Jensen Beach Shark Attack Latest in Series of Florida Bites

Man bitten by shark in fourth attack reported in past two weeks

A man was bitten in the arm by a shark off Jensen Beach Thursday in the fourth reported shark attack in Florida in the past two weeks.

The unidentified man was bitten several times in the arm by a bull shark, but his injuries were not life-threatening, Martin County officials said.

There had been several reports of sharks in the area of Jensen Public Beach Thursday, prompting lifeguards to call swimmers and surfers out of the water twice. Beachgoers waited about a half an hour before returning to the water.

The attack was just the latest in a series of frightening encounters with sharks off Florida's Atlantic coast this month.

On Wednesday, two surfers were attacked by a shark in two separate incidents at New Smyrna Beach, including a 15-year-old girl who was pulled to safety by her mother.

Valeh Levy and her daughter, Sydney, had finished paddling and went to sit up on their boards when Sydney was dragged underwater, according to WESH.

When Sydney surfaced and got back on her board, there was blood coming off her ankle. That's when the shark grabbed her a second time.

"I said, 'There's no way this thing is going to kill my daughter,' and I grabbed her shoulders, and I pulled her up on my board," Levy said.

Other surfers helped them to shore, where an ambulance was already waiting because a 17-year-old surfer, Nick Romano, had been bitten minutes before Sydney.

Romano said he had just caught a wave when the shark bit him in the leg. His wound required 17 stitches, while Sydney went into surgery and was later released from the hospital.

On March 4, a 19-year-old Justin Worrall said he was kite surfing in Brevard County when he was bitten on his leg and foot by a shark, according to WFTV. Worrall said he was able to hop on his board and ride back to shore.

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