Shark attacks surfer off Melbourne Beach

32-year-old man suffers puncture wounds on hand

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MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. - A 32-year-old man surfing off Melbourne Beach was bitten by a shark, the third shark attack off the Central Florida coast since Sunday.

The man was bitten on the hand around 8 a.m. while surfing in the Atlantic near 3535 Highway A1A in Melbourne Beach, officials said.

The surfer suffered minor puncture wounds and was treated at the beach, Brevard County Fire Rescue officials said.

The shark bite victim told rescuers that he was surfing in the area and while paddling out he felt something bite his hand.  The surfer did not see the shark, but rescue officials said his wounds were consistent with a shark bite.

The incident marks the first reported shark bite in Brevard County in 2012.

On Sunday, a woman and a girl were bitten by sharks off New Smyrna Beach.  Both received minor injuries.

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