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.
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.