Shark Assault


The story of a brutal shark attack that cost a woman her arm and much of her leg, and her death-defying recovery.

One of the most dreadful experiences humans fear is a shark attack. This horrifying agony is exactly what happened to Nicole Moore, a nurse from Orangeville, Ontario. It was an assault all the more brutal for being so unlikely — she was standing in waist-deep water at a Mexican resort. She came very close to dying, losing 60 percent of her blood from deep bites on her arm and leg, and was rushed to a hospital where she received a questionable level of medical care that left her and her family confronting physical and mental anguish. Surviving gruesome misery, including the amputation of her left arm and attempts to rebuild her disfigured leg, she has fought on to become a source of inspiration for those facing seemingly insurmountable challenges.


Riveting and inspirational … a compelling real-life story about the magnificent power of optimism.

Lloyd Robertson, former CTV News anchor

It is rare to see someone experience the trauma of so many surgeries yet be so strong, positive and full of hope as Nicole Moore. She is an inspiration.

Dr. Laura Snell, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

I found myself tugged irrevocably into Moore’s compelling account of enduring the shark attack, wrapped expertly in the detail of author Jennings’ research and storytelling.

Ted Barris, bestselling author of The Great Escape: The Untold Story

[A] compelling and highly recommended addition to community library collections.

Midwest Review of Books

Read it. Heed the warnings. Note her strength against this dire adversity and her ability to move forward without remorse. It is an unbelievable tale

About the Authors

Peter Jennings

Posted by Dundurn Guest on March 10, 2015
Peter Jennings photo

Peter Jennings

Peter Jennings is an author of fiction and non-fiction books ( who ran a marketing agency in Toronto for several years before turning to writing full time. He lives in Muskoka, Ontario, where his monthly TV show Be My Guest features in-depth interviews with interesting personalities.

Nicole Moore

Posted by Dundurn Guest on March 17, 2015

Nicole Moore

Nicole Moore is a registered nurse who nearly died after being brutally attacked twice by a shark in Cancun, Mexico. This assault resulted in her arm being amputated and major surgeries to repair her leg. Today, she inspires audiences with her breathtaking story of survival, showcasing her extraordinary positive spirit. She lives in Orangeville, Ontario.