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09/03/2006 Christopher Duncan (Florida)

Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 4:39 pm
by sharkbait
New Smyrna Beach -- A 33-year-old Orlando man was bitten on the right thigh by a small shark off New Smyrna Beach on Sunday evening.

Officials with the Volusia County Beach Patrol said the shark that bit Christopher Duncan, who recently moved to Central Florida from Michigan, was about 3 feet long.

Scott Petersohn, a Beach Patrol spokesman, said the incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. in the northern section of the beach near Sapphire Road.

Duncan went to Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach because he probably needed stitches, Petersohn said.

Petersohn called it a minor incident. "The shark was not out to eat this guy," he said. "It basically bumped into him and bit him." ... es-volusia

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 6:35 pm
by sharkbait
2 bitten by sharks, suffer minor cuts

Staff Report
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Sharks nibbled on two people wading into the water this weekend, bringing the total number of reported shark bites to seven in Volusia County this year.

Christopher Duncan, 33, of Orlando was standing in waist-deep water Sunday near the 700 block of North Atlantic Avenue when a 3-foot shark swam up and bit him on his right thigh, said Capt. Scott Petersohn, Volusia County Beach Patrol spokesman. Duncan was treated for some puncture wounds and cuts to his thigh, and then he drove himself to Bert Fish Medical Center.

"It was a minor incident of mistaken identity,"' Petersohn said.

It was the second shark bite of the weekend. On Saturday, a child swimming in the water near the 4100 block of South Atlantic Avenue was bitten on the arm, Petersohn said. No other information was available.

Petersohn said there is no "rhyme or reason" for the recent bites other than baitfish swimming in the area and more people entering the surf during Labor Day weekend.

"There are always sharks around," he said. "It's just a fact of life." ... 090406.htm