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Woman sues Miami Marlins for ‘shark’ attack

Bob the Shark wins the Miami Marlins sea creatures race during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Miami. A woman has filed a lawsuit against the Miami Marlins after mascot Bob the Shark staged an “attack” that she says caused her ongoing neck and back injuries.
Bob the Shark wins the Miami Marlins sea creatures race during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Miami. A woman has filed a lawsuit against the Miami Marlins after mascot Bob the Shark staged an “attack” that she says caused her ongoing neck and back injuries. AP

Miami Marlins fans are all too familiar with the Great Sea Race. At the sixth-inning break of every home game, fans can expect to see the four foam-rubber costumes of Bob the Shark, Spike the Sea Dragon, Julio the Octopus and Angel the Stone Crab sprinting around the baseball field.

But Beth Fedornak, who visited Marlins Park two years ago, did not expect to become the victim of a shark attack.

Now she has filed a lawsuit against the team.

Fedornak, from Bradenton, went to the ballpark to see the San Diego Padres play the Marlins on June 29, 2013. According to the lawsuit, Bob the Shark approached her and pretended to bite her head to excite the crowd of spectators.

She immediately felt pain in her neck “after the impact of the shark head down on top of her skull,” according to the court documents filed on June 12, 2015 by her attorneys from the firm Carl Reynolds Law.

The results of the encounter with the mascot have allegedly caused Fedornak either permanent or continuing injuries in her neck and back, cost her more than $86,000 in medical expenses, and impaired her ability to work, according to court documents.

Reached by phone on Friday, Fedornak declined to comment. The attorneys at Carl Reynolds Law firm could not be reached Friday, a federal holiday.

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