05/16/2009 Dr. Bryan Heath ( Florida )

Listing of the Shark Attack Related Incidents occurring in 2009. 2009 Shark Attacks

05/16/2009 Dr. Bryan Heath ( Florida )

Postby sharkbait » Sat May 16, 2009 3:11 pm

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Two people were bit by sharks in separate incidents at New Smyrna Beach Saturday morning.

Emergency officials said the bites happened near the jetty, about 100 yards from the shore.

The first person bitten was a man was Sanford. He was bitten on his hand. The second is a well-known doctor from the area, Dr. Bryan Heath, who was bitten on his foot.

Both men were surfing at the time of the bites.

Officials said Saturday's warm, murky water was inviting for sharks in shallow areas.

The bites occurred in the same general area about five minutes apart, according to Volusia County Beach Patrol Capt. Scott Petersohn.

Petersohn said Saturday's bites were the third and fourth shark bites of the year for New Smyrna Beach.

He said the sharks in the waters are juvenile, about 2 to 4 feet long. There is no way to know, but Petersohn said the bites on Saturday could be from the same shark.

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