INJURED — 16 June 2006 — New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida, US — surfer attacked

A 24-year-old surfer suffered minor cuts from a shark bite while wading in four feet of murky water at New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida, Beach on Thursday 15 June, Beach Patrol officials told media.

Mike Milea was wading just south of the jetty at Ponce de Leon Inlet around 3:30 pm when he felt something grabbing at his left ankle.

He was treated on the beach for three or four puncture wounds on his foot, each less than an inch long. Beach Patrol officials said the injury was “very minor” and that Milea refused transport to the hospital.

The size and type of shark were not reported.

According to Beach Patrol spokesman Scott Petersohn – most of Volusia County’s shark bites occur at New Smyrna Beach. Its waters aren’t known for the aggressive bull sharks like the Gulf of Mexico, Petersohn said. Most Volusia County victims are bitten by smaller, juvenile blacktip and spinner sharks that mistake hands and feet for bait fish.

Orlando Sentinel

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