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Shark Attack at Jabberwock

Jabberwock beachAntigua St. John's - National Olympic Committee member and swimming instructor Nehemiah Isaac was reportedly attacked by a shark just after 6 am on Friday.


Isaac had reportedly been demonstrating a swimming technique in shallow water at the popular Jabberwock Beach when the shark came at him. 
He was reportedly bitten on the elbow, but was able to quickly free his arm.



Six students who had been standing at the water's edge quickly retreated as Isaac shouted the alert.


The instructor subsequently drove to the Mount St John Medical Center, where he was treated for soft tissue injuries and discharged.



Isaac is a former assistant police commissioner.

Reporting by caribarenaantigua news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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WAXX EARS AND PRECONCEIVED IDEAS

#20 RAWLSTON POMPEY » 2014-03-16 08:36

Some people's ears are filled with " ...WAXX." They thought they heard " ...JELLYFISH," thus confusing their brains with " ...preconceived ideas."
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He lie

#19 waxx » 2014-03-15 20:24

tal...a mus a jellyfish sting he and he say shark
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doesn't quite sound like...

#18 KC » 2014-01-15 11:40

I think this sounds more like a barracuda than a shark, A shark more than likely would have left more of a mark, or deeper tissue damage. Sharks are way more shy than people perceive. Barracudas on the other hand can be a bit more of a nuisance. I just think that If there was to be a shark "attack" it would be while this guys are spear fishing, not a morning swim...
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shark attact

#17 smoke » 2014-01-15 04:57

Mr. Isaac i will see you to get your side of this story, i hope by now you are well.
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MY SHARK STORY

#16 OUTOFANTIGUA » 2014-01-07 15:53

When ever I am in Antigua I go to Fort James in the early mornings, my shark story however was not at any beach or bay for that matter. my shark story happened just before I was to get up "from my bed" for some reason I went to swim alone ,and as usual I was floating on my back when suddenly I felt a force pulling me to my left, i looked over and saw a big hole spinning around getting wider and pulling even stronger so I started back swimming away when my hand hit something hard and rough and moving away from the whirlpool, so I held on and the next thing I know I was staring at the ceiling over my bed, and my whole body is wet with sweat I immediately called my buddy told him what just happen and said no more Fort James for awhile but two morning later I was back there having a good swim.
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Previous Shark Attacks

#15 Countryboobie » 2014-01-07 12:15

Whether or not it is a shark or some other form of marine life it is cause for concern. The aquatic environment is forever changing for example the (lion fish )epidemic and such incidences should be public knowledge.

Years ago there was a situation of sharks being present at pigeon point beach (Under the Jetty) around sailing week season resulting from the garbage being dumped into the waters by boats that leave and return into the harbour. The presence of sharks in shallow waters is not uncommon.
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RE: Shark Attack at Jabberwock

#14 skyewill » 2014-01-07 08:17

Are you guys sure that Parliament was not in session? You did say there was a Shark attack right?
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@Shark

#13 Willikite » 2014-01-07 07:13

You scaring me now. Guess I am going way up left of noisy Devil's Bridge on to the peaceful white sandy beach called Little Bay. It's always low tide there so if you come in there we having you for supper. lol
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RE: Shark Attack at Jabberwock

#12 Daughter of the Soil » 2014-01-06 17:45

It was probably feeding time for whatever bit him. Glad he reported the incident so others can be more careful. Please be mindful that sharks like to follow cruise ships that dispose of their waste in the ocean. I believe this is the reason for the presence of sharks near our shores. Just saying...
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RE: Shark Attack at Jabberwock

#11 SPEED BUMP » 2014-01-06 17:38

Must be a newborn shark.
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sounds fishy

#10 microwave chef » 2014-01-06 16:01

sounds like "shark tales" to me, seriously this shark bite story sounds fishy considering the limited facts.
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RE: Shark Attack at Jabberwock

#9 Si » 2014-01-06 14:19

As has been pointed out, using the term "shark attack" suggests some sort of sinister intent that sharks are not capable of having. This type of scaremongering is detrimental to everyone involved, and especially sharks, whose numbers are dwindling thanks to a number of factors, including how over-hyped the danger they pose to humans really is.
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RE: Shark Attack at Jabberwock

#8 bait » 2014-01-06 12:27

It's almost impossible for a shark which has rows of teeth to bite someone and they get a little cut. He more lucky than luck itself
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news

#7 news » 2014-01-06 12:05

Mr Isaac has said he didn't see what bit him and no one did because it was dark...so how can someone report it was a shark...false alarm...
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RE: Shark Attack at Jabberwock

#6 Local » 2014-01-06 11:43

First of all, I hope that Mr Isaac recovers promptly. Secondly, there are occasional incidents where bathers are bitten or injured off popular beaches. I can think of several involving barracudas and garfish, some resulting in permanent damage. This kind of think is simply a fact of coastal living but really shouldn't be a cause for alarm. Its just something we have to accept as beach users. It makes sense for the information to be public but it does not make sense to panic about it. If you see a big animal, consider leaving the water and alerting others. We're always sharing these waters with marine life (sadly, less of it every year). Of course it would be interesting to see pictures of the injuries to determine what type of animal is responsible as this would be the first unprovoked shark attack I've heard of in my 35 years in Antigua's waters. But of course that decision is at the discretion of Mr Isaac as such pictures must be considered private.
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Was it really a shark attack?

#5 Kitesurfer » 2014-01-06 11:04

I've never heard of a shark attack in Antigua or Barbuda for no reason only one where a spear diver had dead fish strapped to his diving belt, but that is asking to be bitten.

I heard that the so called "shark attack" took place at 4am which means it was dark. Would make it quite hard to see a shark. How about some pictures of the injury??
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RE: Shark Attack at Jabberwock

#4 Fed Up » 2014-01-06 10:12

Unlikely it's a big dangerous shark as he still has an elbow. Probably a Barracuda or small inquisitive shark. Contrary to the hype sharks do not 'attack' humans, they go after what they perceive to be food. There is no need to over react on this, the general population are in more danger from the idiotic drivers on the roads here or the two legged sharks which are prevalent in Antigua.
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Shark Warning You!

#3 Shark » 2014-01-06 10:00

Think I won't hear and see you at **enson Bay?
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I recommend

#2 Sekkles mom » 2014-01-06 09:53

I say we lock up the shark, and throw away the key. We shall have zero tolerance whatsoever!! :-|
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Shark Warning

#1 Observer... » 2014-01-06 09:27

I was looking for confirmation of this story after hearing it on ZDK breaking news from Persie I think it was. But I have not seen the article in Observer or on ABS News. Given that this is a popular beach where early morning each day persons go to bathe even I, should there not ne some shark warning out there or should we just wait till it happens again and may with more severe injury or death. I just wonder. I for one will not swim there for now. I'll venture to **enson Bay Beach
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