Woman cheats death after having her head bitten by a SHARK during a diving lesson inside an aquarium tank

  • The learner diver was taking a lesson at a park in Liaoning, north-east China
  • A sand tiger shark bit her once in the head before letting go, an employee said
  • She was rushed to hospital with injuries all over her  scalp, forehead and jaw
  • Woman, named Nana, received more than 70 stitches during a four-hour surgery

A woman has narrowly escaped death after being bitten by a shark during a diving lesson in an aquarium tank in north-east China.

The learner diver, named in reports as Nana, was taking a lesson at the Dalian Laohutan Ocean Park in Liaoning province last Friday when a sand tiger shark bit her in the head, local media reported.

The woman was immediately rushed to hospital, where she was treated for wounds all over her scalp, forehead and jaw.

The learner diver, named in reports as Nana, was taking a lesson at the Dalian Laohutan Ocean Park in Liaoning province last Friday when a sand tiger shark bit her in the head

The learner diver, named in reports as Nana, was taking a lesson at the Dalian Laohutan Ocean Park in Liaoning province last Friday when a sand tiger shark bit her in the head

The woman was rushed to hospital and treated for wounds all over her scalp, forehead and jaw

The woman was rushed to hospital and treated for wounds all over her scalp, forehead and jaw

The tank that the woman was swimming in held the aquarium's sand tiger sharks, which are usually known for being docile and pose little to no threat to humans (file photo)

The tank that the woman was swimming in held the aquarium’s sand tiger sharks, which are usually known for being docile and pose little to no threat to humans (file photo)

Horrifying photos of Nana’s injuries show deep bite marks and cuts on her face and head.

She received more than 70 stitches during a four-hour operation in hospital, according to Liaoning Evening News.

The tank that Nana was swimming in held the aquarium’s sand tiger sharks, which are usually known for being docile and pose little to no threat to humans.

An employee told reporters that the shark let go after biting the woman on the head once.

Horrifying photos of Nana's injuries show deep bite marks and cuts on her face and head

She received more than 70 stitches during a four-hour operation in hospital

The woman received more than 70 stitches during a four-hour operation in hospital

The victim, named Nana, had purchased the Level 1 diving lesson for 3,600 yuan (£410)

The victim, named Nana, had purchased the Level 1 diving lesson for 3,600 yuan (£410)

She had purchased the Level 1 diving lesson for 3,600 yuan (£410) from a local diving club, according to the report.

A text purportedly from the manager of the club said he would cover all the expenses of Nana’s surgery and any other necessary cosmetic operations in the future, plus a diving theory lesson.

She remains under observation in hospital and is negotiating compensation with the club, the report said.

The sand tiger shark dwell in the waters of Japan, Australia, South Africa, the Mediterranean and the east coasts of North and South America and is a cousin of the great white shark.

Nan poses in front of the Dalian Laohutan Ocean Park in Liaoning province prior to the incident

Nan poses in front of the Dalian Laohutan Ocean Park in Liaoning province prior to the incident

While many net users offered their sympathy to the woman, others questioned why were people allowed to swim in a tank full of sharks.

‘The park should also be responsible for this. If the shark attacked her further, she would have died,’ one person said on Chinese microblogging site Weibo.

‘Luckily she wasn’t hurt elsewhere. What a risk!’ another user said.

‘What kind of activity is this? Why would they let her in with the sharks without proper protection?’ one person commented.