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Shark possibly takes bite out of the foot of a St. Augustine Beach surfer

2:13 PM, Sep 6, 2012   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. -- After riding a wave Thursday a surfer jumped into the water and felt something bite his foot and release him.

Andrew Birchall didn't see what bit him as he swam back to shore. Lifeguards found him on the beach in front of E Street.

The bite was most likely that of a shark according to Jeremy Robshaw, spokesperson for St. Johns Fire and Rescue.

It had all of the characteristics consistent with what they normally see from a shark bite but there is no way to be 100 percent sure, according to lifeguards at the scene.

Birchall went to Flagler Hospital with minor injuries for evaluation.

The long period swell from Tropical Storm Leslie that first reached the beaches on late Monday has been luring more surfers than usual to the beach. The nice swells will be with the First Coast through at least Sunday, according to chief meteorologist Tim Deegan.

Although the swell is not all that large, with it having a period of 15 seconds it will continue to make for great surfing but also for dangerous rip currents.

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