DAYTONA BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) — A woman sitting on a paddleboard off New Smyrna Beach on Friday was bitten on the foot by what was believed to be a shark.
The 64-year-old woman suffered lacerations to her foot and was taken to a hospital, according to Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Capt. Tammy Malphurs.
It marks the first shark bite of the year in Volusia County, officials said.
Malphurs said the woman did not see what bit her but it was “presumed” to be a shark. She was in 8- to 10-foot deep water at the time, authorities said.
“On average we have about eight to 10 shark bites a year and they are all non-life-threatening,” Malphurs said.
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