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Posted: July 14, 2018

Victim says shark bite won't keep him out of water

File photo. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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By ActionNewsJax.com

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. —

Two people were bitten by sharks in separate incidents Friday, closing the beaches for the rest of the day, Fernandina Beach Police said. The beaches were reopened Saturday morning.

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One of the victims, a 17-year-old, was bitten on the foot and is expected to make a full recovery, officials said.

Dustin Theobald was in about two feet of water when he felt a shark latch onto his foot. He then smacked its head and it swam away, he said.

“When I touched its head, I could feel it was rough skin. It wasn’t like fish skin. You know shark skin has a rough edge,” Theobald said.

The other victim was also bitten on the foot, and the wound is not life-threatening, officials said.

The Fernandina police chief told Action News that fishermen have been catching sharks off Fernandina Beach all week.

Theobald said the bite won't keep him out of the water.

“It’s just one of those once-in-a-million things that could happen to anybody,” he said.


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An alligator ate a shark off the South Carolina coast, winning a battle between two of nature’s most ferocious predators. 

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The 7-foot alligator, known as “Charlie,” is seen on video eating a baby bonnethead shark Friday while swimming in Skull Creek, which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway, according to The Island Packet

While alligators are more known as freshwater predators, scientists believe clashes between the reptiles and sharks are becoming more frequent. 

Alligators lack saltwater glands but a recent study indicates the reptiles are regaining tolerance to it. Another study has found that alligators eat four types of sharks, according to Southeastern Naturalist

“It’s not an outlier or short-term blip,” Brian Silliman, a Duke University ecologist, wrote in a study about alligators appearing in saltwater, according to the Packet. “It’s the old norm, the way it used to be before we pushed these species onto their last legs in hard-to-reach refuges. Now, they are returning.”

 
 
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