JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A man was bitten by a shark late Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
It was the second shark bite this year in the Northeast Florida area. As the weather warms up, lifeguards want people to be careful while enjoying the surf and sand, and a shark expert wants people to be informed about sharks' behaviors.
According to Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue, a man was bitten on the leg by a shark about 5:30 p.m. Sunday near 30th Street South and was helped by a bystander before he was taken to a hospital in stable condition. A friend said the shark bit into the bone of the man’s leg, tearing tendons.
The bite was reported nine days after a 10-year-old Macclenny girl was attacked by a shark in the waters off Crescent Beach in St. Johns County.
Peyton Shields' family was celebrating her birthday at the beach about 5:45 p.m. April 12 when she was bitten on her legs and hand by a shark. She needed 40 stitches.
Both bites happened just before dusk, when Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, a shark expert with the University of North Florida, advises beachgoers to avoid getting in the ocean because that's when sharks and other marine life can be most active.
"We often tell people to try to avoid swimming at either dawn or dusk," he said. "In many cases, this has been described as being a time when sharks are more active in hunting prey."