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Parker Simpson was attacked by a 8-foot reef shark while spearfishing near Middle Sambo Reef off Boca Chica in the Keys.
Simpson often encounters sharks on spearfishing trips, but said this shark “came out of nowhere.” The shark initially charged towards his friend and diving buddy but then turned on him. The animal first bit Simpson’s left fin then took a chunk out of the right one before biting his leg and cutting the speargun line.
Parker said he thought the shark was trying to get the black grouper he was holding but the predator kept coming even after he dropped his catch. He lost more than two pints of blood after the shark tore through the skin, muscle and the tibial artery on his leg. Shortly after, he was driven to the hospital by his friend.