Terrifying moment tourist is bitten by 220lb SHARK in Maldives trip

Terrifying moment nurse is bitten by 220lb SHARK leaving her with 6ins wound during snorkelling trip in the Maldives

  • A 30-year-old nurse found a set of nurse shark teeth lodged into her side
  • Despite the bite, the woman decided to jump back into the water with the sharks

A shocking video has captured a 220-pound nurse shark taking a bite out of a scuba-diver that left her with a gaping six-inch wide wound.

Carmen Canovas Cervello, 30, who works as a nurse, found a set of shark teeth lodged into her side, leaving her with a gruesome bite mark. She had been taking a dip in the ocean off the coast of the Maldives with friend Ibrahim Shafeeg, 37, an underwater photographer who captured the astonishing footage.

Somewhat amazingly, the woman decided to jump back in for a dip with the sharks immediately after she cleaned the wound left by the disgruntled nurse shark.

The two had been diving in the shark bay at Vaavu Atoll, the Maldives, where they came across some ten nurse sharks swimming freely around them.

Both adventurers donned their scuba-diving gear and swam freely with the three-metre wide sharks for over 45 minutes before disaster struck.

Carmen Canovas Cervello, 30, who works as a nurse, found a set of shark teeth lodged into her side, leaving her with a gruesome bite mark

Cervello had been taking a dip in the ocean off the coast of the Maldives with friend Ibrahim Shafeeg, 37, an underwater photographer who captured the astonishing footage

Cervello was left with a gaping six-inch wide wound after a 220-pound nurse shark lodged its teeth into her

In the shocking footage, it appeared one shark decided that they were too close for comfort and showed its dominance by camping its teeth down on Cervello’s shoulder and upper back.

Even though it was only for a brief moment, the determined creature left a sizable mark of around six-inches in diameter on the diver’s body.

Shafeeg captured the shocking attack unexpectedly as he was filming the sharks around him with his GoPro camera.

Both Shafeeg and Cervello immediately jumped out of the water to check the damage inflicted on her shoulder and back by the bite-happy creature.

Once out of the water near the Dhiggiri resort in Vaavu Atoll, the pair cleaned the wound while examining how severe it was.

Despite the attack, the daredevil pair felt as though the wound was given by the sharks as a warning for getting too close, as they believed the bite as only a minor injury that could have easily been a lot worse.

Amazingly within seconds, the unfazed pair decided they would dive right back into the shark infested waters once again to resume their diving experience.

Cervello didn’t feel as though she needed to seek any medical help or treatment, so the pair decided to continue snorkelling and diving with the sharks for days, leaving the bite to heal for itself.

Nurse sharks are common in the Vaavu Atoll region of the Maldives, as it is a common place for the sharks to seek food from the different tourist attractions surrounding the area.

Cervello didn’t feel as though she needed to seek any medical help or treatment, so the pair decided to continue snorkelling

Ibrahim Shafeeg captured the shocking attack unexpectedly as he was filming the sharks around him with his GoPro camera

If provoked, nurse sharks can inflict a life-threatening bite due to their extremely sharp teeth and strong jaw

Nurse sharks are usually non-aggressive and have been known to swim away when approached. But if they are provoked in any way, their bite can be life-threatening due to their extremely sharp teeth and strong jaw.

According to reports before 2022, there were around 51 provoked and five unprovoked attacks from nurse sharks.

This was the first time Cervello had received a shark bite, but that hasn’t stopped the pair from diving head-first into the dangerous waters once again to experience being so up-close and personal with the sharks in their natural habitat.

‘We were in the shark bay at Vaavu Atoll diving with nurse sharks,’ Shafeeg said.

‘We decided to do a free dive trip to shark bay and snorkel inside a group of sharks there.

‘There were around ten nurse sharks, from 198-pounds to 220-pounds and over three-metres wide.

‘After the shark bite, we thought nothing major about it as it was only a minor injury so we cleaned the wound and continued snorkelling at the same spot again.’

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