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Shark victim has teeth embedded in foot

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Updated: 6/17/2013 9:55 am
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Fishermen on the Jacksonville Beach Pier were stunned after witnessing the severed body of a large king mackerel fish many are convinced was the workings of a shark.

According to seasoned fisherman, Lorenzo Ponder, the almost 20 pound half eaten king mackerel is more evidence something is indeed lurking in our shores.

"To see something about this thick around get bit clean through, just imagine if that was person out there," said Ponder.

It happened just one day after a woman said she was also bitten by a shark in Atlantic Beach.

The surfer tells Action News she has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. She'll be seeing a plastic surgeon to remove some of the shark's teeth that were left embedded in her foot.

Ponder said the recent events means he won't be going for a swim anytime soon.

"I wouldn't swim in that water but I see people coming out everyday and they're coming out farther and farther and you see more sharks getting closer and closer," said Ponder.

According to experts, when a shark attacks a human it's almost always a case of mistaken identity because it thinks our limbs are fish.

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albert66 - 6/17/2013 10:38 AM
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I fished the pier last week and caught 4 Bonnet Head sharks.The surfers were right their where the sharks were biting.It's a no brainer. You want to swim near the pier your chances of getting bit are high.You want to swim in the ocean here your swimming with hungry sharks.

Scienide - 6/17/2013 7:24 AM
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I am more concerned with the bacteria and pollutants at jax beach than I am sharks, though I have an overactive fear of them as well. There is no place I feel comfortable swimming down here because of all the things that can "bite", from amoebas to gators to sharks.
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