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06/20/2006 Elizabeth Schelk (Florida)

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 7:19 pm
by sharkbait
Volusia County Records Season's Third Shark Bite

POSTED: 12:24 pm EDT June 21, 2006
UPDATED: 12:43 pm EDT June 21, 2006

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- It's the first day of summer, and Volusia County has recorded its third shark bite of the year.

A 22-year-old woman suffered a very minor shark bite on Tuesday afternoon in New Smyrna Beach, WESH 2 News reported.

She was standing in shallow water when a small shark nipped her on her right foot. The injury was so minor that she was treated at the scene. Officials said she just a had a few small puncture wounds.

The woman was in the water south of the jetty and north of North Flagler Avenue.

On Thursday, a 24-year-old surfer from Flagler Beach was bitten by a shark in the jetty at New Smyrna Beach.

In April, a girl visiting the Daytona Beach area was bitten in the leg. Her injuries were a little more serious than the most recent injuries. She was treated at a hospital for the multiple bites and puncture wounds on her leg and ankle.

Beach Patrol said the latest incidents likely involved juvenile sharks, probably black tip or spinner sharks, that are between 1 and 3 feet long. The sharks are inexperienced hunters and they bump into what they think is food, officials said.

They are not man-eaters, but they help contribute to Volusia County's title of Shark Bite Capital.

The water is very warm right now and there are a lot of bait fish in the shallow waters, which draws the young sharks toward the shore.

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:00 am
by sharkbait
Surfer may be latest shark-bite case


NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A surfer may be the third shark-bite victim reported in Volusia County this year.

Elizabeth Schelk, 22, no address listed, flagged down an officer about 1 p.m. Tuesday to report something grabbed her right foot and then let go while she was surfing near the Crawford Road beach approach in New Smyrna Beach, Beach Patrol spokesman Capt. Scott Petersohn said.

"There were two little puncture wounds," Petersohn said.

The officer treated the wounds on the beach with a couple of Band-Aids and Schelk declined further treatment, he said. "She walked away."

Based on the wound, Petersohn said the officer was not even sure if this was a shark bite.

The bite comes just days after a 24-year-old Flagler Beach man suffered four minor cuts on his foot Friday while surfing near the south jetty. Those too may have come from a small shark, Petersohn said.

The first suspected bite of the year occurred in April near University Boulevard in Daytona Beach when a 13-year-old girl reported being bitten on the foot.

In 2005, there were nine reported bites off Volusia County shores. ... 062206.htm