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07/25/2006 Unknown Male (Florida)

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 9:40 am
by sharkbait
Teenage surfer bitten by shark in New Smyrna Beach
Associated Press
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. ... 124528.htm

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:58 am
by sharkbait
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A 14-year-old beachgoer suffered Volusia's fifth shark bite of the year, Volusia County Beach Patrol said Wednesday.

The teen, who officials did not name because of his age, was walking along a jetty in the 2900 block of Atlantic Avenue in New Smyrna Beach on Tuesday when he was bitten, beach patrol Capt. Scott Petersohn said.

"Something grabbed his foot when he was walking out," Petersohn said. "He had five little, teeny tiny, puncture wounds on his foot."

Petersohn said the bite appeared insignificant but was definitely caused by a shark.

Beach patrol officials have been warning beachgoers that the abundance of bait fish in the murky water could contribute to shark bites.

Petersohn said beach officials have been flying a purple warning flag to notify swimmers of the danger. ... es-volusia