SANIBEL, Fla. – A teenage boy fishing about 50 yards off of Sanibel Beach Monday was bitten by something in the water.
"The kid came running out of the water screaming shark, shark, shark," said Mike Shannon, who has been visiting Sanibel for 35 years. "It was definitely a big shark," added Fred Sorokin. “The shark had to have a mouth probably around this big,” he added as he widened his hands about 15 inches apart. “One of the paramedics said that she thought it was a Lemon Shark."
Over the last few weeks the water has turned dark brown due to heavy rains and water being released from Lake Okeechobee. His name has not been released but witnesses say he was fishing and using shrimp for bait, which he had in his pocket out in the surf.
"He sustained some laceration type wounds to his upper right calf, his right ankle area and another one on his left foot," said Lt. William Dalton of the Sanibel Police.
Dalton said there hasn't been a shark bite on Sanibel in four or five years and no one knows for sure what bit him. But others there are convinced it was a shark. "When I walked over to look at him clearly the bite marks were that of a shark,” added Shannon. When asked how he knew that he replied, “Just the pattern. You could see the bite marks were on two different appendages."
"It was definitely a shark bite,” Sorokin added. “And not a small shark either." The teenager, who was described as between 15 and 17 years old was taken to the hospital. "He was lucid and the officers described him as in good spirits,” Lt. Dalton added. “Maybe a little stunned and upset that this had happened but there wasn't any type of loss of blood that had any significant affect on him."
Some tourists we talked with said the incident won't affect their vacation. But others said it would, “Whoooo. Hmmm. Makes me a little nervous about going in the water," said Debbie Casalango, who is visiting Sanibel.
I couldn't help but ask these fishermen what they've been catching and everyone of them said, “mostly sharks.”
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