Shark Bites Chunk Out of Body-Boarding Woman's Leg in Florida

Friday, 16 May 2014 08:11 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A shark bit a chunk out of a Florida woman's leg this week as she body boarded in the waters off the coast of Melbourne Beach.

The 38-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was attacked as she and her brother were swimming in the shallow waters at Ponce de Leon Park.

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"Typically you'll see fish jumping out of the water, birds chasing after the fish . . . it was just out of nowhere, bam," Rick Tatsch, the victim's brother, told

According to witnesses, a shark came up and bit off a chunk of the victim's calf. Tatsch and other beachgoers immediately helped the woman to shore and she was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center.

"She looked OK, she was fading in and out a little bit because when you're losing a lot of blood like that you seem to feel a little faint at that time," Tatsch said. "It's kind of a shocking thing for an individual."

It's not clear what kind of shark was responsible for the attack, but a 2,300-pound great white tagged by Ocearch research group was reportedly in the Brevard Coast area earlier this week, according to

As for the latest shark bite victim, she is said to be recuperating and in good spirits.

"You always expect it, you always hear that you have a better chance to get struck by lightning or winning the lottery and go figure it's the shark bite that comes first, but I was telling her, 'maybe we can win the lotto tonight,'" Tatsch said.

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