Some reports of Cancun shark attack “grossly exaggerated”

According to a National Post article, a Canadian woman who was the victim of an apparent shark attack in Cancun, Mexico is recovering from her injuries and has “all her limbs intact.” This news is in contrast to earlier reports that the woman had lost an arm as a result of the shark attack.

The victim’s father, Alberto Baldassari, told the National Post that his daughter was “doing relatively well,” after undergoing surgery to repair “severe wounds” to her arm and leg. He went on to say that some of the reports regarding his daughter’s attack were “grossly exaggerated.” The victim plans to return to Canada via “an air ambulance” as soon as her condition allows travel, according to her father.

In what seems to be a bizarre related bit of news, an iNews 880 is reporting that “media reports” are claiming that the victim was attacked by a female bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) who was giving birth prior to the attack taking place. The iNews 880 report goes on to quote a “spokesman for Mexico’s National Commission of Natural Protected Areas” as saying that the incident was an act of “self defense” on the shark’s behalf and not a “shark attack.”

The details surrounding the iNews 880 story seem sparse, so it should probably be taken with a grain of salt.


  1. Ardis O'Dell says:

    Lady victim of Cancun Shark attack was recently interview on the news . She said she had her arm amputated. The report in the National Post has not got their facts straight. A few of us who were here in Cancun the time of the shark attack will tell you that it was horrifying. Everybody thought she was dead. She was very lucky to survive the attack.


  2. Margaret says:

    My Brother in law got attacked by shark in Cancun lat Monday. he is in hospital in Cancun we don;t know if he will be able to walk.


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