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2 INJURED – 7 September 2013 – New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida, USA – swimmer and surfer bitten

16 October, 2013
New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach

Two people were nipped by a shark on the same day at New Smyrna Beach Volusia County, Florida, USA. The incident occurred on 7 September 2013.

A 25-year-old man was bitten on the shin around 4pm while swimming in waist deep water and a minute later a 43-year-old surfer was bitten on his foot.

The two victims had only minor injuries. They were treated by Ocean Rescue and then left on their own to seek medical treatment.

It is thought the same 3-foot shark bit both victims as the bites occurred less than 100 meters apart, according to the report.

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INJURED – 28 August 2013 – Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, USA – boogie boarder bitten

16 October, 2013
Riley Breihan, 11, suffered minor lacerations to the lower left calf and heel from a shark bite.

Riley Breihan, 11, suffered minor lacerations to the lower left calf and heel from a shark bite.

An 11-year-old girl, Riley Breihan, was bitten by a small shark while boogie boarding in knee deep water. She suffered minor lacerations to the lower left calf and heel.

She is told WESH TV after the incident: “I just think it is a miracle that none of my toes came off or like a chunk of meat came off.”

She said it hurt and she ran out of the water. Bystanders scooped her up and her grandparents took her to the hospital.

Doctors pulled out a small shark tooth embedded in her leg.


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2 INJURED – 14 March 2012 — New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida, US – 2 surfers bitten

15 March, 2012
Shark bite victim Sydney Levy with a bandaged ankle

Shark bite victim Sydney Levy with a bandaged ankle

Two teenage surfers were bitten within 5 minutes of each other – (a beach official reckons they were different sharks), while surfing at New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida in the US. It’s the first attack of the year at New Smyrna Beach – notorious for several shark bites every year, although generally pretty minor ones.

Nick Romano, 17, suffered an 8-inch wound to his calf. He paddled back to shore and was taken to Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach. He had 17 stitches and was released.

He is quoted as saying:

“I saw the full thing right in front of me. The tail whipped right in front of me.

“Every surfer always thinks, ‘Oh one day I’m going to get bit by a shark.’ Today was my day.”

The other victim was 15-year-old Sydney Levy who was surfing with her mother. She was bitten on the ankle about 5 minutes after the attack on Romano. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Sydney’s mom who saw her get pulled under the water by the shark is quoted as saying:

“This was my worst nightmare.

“To me it was like a scene out of Jaws where the girl is getting sucked under.  I said, ‘there is no way this thing is going to kill my daughter.’ I grabbed her shoulders and I pulled her up and threw her on the nose of my board.”

She said the shark continued swimming around them as they called out for help to two nearby surfers who helped them to shore.

Both surfers said the shark was about 4 or 5 feet long. The species was not identified.


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INJURED – 2 September 2011 — Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, US – surfer bitten

4 September, 2011
Daniel True's shark bite wound

Daniel True's shark bite wound

Daniel True, 19, was bitten on the right foot by a shark while surfing near South Jetty, south of Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, US.

He was able to get to shore and was treated by a lifeguard before driving himself to Bert Fish Medical Center for stitches to close the wound. It is estimated the shark was 6-foot long.

The incident happened around 11am on Friday 2 September 2011.

According to one report he said on his Facebook page that the shark was a black tip shark.

Another report says he was wading in 4 feet of water when the attack took place.


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INJURED — Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, US – 17 July 2010 – surfer attacked

20 July, 2010

Jimmy Johnston, 55, was bitten on the foot by what is believed to be a small spinner shark that was chasing bait fish while he was sitting on his surfboard. He was surfing at Ponce de Leon Inlet’s jetty, Volusia County, Florida, US on Satuday 17 July 2010 when the incident happened.

He received minor lacerations to his foot and was treated at Bert Fish Medical Center.

No other details were reported.

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ANALYSIS – University of Florida researchers analyse shark attack stats

31 May, 2010

Shark attacks are most likely to occur on Sunday, in less than 6 feet of water, during a new moon and involve surfers wearing black and white bathing suits, a first of its kind study from the University of Florida suggests.

Researchers analyzed statistics from shark attacks that occurred in Florida’s Volusia County, dubbed the “Shark Attack Capital of the World,” between 1956 and 2008. They also spent a year observing people between Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach, said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at UF.

“It’s basically an analysis of why, where and when in an area that traditionally has had more shark-human interactions than any other stretch of coastline in the world,” he said. “One of our students, Brittany Garner, essentially camped out there, counted the number of heads on the beach and took photographs.”

While this 47-mile-long section of Central Florida’s Atlantic coast leads in human-shark skirmishes, making up 21 percent of all global attacks between 1999 and 2008, most are “hit and run” incidents that seldom cause serious injury and no fatalities occurred, he said.

“Calling them attacks is probably a misnomer because the consequences are usually no more severe than a dog bite,” he said. “They’re not the same kind of bites made by 10- to 20-foot-long white sharks that you have off the coast of California. Here we see a different style of attack, primarily perpetrated by smaller fish-eating sharks such as spinners and blacktips that are less than 6 to 7 feet long, which because of their size normally seek smaller prey.”

There have been 231 shark attacks between the first one reported in 1956 in Volusia County and 2008, said Burgess, who works at UF’s Florida Museum of Natural History. The study, part of which was published recently in the edited volume “Sharks and Their Relatives II,” uses statistics from 220 of those cases for which detailed information is available.

Human, shark and environmental factors combine to create a perfect storm of favorable conditions in Volusia County for attacks, particularly near Ponce Inlet between Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach, he said.

The more people in the water the greater the chances they will encounter a shark, and New Smyrna Beach south of the inlet is a “hot spot” for surfers with its well developed sand bars and good waves, Burgess said. Hand splashing and feet kicking provoke sharks, which bite and release what they mistake for normal prey items in the turbid waters, he said.

Also, the strong tidal flow in the inlet makes it “an aquatic smorgasbord of food items for sharks, barracudas, mackerel and other large predators,” boosting shark numbers, he said.

Young white males were attacked most because they spend the most time in the water, Burgess said. Ninety percent of victims were male, 77 percent of 196 victims were between 11 and 30 years old and in the 171 cases where race was known, 98 percent were white, he said.

Well over half of the 220 victims were bit on the leg — 158 — more than five times the number bit on the arms — 34 — the second highest body part to be injured, he said.

Surfers were the most frequent victims, making up 61 percent of the total, Burgess said. They tended to be bitten more in the early morning and late afternoon when waves were highest and they spend more time surfing, he said.

“At the time of the attack, most of the surfers were sitting or holding onto the board waiting for a wave, which explains why most surf victims were bitten on the legs,” he said.

Sharks are not weekend warriors. Rather it is human leisure that leads to the fewest number of human encounters on Wednesdays and the highest on Sundays, followed by Saturdays, Burgess said. “There are a fair number of attacks on Fridays as well, reflective of people skipping work and taking three-day weekends,” he said.

The greatest number of attacks occurred during new moons, followed by full moons, the edges of the lunar extreme when the moon has its biggest pull on the tidal phase, Burgess said. Probably the moon’s phases influence the movements and reproductive patterns of fish, the shark’s food source, just as they affect human behavior, he said.

Not surprisingly, attacks were highest during the swimming season, from May through October, peaking in August, Burgess said. They spiked in April as sharks began their seasonal northern migration up the eastern coast of the United States, he said.

Most incidents involved one bite, occurred in turbid, murky or muddy waters and were at the water’s surface, Burgess said. Only one attack was on a diver, he said.

More victims wore swimsuits that were black and white than any other color combination, followed by black and yellow, attesting to sharks’ abilities to see contrast, he said.

Between 1999 and 2008, shark attacks worldwide numbered 639, of which there were 428 reports in the United States, 275 in Florida and 135 in Volusia County. Burgess said.

Written by: Cathy Keen