Big sharks. Inhabitants of the abyss or residents of the shallows?

It’s not surprising that when many people think of a large shark, the first image that comes to mind is likely that of a mature great white shark lurking in the depths. It’s also not surprising to see the reactions of stunned beach goers when they see an 8-foot-long bull shark, 10-foot-long tiger shark, or 12-foot-long great hammerhead in water so shallow that their backs are barely covered. While it is true that many of the largest great white sharks ever recorded have been found near Guadalupe Island where the…

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Three shark bites reported in Florida

Two surfers and one swimmer have been bitten by sharks in Florida. The first incident occurred September 8 off Fort Pierce Inlet when a man in his mid-60s was bitten on the leg. The unidentified man received a serious wound between his knee and ankle. He was transported by emergency personnel to a local hospital and was originally listed in serious condition. The species of shark that bit him has not been identified; however, local sources indicate bull sharks have been spotted in the area. A second minor shark bite…

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Florida teen surfer bitten by a shark in St. Augustine

A Florida teenager reports a shark bit him on his hand while he was surfing. Hunter Hylton was hitting the waves July 29 off the St. Augustine Beach Pier with his father Chris Hylton. As the 14-year-old, who was in 5 feet of water, was putting a bright green surf wax in his pocket he says a shark grabbed his right hand. “I think he just like latched on and I kinda like pushed it when he bit. I pulled my hand out of the water and it was just…

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Three shark attacks reported in Florida

Three shark attacks were reported in Florida over the weekend, with two attacks occurring several minutes apart in waters off the same northern Florida beach. Dustin Theobald was helping his son Emerson catch waves off Fernandina Beach just before 3:30 p.m. July 13. “It was a west wind, so it was kind of hot out, you know all the wind coming off the land instead of the water,” he told Tracking Sharks by phone. “I got back in the water to push him [Emerson] on some waves.” The 30-year-old was floating…

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Surfing teen bitten by shark in Florida

A surfer visiting Florida has been bitten by a shark. An unidentified 14-year-old was hitting the waves off New Smyrna Beach July 11 around 11:30 a.m. when a shark grabbed his foot as he paddled his board in chest-deep water. The Ohio teen was able to paddle back to shore and alert authorities. Beach Safety Ocean Rescue responded to the scene near the 27th Avenue Beach approach. The teenager had a roughly 4-inch diameter bite wound on his left foot. He was treated on scene and released.  Rescue personnel advised…

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Three shark bites reported in Florida

shark bites reported in Florida Cody High shark bite wound

Three people in Florida received shark bites over the holiday weekend. The first bite occurred May 25 near the 200 block north at Daytona Beach. An unidentified 12-year-old was standing in waist-deep water around 2 p.m. when he was bitten on the foot. As a precaution, he was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment of the minor wound. A more serious bite occurred at Coco Beach around 5 p.m. Cody High was playing with his family in water when a shark grabbed his leg. “I was about knee-deep…

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Second great white shark sighted off Florida coast

A second great white shark has been spotted off the Florida coast. Kyle Morningstar and his friend Ian Smith captured the encounter March 24, while fishing near Daytona Beach. Around 2:30 p.m. Morningstar, who was located about 40 miles off the coast of Ponce Inlet, started pulling up his boat’s anchor. That’s when he saw remora fish swimming toward a “great, gray blob.” When the blob surfaced, he realized it was a great white shark. “I was just in shock,” he told the Daytona News- Journal. “When it circled a…

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