Surfing is supposed to be about having fun and getting out on the water, but things turned frightening when a shark attacked a surfer’s face in New Smyrna Beach.
When we’re enjoying our beaches here in Fort Myers, Naples, Sanibel and Captiva, while we know sharks can be lurking, thankfully it’s not a huge worry for us when we enter the water. Sure, it could happen, but shark attacks are much more prevalent on the east coast of Florida. A 38-year-old surfer visiting from South Carolina had an absolutely frightening encounter with a shark Tuesday morning. Just before 8 a.m. he was surfing at the inlet and got bit in the face.
New Smyrna Beach is known as the World Shark Bite Capital and was #1 on the list of Most Dangerous Beaches in America. According to The Daytona Beach News-Journal, there have been twice as many shark attacks there than any other beach. They report that the inlet in particular sees the most shark bites because of sharks feed near there and mistake surfers for baitfish. Thankfully the majority of the injuries are minor, but incredibly scary nonetheless.
The surfer was bit on the side of his cheek by a shark.
WESH reports the victim was taken to a hospital but has been released.
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