NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Those planning to head out to the beach this weekend should be on alert for sharks and jellyfish.
Two men were nipped by sharks at New Smyrna Beach Saturday afternoon.
One of those bitten by a shark, a 25-year-old man from Oviedo, was in waist-deep water at the time.
A 43-year-old surfer from New Smyrna Beach was also bitten. Volusia County Beach Patrol Ocean Rescue Capt. Tamara Marris said she believes the same shark, which measured about 3 feet long, may have attacked both men because the bites occurred so close together.
The two victims had only minor injuries. They were treated by Ocean Rescue and then left on their own to seek medical treatment.
Marris said the beach patrol cleared people from the water for a short time after the shark encounters.
The sharks have been in shallow water this week seeking to feast on the many bait fish close to shore.
In Brevard County, jellyfish are visible along most of the beaches. Brevard County Ocean Rescue Deputy Chief Eisen Witcher said only a few people were stung by jellyfish on Saturday.
Marris said there were no jellyfish sightings in Volusia Saturday.
Volusia is also having rip currents. Ocean Rescue staffers had rescued less than a dozen people Saturday. Marris urges beachgoers to swim in front of lifeguard towers.
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