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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida (TodayNews). Over the weekend, two surfers were bitten by sharks on a Florida beach known as the “shark bite capital of the world.”
Shortly after 3:00 pm on Friday, a 21-year-old man from DeLand was bitten by a shark while surfing near the South Pier in New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County officials said.
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The 21-year-old man suffered non-life-threatening but serious foot injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Then, a day later, on Saturday, another surfer was bitten near a jetty on the same beach. He received superficial back injuries.
Officials said it was the second and third shark bites in Volusia County this year.
According to AZ Animals, New Smyrna Beach is known as the “Shark Capital of the World” due to the high number of shark attacks that occur on the beach.
The International Shark Attack File (ISAF) reports that Volusia County has nine unprovoked shark attacks per year, adding that the county has reported 17 shark bites out of 28 unprovoked shark bites in Florida.
The ISAF also said that anyone swimming in New Smyrna Beach was within 10 feet of the shark.