When a bull shark was spotted swimming in the shallow waters of Haulover Beach in Florida on Sunday afternoon, lifeguards began blowing whistles and yelling to swimmers to get out of the water. One lifeguard was on a Jet Ski issuing warnings.
Unfortunately, one male swimmer in his late 40s failed to make it safely to shore before a bull shark attacked him, biting him on both legs.
The incident occurred in a “clothing-optional” section of Haulover Beach, which has been known as a nude beach for nearly 20 years, according to the SunSentinel.
“Miami-Dade Fire Rescue asked news organization to be careful of exposing nude bathers with photos and videos of the event,” the SunSentinel wrote.
“In the process of exiting the water, a beachgoer was bitten in the lower extremities by what appeared to be a 4- to 5-foot bull shark,” Erika Benitez, spokeswoman for Miami-Dade Fires Rescue, told the Miami Herald.
“The person was able to get out of the water, and the MDFR Ocean Rescue lifeguards immediately rendered assistance.”
A shark attack in Miami-Dade County was said to be a rare event.
“In my 20 years as a lifeguard, this is the first time a person has been bitten here at Haulover Beach, and possibly the first for Miami-Dade County,” Fire Lt. Matt Sparling told the Herald.
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The victim was taken to Aventura Hospital, where he underwent surgery for the non-life-threatening injuries, NBC Miami reported. The unidentified man has since been released.
“Although these incidents are rare, we still ask beachgoers to always be aware of their surroundings,” Sparling said, according to NBC Miami. “Always swim near manned lifeguard towers and be sure to always heed all warnings issued by lifeguards.”
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