Shark Bite Reported in Melbourne Beach, Florida

A woman has been bitten multiple times by a shark in Florida.


The 42-year-old was swimming off Melbourne Beach on Wednesday afternoon, when she was bitten on her thigh and buttocks. She also sustained deep bites to her left hand and wrist area.

She was in the water near 2999 S. Highway A1A around 3:30 p.m. The location is around a quarter-mile from a lifeguard tower.

The unidentified female saw the shark that bit her and may have sustained the wounds to her hand and wrist while fighting the shark.

When paramedics arrived, the woman was drifting in and out of consciousness.

This is the fifth shark attack bite of 2016 in Brevard County. This incident is a little odd, as the majority of shark bites along the Atlantic coast of Florida consist of single (hit and run) bites.

There have been a total of forty-six shark attacks bites in 2016. Five of which were fatal. Nineteen reported in the US, with thirteen occurring in Florida. Ten have been reported in Australia, three of which were fatal.

All locations have been marked on the 2016 shark attack bites tracking map.

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