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Florida Shark Attack: 14-Year-Old Boy Recovers From Serious Shark Bite While Surfing [Video]

Florida Shark Attack On Boy

A Florida shark attack happened to a 14-year-old boy who surfs everyday in New Smynra Beach, a place known as the “shark capital” of America. Tristan Durham met up with the shark while he was in ocean waters Wednesday. He suffered severe lacerations to his right foot and was hospitalized following the incident. He’s now recovering at Halifax Hospital.

Several ligaments and tendons in the teen’s foot were torn from the massive bites.

Tristan tells WESH 2 News that he didn’t see the actual shark during the attack, but he saw signs of it, as he describes in the video. He noticed large fish swimming around and a lot of birds diving for them in the water. When the young surfer fell off his board, he was fully submerged in the water — that’s when the shark swam up to him and grabbed his foot.

Tristan isn’t afraid to go back into the water, however. He says:

“I’m not going to stop surfing because of one shark. I’ll be out there when it heals.”

When the 14-year-old realized he was in the middle of a shark attack, he tried letting loose from it. He explains:

“I started ripping my foot away from it, and it wouldn’t let go, so I just had to rip it out of its mouth.”

The boy hurried back to shore once he was able to get his food unclenched from the shark’s mouth. He recalls the adrenaline running though him:

“At first, when I got bit, it didn’t hurt as bad. I was all adrenaline, so when I was paddling in, I didn’t even feel it.”

Tristan shares that he was grossed out by the look of his wound. He recalls:

“I felt really weird. I didn’t want to look at it again. I was going to pass out.”

The Patriot News reports that Tristan is from Edgewater, Florida and that the doctor says his lacerations from the attack will take six weeks to heal. The lacerations were on both sides of his right foot. One large wound is on the smaller toes of his foot while the other is on the left-side of his heel. Jagged tooth marks can be seen on top of his foot from the shark’s bite.

This is the fifth Florida shark attack in Volusia county for 2014. All attacks reported in the county were in the same area of water.

[Image via Pennlive.com]

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20 Responses to “Florida Shark Attack: 14-Year-Old Boy Recovers From Serious Shark Bite While Surfing [Video]”

  1. Ian Craik

    Skipping the obvious Washington lawyer joke, who in their right minds would get in the water in the shark capital?

  2. Samantha Cahill

    so he chose to surf in an area known for shark attacks but not only that where there is large fish around and birds feeding on them and murky water? everything you're not suppose to do. he was setting himself up for an attack which was probably just the shark thinking it was biting on a fish.

  3. Joy Lowe McCoy

    I just moved to Florida and this is the beach we like. I don't go in the water but I do watch for them from the beach. I think people that go in the water, especially kids, are taking a big chance with their lives. I love the ocean & the beach but it seems like we are making a feeding source for them, like the bears.

  4. Joy Lowe McCoy

    I just moved to Florida and this is the beach we like. I don't go in the water but I do watch for them from the beach. I think people that go in the water, especially kids, are taking a big chance with their lives. I love the ocean & the beach but it seems like we are making a feeding source for them, like the bears.

  5. Joy Lowe McCoy

    I just moved to Florida and this is the beach we like. I don't go in the water but I do watch for them from the beach. I think people that go in the water, especially kids, are taking a big chance with their lives. I love the ocean & the beach but it seems like we are making a feeding source for them, like the bears.

  6. Joy Lowe McCoy

    I just moved to Florida and this is the beach we like. I don't go in the water but I do watch for them from the beach. I think people that go in the water, especially kids, are taking a big chance with their lives. I love the ocean & the beach but it seems like we are making a feeding source for them, like the bears.

  7. Joy Lowe McCoy

    I just moved to Florida and this is the beach we like. I don't go in the water but I do watch for them from the beach. I think people that go in the water, especially kids, are taking a big chance with their lives. I love the ocean & the beach but it seems like we are making a feeding source for them, like the bears.

  8. Arcadian Duran

    Well if he is stupid enough to swim the water where sharks are, he deserves his fatte, if he looking for his 15 min of fame well he fail, only a moron will swi in the water where sharks are. geeesus!!

  9. Larry Garrett

    Science tells us that something crawled out of the ocean millions upon millions of years ago and that led to life on land. There was a reason that "something" left the water…….People are stupid. I'm glad the kid's foot can be fixed, but doctors still can't fix stupid.

  10. Dennis Hisel

    This teen surf boards in known shark infested waters?!?! This young man wont live to see 20…..

  11. John Brunelle

    Always shocking that it is always shocking that someone is attacked by a shark, As if sharks live on land and for no possible reason were suddenly found in the ocean attacking people.

  12. Eddie M. Hansen

    You got to realize that the ratio of people in the ocean swimming far out weighs the number of attacks. He surfed there everyday and so did many others. He did recognize the signs after out there but by that time it was to late. His chance of getting hit by a car is probably the same as swimming with sharks. If you live in the city death is around the corner all the time, wrong place wrong time. People snow ski people scuba, people go fishing. If you are going to have fun and I don't care what you do, there has somebody that has died from it.

  13. Anonymous

    yeah wheres the video of the idiot getting attacked? bummer.

  14. Rachel Plemons

    Sorry, but this article is littered with sensationalist statements. This is a shark bite, not attack. If it was a true attack, the kid would be dead. It honestly doesn't really seem like his injuries are terrible severe. Bad injuries, yes, but severe to me invokes images of a huge gaping wound down a thigh or a missing limb. I don't have a whole lot of sympathy here. The kid was in known shark territory and sharks are curious creatures. The only way they can investigate things is with their mouths, which do house razor sharp teeth. The shark ends up being vilified for being a shark. Unfortunate that the kid got hurt, but he will recover.

  15. Joe Smith

    I wish I could recover while surfing. Most of the time I spend recovering is in bed or on the sofa.

  16. Angela Golden

    Hey this is Tristen the one who got bit and you should know that someone who surfs the inlet" shark infested" or not surfs because that is what they love too do. So you are in no position too say how long I will live. like is this all you have time for? Get a life

  17. Dennis Hisel

    Hey dumbass I wasn't saying don't do what you love to do. And yes….like I said you'll be lucky to see twenty. And fyi I do have a life and it certainly isn't putting my life at risk doing something STUPID. Next time I doubt you'll be so lucky…..