Fox News – A 13-year-old boy was on a lobster-catching expedition with his family when he encountered the jaws of a nurse shark — a usually docile species.
Fischer Hricko and his family bring their boat down to the Florida Keys during lobster season as a tradition.
While in the water, Fischer had the scare of his life when he came face to face with the sea creature.
“I saw a big [lobster], and I got it in my hand. On the way up, I felt a little tap on the back of my leg, and I looked behind me and the shark was in my face,” Fischer.
The shark then latched on to his face.
Fischer grabbed the shark by the face and pulled it off his before he “swam as fast as [I] could back to the boat, screaming … ” READ MORE.
About nurse sharks
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Nurse sharks are slow-moving bottom-dwellers and are, for the most part, harmless to humans.
However, they can be huge—up to 14 feet—and have very strong jaws filled with thousands of tiny, serrated teeth, and will bite defensively if stepped on or bothered by divers who assume they’re docile.
They use their strong jaws to crush and eat shellfish and even coral, but prefer to dine on fish, shrimp, and squid.
They are gray-brown and have distinctive tail fins that can be up to one-fourth their total length. Unlike most other sharks, nurses are smooth to the touch.