14-year-old Missouri boy bitten by shark off Daytona Beach Shores

A 14-year-old boy visiting Florida from Missouri was bitten by a shark Wednesday morning off Daytona Beach Shores, according to Volusia County Beach Safety.

The bite happened shortly before 12 p.m. as the boy was standing in knee-deep water in the area of the 3300 block of State Road A1A (S. Atlantic Avenue), officials said in a news release.

The boy suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his left foot and was taken to a hospital for treatment, the release states.

It’s the fourth shark bite recorded just this month in Volusia County.

A shark bit a 14-year-old boy from Flagler County near Ponce Inlet on Monday, a 26-year-old Sarasota man was bitten by a shark off New Smyrna Beach on Friday and a 21-year-old Ohio man was bitten by a shark the day prior, also along New Smyrna Beach, according to Volusia County Beach Safety.

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The Ohio man, since identified as Connor Baker, recounted the shark attack that he said left four tendons torn in his foot.

“All of a sudden it felt like my foot was getting stabbed on both sides, my first instinct was to yank my foot out, I was (kind of) in shock,” Baker said.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has shared the following tips to reduce your odds of being bitten by a shark:

Always stay in groups because sharks are more likely to bite a solitary individual.Do not wander too far from shore; this isolates an individual and places them far away from assistance.Avoid being in the water during darkness.Do not enter the water if bleeding from an open wound or if menstruating; a shark’s ability to smell blood is acute.Wearing shiny jewelry is discouraged. When light reflects off shiny jewelry, it resembles the sheen of fish scales.Avoid waters with known discharges or sewage and waters used for any type of fishing, especially if there are signs of baitfish or feeding activity.Use extra caution when waters are murky.Remember that sharks see contrast particularly well. Uneven tans and bright-colored clothing may draw a shark’s attention.Refrain from excess splashing, as this may draw a shark’s attention.Do not allow pets in the water, their erratic movements may draw a shark’s attention.Swim only in areas tended by lifeguards.Do not enter the water if sharks are known to be present and get out of the water if sharks are sighted.

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