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Teenage Girl Mauled in Florida Shark Attack

skin graph to leg bite enlarged 300x225 Teenage Girl Mauled in Florida Shark AttackThe sixteenth attack this year in Volusia County alone!!!

A 13-year-old New York girl was bitten by a shark while swimming in the ocean off New Smyrna Beach this afternoon.

The girl was in waist- to chest-deep water when the shark bit her on the right leg between her ankle and knee, said Capt. Scott Petersohn of the Volusia County Beach Patrol.

She suffered several small puncture wounds and one gash of about three inches, Petersohn said. Her name was not released.

The bite occurred south of the Flagler Approach, a couple of miles south of the area where most of the bites occur, Petersohn said. This was the 16th shark bite of the year in Volusia County, he said.

“There were tons of bait fish out there,” Petersohn said. Other swimmers said pelicans were diving into the water and dolphins were in the area, he said, all indications swimmers should get out of the water.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, by Gary Taylor

  • shawn

    so I’m guessing this is not a photo of the girl in question as that is not the right leg as mentioned in the story and has a little more damage than just some puncture marks and a three inch gash????

  • Joel C Staley

    Martin Brody took this photo? Wasn’t he the sherriff in the movie Jaws?

  • Robertocruz

    bad legs

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  • colin syme

    As someone who has fished in the sea for many years l have observed that sharks are more active during certain conditions:
    (A) Avoid entering the water,two hours before and after high water,
    (B)When sea is murky, esp. after a storm or heavy rain when sea is muddy,
    (C) When large shoals of bait fish have been driven close inshore.

    Great White sharks, however do fall into the above criteria as they are largly oceanic and free ranging, this means that they could turn up almost anywhere, in any conditions and being opportunistic l cannot think of any antidote for these fish.

    In the Cape area of South Africa, l have observed G.W.s hunting 30meters from shore,looking for seals or large slow moving fish, and thought at the time that it was just as well that there were no swimmers in the sea at the time.

  • colin syme

    As someone who has fished in the sea for many years l have observed that sharks are more active during certain conditions:
    (A) Avoid entering the water,two hours before and after high water,
    (B)When sea is murky, esp. after a storm or heavy rain when sea is muddy,
    (C) When large shoals of bait fish have been driven close inshore.

    Great White sharks, however do fall into the above criteria as they are largly oceanic and free ranging, this means that they could turn up almost anywhere, in any conditions and being opportunistic l cannot think of any antidote for these fish.

    In the Cape area of South Africa, l have observed G.W.s hunting 30meters from shore,looking for seals or large slow moving fish, and thought at the time that it was just as well that there were no swimmers in the sea at the time.

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