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A Florida man is speaking out after reportedly being bitten by a shark in the waters off Daytona Beach on Monday.
Bryan Olivares, 33, told WESH on Wednesday that the shark had bitten his footslicing a tendon and puncturing an artery.
“I tried to swim on my back and then I saw the blood,” Olivares, of Orlando, told the station.
A lifeguard came to help and Olivares was transported to the hospital where he had emergency surgery.
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WESH said he is recovering at home.
This is the Sixth shark bite of the seasonaccording to Acesparks 35.
Volusia County is the so-called “shark bite capital of the world.”
In 2021, data from the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File (ISAF) shows that 60% of bites in the US occurred in Florida.
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Those cases represent 38% of unprovoked shark bites worldwide.
In 2021, 17 bites occurred in Volusia County, none of which were fatal.
There was a 42% increase in national bites compared to 2020.
This year, no shark attacks have resulted in the death of a victim.
An increase in shark sightings has closed beaches up the East Coast.