Shark Bites in Volusia County

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Shark Bites in My Neck of the Woods

Shark Bites in Our County – the Shark-Bites Capital of the World

Just a few days ago came the news of the 10th shark bite in Volusia County, where I live, and which includes Daytona, Ormond and New Smyrna Beach and a bunch of other cities and towns. Out of 10 bites this year, 9 happened in New Smyrna Beach near the jetties just south from Daytona. The 10th happened in Ormond Beach north of Daytona.

A 17-year old was bit on the leg, nothing very serious, but he required stitches. Common thing happening to surfers like the last victim.

There were 51 shark attacks this year so far. 23 of them happened in US, the majority of all shark attacks. 12 in Florida, and if 10 in our county, you understand why we are the shark-bite capital of the world.

And yes, it was far from a record year, we had 23 shark bites a few years ago, most importantly however, none of them were fatal. All of them are a case of mistaken identity. We are not sharks’ food source; they mistake us for fish in murky waters near the shore.

Interestingly, the shark attacks are actually decreasing. 84 a few years ago, now 51. It is a dramatic decrease. Of course, they attacks are caused by people in the water, and the more people take it to the ocean, the more mistaken identities would be happening,  like in this instance.

A few year ago I read and article in the local paper. In this article a scientist noted that if we are in the water, we are at times are within 9-10 feet from the sharks, we simply do not know about it as we do not see them under water. If you are local, you know how to stay safe. If you see bait fish flying in the air, get out. It may be chased by sharks. If pelicans are diving again and again, this means there is fish there, and you better stay away.

Good thing we are not tasty enough for the sharks… They still prefer fish.

Photo by Elaine Brewer on Unsplash

First published on my site

Comments (6)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jon - the high number of shark bites in Volusia County Florida is  another record-breaking event in 2020 that is sad.   

Nov 04, 2020 05:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Jon... the stuff of nightmares for me. I had a hard time going back in the water  for a long time after I saw Jaws many years ago.

Nov 04, 2020 07:45 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jon and so good to see you. Years ago Larry met someone who often flew over the Atlantic just offshore at Delray Beach. He told him people would be surprised at how many sharks were in the water and how close they were to shore. 

Nov 04, 2020 07:31 PM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Jon, just stay close in to the shore and leave the surfing to the braver souls.

Jun 14, 2021 10:00 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope all is going well for you and we will soon see your current posts.

Have an outstanding August.

Aug 14, 2023 11:41 AM