Volusia County Records Season's Third Shark Bite
POSTED: 12:24 pm EDT June 21, 2006
UPDATED: 12:43 pm EDT June 21, 2006
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- It's the first day of summer, and Volusia County has recorded its third shark bite of the year.
A 22-year-old woman suffered a very minor shark bite on Tuesday afternoon in New Smyrna Beach, WESH 2 News reported.
She was standing in shallow water when a small shark nipped her on her right foot. The injury was so minor that she was treated at the scene. Officials said she just a had a few small puncture wounds.
The woman was in the water south of the jetty and north of North Flagler Avenue.
On Thursday, a 24-year-old surfer from Flagler Beach was bitten by a shark in the jetty at New Smyrna Beach.
In April, a girl visiting the Daytona Beach area was bitten in the leg. Her injuries were a little more serious than the most recent injuries. She was treated at a hospital for the multiple bites and puncture wounds on her leg and ankle.
Beach Patrol said the latest incidents likely involved juvenile sharks, probably black tip or spinner sharks, that are between 1 and 3 feet long. The sharks are inexperienced hunters and they bump into what they think is food, officials said.
They are not man-eaters, but they help contribute to Volusia County's title of Shark Bite Capital.
The water is very warm right now and there are a lot of bait fish in the shallow waters, which draws the young sharks toward the shore.