Florida town reopens beaches after 2 apparent shark attacks

Florida beaches closed after shark attacks leave 2 injured: report

Officials say a Florida beach has been closed following two apparent shark bites just five minutes apart.

The Fernandina Beach Fire Department responded to Seaside Park at around 3:35 p.m. for the first report of a shark bite.

Theobald, 30, received several lacerations and puncture wounds to his right foot from the bite. The 17-year-old, who was not identified, received puncture wounds to his foot, the fire department said.

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Crews were on scene attending to a shark bite when they got a second call of another shark bite just a few minutes later.

"Neither patient could advise what type or size of marine life had caused their respective injuries", the city said in its Facebook post.

Authorities do not yet know if the same shark was responsible for both attacks.

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"I was in two feet of water or less, laying on my stomach", the first victim, Dustin Theobald, 30, told News 4 Jax from his hospital bed. He reached back to feel what he now believes to a be a nurse shark or a blacktip shark, judging from the gouges it left in his foot. "When I did that, he shook twice, then released and left".

Beaches have been closed because of incidents and The Division of Ocean Rescue is continuing to monitor beaches for any presence of unsafe marine life. There were 32 reported shark attacks in the state in 2016, according to the Florida Museum International Shark Attack File's latest report. It was not clear whether one or two sharks were involved in the incidents.

"There's a shark in the water that has already bitten two people", he repeated as he passed a small group waist-deep in the ocean.

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