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10-year-old American boy hospitalized after attack on ‘Walk with Sharks’ attraction in Bahamas

A 10-year-old boy was bitten on the leg in a shark tank attraction at a luxury resort in the Bahamas.

Witnesses said they saw a “pool of blood” in the water after the attack on the boy, from Maryland, US. He was taken to hospital for treatment for a leg injury and is in stable condition, authorities said on Wednesday.

The incident reportedly took place at the Atlantis Resort, a 400-acre tourist trap of hotels, casinos and water parks that dominates Paradise Island.

Local police said they were investigating without specifying the exact location. Witnesses, however, described to NBC News an attack at Atlantis in graphic detail.

The Atlantis retreat offers a “shark walking adventure,” according to a webpage that has since been removed. Participants don’t need to know how to swim and can apparently come face-to-face with Caribbean reef sharks and nurse sharks in a dedicated pool.

The Atlantis Resort overlooks Paradise Island in the Bahamas – LAURIE CHAMBERLAIN/CORBIS RF DOCUMENTARY

“Once the little boy got off, things got really bad,” one witness told US media. “We saw the shark coming towards him and then there was just a pool of blood.”

The screaming child was reportedly taken to a nursing station on the island while the rest of the visitors fled.

Publicity photos on the Atlantis website show vacationers in wetsuits and modified scuba gear walking surrounded by sharks.

A description reads: “Using state-of-the-art transparent glass helmets, resort guests can walk to the bottom of the shark exhibit and come face-to-face with the guardians of the lost world of Atlantis. No swimming experience is necessary.”

Other photos show a woman holding a starfish in front of the camera as a shark floats in the background, as well as a collection of sharks and small fish floating on the steps of a replica Mayan temple.

Visitors can also safely observe the sharks in a clear plastic tunnel at the bottom of a five-story slide.

The resort is home to seven different species of sharks, including Pacific blacktip reef sharks that measure 7 feet (2.10 meters) and great hammerhead sharks, which can grow to 20 feet (6 meters). Only one of these species, the hammerhead shark, is listed as harmless to humans.

Visitors meet sea creatures in their aquarium at a similar attraction in Dubai

The Royal Bahamas Police Force said in a statement: “A 10-year-old boy from Maryland, USA, was reportedly bitten by a shark shortly before 4pm on Monday.

“Initial reports indicate that the boy was bitten on the right leg by a shark while taking part in a shark tank expedition at a local resort.

“He was taken to hospital for medical treatment and is currently in a stable condition. Investigations into this incident are ongoing.”

Paddleboarder dies of injuries

Last month, a 44-year-old man from Boston, Massachusetts, was killed by a shark while paddleboarding off New Providence, Bahamas.

Lauren Erickson Van Wart was pulled onto a boat by a lifeguard but died at the scene, suffering “significant trauma to the right side of her body.”

A 47-year-old German woman went missing last November, apparently the victim of a shark attack, while on a diving trip off the island of Grand Bahama. She was reportedly attacked by a tiger shark off an area known as Tiger Beach.

Atlantis Bahamas has been contacted for comment.

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