SHOCKING video shows the moment a shark took a devastating bite from a fisherman’s hand in one of the recent attacks off the US coast.
Video footage of the shark attack showed a gruesome image of the animal’s blood-spattered jaws after it finally freed the man from its grasp.
The bloody encounter happened off the Florida coast after fisherman Brett Reeder caught the shark with his fishing line, according to TMZ.
Reeder reportedly attempted to get the lemon shark onto the boat when it attacked.
In the video, the fisherman can be seen standing in the boat and reaching into the clear blue water to grab the shark.
A young boy in swimming trunks sits at the side of the boat and watches the tense scene unfold.
“Don’t bite our boat,” the boy yells at the shark.
When Reeder tried to get a firm grip on the sea creature, she managed to break free of his grip and then began to attack.
The shark quickly lunged at the fisherman, biting his hand and spinning around several times before releasing.
As the 6-foot-long Sharp broke away from Reeder, it turned toward the camera, revealing blood-soaked jaws.
“I’ve lost my damn little finger,” screams Reeder.
After the attack, Reeder is said to have steered the boat back to shore for medical care, according to a video posted by his wife.
When they got back to shore, the injured fisherman was taken to a hospital, TMZ reported.
The hospital team required surgery, but the fate of Reeder’s little finger is unknown.
The shocking incident comes as a spate of shark attacks in US waters this summer sparked fear among beachgoers up and down coasts.
There have been several attacks in waters near popular US beaches and off the coast from Florida to New York.
A 40-year-old woman was also attacked by a shark in Florida this week.
The woman was mauled while wading in waist-deep water in Daytona, Fla., and suffered serious injuries from the attack.
According to official figures, there have been five shark attacks this year in Volusia County, FL alone.
There has also been an increase in shark attacks in the Northeast United States over the past year.
Recently, a 41-year-old man was knocked off his surfboard by a tiger shark in the Northeast.
Later that same day, a 49-year-old tourist visiting a Long Island beach waded in the water around 6 p.m.
He was bitten by a shark and flown to Stony Brook University with non-fatal injuries.
More than 22 shark attacks have taken place off the US coast so far this year.
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