Man Bitten by Shark at Scottish Aquarium

‘Angel Shark’ — they are not normally aggressive, they do bite when stepped on or handled. If they are left alone they will not attack.


An investigation is under way after a 23-year-old aquarium employee was attacked by an angel shark at the city’s Deep Sea World aquarium and he suffered more than 15 lacerations on his arm. An ambulance was sent to Deep Sea World in North Queensferry in Fife, near Edinburgh.

The victim was bitten while diving in the same tank as the shark. The man has been treated by paramedics after the incident.

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We got called at 2:45pm advising us that a 23-year-old male had been bitten on the arm by an angel shark. The sharks are around one-and-a-half metres long.

“He had 15 to 20 puncture wounds on his arm.

“A crew attended and treated his arm. The patient did not travel to a hospital.”

A statement released by Deep Sea World said: “A member of staff had received an injury while diving in the aquarium’s main ocean display.

“Initial reports would indicate the male member of staff received cuts to his hand after apparently being bitten by an angel shark – a native shark species which is also known as a monk fish.

“The member of staff was treated at the aquarium but did not require hospitalization. A full investigation is currently being carried out into the incident.”