In separate instances, two teenagers were bitten by sharks at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Wednesday (March 14, 2012), but neither was seriously injured. The Volusia County Beach Patrol said a boy, 17, and girl, 15, suffered bite wounds and were taken to a hospital. The boy was bitten in the calf and the girl on an ankle. The girl was dragged off her surf board twice before her mother pulled her away from the shark. “I said there is no way this thing is going to kill my daughter,” said the mother. The boy said that when the shark grabbed his calf, “My reaction was to just shove him right away.”
These are the first reported shark attacks of the season, but New Smyrna Beach has a history of shark attacks. According to reports, the two teenagers were both attacked in waist-deep water. They were not part of the same group, and authorities do not believe they were bitten by the same shark. In both cases, they described the shark as 4 to 5 feet long.
New Smyrna Beach has more reports of shark attacks per square mile than any beach in the world. The most common shark attack in the area is from black tip sharks, which generally inflict less serious injuries than some other types of sharks.