Posted: 3:11 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Man bitten in Shark Bite Capital of the World: New Smyrna Beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. —

Officials said a 25-year-old man was bitten by a shark in New Smyrna Beach on Tuesday morning.

The swimmer was bitten on the foot near the jetty at Smyrna Dunes Park about 10 a.m.

Experts said the area is a common feeding ground for sharks.

"I just saw him walking back to the car, limping," said witness Justin Resnick. "He was just kind of staring at me like he was in a little bit of pain or something."

Officials said the bite wound was not serious, and the man was not taken to the hospital.

It was the third shark bite of the year in New Smyrna Beach, officials said.

Witnesses told Channel 9 the victim was walking in knee-deep water when he was bitten.

 "You got to also remember it's the 'Shark Bite Capitol of the World,' too, so something is bound to happen," said witness Tyler Camp.

Officials said there will likely be more shark bites in the area throughout the year. Lifeguards said to use caution, but some swimmers said they're willing to take their chances.

"If I see something happening, I'm going to be the next one to go in there, not necessarily to get bit, but I like to test boundaries a little bit," said Camp.

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