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Woman taken to hospital with shark attached to her arm after she was attacked in sea

Mirror Mirror 16/05/2016 By Jon Dean

© Provided by Mirror A woman was rushed to hospital with a shark still attached to her arm after she was attacked in the sea.

The victim was taking a dip in Florida when the predator sank its teeth into her appendage.

She could not shake the beast off no matter what she did - and even when the two foot long nurse shark died it refused to relinquish its grip.

Shocked beachgoers grabbed the shark by its tail and tried to pull it off the woman.

Medics eventually took the victim to Boca Raton Regional Hospital on Sunday afternoon.

The woman was given oxygen and taken away on a a stretcher.

She is in a stable condition.

Witness Shlomo Jacob told the Sun Sentinel : "The shark wouldn't give up. It was barely breathing but it wasn't letting go of her arm, like it was stuck to her or something."

Another bystander, Ocean Rescue Captain Clint Tracy who watched the woman and the shark being put in an ambulance and said he had "never seen anything like this".

The woman was calm and there was reportedly little blood from the wound.

Nurse sharks are common in and can grow up to 14 feet in length.

The creatures can breathe while remaining still by pumping water through their mouths and out their gills, and are sometimes seen stationary on the ocean floor.

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