Warren Sapp bit in arm by shark while lobstering
Former Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp, a regular on charter fishing trips in his retirement these days, was bitten in the arm by a shark while lobstering on a charter based out of Marathon in the Florida Keys.
"It's simple," charter captain Jack Carlson wrote via text message while still cleaning up Wednesday afternoon. "He was lobstering with me and a shark bit Sapp while he was grabbing the lobster. He's OK."
Carlson's charter, Two Conchs, posted a photo to Instagram with a photo of a deep, bloody gash to Sapp's arm. "Warren Sapp attacked by a shark while lobstering," he wrote, adding the hashtag #epicbattle. "The shark wanted the lobster just as bad as Sapp," he later wrote on Instagram. "Sapp got the lobster and the Shark got his lick in too."
Carlson said by phone he was fishing on Florida Bay on Wednesday, about seven miles out from Marathon in 9 feet of water. Sapp was reached for a lobster that a shark -- one witness thought it was a small nurse shark, perhaps four feet long -- also wanted.
"The sharks hang around those lobster holes, because they feed on the lobster as well," Carlson said.
Carlson said Sapp "may need stitches" for the injury -- to the inside of his left forearm, near the elbow -- but that he kept fishing. "We bandaged it up, put some gauze on there, some black electrical tape and hit a couple more spots, then headed in," Carlson said.
Sapp, now a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Bucs' Ring of Honor, posted a photo on Instagram earlier Wednesday showing him going out lobstering with Two Conchs and Carlson. He spoke briefly with the Times by phone Wednesday before abruptly hanging up.