[Photo by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission/Fair Use/Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission]

A 15-year-old was rushed to the hospital after being bitten by an unknown underwater creature while lobstering in waters off Key Largo this past weekend. 

The incident happened Saturday morning as the South Florida teenager was catching lobsters off his family’s boat.

According to the Miami Herald, even wildlife police officials are puzzled as to what got him. 

Officer Bobby Dube of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said, “It’s unconfirmed, I don’t know. It could have been a shark or a barracuda.” 

According to the FWC, the teenager was bitten on his left calf, left ankle, and upper right thigh.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that they got a 911 call at around 7:30 a.m. about a teen bitten by what they initially thought was a shark. 

The teen was then airlifted to Jackson South Medical by a Miami-Dade rescue chopper.  

Dube told the Miami Herald, “The water was murky. Then it was bloody. He didn’t see anything.” 

The recreational and commercial spiny lobster season opened on Aug. 6 and runs through March of 2022.



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