A third surfer was bitten around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday at that same location, Petersohn. The weekend bites bring us up to five shark bites for the year.
Update on shark bites out of New Smyrna Beach
posted by Ludi Lelis on May 18, 2009 11:15:28 AM
This weekend saw three surfers bitten by sharks, at the main spot where this happens: the surf zone just south of the inlet in New Smyrna Beach.
Two surfers were bitten 9 a.m. Saturday morning, within 10 minutes of each other, said Volusia County Beach Patrol Capt. Scott Petersohn.
A third surfer was bitten around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday at that same location, Petersohn.
The surf zone by the jetty has earned the dubious title of "shark bite capital of the world." According to the International Shark Attack File, the scientific endeavor based out of University of Florida that tracks the phenomenon, more shark incidents happen at that area more than any other place in the world. (The record is more than 20 shark bites in a year.)
However, they're called "bites" because the injuries are usually minor. Smaller sharks, blacktips and spinners primarily, feed off the abundant schools of fish that swim in and out of the inlet. A shark will occassionally bite a surfer's foot or hand during their feeding time.
The weekend bites bring us up to five shark bites for the year.
Probably not too much biting today, with a steady downpour by the beach.
http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/florid ... beach.html