INJURED – 10 June 2017 – Ponce Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, US – surfer bitten

Ponce Inlet Shark Attack Watch

Ponce Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, US
Firing surf at Ponce Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, US — 2nd Light

An unidentified surfer suffered a minor bite on his foot while surfing at Ponce Inlet, Volusia County, Florida on Saturday 10 June 2017. He “got off his surfboard and stepped on the sand bar just north of the jetty when a shark nipped him on the left foot just before 10am,” said Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Senior Capt. Tamra Marris.

 

“He had a laceration,” Marris said. “It didn’t appear to be significant.”

He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Marris said the migration of mullet and other baitfish make for plentiful feeding grounds for common blacktip and spinner sharks, which grow to 6- to 8-feet long.

This was the 6th shark attack in Volusia County this year.

The Daytona Beach News Journal recounts them: Among the six shark bites this year was 58-year-old man, who was bitten on the foot while surfing in New Smyrna Beach in March. April saw four shark bites, including a 16-year-old swimmer in Daytona Beach, a Georgia woman bitten on the thigh in New Smyrna Beach, a 35-year-old woman bitten on the leg in Ormond Beach, and an unidentified person who suffered a minor bite on the foot in Daytona Beach Shores.

No other details were reported.

Sources

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2nd Light

 

2 INJURED – 7 September 2013 – New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida, USA – swimmer and surfer bitten

New Smyrna Beach
New Smyrna Beach

Two people were nipped by a shark on the same day at New Smyrna Beach Volusia County, Florida, USA. The incident occurred on 7 September 2013.

A 25-year-old man was bitten on the shin around 4pm while swimming in waist deep water and a minute later a 43-year-old surfer was bitten on his foot.

The two victims had only minor injuries. They were treated by Ocean Rescue and then left on their own to seek medical treatment.

It is thought the same 3-foot shark bit both victims as the bites occurred less than 100 meters apart, according to the report.

Source:
Orlando Sentinel

PIC Source:
Wikipedia

INJURED – 28 August 2013 – Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, USA – boogie boarder bitten

Riley Breihan, 11, suffered minor lacerations to the lower left calf and heel from a shark bite.
Riley Breihan, 11, suffered minor lacerations to the lower left calf and heel from a shark bite.

An 11-year-old girl, Riley Breihan, was bitten by a small shark while boogie boarding in knee deep water. She suffered minor lacerations to the lower left calf and heel.

She is told WESH TV after the incident: “I just think it is a miracle that none of my toes came off or like a chunk of meat came off.”

She said it hurt and she ran out of the water. Bystanders scooped her up and her grandparents took her to the hospital.

Doctors pulled out a small shark tooth embedded in her leg.

Source:
WESH TV

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WESH TV

2 INJURED – 14 March 2012 — New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida, US – 2 surfers bitten

Shark bite victim Sydney Levy with a bandaged ankle
Shark bite victim Sydney Levy with a bandaged ankle

Two teenage surfers were bitten within 5 minutes of each other – (a beach official reckons they were different sharks), while surfing at New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida in the US. It’s the first attack of the year at New Smyrna Beach – notorious for several shark bites every year, although generally pretty minor ones.

Nick Romano, 17, suffered an 8-inch wound to his calf. He paddled back to shore and was taken to Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach. He had 17 stitches and was released.

He is quoted as saying:

“I saw the full thing right in front of me. The tail whipped right in front of me.

“Every surfer always thinks, ‘Oh one day I’m going to get bit by a shark.’ Today was my day.”

The other victim was 15-year-old Sydney Levy who was surfing with her mother. She was bitten on the ankle about 5 minutes after the attack on Romano. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Sydney’s mom who saw her get pulled under the water by the shark is quoted as saying:

“This was my worst nightmare.

“To me it was like a scene out of Jaws where the girl is getting sucked under.  I said, ‘there is no way this thing is going to kill my daughter.’ I grabbed her shoulders and I pulled her up and threw her on the nose of my board.”

She said the shark continued swimming around them as they called out for help to two nearby surfers who helped them to shore.

Both surfers said the shark was about 4 or 5 feet long. The species was not identified.

Sources:

The Daytona Beach News Journal

10 News

Miami Herald

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10 News

INJURED – 2 September 2011 — Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, US – surfer bitten

Daniel True's shark bite wound
Daniel True's shark bite wound

Daniel True, 19, was bitten on the right foot by a shark while surfing near South Jetty, south of Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, US.

He was able to get to shore and was treated by a lifeguard before driving himself to Bert Fish Medical Center for stitches to close the wound. It is estimated the shark was 6-foot long.

The incident happened around 11am on Friday 2 September 2011.

According to one report he said on his Facebook page that the shark was a black tip shark.

Another report says he was wading in 4 feet of water when the attack took place.

Sources:
WPTV

NSB News

PIC Source:
NSB News