AFTER THE ATTACK
On the boat his wife applied pressure to the wound. The party called for an ambulance and rushed back to land.
Burke, the emergency room doctor at Rand, said Bonde's life was never in danger.
``He didn't lose a significant amount of blood, but he lost a significant amount of muscle and tissue -- a third to half of his calf muscle,'' she said.
Lincoln Jones, 53, who leads charters in Green Turtle Cay, said the sport can be dangerous: ``If you are spearfishing, don't stay in one place too long -- they'll come after you.''
Shark attacks, scientists say, are almost always random, and this year's total, despite the ``Summer of the Shark'' media stories, is fairly typical.
``It's causing a panic that doesn't need to be caused,'' said Terri Behling, spokeswoman for the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota.
Researchers at the center refused to field questions Friday after being deluged in the wake of attacks on the Arbogast boy as well as New York tourist Krishna Thompson off Freeport two weeks ago and the schooling of sharks off Anclote Key near St. Petersburg this week.
``It's been so out of control this week,'' Behling said.
Bonde was the 32nd person reported bitten by a shark worldwide this year, including one who died. Twenty-one were in U.S. waters, including 16 off Florida.
That compares to 79 last year worldwide, 51 in the United States and 34 off Florida.
According to statistics compiled by the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of History in Gainesville, the Bahamas have had a low frequency of shark incidents -- 39 confirmed attacks in more than a century, including only three off Grand Bahama. Two of those came in the last two weeks.
``I look at this with a jaundiced eye,'' said UM's Gruber. ``We're still talking about incredibly small numbers here.''
Other than occurring off the same island, there appeared to be few similarities.
Bonde was more than 30 miles from the beach at Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort where Thompson was hit.
Thompson was wading in shallow water just yards from the beach. Bonde was snorkeling in 15 to 20 feet of water.