Monday, September 1, 2014

Video: Drone Video Shows Sharks in the Florida Surf Shortly After a 13-Year-Old Girl Was Bitten

Drone captures images of sharks feeding near surfers in Florida
A 13-year-old girl, Alex Masterson, was bitten by a shark while bodysurfing at New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The incident occurred on Sunday, 31 August 2014, at around 4:40pm.

Apparently Masterson was in waist deep water when she suffered a shark bite on her calf.  Both Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue and paramedics treated the girl at the scene.  She was taken to the hospital and received seven stitches.

According to CNN, the below drone video was taken not long after the shark bite incident.  They note that it appears to "show shadows in the water around surfers and swimmers."  After watching the video ourselves, we believe the shadows are indeed sharks, most likely searching out smaller fish.

According to TCPalm, statistics show that August and September are prime months for shark bites off the Florida coast. This is due to massive schools of bait fish moving through the area which in turn brings about increase number of sharks looking for an easy meal.  As noted in Florida Today, "the warm weather also means there's more of us in the water for sharks to mistake as prey."  This would explain why the majority of  bites involve a single bite and release.

View past drone videos here.