The 58-year-old had been a passenger on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, and was attacked while "on an independent shore excursion," a cruise line spokesperson told CBS news.

The attack took place around 2 p.m. near Green Cay, in the northern Bahamas near Rose Island, police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings told news outlets at a press conference.

Bull sharks have a reputation for being particularly aggressive towards humans.

The species prefer shallow coastal waters, meaning they will sometimes come into conflict with humans who are swimming.

They have been known to attack people inadvertently or out of curiosity, however, attacks are rare.

They have been known to attack people inadvertently or out of curiosity, however, attacks are rare.

The woman's family members saw the attack happen with a tour operator.

The woman's family members saw the attack happen with a tour operator.

They pulled her from the water and rushed her to hospital where she was treated for injuries to her upper body,

But she eventually died from her injuries, Skippings said at a news conference.

But she eventually died from her injuries, Skippings said at a news conference.