A shark attack off the coast of Ashdod on Sunday left a 27-year-old man with severe wounds from his forearm to his hand, according to media reports.
After undergoing surgery at the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv, doctors said he should be well enough to be released within a few days.
The man was working at an offshore fish farm in deep water about five miles off the coast when the shark attacked. He was rescued by a colleague and rushed to shore in a boat, where he was treated by MDA paramedics before being rushed to Tel Aviv.
Dr. Ruth Yahel, head of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority’s marine ecology department, said there are some 20 or so species of shark that swim in the coastal waters, but she termed this a rare incident.
Dr. Menachem Goren of the Department of Zoology at Tel Aviv University said that attacks such as Sunday’s are very rare in the eastern Mediterranean and that he could not remember a single case of a shark attack off Israel’s coast or the coasts of Lebanon, Greece, and Turkey.
He said that it’s common to see sharks in offshore fish farms, where they come to feed on the fish that stalk around the cages to eat the leftover and excess fish food.