Margot Dukes-Eddy did not hesitate when she jumped into the middle of a shark attack.
Dukes-Eddy was enjoying time in the Florida Keys with her family, including her husband, Andrew Eddy, with whom she is expecting a child. The family set off to popular snorkeling location, Sombrero Reef. The spot was already filled with snorkelers and Eddy jumped in with them as soon as the family boat was secured.
Dukes-Eddy quickly noticed the shark’s fin coming out of the water. Shortly after, she saw blood and knew her husband was in trouble. Without hesitation, she jumped into the water after her husband, who had gotten bit on the shoulder. Dukes-Eddy – who, remember, is also pregnant – pulled her husband back to the boat. During the rescue, Dukes-Eddy’s mother dialed 911 and Eddy was quickly taken to the hospital via a Monroe County helicopter air ambulance.
The family thinks the attack was from a bull shark, based on the shark’s large size, its habitat in the Florida keys and damage to Eddy’s shoulder. Witnesses in the area confirmed they had seen a bull shark that day as well.
Luckily, Eddy’s experience is extremely rare. Monroe County – where the accident happened – has had only 17 unprovoked shark bites since 1882. In fact, sharks aren’t as scary and dangerous as they are made out to me. There are around 500 species of sharks and of those, only 30 are known to have attacked a human.
When a shark does attack a human it is likely not intentional and due to poor visibility. Since 1900, only 8.7 percent of unprovoked shark attacks in the United States have been fatal, with five fatal attacks happening in 2019. Most of the time, the sharks are just doing an “Oops, my bad.”