Shark in tank attacks diver at Washington State aquarium 


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Shark In Tank Attacks Diver At Washington State Aquarium

A diver who was conducting maintenance at a zoo and aquarium in Tacoma, Washington was bitten Monday by a 4-foot sandbar shark in a tank.

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The injured diver, a volunteer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, according to the News Tribune, was taken to a Tacoma hospital for treatment of a finger injury.  

It’s not clear why the shark bit the diver, but the zoo said the shark will stay in the exhibit.

The zoo has three sandbar sharks, a sand tiger shark, blacktip reef sharks, and a Japanese wobbegong, The Associated Press reported.

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There’s never been a shark bite at the exhibit since it opened almost three decades ago.



Sandbar shark

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ZOO AQUARIUM, MADRID, SPAIN - 2017/03/07: A specimen of sandbar shark pictured at Madrid zoo and aquarium. (Photo by Jorge Sanz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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