Richard Branson today told how he was bitten by a ‘shark’ in the Cayman Islands – then cut his head open by walking into a glass door.
The Virgin boss said he was swimming with dozens of stingrays off the coast of Grand Cayman when he felt a ‘painful sensation’ on his wrist.
He later posted a picture of the bite on Twitter, saying: ‘Been in the wars in the Cayman Islands – bitten by a shark’.
The entrepreneur said he referred to it as a shark bite because rays were part of the shark family.
‘One heck of a painful bite!’ Richard Branson posted this picture of a stingray bite after he was attacked while swimming in the Cayman Islands. He said he was bitten by a ‘shark’ because rays part of the shark family
Writing on the Virgin website, he said: ‘We were surrounded by stingray as well as stunning coral reefs and tropical fish.
‘But the rays were feeding all around and they mistook yours truly for their food.
‘Suddenly I felt a painful sensation on my wrist – they have one heck of a painful bite!
‘Rays are actually part of the shark family, so I’ve now been bitten by a shark.’
‘Feeling woozy, but still smiling’: The billionaire’s trip took another turn for the worse when he smashed his head into a glass door while shopping for an anniversary gift for his wife, leaving him needing three stitches
The billionaire said a makeshift operating theatre was set up, where he was given three stitches
But the billionaire’s trip took another turn for the worse when he smashed his head into a glass door while shopping for an anniversary present for his wife.
He said: ‘I popped into a local jewellery shop to look for a gift for Joan. I strolled purposefully into the shop, not noticing there was a glass door in my way. Crash!
‘I hit the glass head first and I got this painful cut above my left eye. It was bullet-proof glass!
‘We quickly set up a makeshift operating theatre, where I was given three stitches.
‘By now I was feeling rather woozy, and quite embarrassed, but I was still smiling.’
Branson had teamed up with an ocean conservationist to see the rays up close at Stingray City Bar and learn about work to preserve the species
He posted a picture on Twitter showing a deep cut above his left eye.
Branson had teamed up with an ocean conservationist to see the rays up close at Stingray City Bar and learn about work to preserve the species.
After making it back to shore, he said he put on a ‘brave face’ and got treatment for his bite.
He added: ‘I’m still proudly campaigning to protect rays, even if I did get bitten!’