Sharks bite 2 central Florida surfers

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two surfers are recovering from shark bites off the beaches in central Florida over the weekend.

Authorities say a 32-year-old surfer was bitten on his side in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday evening. The next day, a shark nipped a 21-year-old surfer on the left foot.

Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Capt. Andrew Ethridge says neither surfer wanted to be transported to a hospital for treatment.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports there have been 14 shark bites in the county so far this year. Officials say that’s an increase from previous years. In 2014 there were 10 unprovoked shark attacks in Volusia County and seven in 2015.

One day last month, officials say three people were bitten by sharks in one day.

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