'Shark Bite Capital of the World' Gets First Attack of 2019, And It's In the U.S.

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April 30, 2019Apr 30, 2019

The "shark bite capital" of the world is continuing to uphold the title this week. According to reports, the first attack of the season has just been reported.

A man in Florida was bitten by a shark while he was in the ocean. Thankfully, he is expected to survive.

"Mathew Cornell, 19, was standing in waist-deep water near New Smyrna Beach’s Flagler Avenue approach in Volusia County when a shark chomped down on the man’s right calf and released him, Capt. Andrew Ethridge, of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue, told the Daytona Beach News-Journal," wrote Fox.

According to news outlets in the area, the attack happened around 7:30 at night. Cornell was able to get back to shore and drive himself to a local hospital for medical attention.

"Volusia County has been a longtime hotspot for shark bites, the News-Journal reported. The county has led the world in recorded bites over the past several years, hitting an all-time high of 15 bites in 2016. It retained the world’s top spot with nine recorded bites in 2017 and again last year with four bites," according to Fox.

The area is home to the largest amount of surfers, and people in the water, in the entire state of Florida. The high amounts of people enjoying the ocean also contributes to the rise in attacks.

Please join us in praying for Cornell's full healing in the coming weeks.

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