Why are these mammals slash fishies so mad at us? The sea! She is a' angry! It's been an interesting week for our friends of the aquatic genus. First, a smily dolphin "attacked" a little girl at SeaWorld, and then a shark kind of bit off a guy's leg while he was snorkling in Hawaii. It's like, what did we ever do to them? (Don't answer that.) Anyway, at least this shark attack in Hawaii has a happy ending. The Tiger shark may have latched on to Tom Kennedy's leg, but what the fish did next was super generous.
Kennedy, a 61-year-old man from Lake Oswego, Oregon, was snorkeling off the coast of Kihei, Hawaii at around 9:35 in the morning when horror struck. Reportedly, a ten foot tiger shark sank his teeth into Kennedy's left calf, then, as soon as it chomped on, it released.
Kennedy said he immediately started to swim as fast as he could back to his paddleboard, where a fellow snorkeler, who happened to be an E.R. nurse, started to treat his wounds as they made their way back to shore.
He was then taken to a local hospital where doctors say he's lucky that the shark didn't bite through any major arteries, because that could've have been, you know, deadly.
Officials are meeting to decide when to reopen the beach after Friday's incident, but hopefully it won't be too long until tourists and beach-goers are once again allowed to swim after this very rare incident.
Just goes to show -- bitey dolphins and bitey sharks will bite whenever they damn well please, and will let go only if they wanna.
Chomp, chomp, my dearies.
Ever had a close encounter with an animal, seafaring or otherwise?
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