In two days, three people were bitten by a shark off New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, Florida, CNN news television reported.
A 20-year-old surfer was stabbed in the leg and wrist on a marine predator Saturday, and the victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the county’s booth security agency said Monday.
Half an hour later, a 21-year-old surfer was hit by a shark attack with an injury to his right leg at the scene. The next day, a 51-year-old man was bitten by a 1.2-foot shark in the knee-deep water. With his other foot, the man kicked a large shot at the animal, which had ceased.
“There are lots of fish gathering at the pier in the area and sharks following them,” said Gavin Naylor, director of the Shark Research Program at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
“If you want to surf and do this place, chances are you’ll meet sharks. Surfers know this. They regularly report when they see a shark in the area. This may be a novelty for non-surfers, but is well-known to scientists and surfers.” added.
According to Naylor, the black-footed shark, the spiny shark and the young sand shark regularly visit the area, where tiger and hammerhead sharks can be seen. To the surprise of many, larger-bodied predators also get out into the shallow water, he said.
According to the International Shark Attack Database, Volusia County has recorded 303 shark attacks since 1882, most in the United States. Then comes Brevard County, Florida, with 147 attacks.