A baby shark that has swallowed a tooth from a baby shark, and is now struggling to eat its own remains, is the latest in a string of recent incidents in the Bay of Fundy.
The first reported case was in March, when a 7-year-old boy in a car accident died from the bite.
A second child in August was seriously injured after a shark bit him while swimming at the St. John’s Bay.
Last year, a 7.5-year old boy in Bayview, Ont., died after he swallowed a shark’s tooth while playing with it.
He died on April 5.
In October, a 9-year, old boy was bitten by a shark in Scarborough.
And in November, a 14-year baby boy died after a bull shark bit his face while swimming in a pond in New Brunswick.
“The shark was attacking a 6-year–old boy who was playing in the water with it,” said Scott St. Laurent, a spokesman for the New Brunswick Fish and Wildlife Department.
This is the second time in the last week that a shark has bit a child.
A six-year‐old boy died last week after being bitten in New Westminster, B.C. That case is still under investigation.
St. Laurent said he was told by authorities the shark was about 4 feet long and weighing about 100 pounds.
The bite happened about 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday in the backyard of a home in the area of Queen Street and Highway 495.
About 50 metres from the shoreline, the boy fell from a tree and was bitten in the left cheek, neck and stomach, St. Louis said.
He was taken to hospital, but died of his injuries on Friday.
Two days later, a seven-year‑old boy was struck by a bull tooth in St. Catharines, Ont.
He died from his injuries.
There has been a spike in shark attacks over the last year in Canada, according to statistics compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
There have been eight shark attacks in the United States since January 1, 2016, according the agency’s Shark Watch program.
There were three shark attacks on children in the U.S. last year.
More than 3,600 people have been bitten by sharks in Canada since January, including more than 700 fatalities.
In the U-K-P region, shark attacks have killed two people and injured more than 30 people in five years.