Shark bites Miami boy near Ponce Inlet; fifth bite in 2021

Patricio G. Balona
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
A shark was recently seen swimming in two feet of water in the 5300 block of South Atlantic Avenue in New Smyrna Beach.

An 8-year-old Miami boy was taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon after a shark bit him as he was playing in shallow water near Ponce Inlet, beach safety officials said.

The boy was standing in waist deep water in front of Winterhaven Park in Ponce Inlet when he was bitten, said Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Capt. Alex Miller.

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Around 4 p.m. Sunday, the boy saw a two-to-three foot long shark bite him in the right leg, Miller said.

Beach safety officials treated the unidentified boy at the scene. Ponce Inlet Fire Rescue then transported the boy to Halifax Health Medical Center, Miller said. He said the boy was in stable condition. 

This marks the fifth time in 2021 that a shark has bitten someone in Volusia County, which regularly leads the nation in annual shark bites. Sharks accumulate near Ponce Inlet, following smaller fish that are their normal diet. 

Experts suggest that sharks near the inlet sometimes mistake people for fish, leading to the large number of bites in that area. However, the bites are almost always minor and are seldom life-threatening.