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Shark attack in Santorini

07 September 2009 / 16:09:38  GRReporter
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A shark appeared near Santorini beaches and stabbed a 30 year old woman from Athens, who was on holiday on the island. According to doctors there is a piece stuck in her second vertebra, which is most likely from the shark's nose. The doctors from G. Genimatas hospital are certain that the wound is from a shark.

The CAT scan shows that there is a piece of biological organism in the body of the girl, which looks like and has the form of either a fish bone or bone from a shark's nose. Witnesses also say that the young woman was attacked by a small shark.

As doctors say, this is a very rare phenomenon and there are no other such cases in Greece. Shark attacks are known only near the shores of America.

The piece, which is stuck in the woman's spine, will remain there because removing it will endanger her health. The woman already had a surgery, because the wound affected her liver and is right now in the ER of the hospital in stable condition.

The story started last Thursday when the woman was swimming in the region named Kamari on Santorini Island. She got out of the water along with an open wound on the stomach, which was bleeding. The woman sought for health by the safeguards, who gave her a first aid and took her to the closest Health Center.

Her firends, who were with her at the beach, said that the wound is from a small shark! "She told me she got hurt on some object," says for Ethnos newspaper the director of the Health Center, Eva Dovis. "She told me she felt something hurting her and she took it out with her hand right away." It seems that the 30 year old woman did not understand exactly what happened and does not remember very clearly.

Scientists and fishermen believe that this case is very strange, because shark do not swim in shallow waters and around beaches, where there are a lot of people in the water. Sharks look for food on the surface of the water and probably the fish, which hurt the young woman, lost its orientation and found itself near to the beach.


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