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Shark bites Florida angler in second attack of the week



A shark bit a Florida angler on the foot Friday, in the second shark bite incident of the week, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The 35-year-old man was fishing from a dock on Flagship Drive, Summerland Key around 8 p.m., and when the shark was hooked and pulled onto the dock, it bit him, the sheriff’s office told CNN.

“The shark was reportedly out of the water and on the dock when it bit the angler,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

The man was flown to Jackson South Medical Center in Miami for treatment, although his condition was not known, the sheriff’s office added.

A day earlier, a 20-year-old Miami-Dade County man was bitten by a shark while spear fishing, according to the sheriff’s office, which said he was flown to Jackson South Medical Center in Miami.

Kevin Blanco was diving off the coast of Marathon when the bull shark bit his leg, according to CNN affiliate WSVN.

“He actually bit me twice and it was probably around anywhere, 9 or 10 feet and about 500 pounds,” Blanco told the station. “He came out of nowhere, 20 or 30mph and I just see the big gray figure of him right there and I see it every time I close my eyes, no joke.”

Shark bites in Florida are rare and usually not life-threatening, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The commission advised taking safety precautions, such as staying in groups and avoiding water at dark or dusk, when sharks are most active.

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