Hilton Mantooth,15, was surfing around 11am today at New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He was waiting for a wave with his toes dangling in the water about 100 yards from shore when a shark grabbed his right foot.
He was able to make it back to the beach under his own power.
“He has a severed tendon in the big toe and the concern is infection from a shark bite into the bone,” Mantooth’s mother, Julie Mantooth told Wesh.com
A second surfer, Kevin Ross was bitten 30 minutes later. An abundance of bait fish and choppy water could be a large factor in shark bites.