Clayton Schulz needed more than 300 stitches to repair the damage after Jacksonville Beach Shark Attack---
UNF athlete bitten while surfing
By Steve Patterson
A University of North Florida baseball player was hospitalized after being bitten by a powerful fish Friday at Jacksonville Beach.
"All I really felt was teeth and tearing," Clayton Schulz said today from a patient room at Shands Jacksonville hospital.
"I'm lucky. I still have a foot, and they expect me to hopefully make close to a 100 percent recovery."
Schulz, a 20-year-old business management major, said he had been surfing near Sixth Avenue South about 4:30 p.m. when his left foot was snatched.
"I was hopping back on my board and the shark came up and grabbed my foot and shook it around a little it and let go," he said.
"I popped right up and got on my board and lifted my foot out of the water. ... It was torn up real good."
He said another surfer helped him get to shore, where lifeguards got him to an ambulance. He was transferred to Shands after being examined at Baptist Medical Center-Beaches.
He said he didn't see what bit him, but believed it was a shark.
More than 300 stitches were needed to repair the damage, said Peter Schulz, the pitcher's father.
"He's doing great. The doctors at Shands have been outstanding," the father said.
Schulz, a left-handed pitcher for the Ospreys, is entering his junior year at UNF, his father said.
Official accounts of the injury weren't available this evening.
Lifeguard station staff referred questions to a supervisor who didn't immediately return a voicemail message. A police spokesman said he wasn't familiar with the incident.
It's at least the second biting injury reported in as many months at Jacksonville Beach.
Lifeguards cautioned people to watch for sharks after a woman in waist-deep water was bitten on the leg in early June. When that warning was issued, local officials stressed that other types of fish besides sharks can also cause bite injuries.
Reports of shark attacks are relatively rare in Jacksonville.
By last year, only 19 "unprovoked" attacks had been logged in Duval County since the 1880s, according to the International Shark Attack File, a project at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. There had been 629 attacks recorded statewide, according to the file.
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