Shark Attack at Ormond Beach, Volusia County Florida USA - Tennessee tourist attacked by shark on Florida Vacation**
Area's 22nd shark bite ties 2001 record
A 32-year-old tourist had the dubious honor Sunday of becoming the 22nd shark bite victim of the year in Volusia County - tying the previous record set in 2001.
Volusia County Beach Patrol spokesman Capt. Scott Petersohn said the Tennessee visitor was swimming off the 1000 block of Ocean Shore Boulevard in Ormond-by-the-Sea when he was bit once just before noon. The man, whose name was not immediately available, was swimming in waist-deep water when a wave knocked him from his feet. While his feet were off the bottom, the swimmer felt something grab his left heel, Petersohn said.
"He sustained two lacerations," Petersohn said of the injury, which was not threatening to life or limb, as is typical of most Volusia bites. "He's probably gonna get a couple sutures.'
Officials said that based on the pattern of bite-mark, the shark was most likely a 2- to 3-foot juvenile shark, probably lacking hunting experience. "With those dangling feet, murky water and baitfish present, those three things are the reason we have shark bites," Petersohn said.
The overwhelming majority of bites have been south of the New Smyrna Beach jetty. While there's some debate over why, Petersohn said it is believed that the sharks spawn near the inlet, and first venture into the world from there.
"In the big picture, sharks don't kill people," he said. "Rip currents do."
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