and raised and bull sharks are more common than people think. When i go fishing off oyster bars in the gulf and see a bull shark swim near me i dont move an inch and juss let it swim and sniff around. Being a surfing on the east coast you become more comfortable with sharks the more you see them. JUST DONT PANIC!!! if anyone is familiar with sharks they will tell you the same. You start to panic you cause attention to yourself attracting sharks causing them to attack.
   comment# 131   - Nick · Jacksonville, FL · Apr 2, 2009 @ 11:28am

Geez Andrea u should really be much more careful! You could hav been killed! Think twice before you go swimming in the water AT NIGHT lying ON YOUR BACK!!!!!!
   comment# 132   - anu hamsha · united states · Apr 5, 2009 @ 11:50am

omg i am so shocked that she is alive that stupid shark almost bit through her lungs thst shark should be dead
   comment# 133   - audrey · ny,angola · Apr 7, 2009 @ 2:23pm

Sharks need to be slayed
   comment# 134   - matt · flordia, USA · Apr 9, 2009 @ 10:18pm

   comment# 135   - ERIKA · CHICAGO, USA · Apr 16, 2009 @ 7:43am

You play in the ocean, don't come crying if you get bit. I'm glad she's OK, but you need to respect the ocean and the creatures that live there.
   comment# 136   - billybob · seattle, USA · Apr 17, 2009 @ 10:58am

Calm down guys... There's like about 5 people killed by shark attacks each year? Why do you guys make such a big fuss over something so little, and not pay attention to the big things like starvation or car crashes, or drug abuse... Seriously, a freakin pop machines kill more people than sharks every year. and we all wonder why sharks are so 'big and scary'. For all of you who are scared out of your socks about sharks, you might want to consider watching Sharkwater. Believe me, you will fall in love with them after you watch it.
   comment# 137   - Emily · London, Canada · Apr 27, 2009 @ 5:20pm

I am very sorry that that shark attacks you, but I tell you, you're beautiful even with that scar, I love you. empiema @ (comment me) Tell me something.
   comment# 138   - Alvaro · Cordoba, Spain · Apr 30, 2009 @ 2:52pm

Glad she's ok, and I've gotta say those scars are actualy quite sexy on her. That must have been a real shock.
   comment# 139   - Keith · London, england · May 13, 2009 @ 5:36am

i think that everyone who is doggin her is stupid cuz she was just trying to have fun. seriously what doesnt sound fun about swimming in the glistening ocean water at night with your friends? besides getting attacked by a shark of course. i mean i would never get in the water but thats me. everyone thinks different and its unfortunate that she got attacked but as a fact the odds of her getting attacked were not that high. of course you need to consider what your doing before you do it but again she was just trying to enjoy herself. and all you people who are defensive about australian waters, get over it! its a fact, sharks are more common there and your chances of getting attacked are higher. perilous was just a educational word to use, quit cryin!
   comment# 140   - taylor · fostoria, united states · May 13, 2009 @ 9:24am

and by the way that open water movie was soooo stupid. they showed a shark in the movie for like 5 seconds. dont watch it! watch the discovery channel.
   comment# 141   - taylor · fostoria, united states · May 13, 2009 @ 9:26am

As I heard it, she was warned that Bull Sharks come out at night in Sarasota Bay. It is fairly common knowledge around here. Its kind of her own fault. And this article is ridiculous, playing up the "terror" of a shark attack. Stop adding to the stereotype against sharks... ugh.
   comment# 142   - >_ · Sarasota, FL · May 13, 2009 @ 5:01pm

eso k te paso es una tragedia pero tu lo vas a superar eres muy strong
   comment# 143   - orlando · katy tx · May 14, 2009 @ 6:25am

wow bull sharks are crazy (also at the bottom it says mr. not ms.)
   comment# 144   - n l · Usa · May 18, 2009 @ 2:58pm

Wow i am so afraid of sharks. i am glad that you are okay though. You look great!! ~Kate
   comment# 145   - Kate · North America · May 21, 2009 @ 2:09pm

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   comment# 146   - tiar · ind · May 21, 2009 @ 9:21pm

wow. this is amazing. that must have been a crazy thing to experience. i would hate to have those memories for the rest of my life. it would probably haunt me.i am sorry that had to happen but at least your here to tell the tale.i am amazed. although after all of that you look perfectly fine.except for the scars.(ouch)
   comment# 147   - Lianna & Angel · Troy, USA · May 25, 2009 @ 2:26pm

you are lucky to be must now cherish more.
   comment# 148   - john · singapore · Jun 1, 2009 @ 6:58am

Im glad she was ok but most people know that shark are hunting at dusk. I find it troubling that every time a shark bites a human in their enviroment/ecosystem it the sharks fault and an attack. sharks can only determine if something in their ecosystem is edible by biting it. if it had attacked im sure the end result would be much different. it is their home, and where they find food it is our job to be cautious of them. and bull sharks in florida--bull sharks have the ability to swim in fresh water.
   comment# 149   - Joy · murfreesboro, USA · Jun 9, 2009 @ 7:54pm

ouch! that must have hurt! but the sharks do need things to eat and we are part of there food chain. but lying on her back in the dark was a big mistake! most importantly because she was in the ocean! you should never be in the ocean lying on your back, expesaly at night fall! that was a big mistake of hers! but that must have left the biggest scares i have seen in a long time. she was lucky she didn't get ate alive bye that shark. pore girl. i am sorry about what happened to her.
   comment# 150   - sarah · tallahassee · Jun 20, 2009 @ 8:29am

First of all laying on her back was her fault,because to a shark you look like either a seal or a fish. Secend of all you shouldn't be in the water at night unless your realy stupid and/or comitting suicied. I'd also like to say that i feel sorry for her because it must of been scary. But I'm glad to say that I've never realy been through that and if I had I would've fainted!!!
   comment# 151   - Abby · Lynchburg · Jun 24, 2009 @ 6:05pm

Bull sharks are infamous for being more dangerous that the time-honoured great white! But I hope that everybody who survives a shark attack remembers that sharks neither bite for hunger nor for revenge. I hope people can manage to respect these animals instead of just fearing them. If someone out there agrees, I beg him to please write back!!!
   comment# 152   - giulio · Cosenza, Italy · Jun 25, 2009 @ 6:58am

Did a spider bite you? I have seen shark attacks and that doesn't look like a shark bite to me.
   comment# 153   - juan · des moines · Jun 28, 2009 @ 9:06am

Thanks for sharing this post, it will be helpful. Really you are lucky.Shark is a very dangrous.We should be beware of fatal shark attacks. You can find sharks in New Smyrna Beach in Florida, Oahu beach, hawaii beach. Though floating shark are available on some beach,but it is of little help. For more detail refer
   comment# 154   - Mack · United states · Jul 2, 2009 @ 2:39am

i have scars right across my buttocks after i had an encounter with the dangourous Sandshark one night. I leapt into the sea in Southern Australia from my boat at 4 in the morning, very drunk and stoned. Swam for while then i floated on my back for ages with a cut on my foot that opened up worse with the intensity of the waves. This attracted the predatory Sandshark to me. I never seen it come he was so fast, as i was on my back my butt cheeks got the first impact, he shook me like a doll as i looked into his black eyes and thought it was all over. Lucky i lived to tell the tale but i have a huge scar across my once perfect butt cheeks!
   comment# 155   - Gandalf Smith · Australia · Jul 10, 2009 @ 4:36am

thank god your still alive and swimming
   comment# 156   - Allen Ray J.r. · austin tx · Jul 11, 2009 @ 6:44am

she looks happy in the picture O.o
   comment# 157   - Sandra · Durham, North America · Jul 13, 2009 @ 1:24pm

That reminded me of my great grandfather Gandalf Cummant Wood. He was a norwegian whaler in the early nineteen hundreds. He was once bitten by a big shark when he was hunting a sperm whale. His buttocks were bitten clean off, which meant he could never be spanked again. This caused a great depression in him as naked bottom spanking dancing was very popular in my family at the time. Uh Uh Uh
   comment# 158   - Jeff Cummantwood · South London · Jul 15, 2009 @ 1:19pm

am glad your alive.i think that risks are there in our daily lives yet we are not always aware of them. for instance u can have a car accident while driving to college, but it would be more risky if u were drunk or driving at a high speed...driving is included in our daily lives and so we know what makes driving more risky, yet concerning things that are not included in our daily lives like swimming in the ocean we need to search for information before doing what we want to do. like u want to drive but u choose not to get drunk to decrease the probability of having a car accident and in a similar manner you search for what u should be aware of before swimming in the ocean. ask urself why am i doing this?where?when?and how?...we want to have fun but also do our best to protect our precious lives.and i don't think its luck that kept u alive.It is God who gives and takes our lives away in his time. it is not a coincidence. things happen for a reason, so thank him. he loves u n cares for u and wants u to have eternal life as well by believing in his son the Lord Jesus Christ. thank u wishing u all the best
   comment# 159   - diana hanania · achrafiyeh, lebanon · Jul 22, 2009 @ 5:50am

Wow. Thats one hell of a scratch!! Well i guess you learn something everyday, swimming in the night and lying on your back ain't a good idea. Though it was a very rare chance it would happen but you never kbnow what is right under your nose. Anyway good thing she got away. bull sharks are one of the most dangerouse sharks in the world. She was lucky it wasn't a white pointer or a tiger shark. they probably would have let go untill they ripped her to shreads. well at least the tiger shark wouldn't have let go. it attacks anything in it's path no matter how hungry it is. Shes one lucky girl. One question? Why is she smiling in the picture??
   comment# 160   - Elle Rose. · Western Australia · Jul 29, 2009 @ 10:14pm

God blessed this young woman with a miracle. Praise the name of Jesus, the only Saviour of the world. You are one lucky woman to live to tell the tale. No one should diminish or make fun of the fact that sharks are the masters of the deep. They are extremely powerful animals, and their domain must be respected at all times. There are too many TV shows of late, that will lead people to believe that sharks are 'not really a threat to man'. That is a lie. THEY ARE ALWAYS A THREAT whenever a human is in the water with them.
   comment# 161   - Diver · Canada · Jul 31, 2009 @ 1:07pm

ahh that must of hurt if i was u i woudnt go back in the water
   comment# 162   - georgia price · england · Aug 1, 2009 @ 1:28am

The story quotes "I got on the boat and my friend was, like, 'Do I need to call 911?' What!!!? Are you serious (LOL) - Definitely not the brightest of friends she may have! "oh no, no need to worry or call 911 -- it's only a flesh wound". bahhahhaa
   comment# 163   - Bob · WI · Aug 2, 2009 @ 8:49am

There is a risk in about anything we do. I snorkel at night with nothing more than a small dive light to find lobster on the grass flats of Biscayne bay in Miami. Of course there is potential for shark encounters (especially from the bull shark) in the shallow murky waters of the flats at night, but the dangers of driving through Miami on my way home is much greater. Risk vs. Reward, this goes for anything. We have to realize there is a very real risk in alot of our recreational and non-recreational activities of everyday life. I would much rather be in the water at night taking my chances with sharks than hop aboard an airplane (and I have done both). If it came down to it, I would much rather die "living" than sitting around doing nothing but worring about dying. Be aware, respectful, but live life!
   comment# 164   - Snorklin' for lobsters · Miami, FL · Aug 3, 2009 @ 8:49pm

wah .. untung gak kena memem deh ! kalau kena bisa kayak sundel bolong yang diliat dari depan, pokoke iy... ngeri dech ! Makanya jangan demen amat mandi dilaut deh kalau gak mau digigit ikan hiu ! mending mandi di kolam susu deh, asyik banguet tuh, coba deh coba !
   comment# 165   - ade al barosyi · baros-sukabumi-ndonesia · Aug 4, 2009 @ 7:02am

That was one lucky shark...she's gorgeous!
   comment# 166   - SharkDaddy · Indianapolis, IN · Aug 4, 2009 @ 8:12pm

That is soo sad! Thank God she lived.I am so sorry that she has to live with those scars, but I would rather live with scars than die. I am thankful she is alive!
   comment# 167   - Taylor · signal mtn tennessee · Aug 5, 2009 @ 9:49am

Glad that she's all right! And I hope she learns from that mistake. But, personally, I think that swimming at night, in Florida waters, was a little..well...not well thought out. I mean, come on! It's not like they are just gonna say, "Hey it's a human, I'm gonna leave." The sharks are gonna do whatever they want. After all, God made the world, not just for us humans, but for everything in it.
   comment# 168   - Kendieann · Ontario,Canada · Aug 6, 2009 @ 7:11pm

She shouldn't have swam at night.
   comment# 169   - Kate Williams · South Dakota · Aug 17, 2009 @ 3:43pm

The simple facts are, and I say this without any predjudice to sharks, that they are extremely dangerous animals and you can take all the statistics and conservation hoopla and throw it out the window. If you get in the ocean you are now in their territory. They have no regard for you and what you are. you are at their mercy and they have none. If you survive a shark bite you will be maimed for life. To die by a shark in my opinion is such a tragic waist of life by a creature who will simply go on to its next victim, be it fish or human without remorse. I would not advocate the destruction of these fine animals. I have a personal respect for them. I choose not to swim in the ocean for that very reason and I am a qualified open water diver. We have a choice and what we do with that choice can have dire consequences. Think about that the next time you decide to venture into the sharks domain.
   comment# 170   - Joe Bush · Ft.Worth · Aug 21, 2009 @ 10:51am

Whats all the comments about how the shark should have held on, because she is hot! Some of you guys are a bunch of retards! She swam at night and broke a known shark rule. Yes, its rare to be attacked, but if you do things that attract sharks your chances go up signficantally. Not anyone who swims at night get attacked, but thats when most sharks hunt. Why in the world would you want to be in the water when that happens? I have never swam at night for this very reason.I know that sharks will be out there and if I choose to swim, especially if its up to my waist I could be in deep trouble. Also my grandma used to live in Daytona Beach and we swam there alot. I actually never saw a shark the whole time I have swam there. Only my sister saw a small shark behind her and she got carried out of the water fast by my grandpa who saw it behind her before she did. My dad also was in deep water in a shark zone and he felt something brush his leg. He slowly got out of the water and reached shore. While they're sharks in Daytona Beach, the whole time my family was there we never got bitten & we swam alot there.
   comment# 171   - Brandi · Springdale, AR · Sep 1, 2009 @ 7:57am

i think it would be really neat to show off ur shark bite cuz u made it through the crap that the shark put u through
   comment# 172   - lllgbbgh · U.S.A. · Sep 3, 2009 @ 2:16pm

Dude...That's not a scar, Thats a bad tattoo for real.
   comment# 173   - Floyd Benson · Cumberland US · Sep 27, 2009 @ 11:56pm

damn!!!!! that looks like that hurt girl
   comment# 174   - bree · u.s.a. · Sep 28, 2009 @ 1:23pm

She looks even hotter now
   comment# 175   - Mark · USA · Oct 4, 2009 @ 10:49pm

sad to here but nice bite
   comment# 176   - freddy · ill · Oct 13, 2009 @ 6:04pm

thank god
   comment# 177   - renshikalai · india · Oct 17, 2009 @ 6:13pm

my my she looks hot
   comment# 178   - crazy · ontario · Oct 19, 2009 @ 1:11pm

Damn That Shark.. Im The One & 1st To Bite Her =)
   comment# 179   - Nocturnal · ZhyperMU · Oct 22, 2009 @ 9:11am

damn that's a wicked bite, sharks are dangerous creatures. If I swim at night it'll be with a light, Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus gear, and a harpoon gun.. even then sharks creep me out, and once you bleed one, more get the thirst for blood. I swim the ocean during the day though and it is fun. A shark may one day want to eat me, but I certainly would like to eat a shark. Man = King of the food chain! A lot of other creatures may be superior naturally to humans, but we have the ability to do un-natural things they cannot even comprehend with their primitive intellect. Until the giant spiders from mars come in waves of millions, we should be able to go wherever we want... just bring protection, like a submarine, or a tank. Great white shark vs torpedo armed U-boat. Damn sharks wont show any respect for our superiority though :( so I guess my point is not to live in fear, just prepare for circumstances that may be beyond any direct control.
   comment# 180   - Koil_Ting · CA, USA · Oct 26, 2009 @ 1:06pm

waduh, sayang, cantik-antik kok digigit hiu. Mending digigit gue saja.
   comment# 181   - budi setya adhi · semarang, indonesia · Nov 3, 2009 @ 10:39pm

that was crazy i read this other thing that sharks did not like to eat people really weird but it is fun to go swiming at night but not in the ocean that was a big mistake
   comment# 182   - ashana · deroit · Nov 10, 2009 @ 12:01pm

ek wil ok graag 'n surfer wees ma ek het gesien wat als gebeur het ek het baie respek vir hulle want hulle gan partykeer deur hierdie traagiese dinge en hulle moet baie belaans hê ek wil net vir al surfers sê hulle gan my ok 1dag da sien en wat ek ok wil sê is dat 'n haai ni 'n speel maat is ni
   comment# 183   - melindi groenewald · bloemfontein · Nov 15, 2009 @ 11:08pm

don't remember where I read it even tho it wasn't long ago...You put your foot into the water, you just stepped into the food chain.. and not at the top either, less you're carrying a speargun or something similar
   comment# 184   - flyinghi11 · Campbelltown,Australia · Nov 19, 2009 @ 7:04am

Kinda shitty she got bitten. But the bite marks kinda look cool. Almost like a tatty.
   comment# 185   - JMM · Canada · Nov 27, 2009 @ 8:38pm

the shark attak kinda looks cool it looks nasty but cool
   comment# 186   - lizbeth123 · usa nebraska, omaha · Nov 30, 2009 @ 6:14pm

This is very sad, but it was probably an accident. Most of the surfers attacked by sharks are attacked because a shark hunts in a kind of ambush style, they stay below their prey so while they can look up and see the fish (or seal or other things), but the fish can't see them because of their different eye placement. From below looking up, a surfer paddling out on a board can look remarkably like a seal. Those times when the Animal is at fault, it is usually because the victim was not careful. Have some common sense people. Swimming in water where you know sharks are isn't smart, period. IIt was not the sharks fault, and those of you who say it is , you are wrong. We are not more important than animals, and we need to stop acting like it.
   comment# 187   - MEG · Utah · Dec 6, 2009 @ 8:05pm

that was tottaly done with makeup...sorry:(
   comment# 188   - joe dihjt · california · Dec 7, 2009 @ 6:29pm

are you ok
   comment# 189   - peace · texas · Dec 8, 2009 @ 4:21pm

gee that was a silly thing to do. maybe people should be more careful at night in the middle of the ocean. its a bit silly to be on your back with the ocean depths underneithe u.
   comment# 190   - Anna Rose · australia perth · Dec 12, 2009 @ 3:23am

wow!!you're so's like a terror film!!amazing!!I can't imagine the reaction of your partners when the shark bet you...It should have been horrible!!are you better??look after yourself please!!
   comment# 191   - maria!!* · Spain · Dec 15, 2009 @ 12:22pm

Omg i would NEVER go in the waters at night! she's stupid for doing that!
   comment# 192   - Jade · scotland · Dec 25, 2009 @ 11:47am

I'm realy sorry about what happed .I would like say thank god to save you and you are stil live. my best wishes to you Morad
   comment# 193   - Morad · morad76r@yahoo0com · Dec 27, 2009 @ 6:47am

mmm . . . scary
   comment# 194   - Georgius Jonathan · orlando · Dec 29, 2009 @ 8:37pm

Wow. Why did you go in the waters at night....? You are SOO LUCKY THAT YOU SURVIVED!!!!!!!
   comment# 195   - Ibrahim · High Wycombe, England · Jan 11, 2010 @ 11:21am

wow! she is so lucky she survived. I'm really happy, but I mean, why would you go swimming at night? i know she just wanted to have fun but... I'm just glad she's ok. BUt now she probably doesn't go swimming at noght right? lol :)
   comment# 196   - Kira · Middleboro United States · Jan 13, 2010 @ 5:23pm

   comment# 197   - JADE · ENGLAND · Jan 18, 2010 @ 7:30am

omg guy just leave her alone it was not her fault that the shark bit her yah it mightbe wrong to swim at night but i am proud she is alive u guys leave her alon an i am goin to flordia thi weeking maby meat her so shut the f^(? up it was not her fault p.s.we have the same name yah i might be only ten but i have a right to speak out to u a am proud of u for beein so strong through all this shoot ohh yahand banjo jnr leave her alone good luck ha ha lol :)
   comment# 198   - andrea · north america · Jan 19, 2010 @ 5:21pm

Really glad she survived and made a full recovery. And I sure hope the scars don't make her feel bad about herself or anything, she's still a really good looking girl.
   comment# 199   - Gabriel Cliff · Detroit · Jan 19, 2010 @ 11:55pm

i think u might all be a little crazy ...first of all it may be true that you are all reasaerching shark attacks but im assuming you all get your information from various sources and im sure that not every shark in the worl acts the you should all probably stop acting like ur information is the only correct one...and who even knows if some of the professionals are right...all they know is what they order to see you have to be around sharks and im thinking they might act different when we are around them than when they are just swimming along lol and there is no real way to know for absolutely positive how a sharks mind works...have you ever asked one?? neither have i!! and as far as the only attack in general goes...every time you get in the water you take a risk of something happening...your in their home!!! im willing to bet that if a shark were to just walk right up on land you would attack it...thats all i got to say
   comment# 200   - finklestien · nowhere good · Jan 21, 2010 @ 8:49am

sharks do not deserve to be slayed and any shark that commits an attack does not deserve to die!!!!! ur a guest in their territory get over it!!!
   comment# 201   - finklestien · nowhere good · Jan 21, 2010 @ 8:53am

She's Hot!
   comment# 202   - Joe the Plumber · Texas, US of A · Jan 31, 2010 @ 3:35pm

HA! sorry, but the article tryin to say bull sharks are rare in Florida is hilarious to me. They should go swimming around the the Buckman Bridge over the St. John's river. And the girl survived with only some scars so yeah, Praise God. And she probably had the same mentality as a lot of people do, "I'm more likely to die in a plane crash than get bit by a shark." Uh many plane crashes has this girl been in??
   comment# 203   - Sarah · Jacksonville, FL · Feb 1, 2010 @ 12:26am

Scars are way more cool than tattoos.
   comment# 204   - hd · texas · Feb 5, 2010 @ 7:13am

she is hot and beautiful... why the shark bit her... does it like sweet meat? :D im gonna bite her but a bit more carefuly...
   comment# 205   - Dian DImov · Bulgaria · Feb 6, 2010 @ 10:02am

I feel bad 4 u but next time no go in the water at nite time or ur not goina be so lucky like u were.
   comment# 206   - jordyn · honululu,hawaii · Feb 8, 2010 @ 7:22pm

I like sharks. @ Dian Dlmov: It's more like a kiss ^vvvv^
   comment# 207   - Kagami · Germany · Feb 9, 2010 @ 7:54am

wow,thats so cool. i mean not that you got attacked by a shark. bt like how you took the pain. i would of been dead by now.. bt wow your a strong person to take it.. now you could tell your kids all about it.:)
   comment# 208   - adilene · tucson arizona · Feb 9, 2010 @ 11:37am

i think that it was a big mistake because she should have put the boat back up
   comment# 209   - Antonique · Richmond,Virgina · Feb 9, 2010 @ 1:33pm

My 2 favorite comments "The ocean is the shark's kingdom. We do not belong there. As someone who snorkels daily,..." And "I can tell you the chances of being attacked are directly related to your time in the water." Really? So what you are saying is, when you are not in the water then there is no chance of being attacked by a shark? Bold bold statement there.
   comment# 210   - Sam Quint · Amityville, NY · Feb 12, 2010 @ 12:58am

Well naw scat there was blood. I dunno should you call 911 when your friend just got attacked by a shark and is bleeding to death? Common sense says yess. I'm sorry you were attacked by the way. Glad you survived.
   comment# 211   - Lizzyy · Bonham, Texas · Feb 12, 2010 @ 7:35pm

well i think that the girl is very lucky to be alive but when i read this story i was very frightened in case when i went to florida a shark might of got me so when i am even at the swimming in england i am frightened to float on my back even though there are no sharks in england's swimming pools well i hope. i hope the girl does not get frightened when ever she is swimming.p.s. jonas rocks.
   comment# 212   - jonas marankey · england · Feb 17, 2010 @ 8:55am

wow some of you guys are pigs she got attacked by a shark ...not the best time to hitt on her and whoever said they were gonna bite her a bit more carefully...;and the sweet meat stuff you really need to stop looking up girly pics on the computer and stop going to mcdonalds on ur dates with little girls
   comment# 213   - aj buckli · rice lake wi · Feb 17, 2010 @ 10:51am

that is so rad!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 214   - brooke · wylie texas · Feb 17, 2010 @ 2:16pm

i am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo glad that she is alive sheeeeeeeeee is veryyyyyyyyyyy luck to be alive i hope she is not contious of her scares.i once wasssssssssssssss bitten by a shark it wasssssssssssssssssss soooooooooooooo scary !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.just kiden. but i know a lot of things about sharks who am i kindn i know nothin. xo paris xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosharks rock noooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! paris rocks whoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowhooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowhooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool dudes
   comment# 215   - paris peach · paris /frace · Feb 18, 2010 @ 10:55am

she is luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 216   - elizabeth · no · Feb 18, 2010 @ 11:08am

I'd bite her too :P
   comment# 217   - Simos · Greece · Feb 20, 2010 @ 3:29am

That will be one sexy scar!!!
   comment# 218   - Mark · Clearwater, Fl · Feb 26, 2010 @ 5:58pm

   comment# 219   - laisa · miami · Feb 28, 2010 @ 11:28pm

... did you die :O
   comment# 220   - Kris · Edmonton AB · Mar 2, 2010 @ 12:28pm

why is she possing? it seems like a photoshop work!!!
   comment# 221   - Rumina · USA · Mar 3, 2010 @ 6:45am

The one that got away, the shark must be heartbroken. Well done Andrea
   comment# 222   - Grant · Wellington, New Zealand · Mar 3, 2010 @ 2:43pm

She's hot
   comment# 223   - Chase · Calgary, Alberta · Mar 4, 2010 @ 4:05pm

Im glad she is alright, even though she should not have been swimming at nigyt! But what do you expect, teenagers having fun and wanting to swim! It almost bit through her long, oh my gosh! Even though she shouldn't have been swimming at night, she is a human being! Nobody wants anyone to die! She could've been killed! Everyone, be happy she survived!
   comment# 224   - Sam · Georgia · Mar 5, 2010 @ 7:01pm

I know this isnt related: Im glad she is ok, but Its not that sharks fault! That shark was hungry, they are a part of nature! She shouldnt have gone swimmin @ night anyway! But she is alive... isnt that all that matters?
   comment# 225   - Sam · Evans, GA · Mar 5, 2010 @ 7:06pm

   comment# 226   - lesley austral · Batchelor · Mar 9, 2010 @ 6:46pm

you are lucky you are still could have killed you.
   comment# 227   - luis · us · Mar 10, 2010 @ 10:44am

hey girl. man you have luck if you didn't have you would have got killed so good luck. Bye
   comment# 228   - Pablo · U.S. · Mar 10, 2010 @ 10:46am

Scary, i HATE sharks....=0 the creep me out. u are so lucky to be alive!
   comment# 229   - Stephanie.D · Auckland · Mar 11, 2010 @ 12:23am

Mmm ? many comments and experts or so it seems" truth be told, yes we are more likely to be killed in a car crash, or indeed be killed by wasp as we are of course in our own domain, this is where we live, but when you look back through history man has of course invaded many countries and claimed it for themselves killing any opposition along the way, and the ocean is no exception, the sea,s are being polluted by MAN" the sea,s are being over fished by MAN and to be honest sharks are therefore coming in to the coast to feed if need be to survive, its pure logic, so would we in their position" and dont forget we the human race also kill millions of sharks every year for our own greed and ignorance while in or on there domain, it sounds silly of course but sharks do not walk up the beach or enter our citys shouting the odds with an harpoon or spear gun taking out whom ever they wish ! so yes very occasionally a shark will do something very wrong and unruly of course and oh no" attack a human, while again in their home, wouldnt we protect our home of intruders ? lets put things into perspective here and realise who the real baddies are, after all were not just taking the sharks homes and lifes, were taking the polar bears, tigers,elephants and anything else that naturally belongs on this earth, and due to our polluting and ignorance we are ultimately taking our own home and lifes aswell !
   comment# 230   - Rance · Bridgwater uk · Mar 13, 2010 @ 3:49am

that would scare me i am lucky not having to go through that
   comment# 231   - marie · seattle,washington · Mar 21, 2010 @ 6:12pm

Don't you just love how media downplay the whole Florida shark situation :-0 We all know that bull sharks are not so rare in those waters (or ours, for that matter) and they are known to have attacked people on more than one occasion in many places around the world. The shark is an important part of the ecosystem and we should not be hunting them down like mad.....we just need to take precautions so we don't end up as their dinner: do not swim at dusk and dawn, do not swim off boats, do not chum and get in the water. The ocean is the sharks' home, not ours. If someone came barging into your house, you would defend it as well.
   comment# 232   - Alex · Providenciales, Turks and Caicos · Mar 23, 2010 @ 11:56am

the reason that shark attacked her was he was interested in what she was. all sharks are scared of humans and wont go near them unless they can sense that that person's energy is calm, then they MIGHT go and check out what you are. i understand that white sharks are different, but this wasnt a white shark. the media is always scaring people about how "sharks are dangerous," "stay away from sharks they'll eat you if they get the chance," but that is so not true! we really need to be saving sharks, they cntrol 2 thirds of the WORLD, and they keep the number of plankton eaters down, and plankton provides 70% OF THE OXYGEN WE BREATH, SO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THERE ARE NO SHARKS AND TOO MANY PLANKTON-EATERS...??? ya. watch a documentary called "sharkwater' im doing a fundraiser at my school for sharks.... save the sharks!!!!!! we need them! 90% have died over the past 30 years.
   comment# 233   - savethesharks · Canada · Mar 24, 2010 @ 12:30pm

If you need to swim @ nite take a short "Bang Stick"...Glad she's ok...Avoid mirky water,never swim near canels,channels,or inlets.They like moving cooler I've been fishing sharks for over 30 yrs.& never been bit,day or nite....been lucky!
   comment# 234   - Robert · Tampa,Fl · Mar 27, 2010 @ 12:36pm

I don't understand why anyone would jump off a boat for a swim. If you want to enjoy the water, go to the beach and don't go far off the shore. Never fails.
   comment# 235   - v · ft myers, fl · Apr 12, 2010 @ 5:49pm

Hi I'm so glad you are alive but this is nature and I love sharks anyway...
   comment# 236   - Meisam · IRAN · Apr 16, 2010 @ 1:41am

You can't really blame the shark here. I'd take a big bite out of her too, given the chance.
   comment# 237   - Kevin · US · Apr 17, 2010 @ 5:23pm

Glad she survived! Sharks and birds have learned to follow ships & boats because these vessels dump food, sewage, and discarded fish entrails, carcasses, debris, maybe even gangland/mafia hits dressed in cement shoes, or surfers who look like seals on the surface, or underwater spear fishers dragging their bleeding prey to the surface. With more people taking to the water it should be no surprise attacks proportionally would increase. With marine life on the decline it’s no surprise that predators would naturally seek other prey to survive. Humanity seems to think in terms of entitlements, how they are entitled to bring their purported civilization into the most primal environment for which they are inadequate and unprepared. Take a lesson from our ancestors who lived in caves and knew better then venturing out into the unknown dangers, even more so for what was known, such as sharks do live in water. Be careful and prepared for the consequences of your provocative actions when availing yourself to these known dangers. An important observation that always remains unaddressed in shark attacks is to say or not if a woman was menstruating at that time, or if a person was bleeding or leaving scent from a fresh or old oozing wound or bandage. If so then say so, that you rang the shark’s dinner bell and not let the shark get such a bad rap because civilization encroached upon it’s natural territory to entice it with dinner. If not then say so, so the shar
   comment# 238   - Leo · Panama · Apr 18, 2010 @ 12:42pm

Yea, I'd definitely be hungry for that too.
   comment# 239   - Rich W · Los Angeles · Apr 22, 2010 @ 4:59pm

Be careful luv,sharks r dangerous
   comment# 240   - Fernando · Johannisburg South Africa · Apr 23, 2010 @ 3:10am

A Great White swam 35 miles up a Carolina river and killed three people before being trapped in nets by fishermen. Bull sharks have been found thousands of miles upstream in both the Amazon and Missippi rivers in fresh waters in shallow waters sometimes less than a foot deep. Bull sharks have been found in canals in St. Petersburg, Florida and a large Great White was found in an inland waterway in the Northern USA,,contrary to popular beliefs , these are NOT rare occurrances regarding shark migrations but rare discoveries. Many researchers in Australia believe that the majority of people reported missing from surfing, boating, swimming, etc . are victims of shark attacks and the politicians, diving industry and dive magazine firms have covered these incidents up ( assisted by the radical animal rights activists) who are vicious in their vocal protection of the oceanic predators. This absurdity that we don't taste good to sharks is nonsense ( unless you are a shark, you have no idea what a shark's taste-buds are like ). Many people have been killed by sharks and to suggest that people carry items like bangsticks/powerheads, etc for self defense DOES NOT equate culling of sharks but simply as a means of self defense if necessary and makes total sense. People are in contact more with bees, dogs,etc. Oh gee that shark biting my leg off thinks I'm a seal, and to think I thought he was just being mean and needed anger management. I feel better now knowing its mistaken i
   comment# 241   - JB · Jacksonville , Florida USA · Apr 24, 2010 @ 8:33am

These "Save The Shark" animal rights extremists are endangering human lives with their blatant lies and deceit. No one records via tally the number of sharks caught on fishing trawlers worldwide and these quotes of 100,000,000 million sharks killed annually are fraudulent and baseless. So what if a shark mistakes me for a seal or other fish--- " Oh gee, that shark just bit off both of my legs , but I feel much better now knowing he thought I was a seal , and Ithought he was just being mean or had an anger management problem---My bad !!!! ". I say--" Save The Humans". I saw video clips of terrorists having beheaded innocent humans and the radical animal rights activists were TOTALLY silent and couldn't care less, but let someone cut off a shark's fins and they go ballistic. Simply mindboggling !!!! Most of these _Save The Shark posters have never seen a shark in real life ( maybe SeaWorld ) but certainly not in the open ocean. Disagree with a radical animal rights activists and the vicious insulting name-calling begins. They can't debate an issue with logical civil dialogue but must insist that EVERYONE must jump on their radical animal rights agenda bandwagon. I love sharks ( they taste great with tartar sauce, tabasco sauce, lemon juice and cocktail sauce---yum yum ). People get slaughtered en masse and the animal rights radicals couldn't care less, but let a diver bangstick a shark in self defense and the anima
   comment# 242   - JB · Jacksonville, Florida USA · Apr 24, 2010 @ 12:14pm

I do scuba diving and have seen nurse sharks,black and white tip sharks in the water as well as other small species.I felt truly fascinated as I felt for the first time, physically powerless compared to another being. AND,JB,sharks are an important part of the food chain, the underwater food chain that should not be altered by the human race.In nature, every creature hunts animals smaller than its size.Why should humans be any different, aren't we a part of the natural food chain?Then we shouldnt kill sharks, make their conditions harder, for them not to develop a taste for human flesh as they run out of prey options.Got it?
   comment# 243   - JJ · Turkey · Apr 28, 2010 @ 12:26pm

JJ, don't lecture me about sharks and the food chain because YOU are not qualified to do so. I have swam among some of the most deadliest sharks imaginable. This includs, Bulls, Tigers, Great whites, Oceanic white tips, Makos, etc. Only had to powerhead one to defend myself. I guarantee I have more dive experience and in more oceanic waters than you will ever dream of. I remember a man shot an attacking shark with a spear tip powerhead and some animal rights extremists went beserk telling the person to leave the sharks alone. This person acted in self defense but the animal rights radical was not interested. Talk about a lack of common sense and logic. These individuals have an agenda and will oppose anyone who does anything for the benefit of human safety. A poster put pitures on the internet of shark fins being cut off and the shark activists went beserk, but yet a poster put pictures of humans being beheaded by radical Islamic terrorists and these same animal rights radicals just sat back and yawned and couldn't care less. Get your priorities in order !!!!
   comment# 244   - JB · Jacksonville < Florida uSA · May 4, 2010 @ 2:06pm

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i hope no sharks are here or are they plz tell me i dont want them 2 eat me im just a little girl doing her school project
   comment# 245   - siddy · jamaica · May 6, 2010 @ 3:12pm

I have a great respect for sharks. I believe they are highly intelligent, how else would you survive millions of years? Luck will only get you so far. Jaws is one of my favorite movies, Shark Week on Discovery is my Christmas, Venice Beach Florida (the shark tooth capital of the world) is my favorite place to be. I also have a paralyzing fear of being in any body of water that's not a swimming pool. Its a fear I hope to overcome some day. However, I will NEVER be in the water at night. She is damn lucky. Also, I agree with the comment made that the shark released her because it did not recognize her as a usual meal. Sharks are curious, beautiful, amazing creatures. They may have evolved in many ways, but they are still quite primal.I love learning about them. Some of you should lighten up, just because YOU and I know not to swim at night doesn't mean EVERYONE does. Hell, maybe she did and just accepted the risk. Either way, it was her choice. Live and learn. Oh, this drove me nuts more than anything, please make use of the spelling/grammar check that is on all computers/phones/etc. If you aren't going to use the proper spelling of their/they're/there, press that button and technology will do it for you. And, LET'S PUT A STOP TO FINNING!!!!
   comment# 246   - Doc · Altus, United States · May 8, 2010 @ 2:25pm

are you okey sorry are you fill sand sorry my name is odanci
   comment# 247   - odanci 28 2010 · flarlda · May 28, 2010 @ 7:25pm

JB... I will put it how you yanks do.... you are a douche bag! YOU are not qualified or entitled to shoot down someones input or views. Dickheads like you are not good for our oceans or the majestic creatures within. Humans are the responsible for the decline in most species whether it be from environmental or direct impact, we deserve to be beheaded the endangered animals dont. Im not a tree hugger nor am I an acitivist but I understand peoples passions, I also reserve the right to choose what is right and what is wrong. Killing sharks is wrong and defending the is right... simples. JJ I hear what you are saying and I have logged in excess of over 1000 dives and a good portion of that has been with shark species, you have good grounding.
   comment# 248   - DH · UK · Jun 9, 2010 @ 3:04am

ab itni sundar maal hogi to koi bhi attract hoga
   comment# 249   - akki · pakistan · Jun 12, 2010 @ 9:35pm

she is hot and those scars rock
   comment# 250   - ivan · kerrville, texas · Jun 30, 2010 @ 1:18am

   comment# 251   - JOHN JOHN · BRASILIA BRAZIL. · Jun 30, 2010 @ 5:03am

   comment# 252   - badhunk · hollywood · Jul 1, 2010 @ 7:22am

That's why you stay out ov the ocean at night time, they are nocturnal predators! She is lucky that fish didn't take her lung!
   comment# 253   - Neil Brookins · Portland, Oregon, USA · Jul 2, 2010 @ 11:04am

WOW...........To start off it says she is 20 and wow she looks 13. But anyway im glad shes ok i have been waching shark attack on youtube all day long and then i went to google and saw this picture and clicked on the website and read all about her and swimmimg at night must be fun but in florida well anyware for that matter where the ocean is...........yay dinner is here. is what them sharks are saying!!!! GLAD SHES OK.
   comment# 254   - Kaitlyn · meridian ms. · Jul 6, 2010 @ 8:05am

Can you lift your shirt just a tad higher, need a better look
   comment# 255   - Alan · USA · Jul 16, 2010 @ 12:37am

I lived in Sarasota cnty my whole life very rarely do u hear about shark attacks here. The girl doesn't know anything about the waters here. I have watched many sharks be caught right on sharkys pier! Even if you swim during the day your taking a chance on getting bit. Shiney bathing suits attract sharks so do. Sounds and sounds of something in distress. A lot of ppl on here from northern places seem to think you know your talking about but it's just the stuff you hear. You also don't need to be floating to be attacked nor in 8ft deep waters most attacks happen at waist deep. If you don't know what ur doing don't do it. Just a thought!
   comment# 256   - Jess · Venice fl · Aug 3, 2010 @ 10:30pm

I can't blame the shark. I'd bite her too.
   comment# 257   - john · irl · Aug 14, 2010 @ 3:09am

she's hot
   comment# 258   - choce · enagland · Aug 20, 2010 @ 9:51am

is she o ok love from olivia
   comment# 259   - gosia benedetti · aus · Aug 27, 2010 @ 6:52pm

One word... cool! and it was a bullshark not a great white, so stop with omgs u fannies.
   comment# 260   - Tyler · UK · Aug 30, 2010 @ 4:13am

is she ok
   comment# 261   - olivia · aus · Sep 1, 2010 @ 1:56am

im very interested about sharks. hope your ok.
   comment# 262   - lily martin · brisbine australia · Sep 3, 2010 @ 4:00am

Ohh May ALLAH be with u it look hurts so much :(
   comment# 263   - Nour · Cairo Egypt · Sep 3, 2010 @ 7:51pm

Her experience is lifetime memorable. Thank God! She is still alive with her experience to the world.
   comment# 264   - S.Ramamurthy · C hennai, India · Sep 9, 2010 @ 12:10am

   comment# 265   - lolo · nj · Sep 9, 2010 @ 8:47am

Man, I gotta say, if you ask "Do I need to call 911" then you're pretty dumb. Oh wait, maybe she wasnt asking... she "was 'like'..." And she is not terribly attractive. Those bite marks will help to take the attention from her gainly look and pasty color.
   comment# 266   - John · Houston · Sep 22, 2010 @ 1:39pm

Obviously people have already said what I was planning to say. But even so, I've been studying sharks for more than five years. I'm only in 9th grade and I KNOW how much of a MORON you'd have to be to think you could go swimming at night and think you're safe from any dangers. Sharks have terrible eyesight during the day already. They're pretty much blind at night. Going swimming at night is just asking a group of sharks to come to an all-you-can-eat buffet. If you want to go for a late night swim but you're on a boat, wait till you get home and jump in a pool. It's just not cool to go swimming in the water at night. And to hell with you, Catherine, you and your crap talk. No scat, we're all scared of the damned things, but does it matter that you're throwing our words back at us and telling us no one knows for sure what the hell they do? We do know what they do, so shut the hell up with your crap talk. We're not hiding behind our intelligance. We're simply stating that in order to look smart in the world, you shouldn't play around in the water. Now the girl know's she was being stupid and she gets the facts, people, so quit worrying about it alreay!
   comment# 267   - Cecilia · Lanham, Maryland · Oct 6, 2010 @ 2:51pm

God was watshing her, thats for sure. Any way..... This is why its better to live in Sweden or some where up here in Scandinavia. The closes you get to a shark here is when you are tuning at the Discovery Channel :) /M
   comment# 268   - Magnus · Sweden · Oct 7, 2010 @ 7:03am

   comment# 269   - Andrew · LA California · Oct 8, 2010 @ 7:22pm

Another attack Here in Sarasota a few weeks back At Siesta Beach. Odd how it never mad the news or papers at all. The authorities do a good job keeping it silent. They wouldn't want to scare any tourists from coming here do we?
   comment# 270   - Gene Bovinett · Sarasota, Fl US · Oct 10, 2010 @ 8:49am

It may be true that your odds of being bitten by a shark are about the same as winning the lottery, if you want to try to increase your chances of winning the lottery, you should see Lottery Winners Zone
   comment# 271   - Lucky · Canada · Oct 15, 2010 @ 10:25am

So they say Australia is "perilous waters". Clearly you haven't been here! The amount of people that enter the water every day in Australia that don't get attacked is a testiment to sharks 'actual' behaviour. I myself dive every other weekend and when it's too rough to dive I surf. I have done this for many years up and down the coast lines of Australia and have never had any problems what so ever. Infact, they (sharks) are the most timid anomals I have photographed or swam with!!! Millions of people around the world enter the ocean every day yet there are so few shark attacks. Yet between commercial and recreation fishing, over 100 million sharks are killed by people every year. Prehaps it's time "people" put things into perspective and see who the real enemy of our oceans is!!!!!!!
   comment# 272   - Rick · Australia · Oct 21, 2010 @ 6:01am

i love reading about sharks and love togain knowledge about them specially about hamer hed and bull shark and basking shark just love them .
   comment# 273   - neha rohra · haryana india · Jan 8, 2011 @ 1:48am

Dont worry about a single one of those scars.You are the most beautiful shark attack victim I have ever seen
   comment# 274   - shark tooth Russ · Brandon USA · Mar 5, 2011 @ 11:46am

Anyone who swims in the ocean at night should be dead. Perhaps she survived so she can keep laying on her back...stupid people
   comment# 275   - ISCIS · CANADA · Apr 26, 2011 @ 11:33am

Rick is right. We are the true monters. I'm a diver as well and I've encountered a my fair share of sharks big and small. the reason shark attacks are so rare is because 99.3% of the time someone is bit is because theyve created a bad situation for themselfs. Bull sharks(the sharks most likely to attack you) Hunt on contrast and have horrible eye sight. They use electroreceptors called The Ampullae of Lorenzini That senses vibrations and movement. They've always been around you in the shallows. Thats where they prefer to hunt. So if you imitate prey you undoubtley raise your shark attack chance to a 50/50 if theres a shark around. Just like any other animal you dont wana provoke it or trigger its instincts. Stay out of murky water. Dont continuosley splash around. don't were shiny objects or clothing and for good measure stay out of the water at feeding times(dusk, dawn, and at night). And if your waste deep fishing dont keep the bait in ur pocket. If you take these precautions you will have lowered your risk of shark attack expenicially. Oh and dont be fooled by the nearsighted media saying ur chances of being bit are the same as winning the lottery. thats BS! It all depends on the conditions. most are safe cuz people stay in groups swimming by the beach. if your alone or create the right circumstance its more like the chance of winning a trip jail if you drive completely hammered
   comment# 276   - Landis · Sarasota, USA · May 13, 2011 @ 6:32am

i think that she is beautiful young lady and to all her haters . get a life yall must be jelious , i think that maybe a tattoo would look awesome like that , show it proudly girl cuz all the negitive comments ppl are puting its cause they havnt lived through it so the heck with them i think it looks cool . ware it girl .
   comment# 277   - shelley · toccoa , america · Aug 4, 2011 @ 10:28am

yeah i dont think she need to worry about anything anyone says it looks way awesome and i told my sisters that before i even saw that message. She is way bueatiful. i hope she has a greatlife since she is lucky tobe alive.
   comment# 278   - Jaclynn · Malibu · Jan 9, 2012 @ 8:22pm

wow the shark got a good taste...cant blame him
   comment# 279   - max · cologne,ger · Jan 16, 2012 @ 5:21pm

dumb less than respectable female, sharks feed at night and probably mistaken her for a fish. The ocean is the SHARK's domain, besides, sharks don't eat human flesh, no predators do. We taste disgusting with all the mixed foods we eat. Her and the rest of ignorant north Americans need to get educated before skinny dipping in the middle of the night.
   comment# 280   - lynn · orlando · Feb 25, 2012 @ 8:20am

she's still hott
   comment# 281   - omgness · usa · Mar 1, 2012 @ 9:58am

Is she still hot ??? This attack was 5 years ago. Love to see a recent picture to see how the scars now look ... and to see if shes still hot .... lol. PS Hope it all worked out OK for you Andrea
   comment# 282   - Pete · Adelaide Aust · Mar 4, 2012 @ 5:07pm

Hey you guys are soooo weird hitting on her ~creepers!!!~ you dont even know her!!
   comment# 283   - MJ THE AWESOME PERSON · Omaha,USA · Mar 5, 2012 @ 4:11pm

The world today really knows nothing about sharks. Yeah sure we named them, measured them, and killed some of them, maybe dissected one. The facts to face are that the entire world knows nothing about sharks! We don't need to fear them. We need to find out why they attacked people. People need to create a time scheduele to where the sharks can get on the scheduele. like for example: 16 hours a day humans can be in the waters, for the other eight is for the sharks so they can teach their young, feed on prey, etc. We know NOTHING about sharks! Don't always believe what is in books. Here is a motto for you all: JUST BECAUSE YOU RED IT DOESN'T MAKE IT TRUE. JUST BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE IT DOESN'T MAKE IT TRUE. JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT IT DOESN'T MAKE IT TRUE. Why can't people uderstand that?!?!?!?!?! That is a motto that goes for everything and for everyone!
   comment# 284   - Kassi · TX, USA · Mar 7, 2012 @ 4:02pm

omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg
   comment# 285   - maria s. · sunrise fl · Mar 15, 2012 @ 9:56am

I wouldn't hold it against the shark for biting her! ;)
   comment# 286   - Cody · USA · Apr 16, 2012 @ 7:07pm

omg that looks like it hurt
   comment# 287   - tyson6578 · s · May 10, 2012 @ 12:01am

Im haapy that you survive..Just take good care next time..
   comment# 288   - Eugo Banagua · Dumaguete City, Philippines · May 16, 2012 @ 11:22pm

honestly sharks are part of the food chain and this is what they are meant to do we should hate the shark, the two main promblems was what the girl was doing, swimming @ night on her back. This tempted the shark and well I am glad she is okay whilst i think you should be smarter about what you do in the water.
   comment# 289   - fnjsaipgs · United Kingdom · May 29, 2012 @ 10:05am

The tree-huggers like to tell you that the chances of being attacked by a shark are less than the chances of being struck by lightning. But that's only because far more people are exposed to electrical storms producing lightning than are out in the water every day. Put as many people in the ocean as you see out in a thunderstorm and you'll see those odds of getting shark-bit go up drastically and immediately.
   comment# 290   - RAT BASTARDSON · Atlanta · Jun 3, 2012 @ 10:04am

sharks are dangerous so every one must be careful
   comment# 291   - tony · morocco · Jun 3, 2012 @ 10:07am

be alert at all times, no swimming at dawn-dusk. we are in their territory. this goes for any body of water.
   comment# 292   - caroline faddis · indian shores beach fl · Aug 14, 2012 @ 10:20am

Shes cute ... i would love to date her~!
   comment# 293   - Great Guy · toms River nj · Nov 19, 2012 @ 12:19pm
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