The shark capital of the world is in a popular US vacation spot after THREE brutal attacks in a year
A POPULAR US beach has been named the shark capital of the world and has already been hit by three brutal attacks this year.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida won the title after a series of terrifying encounters with the dangerous predators in recent years.
In the latest attack, a 28-year-old surfer was bitten just before noon on Sunday.
The man fell from his surfboard and was bitten on the left foot.
Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Captain Alex Miller told The Sun the surfer had only minor injuries.
It comes as two men in their early 20s, a fisherman and a surfer, were bitten on their legs and feet in March.
Last September, a 16-year-old boy was bitten in the arm at New Smyrna Beach while surfing.
He needed nine stitches.
Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that two more people were attacked in May 2021 on the same beach.
One was a 21-year-old woman wading through 4 feet of water, and the other was a twelve-year-old girl who was surfing.
June and July 2021 saw at least three more attacks each.
On June 14 alone, a 71-year-old man was bitten while standing on a boogie board in shallow water and a 12-year-old boy was bitten in the arm while surfing.
Just four days later, another 12-year-old child was bitten on the arm and taken to hospital.
An eight-year-old boy was bitten in water up to his knees on July 4 and had to be hospitalized
In the same month, an 11-year-old child was taken to hospital after being bitten while bodyboarding, and a man was bitten while jabbing.
In August, a man was slightly on his foot with very minor injuries.
Elsewhere in Florida last week, 17-year-old Addison Bethea lost part of her leg in a shark attack at Keaton Beach off the northwest coast.
She was hunting scallops when she was bitten by the nine-foot shark.
The increase in shark sightings was reported earlier than usual this summer.
Warming waters, bunker fish and seal populations can attract them to the waters.
According to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), Volusia County has an annual average of nine unprovoked shark attacks per year.
Of the 73 unprovoked shark bites in the US in 2021, 64% – or 47 bites – occurred near US shores.
Of Florida’s 28 unprovoked shark bites, 63% – or 17 bites were in Volusia County.
ISAF director Gavin Naylor told Spectrum News that the odds of being bitten by a shark at New Smyrna Beach are 10 times higher than anywhere in the world.
Even still, the overall chances of suffering an attack are low and most attacks are not serious, Naylor said.
“You are much more likely to be involved in a car accident in New Smyrna Beach,” he said.