“Most times they’re not a threat, but they can be dangerous,” he said.
The majority of shark attacks in the Caribbean have occurred in the Bahamas, with two reported last year, one of them fatal.
A shark attack also was reported in Cuba in 2019, according to the Florida-based International Shark Attack File.
Program Director Gavin Naylor told the AP that he was surprised about the attack.
“It’s pretty unusual in that part of the world,” he said.
While no details have been released, Mr Naylor said such attacks are usually tied to mitigating circumstances including spearfishing or chumming, adding that 95 per cent of shark attacks are accidental.
He said most attacks in the Caribbean
occur in the Bahamas because of its massive tourism.
“We see a very strong correlation between shark bites and the number of people in the water,” he said.