Florida diver attacked by bull shark; suffers ‘significant’ injuries


Bull sharks are a common hazard in Florida. Photo: Courtesy of Wikipedia.

A freediver and former Marine remains hospitalized in Florida after being attacked by a bull shark Wednesday as he hunted game fish off Singer Island.

Kyle Senkowicz, 25, was spearfishing at a depth of 60 feet, near a sunken wreck, when the 7-foot shark bit him at least once on the right arm.

Friends helped the bleeding diver to the boat and called for help. Once ashore at Sailfish Marina, Senkowicz was rushed by ambulance to St. Mary's Medical Center in Palm Beach, where he was later listed in fair condition.


Kyle Senkowicz is pictured with a 452-pound swordfish. Photo: Courtesy of Kyle Senkowicz

DeWayne Watson of Riveria Beach Fire Rescue told the Palm Beach Post that Senkowicz suffered “significant injuries to his wrist, elbow and triceps.”

A graphic Instagram photo, posted by one of the diver's friends, shows a gaping gash on Senkowicz's upper arm, with a lighthearted description: “This is why you don't touch sharks private parts people! Big Bonita getting fixed up and we will head out and settle the score!”

Palm Beach resident Kai Survance, 17, who was at Sailfish Marina when Senkowicz was brought in, told the Post, "He was lying on his back. He was conscious. There was blood all over his shoulder and the boat gunwale. He was pretty calm."

The Sun-Sentinel reports that Senkowicz was bitten as another diver was swimming back to the boat with a speared fish.

WPBF reports that Senkowicz served in the Marine Corps through 2015, and that he's an avid spearfisherman and angler. His Facebook page contains numerous posts showing Senkowicz posing with big fish.

Bull sharks, which are found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world, are notoriously aggressive and have been implicated in dozens of unprovoked attacks on humans, including at least 17 fatal attacks.

They're considered by some experts to be the most dangerous sharks in the world, because of their aggressive nature, and because they're often found so close to shore, and will even venture into estuaries and far up rivers.

In fact, a series of bull shark attacks in 1916 was what inspired Peter Benchley to write the book, Jaws, which in 1975 was turned into the most famous shark-related movie ever produced.

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