Shark Bites New Smyrna Beach Surfer

As reported on OrlandoSentinel.com
By Denise-Marie Balona

April 3, 2008 – A shark bit an 18-year-old man while surfing at New Smyrna Beach about an hour ago, but authorities said his injuries are minor.

Capt. Scott Petersohn of the Volusia County Beach Patrol said the man, a local resident, was surfing about 300 feet to 400 feet from the south jetty in New Smyrna when a shark bit his right foot and ankle.

He was bandaged at the scene and either drove himself or had a friend take him to nearby Bert Fish Memorial Hospital.

Petersohn said he’ll need about a dozen stitches.

This makes the fourth reported shark bite in Volusia this year.

Officials don’t know yet what kind of shark attacked the man, but said it was likely a young shark measuring about 2 feet to 4 feet long. The shark probably bit the man before realizing the man was bigger than it.

Petersohn said the fact that the water was murky may have contributed to the accident.