South Florida Fisherman Attacked by Shark

A spinner shark took a bite out of a fisherman over the weekend

Less than a week after a man was attacked and killed by a shark in Stuart, another man was attacked on Florida's East Coast.

On Saturday, the victim, whose name was not released, was fishing in the water off Riviera Beach when a 6-foot spinner shark took the bait. The man swam farther in the water to cut loose the shark, but that turned out to be a very bad idea.

"I'm looking at him and I'm thinking, 'Geez, I wouldn't do that,'"one witness told WPTV.

The man grabbed the shark with both hands trying to get the hook out. Bad idea No. 2.

The thrashing shark, none to happy with his predicament, spun and bit the fisherman on his lower leg after it was freed.

According to a witness on scene, he had about six puncture marks on him. He was treated at a West Palm Beach Hospital.

Officials said red flag warnings were on the beach because spinner sharks routinely spawn on the coast this time of year.

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