Teenage surfer bitten by shark in New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - A 14-year-old surfer suffered minor lacerations when a shark bit the teenager's right foot, authorities said.
The unidentified teen was surfing in knee-deep water when he felt something grab him about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Beach Patrol Capt. Scott Petersohn said. He was treated at the scene and left the beach with his mother.
The teen was likely bitten by a juvenile shark who mistook the victim's foot as a baitfish, Petersohn said. Beach officials have been warning swimmers that conditions over the past week have been favorable for such incidents because there has been a large amount of bait close to the shore.
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