Girl, woman, bitten by sharks in separate Volusia County attacks
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. —
An 8-year-old Deltona girl and 56-year-old woman are recovering after being bitten by sharks in New Smyrna Beach on Sunday.
WFTV learned the girl was bitten on the calf and hand but was not seriously injured.
In a second attack, a 56-year-old Orlando woman was bitten in the ankle in the same stretch of beach near the rock jetties of the Ponce Inlet, authorities said.
The woman’s injuries were also minor, but she and the girl both required stitches to treat the wounds.
Authorities said waves are churning up the bottom of the ocean, decreasing visibility, which could be leading to the bites.
Witnesses said the sharks appeared to be about 4 feet long. Both sharks grasped the victims in about 2 feet of water and then immediately released them.
On Monday, young beachgoer Matteo DiMarco said a shark had him running for dry land.
“I saw it swimming when I was boogie boarding out there,” DiMarco said. “I saw a shark swimming towards me.”
The report also suggests the high number of attacks is related to the high number of residents and tourists who get in the water, especially surfers.