This Central Florida county has the most reported shark bites in the world
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – It seems Volusia County won’t be giving up its title as the unofficial shark bite capital of the world any time soon. The Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File recently published its summary of shark bites for 2020 and once again, Florida topped the list. The instances included in International Shark Attack File’s 2020 review include 57 unprovoked bites, 39 provoked attacks, six boat bites as well as others. While the data may seem staggering, experts said the number of unprovoked bites is down compared to the 64 bites in 2019. To read the full breakdown from the International Shark Attack File, click here.
Florida man is bitten by shark, walks home bleeding
Photos of a whale shark spotted off Siesta Key on May 5, 2020. (Image credit: @alexdgroat on Instagram)SIESTA KEY, Fla. – A Florida man was bitten by a shark and walked home bleeding where a woman called 911 and had him taken to a hospital. News outlets reported the man was swimming in the waters off Siesta Key, Florida, when the attack happened. WTVT reported a woman called 911 and said the 39-year-old man had been bitten on his hand and arm and was bleeding profusely. She was heard reassuring him “everything’s going to be OK.”Sarasota Memorial Hospital spokesman Kim Savage said a man had been admitted Tuesday and the wound was confirmed to have been a shark bite, but she said she could not provide any more details on his condition or personal information.
Tourist reports possible shark bite in Daytona Beach Shores
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. – A tourist was possibly bitten by a shark Wednesday in Daytona Beach Shores, marking the third such incident in a two-day period. The victim, 48-year-old Eric Bowman, said he was swimming in waist-deep water at about 3:20 p.m. when he felt something bite his left foot then let go immediately after, according to Volusia County Beach Safety. On Tuesday, a 25-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark on his arm in Melbourne Beach. A few hours later, a shark bit a 15-year-old surfer on his hand in Ponce Inlet. The man required hospitalization while the teen did not.
Shark bites 15-year-old surfer at Ponce Inlet
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A shark chomped down on a 15-year-old boy’s hand Tuesday morning as he was surfing in Ponce Inlet, marking the second shark bite of the day in Central Florida. Volusia County Beach Safety said the St. Augustine boy was paddling out near the jetty in deep water at about 10:45 a.m. when a shark bit his hand then immediately released. The boy was treated on scene for cuts to his hand and wrist but refused to be transported to a hospital. Volusia County beaches experienced red flag conditions Tuesday with large surf and higher than usual tides. In Melbourne Beach on Tuesday, a 25-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark on his arm.
23-year-old man bitten by shark off New Smyrna Beach
A 23-year-old Orlando man was bitten on the foot by a shark Sunday off New Smyrna Beach, according to Volusia County Beach Safety. Authorities said the man was standing in chest-deep water when he was bitten on the foot. Officials said the man suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but he was taken to a hospital in an ambulance. Volusia County Beach Safety said it flew the red and purple flag Sunday. The purple flag was flown because of jellyfish spotted close to shore.
Shark chomps surfer’s foot in New Smyrna Beach marking 4th bite of the year
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A 22-year-old surfer was bit by a shark in New Smyrna Beach Friday afternoon, according to Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue. The Sanford woman was on her surfboard in chest deep water around 5 p.m. when a shark chomped on her foot, according to Capt. Tamra Malphurs. She did not see the shark. The bite marks the fourth in Volusia County this year, Malphurs said.
11-year-old boy bitten by shark at New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYNRA BEACH, Fla. – An 11-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while visiting New Smyrna Beach on Thursday, according to Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue officials. Beach rescue officials said the boy, who is from Lake Wales, was standing in waist-deep water when the shark bit his foot. Beach safety officials said the incident marked the third shark bite reported in Volusia County this year. New Smyrna Beach is unofficially known as the shark attack capital of the world, according to CNN. According to Florida Museum’s International Shark Attack File, there have been 312 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks in Volusia County since 1882.