A surfer went airborne and landed on shark that bit him in New Smyrna Beach
Donald Walsh, a chiropractor, said he was not expecting to land on a shark and get bitten when he caught air on a wave while surfing at the inlet in New Smyrna Beach on Tuesday.
But that's what happened around 11:55 a.m. in the 2800 block of Atlantic Avenue, said officials with Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue.
Walsh, 40, of Mims, received non-life threatening lacerations to his hand and calf from one strike from a shark that was about 6½-feet long, said Ocean Rescue Capt. Tamra Malphurs.
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"He landed on the shark in waist-deep water and got bitten," Malphurs said.
Walsh, whose office is not far from the beach, said he took the day off to go surfing, something he has done and enjoyed for 30 years.
He had been surfing for several hours and was about to call it a day but then decided to catch the last couple of waves. He was not very good at going airborne but he thought it would be good try before leaving the ocean, he said.
"I never did see the shark as I was coming down," Walsh said. "I did see it after the bite happened."
Walsh said the shark bit him in the left calf and shin and on four fingers of his left hand.
This is the 11th reported shark bite so far this year in New Smyrna Beach, Malphurs said.
Walsh was treated at the scene by paramedics and was not transported to the hospital, Malphurs said.
Asked about his experience, Walsh said he is aware there is always a risk factor when entering the ocean.
""I'll be back in the ocean as soon as the wounds close up," Walsh said. "I'll definitely be a little more cautious."