WATCH: Video shows shark bite surfer, 16, at New Smyrna Beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — A 16-year-old surfer is recovering after he was bitten by a shark in Volusia County.

Doyle Nielsen told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he was surfing at New Smyrna Beach when a shark swam up behind him and bit his right arm.

“It felt like someone on their surfboard had come full speed directly at me and hit me super-hard,” Nielsen told “Good Morning America.” “And then after somebody had yelled, ‘There’s a shark, get out of there,’ I realized what it was.”


Nielsen made it to shore safely, but was left with a gash on his arm from the attack, ABC reported.

Photographer Sam Scribner captured the attack on camera.

“Doyle was right in the middle of my frame and the shark just hit him,” Scribner told “Good Morning America.” “It was over in a matter of seconds ... it’s crazy how quickly it happened.”

Nielsen told “Good Morning America” that the experience won’t stop him from surfing again in the future.

“I’ll definitely be surfing again, but I know that it’ll affect my mindset,” he said. “I’ll be a little more cautious in the water.”

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.