A nurse shark bit a 23-year-old man on his calf Friday afternoon while he was fishing in the Florida Keys, according to Monroe County sheriff’s spokeswoman spokeswoman Becky Herrin.
The man caught the shark off the dock at an Ocean Drive home on Summerland Key, about 20 miles from Key West. When he tried to get the hook out of the shark’s mouth, the creature bit him.
Dispatchers received a call for medical help about 2:22 p.m. The man was taken to Lower Keys Hospital for treatment of the superficial wound, according to Monroe County Fire Rescue.
Nurse sharks are inshore bottom-dwelling sharks that are common in the Keys. They normally are not perceived as threats to humans.