"It's just unfortunate," said Chief Colin Albury, of Abaco Fire and Rescue. “(It’s) just one of those things where she was spearfishing and the shark came from nowhere. A lot of people don't realize that when you are spearfishing grouper -- hogfish give off a sound when they are injured, and that sound is like ringing the dinner bell for the sharks."
The woman was flown by air ambulance to a hospital in Fort Lauderdale.
"(She’s a) real tough lady, but in severe pain -- naturally -- (because of) the mutilation of her hand," Albury said.
The woman reportedly told authorities that she “isn't mad at the shark because getting attacked is a common risk with spearfishing."
The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.