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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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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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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Shark bites surfer in New Smyrna Beach, Florida


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 58-year-old 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 at New Smyrna Beach, 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 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 recently pinged…

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Shark Bites Surfer in New Smyrna Beach

A shark bit a surfer October 8 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Bryan Brock had just finished catching a wave when he was bitten on the right knee. “As I turned around to grab my board in the whitewater after a wave, I felt the shark circle me and then it nailed me on the kneecap,” Brock told Surfline. Hurricane Matthew had passed near the area and left the water warmer and much darker than normal. “There was a fair amount of blood, but it wasn’t too bad,” witness Michael…

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Nine-year-old Bitten by a shark in Florida

A nine-year-old has been bitten by a shark in Florida. Austin Moore, of Neptune Beach, was vacationing with his family at New Smyrna Beach during the Labor Day weekend. The young man was standing in chest-deep water on a sandbar south of Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park, when he felt something grab his foot. “I felt something grab me, so I turned around,” he told Action News Jax. “I thought it was my uncle trying to scare [me] and I turned around and was surprised not to see anyone.” That’s…

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