Fischer Hricko, 13, lobstering within the Florida Keys together with his dad and mom, had simply snatched one from the ocean ground. As he swam again to the floor, dinner in hand, he felt a faucet on the again of his leg. He turned and located himself nose to nose with an odd brown creature with a flat head, small eyes and a slim mouth draped with a pair of barbels—a nurse shark. The following factor he knew, the shark had latched onto his face.
“It was scary, like, I attempted getting away, however it was so quick,” Fischer mentioned in an interview with Orlando News 6.
Dubbed the couch potato of the shark world, the nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) can attain as much as 14 ft in size and has 1000’s of small, serrated enamel that it makes use of to crush the crustaceans it vacuums up from the ocean ground. It makes use of its delicate barbels, geared up with style buds, to find its prey. Though usually docile and principally innocent to people, nurse sharks are recognized to chunk in self-defense.
In Fischer’s case, the shark bit his lip. He grabbed the shark and pulled it off his face. “Then I simply swam as quick as I might again to the boat, screaming,” he advised Orlando News 6.
His Dad, Kent Hricko, who was swimming close by, heard the screams and interpreted them to imply there was a shark within the water. He hadn’t realized on the time that his son had been bitten. However when he noticed Fischer scrambling to get to the boat, he swam again to him as quick as he might. “Once I’m approaching him, I’m simply seeing blood gushing out of his face, and at that time, I’m like, ‘What occurred?’” Kent mentioned.
Fischer’s Mother, Rhiannon, in the meantime, was on the boat. “He simply popped up screaming, ‘Mum, Mum, shark! Get me out of right here! Get me out of the water!’” she advised Fox 35 Orlando. “It was actually the scariest 5 minutes of my life. Simply listening to that terror in your little one’s voice, it’s one thing that I can’t really get out of my head.”
Kent and Rhiannon teamed as much as get Fischer to shore after which to an pressing care clinic the place he acquired ten stitches in his higher lip. Regardless of the traumatic expertise, Fischer was again on the water the subsequent day and practically turned the tables. As a substitute of lobstering, he fished with a rod and reel and hooked right into a four-foot shark, although he wasn’t in a position to land it.
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Whereas Fischer’s harm prevents him from going again into the water whereas he’s therapeutic, he mentioned that he’ll sooner or later. “You (need to) all the time keep constructive,” he advised Orlando News 6. “I’m prepared, however I really feel like the primary few instances I’ll be a little bit scared, however I’ll get within the water,” he mentioned.
His Dad, in the meantime, discovered one other upside: “Fischer’s going to have a cool story to inform when he goes again to high school,” he mentioned.