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A man was rushed from the 'shark bite capital of the world' to hospital after suffering excruciating pain to his right foot.
The 33-year-old victim from Orlando, Florida in the US, believes a shark came from out of nowhere to gnaw on him as he waded in in waist-deep water.
Volusia County Emergency Medical Services were called to Daytona Beach on the state's east coast just before 3pm on Monday to drive the man to hospital for further treatment to his wounds.
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Fortunately the injuries, which medics say were likely caused by a shark, are not life-threatening and the beachgoer is expected to recover.
If confirmed to have been a shark attack, Tamra Malphurs, the deputy chief of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue, said it would be the sixth shark bite of 2022 in Volusia County.
The frequency of terrifying reports from the water have earned the corner of America, the unenviable title of "shark bite capital of the world."
Just 80 miles down the coastline, a teenage boy was reportedly bitten by a shark in Brevard County a week ago on July 19.
According to Canaveral Fire Rescue, the lad was also taken to hospital with a non-life-threatening injury soon after 11am.
Much further north on New York State's Long Island beaches, half a dozen bites have also been reported since January after a stretch of three years without any.
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Gregory Skomal, a senior fisheries scientist for the state of Massachusetts said great white shark numbers have risen thanks to recently implemented water protection laws.
"If you have more sharks feeding close to land and you have more people swimming, the chances for those kinds of negative interactions increases," said Skomal.
With the number of reported shark encounters on the rise, one expert says that when you go to the ocean, there's probably a shark nearby – but claims there's no reason to panic.
Marine conservation scientist David Shiffman has said that it's likely one of the ocean beasts will be near you when you go into the sea, and you might just not know it.
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"Just because you don't see a shark doesn't mean the shark doesn't see you," Shiffman told Discovery Channel's Shark Week.
Rather than pounce on beach-goers, as is often portrayed in film and TV, sharks usually just bump into people in the water and sometimes don’t even physically touch them.
While injuries can happen and sharks have been known to kill people, Shiffman explained that you are more likely to die by falling off a cliff than from a shark attack.
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