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Surfer bitten by shark at Florida beach

March 16, 2012 at 5:52 PM   |   Comments

JENSEN BEACH, Fla., March 16 (UPI) -- A surfer was bitten by a shark while paddling out from a southern-Florida beach, officials said.

The surfer, whose name was not released, was attacked while paddling on his surfboard near Jensen Public Beach Thursday, TCPalm.com reported.

His left arm was bitten several times by a suspected 5- to 6-foot bull shark, said Capt. Emily Hall of Martin County Ocean Rescue.

The man sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Hall said. The beach was closed following the attack and reopened Friday.

Up the coast, two teenagers were bitten by sharks at a Volusia County beach Wednesday, the Orlando Sentinel reported, one of whom -- a 15-year-old girl -- required surgery.

"This is the time of year when we see more shark migration," Hall said. "It is not uncommon to see [sharks]. After all, it is their environment."

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