CLEARWATER — Being naked this past week in Florida was bound to get you in trouble. Elvin Lanza, 46, was bitten by a bull shark while swimming nude at Haulover Beach this weekend.
Meanwhile, Instagram model Brissa Dominguez, 25, was arrested after a nude altercation at the Edge Hotel in Clearwater.
The shark attack occurred on Sunday after lifeguards instructed swimmers to get out of the water. The guards had first spotted the shark near Sunny Isles Beach. It is believed to have swum south to Halouver Beach, where Lanza was bit when he struggled to reach the shore.
A lifeguard called to Lanza and warned him, “The shark is right behind you.” When he turned, the shark bit his leg. While he attempted to kick it away, it sunk its teeth into his other leg.
George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History, believes that lifeguards unintentionally drove the shark towards Halouver Beach, where it felt crowded, making the attack inevitable.
The victim was taken to Aventura Hospital and treated for the bites before being released.
“All these attacks occur in Palm Beach North and it’s usually shark migrations, January to April,” said Lt. Matt Sparling, with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Ocean Rescue. “This is probably a local shark in the area and it’s extremely rare.”
In Clearwater, risqué Instagram model Brissa Dominguez, 25, had her own nude mishap.
Police received a call from the Edge Hotel at 4:30 a.m. last Wednesday. When police officer Richard Edmonds arrived, he found an agitated Dominguez naked. After confronting the model, he was struck in the face with a towel, which she was “swinging in a whipping motion.”
After the officer requested back up, three colleagues showed up and were confronted by Dominguez, who spat at them and “mule kicked” Officer Edmonds.
Dominguez, who wasn’t a guest of the hotel, was finally subdued and taken to county jail. She was charged with trespassing, resisting an officer with violence, and battery on a law enforcement officer. She was set free after posting a $10,000 bond.
The hard-hitting 5-foot-4, 130-pound model, who hails from California, returned to social media shortly afterwards, posting racy bikini pics on Instagram.