Florida Teen Bitten During Lifeguard Training Course: 'Shark Capital of the World'

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A 14-year-old boy was bitten on the leg by a shark during a lifeguard training camp in Florida Monday morning, Volusia County Beach Safety (VCBS) officials confirmed to Fox News Digital.

On Monday, around 11:15 a.m., authorities said a 14-year-old boy was entering the water at Ponce Inlet, a beach north of the pier, when he was bitten on the right calf.

The boy was attending the junior lifeguard camp, VCBS officials said.

Witnesses said that as he was diving into the water, the boy landed on the shark and that's when he was attacked.

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Volusia County Beach Florida

Florida, and more specifically Volusia County, is known as the shark capital of the world. (JESUS ​​OLARTE/AFP via Getty Images)

According to witnesses, the shark was a size 4 to 5 blacktip shark, which is common on beaches in the area.

Authorities said the boy was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening lacerations.

According to a report by Florida Museum of Natural History An international hotbed of shark attacks, Florida — and more specifically Volusia County — is the shark capital of the world.

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Shark bite in Florida

Lights and sirens flashed on a Nassau County Sheriff's Office marine unit as deputies responded to reports of a shark bite on a nearby vessel. (Nassau County Sheriff's Office via Facebook)

Not including Monday's attack, there have been 351 attacks in Volusia County alone since 1882.

After Florida, which recorded 16 shark bites in total, Hawaii recorded eight unprovoked bites in 2023.

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Shark warning and beach advisory. (John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Although the report shows that most shark attacks have occurred in September since 1926, July, August and October are also among the most frequent months in Florida.

In early June, miles of beaches in Walton County, Florida were closed after two consecutive shark attacks.

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Over the July 4th weekend, at least four people were injured in shark attacks on South Padre Island in Texas.

Ashlyn Messier of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.

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