The unidentified 27-year-old told authorities he was surfing when he jumped into the water, landing on the shark near the beach, dubbed by some to be the “shark bite capital of the world.”
He received minor cuts during the incident, which happened around 1 p.m. at the beach in Volusia County, and was treated at the scene, WOFL reported. The surfer reportedly drove home to Orlando, more than an hour drive away, after the close encounter.
Surfers and beachgoers are reported to have come in contact with sharks often at New Smyrna Beach. In early August, two people were bit by sharks within minutes of each other at the popular beach. Neither bite was life-threatening.
In July, an 18-year-old was bitten on the foot while paddling on her surfboard off the beach, and in April, a 19-year-old was bitten by a shark in the same area.
Volusia County has been a longtime hotspot for shark bites, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported in April. The county has led the world in recorded bites over the past several years, hitting an all-time high of 15 bites in 2016. It retained the world’s top spot with nine recorded bites in 2017 and again in 2018 with four bites.
Of the 81 bites recorded since 2009, surfers accounted for 52 of the victims, data collected by the paper shows.
Experts have said that New Smyrna Beach’s reputation as one of the most popular surf spots on the East Coast is a factor in the county’s chart-topping numbers.
Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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