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Authorities say a 6-year-old boy was bitten by a shark near the Juno Pier in Juno Beach. West Palm Beach television station WPTV reports the incident happened about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Jupiter police told WPTV the child was bitten in the upper thigh. Authorities say the boy was taken by helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center. His condition was not known.
Authorities said a teenager was taken to the hospital after being bitten on the foot in the ocean.
Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes told the Charlotte Observer that the teen was standing in waist-deep water when his foot was bitten. The 16-year-old was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
The teen was in the water at Sixth Avenue, which is four blocks away from where a boogie boarder was bitten by a shark at 7:45 p.m., on June 3.
Last week four people were bitten at different locations at Myrtle Beach within a ten-minute time frame.
Capt. David Knipes of the Myrtle Beach Police said the city’s Beach Patrol tells him the number of bites are way up, reports SCNow staff.
Photos of the bites have been sent to researchers at the University of Florida to determine exactly what the source was of those attacks. Photos of this most recent attack will also be sent to the university.
A victim from last week, 16-year-old Jordon Garofalo from Canton, Ohio, said his doctor was pretty sure it was a shark because of the bite marks.
Garofalo told WMBF he was in a state of shock. “I never saw anything,” he said.” That’s why it took me by surprise when all of a sudden there was something latched on to my foot.”
If confirmed, this attack today would be the possibly seventh shark bite within a 60 mile radius, this month. Two have been confirmed, one in Myrtle Beach and one that occurred earlier Tuesday, at Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina.
A woman visiting from out-of-town has been bitten by a shark off the beach in front of the Driftwood Resort, according to fire rescue officials.
She is being airlifted to Lawnwwod Medical Center and Heart Institute in Fort Pierce, according to authorities.
The attack happened around noon Wednesday, according to Vero Beach police.
Recreation Director Rob Slezak said double red flags are being flown at all the city beaches and people are being told not to go into the water. County officials have been notified.
Slezak said the woman lost a significant amount of tissue after being bitten in the upper thigh. She was about 20 to 30 yards off the shore when the incident happened.
“The only thing that we know is that she screamed ‘shark,’ ” said Slezak when asked if anyone else had spotted the shark.
He said a lifeguard brought the woman into shore and stabilized her until paramedics from Indian River Fire Rescue arrived.
Martin County officials say a bull shark repeatedly bit the man on the arm in the attack on Thursday afternoon at Jensen beach.
Authorities said the man’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Lifeguards had earlier called swimmers and surfers out of the water – on two separate occasions – after sharks were spotted off the Florida coast.
Beachgoers waited about 30 minutes before returning to the water.
The attack is the latest in a spate of similar incidents.
Bull sharks are notorious for their aggressive and unpredictable behaviour.
On Wednesday, two teenagers were attacked within minutes of each other while surfing off New Smyrna beach.
A boy and girl, both 17, suffered bite wounds in the attack, Volusia County Beach Patrol said.
A 19-year-old Orlando man was taken to a Brevard County hospital this afternoon after being injured during a brief encounter with a shark on Playalinda Beach in Florida.
The young man was kitesurfing with friends about 1:15 p.m. when his left foot came into contact with a shark, said Jeff Taylor, a spokesman for Brevard County Fire Rescue.
He was taken by ambulance to Parrish Medical Center in Titusville with “lacerations” that appeared to be “fairly superficial.”
The man, whose name was not immediately available, himself was not sure what happened. He told paramedics that he felt his foot hit something and then he felt immediate pain, Taylor said.
A man was taken to the hospital after being bitten by a shark this evening, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said.
The man was brought in by boat to the Seasport Marina and transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Medical Center, said Capt. Albert Borroto, spokesman for Fire Rescue. Paramedics responded to the marina shortly after 6 p.m.
The man, whose name and age were not released, reported a shark bite to his hand, Borroto said. It was not immediately known what type of shark bit him.
A man surfing south of Newport is alive after surviving an alleged shark attack Thursday.
Bobby Gumm of Newport was surfing with three friends about 200 yards off the coast at South Beach State Park when witnesses say was suddenly thrown approximately 10-feet into the air.
Ronald and Carol Clifford of Waldport were with Gumm when the attack occurred.
“He said he just got done surfing. He said he went up to sit down. He felt a bump on his leg, and noticed it was a shark. And that’s when he called for help,” Ronald Clifford said.
Clifford, a local surfing instructor, says he saw a 2-foot fin come out of the water.
For the second time in 2 weeks, a person was bitten by a shark near Anna Maria Island.
Manatee deputies say Javier Perez was wade fishing near Bean Point with his family on Sunday afternoon. After packing up and dumping his bait, Perez was still standing in waist deep water when a shark came up behind him and bit his left thigh.
Perez and his family were able to flag down a passing boater and head toward the Rod and Reel pier.
He was transported to Blake hospital with a small wound and scratches on his leg.
A 21-year-old Longboat Key man was bitten on the thigh by a bull shark last weekend while spear fishing off Anna Maria Island.