7 Separate Florida Shark Attacks In 9 Days

Florida has had seven separate shark attacks in nine days. Five of which occurred off of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Coincidentally, six of the Florida shark attacks occurred during Discovery Channel’s shark week.

All of the shark bites were non-fatal.

Recent Shark Attacks In Florida:

Sunday, August 4, 2019: A 68-year-old man from Nashville, Tennessee was bitten by a shark on his right foot while standing in knee-deep water off of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Saturday, August 3, 2019: A 40-year-old man was bitten by a shark while fishing off of Biscayne Bay, Florida.

Saturday, August 3, 2019: A 20-year-old woman was bitten by a shark on her left hand and wrist while surfing near the inlet around 3:30 p.m. off of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Saturday, August 3, 2019: While fire rescue crews were treating the 20-year-old woman, a 21-year-old man walked up to seek treatment for a shark bite to his right foot that occurred minutes later while he was surfing in the same area off of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Monday, July 29, 2019: 18-year-old Reed Zipperer of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida was bitten on his hand and wrist by a shark while surfing near the jetty around 1:30 p.m. off of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Saturday, July 27, 2019: 49-year-old William Angell of Arizona suffered a shark bite around 4:30 p.m. while boogie boarding off of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Saturday, July 27, 2019: 23-year-old Franklyn O’Rourke was bitten on the arm by a shark around 3:30 p.m. while surfing off of Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

After the shark bite, the Florida man went to have drinks at a bar instead of going to the hospital.

The surfer believes he was bitten by either a black tip or spinner shark.

Florida Shark Attacks By Month
Florida Shark Attacks By Month. Credit: International Shark Attack File.

Historically,  Florida has the most shark attacks in July, August, and September coinciding with increased shark and human activity when the ocean water temperature is warmest.

Shark Attacks Highest In East Central Florida
Florida Shark Attacks By County. Credit: International Shark Attack File.

Volusia County (Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach area) has the highest number of shark attacks in Florida followed by neighboring Brevard County (Cocoa Beach area).

Historically, the two counties account for nearly half of all shark attacks in Florida each year.

Researchers say that the higher number of shark bites in Florida waters closest to Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando is attributable to high aquatic recreational use by both Florida residents and tourists, including large numbers of surfers, and to the rich nature of its marine fauna.

Florida Shark Attack Species

Although the species of sharks were not positively identified in any of the Florida shark bites, three shark species are responsible for the majority of attacks around the Sunshine State, according to the International Shark Attack File.

Blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) are the number one species responsible for biting humans along the U.S. East Coast. This shark has black tips on its pectoral fins and grows to no more than about six feet.

Blacktip sharks can swim in just inches of water where toddlers often play. Blacktip bites are mostly non-fatal.

Bull sharks (Carcharhinus brevipinna) are responsible for most of the fatal shark attacks in Florida. They are common along the east coast of Florida and juvenile bull sharks frequent the coast from Palm Beach, Florida to Daytona Beach, Florida.

That’s because of the Indian River Lagoon, which extends along Florida’s east coast from southern Volusia County to Palm Beach County, is an important nursery habitat for baby bull sharks.

When fully grown, bull sharks reach 7 to 11 feet in length and weigh between 200 and 300 pounds.

Spinner sharks (Carcharhinus brevipinna) can grow up to 9 feet long and have a unique feeding technique of leaping into the air while spinning.