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08/28/2019 - Donald Walsh - Florida

Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:20 pm
by alb
Shark Attack New Smyrna Beach shark attacks Florida shark attacks Volusia county***

40-year-old man was bitten by a shark while surfing in the waters off New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Tuesday morning, according to authorities.

Donald Walsh—a chiropractor from Mims—is the fourth person to be bitten by a shark in these waters in just the last month, and the eleventh in the whole of 2019, WESH 2 reported.

New Smyrna Beach—located on Florida's central east coast—is considered to be the "shark attack capital of the world," according to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF).

National Geographic reported that anyone who has entered the water in this area has likely come within 10 feet of a shark.

Walsh told Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue officials that he caught air on a wave while surfing and landed on top of a shark. The animal—which Walsh estimated to be around 6.5 feet long—then bit his hand and leg.

Fortunately, the injuries were not life-threatening and Walsh was subsequently treated on the beach by Ocean Rescue. He was not taken to hospital.

WESH 2 reporter Claire Metz tweeted about the incident: "Surfer bit on hand and calf during shark incident.. shark bit him once but interacted w/ hand and calf.. surfer declined transport to hospital... likely seeking help on his own."

At present, it is unclear what species of shark may have been responsible for the attack.