Saturday, August 9, 2014

7-Year-Old Boy Bitten by Bull Shark in Lake Pontchartrain

A 7-year-old boy, Trent Trentacosta, was bitten by a shark on Friday while swimming in Lake Pontchartrain which is a brackish estuary located in southeastern Louisiana outside New Orleans.

Trent's family had borrowed a friend's sailboat and they had decided to drop anchor to take a swim due to calm conditions.  Trent was playing with friends in clear water when he was bitten by the shark.

According to an interview published in the Inquisitr, the boy's mother described her son's account of the incident.
“(Trent) had been screaming so much, it wasn’t until he settled down that he told us something charged at him from under the water."
“He said that when he was swimming, something bumped him from the back. He turned around to look, and then he felt it swim around to the front of him, and when he turned again, it charged at him.”
Mitchell Chevalier, who tags sharks for the University of New Orleans and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, states that is is common for many sharks to be in the lake during certain times of the year as the area is a shark nursery.  Although larger sharks would typically be gone this time of year, he is confident that the injury was caused by a bull shark.  Based on the bite marks, he estimates the shark to be around 5 feet.

The boy received treatment at an area emergency clinic and is expected to make a full recovery.
Photo from The Times-Picayune

News Accounts:
-Shark Attack In Louisiana: Boy, 7, Sustains Bite Wounds Off Southshore Harbor - Inquisitr
-Shark attacks Lakeview boy swimming in Lake PontchartrainThe Times-Picayune
-Shark bites boy in Lake PontchartrainHouma Today