Honeymoon Horror: Newlywed Bitten by Shark During Post-Wedding Getaway

Animals - Inside Edition Staff

A South Carolina newlywed was on her dream honeymoon in the Bahamas when she was attacked by a 5-foot-long shark in an encounter that was filmed by her husband. 

The creature chomped down on her arm during a recent excursion at an attraction where people pay to swim with sharks. 

As a result, Sarah Illig’s arm had a gash across it.

"It felt like five or six hands were grabbing into the side of my arm and squeezing it as hard as they could," she told Inside Edition. "The bite was only a second long but only a half a second later my mind processed it and I realized that it hurt."

The species is a nurse shark, which are not known to be particularly dangerous but they can get aggressive on occasion.

"We had to leave it untreated for an hour or so, just to get back to where we were going before we could get it treated. That was the most painful simply because it was an opened flesh wound," she added. 

She posted video of the incident on Facebook and Instagram, but the posts have since been taken down. 

Sarah and her husband, Evan, married three weeks ago in Charleston and went to the Bahamas for their honeymoon, never expecting a terrifying ordeal like the one she had. 

She said she is now "a little more nervous" about entering the water. 

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