14-Year Old Girl Bit By Shark In New Smyrna

As reported on www.wftv.com

A 14-year-old girl surfing in New Smyrna Inlet Sunday morning was bitten by what appeared to be a shark as she got off her surfboard.

The attacked happened in the 2800 block of South Atlantic Avenue near the Minorca Condominiums.

According to a Volusia Beach Patrol spokesman, the girl was out in the surf around 8:45 when she got off the board in knee-deep water.

She felt something grab hold of her foot, and when she got to shore she had bite marks on her foot and ankle.

The girl’s father took her to Fish Memorial Hospital to be treated.

Water temperatures in the area were cooler than normal at the time, and the water was murky due to offshore winds.

The Beach Patrol spokesman said that the inlet draws a lot of sharks, and many shark attacks occur in that area.