A 37-year-old Jordanian man, who was parasailing in the Red Sea on Friday evening, was the victim of an incredibly unlikely shark bite.
Footage captured the moment a shark leapt from the water and grabbed his foot, causing serious injury.
The man was rushed to the Prince Hashem Military Hospital, reports NewsAU, with medics operating on his right foot.
It’s reported that he severed several tendons, and broke several bones, as well as having muscle torn by the bite.
Thankfully, he is now in a stable condition:
Mohammad Qatawneh, from the Aqaba International Dive Centre, told local media attacks by sharks in the Gulf of Aqaba are rare.
Speaking to Jordan News, he said: “The shark attack garnered a lot of media attention. Truthfully, it scared a lot of people, but this is something that can take place anywhere.
“In Karak, for example, there are snakes and scorpions, but in the end, they’re not dangerous enough to scare people away.
“I’ve been diving for 20 years and this is the first time I’ve heard of a shark attack.”
Whilst the footage is grainy, you can clearly see the shark exit the water:
This video provides some close-ups and a slow-motion of the bite:
Mohammed Khalil Al Zabada, from the College of Marine Sciences, said that the presence of sharks near the shores of Aqaba is very rare.
Nayef Al Bakhit, head of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, said that a committee has been formed to look into the attack, and “will issue a detailed statement about what happened as soon as they complete the investigation”.
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