Shark Attacks Man Off Hallandale Beach in Waist-Deep Water
A 26-year-old man was swimming in the waters of Hallandale Beach in the 1900 block of Ocean Drive on Sunday afternoon when a shark decided he'd like to have a taste of the man's foot.
The man, whose name is not being released, was wading around in waist-deep water, according to Hallandale Beach city management spokesman Peter Dobens.
While it's unknown what kind of shark it was, according to the wound and the victim himself, it was most definitely a shark.
"The lifeguards couldn't determine what kind of shark it was," Dobens tells New Times. "But they definitely saw a shadow in the water."
As ever, it's a good thing humans aren't too delicious.
As soon as the man felt the shark clamp down on his foot, he thrashed his leg until it let go and swam off. The victim then walked toward the shore waving his arms at the lifeguards nearby, who came running toward him.
After seeing the bloody foot, Dobens says, the lifeguards immediately knew it was indeed a shark bite.
According to Dobens' description, there was a clear half-moon bite mark on the man's foot.
Dobens says the victim had a "good-sized bite" and was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, where his foot was treated for deep lacerations. The man was released soon after and is expected to make a full recovery.
Medical privacy doesn't allow the city to give out the victim's name.
While shark attacks aren't rare in South Florida, this is the first time there's been one in Hallandale Beach in the three years Dobens has worked for the city.
Just this past June, a 22-year-old woman was attacked by a shark in the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale beach (NSFW image).
She was also bitten briefly and released.
So maybe it's time to just stick to the pool for the remainder of the summer.
Just kidding. Not all sharks are bad.
So it's not all bad.