The much anticipated Shark Week aired this past Sunday on the Discovery Channel. However, on Saturday in Florida the scenes were all too real.
Two men were attacked by sharks on beaches that were 100 miles apart.
23-year-old Competitive surfer Frank O’Rourke was one of the men bitten by a shark while resting on his surfboard. He was at Jacksonville Beach Pier around 3:30 p.m. when he felt something bite him on his arm. “I felt something jump out of the water and latch onto my arm by my elbow. It just grabbed onto me and thrashed in the water and swam away,” he told WJXX.
Thankfully, he did not sustain any serious injuries and was treated at the scene. The deep puncture wounds above his elbow serve as a reminder that sharks are all around. “I’m very lucky that I still have an arm,” he said with a laugh. “You can see the jawline, like where the jawline is of the shark … There’s still blood on my surfboard.”
The surfer has seen many sharks over the past 20 years, but this is the first time he was bitten. He plans to stay out of the water until his wound heals but then will resume his surfing. “If it’s your time, it’s your time,” he said. “If the [sharks] want you, they want you. You’re more likely to get struck by lightning than killed by a shark. I’m going to buy a lottery ticket!”
See his injuries in the video below.
An hour later, 110 miles down the coastline at New Smyrna Beach, 49-year-old William Angell was bit while boogie boarding. New Smyrna Beach, just south of Daytona Beach, is known as the shark attack capital of the world, according to International Shark Attack File. A shark bit the man’s right thigh and he was treated on scene. However, Angell who was visiting from Arizona decided to drive himself to the hospital to have further treatment.
While watching sharks on television is thrilling, seeing one swimming in the water next to you is frightening. There is no music, “dun dun… dun dun… dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnn”, to warn you that a shark is approaching – like in the movies. Be careful out there!
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.