Every year, thousands of sharks are migrating from their homes up in the north towards south. This large number of shark reaches South Florida in the month of December and January. During these times, shark bites are quite common. So far, this year’s migration has resulted to 2 minor shark bite. Both victims were brought to the hospital for treatment.
A 9-year-old boy was bitten on his foot and ankle while riding on a surfboard. The boy received immediate treatment. Another victim was bitten while dragging his arm in the water while riding his kiteboard. It was on Saturday just off Delray Beach. Kurt Hoffman felt pressure on his arm and see blood running from the wound. He was then brought St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where he got treatment for 15 to 18 puncture wounds reaching a 7-inch span.
Lifeguards are on their feet trying to catch sight of any sharks or just even swimming in the area. In such occasions, when a shark is sighted, swimmers are ordered to go out of the water. Consequently, this will result to the closing of the beach.
The most common culprits are the blacktip and spinner sharks. These shark species can grow as long as 6 feet. It is very unlikely that blacktip and spinner sharks consider humans are prey. It is actually more of a mistaken identity. These sharks are fish eaters. Small sharks, octopus, lobster, crabs, and squids are all part of their diet. In murky waters, a flash of a limb or sudden movements can be mistaken as a fish swimming.
On Sunday, Gulf Stream Park was temporarily closed for short periods. According to city spokeswoman Rebecca Medina, Deerfield Beach has no reports of any shark sightings. With the large number of spring breakers, lifeguards must be on the alert at all times.