*Graphic* Eighth shark bite for April reported in Florida

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The eighth shark bite for April has been reported in Florida. Keenan Perry was surfing off Hannah Park April 14 when he was bitten on the foot. “I didn’t see anything at all. I had nothing on my mind. We had just seen dolphins. I had no fear at all, I was just doing my normal surfing like I do two to three times a week,” the 17-year-old told News4Jax. “I was near the shore, away from everybody in a dead zone by myself, [I] jumped off my board to…

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*Graphic* Shark bites surfer’s foot in St. Augustine, Florida

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A shark bit a surfer’s foot in St. Augustine, Florida April 12. Kerry Keyton was enjoying the waves on St. Augustine Beach, just south of the St. Augustine pier when she went into the water. “I was off my board in the water and I was trying to get back on my board and something just hit me. “ she told News4Jax. The shark had grabbed the Palatka resident’s right foot. “It felt like my foot was just like, in a hole, which didn’t make sense,” she said. She was able to…

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Surfer bitten by a shark at Ormond Beach, Florida

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A surfer was bitten by a shark April 11 at Ormond Beach, Florida. The unidentified woman had jumped off her board into chest deep water around 4 p.m. when she was bitten on the calf. The 35-year-old was treated on scene and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. This is the sixth shark attack bite reported in Florida for the month of April. Caitlyn Taylor, 17, was bitten April 2 and had to fight a shark in a rare encounter on the second sand bar in the Panhandle. On…

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Teen bitten by a shark at Daytona Beach Florida

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A teen was bitten by a shark while swimming off Daytona Beach, Florida on April 3. Kody Stephens was with a friend in chest-deep water when he felt something bite his foot. “I told my friend that I had felt something bite me, and we got out of the water and (my foot) was bleeding,” the 16-year-old told 11Alive. “We went up and washed it and the hotel called 911. They showed up and looked at it.” The teen, who is visiting from Georgia, had a half-moon shaped bite on…

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Second shark bite of 2017 for New Smyrna Beach

The second shark bite of 2017 for New Smyrna Beach, Florida reported on April 4. Melanie Lawson was in four feet (1.2m) of water around 1 p.m. near the Esther Street Beachfront Park when she was hit hard on the side and knocked into the water. The 51-year-old woman from Georgia was bitten on her thigh by a five foot hammerhead shark. The shark had left bruises and part of its tooth in Lawsons leg, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She said she will go back…

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**Graphic** Teen bitten by a shark in Destin Florida

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A teen was bitten by a shark in Destin, Florida on April 2. Caitlyn Taylor was swimming with friends in the Gulf of Mexico near 1040 Highway 98. According to witness, the 17-year-old was on the second sandbar around 3:00 p.m. when a five-foot long (1.5m) shark swam past Taylor’s sister and brushed her leg. Her mother Tracey said Caitlyn saw the head of the shark coming towards her in a wave and she started to swim back towards shore. The shark then grabbed her and lifted her off the…

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Video: Blacktip Shark nearly bites snorkeler’s fins

Video showing the moment a blacktip shark nearly bites a snorkeler’s fins has been shared on Instagram. David Diez was filming his girlfriend, Helen Palacios, who was snorkeling off the coast of West Palm Beach March 22 when he caught the interaction with his drone. Palacios was blissfully unaware that a small blacktip shark was eying her fins as a possible meal. “What I think happened was the shark confused her fins for a fish . . . ,” Diez posted on Instagram. A post shared by daviddiez (@daviddiez) on…

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Shark bites surfer in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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A surfer was bitten by a shark off New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on March 27. Robert Nesbit was 30 to 40 yards (27 to 37m) off shore when he was bitten on the foot just before 10 a.m. According to the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue, the injury was minor and the man drove himself to the hospital. Florida is known as the shark attack capital of the world, yet the majority of injuries caused by sharks are minor.  Most bites occur off the east coast of the state…

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Half-eaten shark washes ashore in Florida

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A half-eaten shark washed ashore this weekend in Florida. The shark, thought to be a spinner or blacktip, washed up on New Smyrna Beach on Saturday February 18. The shark was thought to be around 5 feet long before being bitten leaving many to wonder what bit off its tail. A Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue who took a photo of the shark wrote on Instagram “I guess there is something even bigger out there.” He is correct about larger sharks off the Florida coast. Great white shark Katherine…

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Video: Hammerhead shark investigates divers

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Video has been shared showing a hammerhead shark as it investigates divers off the coast of Florida. The video was posted to Facebook February 3 and features an extremely inquisitive shark. Leigh Cobb and Christian Torres were scuba diving with Calypso Dive Charters when the large great hammerhead came in for a closer look. At first the shark bumps into one diver’s brightly colored fins. It may have been curious about the highly reflective orange fin gliding through the water. However, after the diver’s fin brushed it away, the shark…

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