Shark Attack Not Stopping Beachgoers
By Kristin Smith
First Coast News
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- A beautiful day at Huguenot Memorial Park, turned terrifying when a 4-foot shark bit a woman swimming in the water Saturday.
One day later, and people don't seem too concerned about the incident. But some are keeping on guard.
For Damian and his four-legged friend Harley, there's nothing quite like a day at the beach. Mom and Dad bring them every other weekend. But Sunday, they were only allowed to go in ankle-deep.
"We come out here mostly because my husband likes to fish. Him and I go in the water sometimes, but we're staying out of it today," said beachgoer, Stacie Jackson.
A shark attack at Huguenot Memorial Park Saturday has Jackson a little on edge about allowing her son and their dog in further.
The woman bit by the shark is in stable condition.
But plenty of people who went to the beach either didn't know it happened, or they weren't worried enough to stay out.
"I don't think they're worried. I think if they like the water that much they're not going to watch for the signs," said beachgoer, Jessica Allen.
Allen didn't know.
But the thought just happened to cross her mind as she and her son, Kenneth, first walked down to the water's edge.
"I was wondering if there are ever any sharks that come this close to the shore," said Allen.
Every time a shark is spotted, the park puts up a sign letting people know what happened.
But now that Allen knows it wasn't just a spotting, it was an actual attack, she says she'll pay closer attention, but she's not staying out.
"I will definitely continue going in. That wouldn't stop me," said Allen.
And if it happens when Damian and Harley are here, well, Harley knows how fast to run out.
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