Posted 29 January 2011 - 07:17 AM
Yes, great to see the arm is OK, and all the fingers are working. I was getting a little worried when I read about the need for airlifting, hospital admission etc. I think behavior of Caribbean Reef Sharks is much more like a pack animal around bait than other sharks. In 2006 at Shark Shootout in the Bahamas, about 5 seconds after this picture was taken I was bitten by this shark in almost the identical area (except left arm) Jim is showing, while holding my camera up to my eye in the middle of bait on the surface. Fortunately all I had was 5 or 6 puncture wounds, which bled like stink, but none of which needed stitches. As a hand surgeon though I realized how lucky I was, as one of the puncture wounds could not have been more than a half inch away from my ulnar nerve as it crosses the elbow. Could have really cut short my surgery career (I'm left handed as well).
Great to see no permanent damage Jim, just a little nip.... so looking forward to my December Shearwater trip. I know this may be sacrilege to Jim, but I think arm chain mail when working close to bait is not a bad idea.
Edited by loftus, 29 January 2011 - 07:27 AM.
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