Aquarist attacked by shark

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A diver at the Deep Sea World aquarium in Scotland has been bitten by an Angel shark.

The 23-year-old male is reported to have suffered between 15 and 20 cuts to his hand, each of approximately a centimetre in length. The injuries were dressed by paramedics on the scene, but did not require hospital treatment.

The unfortunate incident occurred during European Shark Week (10th-18th October), for which the Deep Sea World aquarium aimed to dispel many of the popular misconceptions of sharks as mindless man-eaters.

A member of staff had received an injury while diving in the aquarium's main ocean display, read a statement released by Deep Sea World in North Queensferry.

Initial reports would indicate the male member of staff received cuts to his hand after apparently being bitten by an angel shark. The member of staff was treated at the aquarium but did not require hospitalisation.

A full investigation is currently being carried out into the incident.

Angel sharks, Squatina squatina - also known as monkfish - are ambush predators that will bury themselves in sand, enabling them to launch attacks on unsuspecting prey. They are capable of attaining 1.5m (5ft) in length.