Several sources, including the Associated Press, reported late Wednesday that an Idaho woman may have been bitten by a shark while on a Caribbean vacation. The attack occurred off of a tiny island near Puerto Rico. The woman, only identified as a 27-year-old woman from Idaho who was traveling alone, underwent surgery for severed tendons near her ankle at the Rio Piedras Medical Center in San Juan.
A marine expert said the woman was probably attacked by a shark based on descriptions of her injuries. She was bitten while swimming at Mosquito Bay in Vieques, a popular tourist destination. Puerto Rico has had only six recorded shark attacks, two of them fatal, with the last death reported in 1924.
According to representative from the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, the Idaho woman was apparently on a guided kayak tour on the bay and jumped into the water, which tourists are allowed to do. People had spotted smaller sharks in the bay, including blacktips and hammerheads.