Florida Shark Attack: Fisherman Severely Injured Near Fernandina Beach

Florida Shark Attack: Fisherman Severely Injured Near Fernandina Beach
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A Flori­da fish­ing trip turned crit­i­cal after a shark attack left a man in his 40s severe­ly injured. The inci­dent occurred on Fri­day near Fer­nan­d­i­na Beach, north of Jack­sonville, Florida.

Nas­sau Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s Office reports that the vic­tim was on a boat when the shark bit his right arm around 11 AM. A deputy admin­is­tered a tourni­quet to con­trol bleed­ing before trans­port­ing him to shore for air­lift to a near­by hos­pi­tal. The fish­er­man is expect­ed to recover.

This attack fol­lows the recent death of Hawai­ian surfer Tamayo Per­ry from a shark bite. Experts advise sev­er­al pre­cau­tions to min­i­mize shark encounters:

  • Avoid dawn, dusk, and night­time: Shark activ­i­ty increas­es dur­ing these hours.
  • Swim or surf in groups: Sharks are less like­ly to approach groups.
  • Stay away from sand­bars and dropoffs: These areas attract prey fish, which in turn attract sharks.
  • Don’t attract sharks: Avoid leav­ing injured fish or marine life in the water.

Shark attacks are uncom­mon, but beach­go­ers and water enthu­si­asts should prac­tice cau­tion and sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness when enjoy­ing coastal areas. 

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