Sharks bite three more surfers in Florida

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Three surfers were bitten by sharks off Florida's coast, a day after three others were attacked nearby during a surfing competition. None of the latest injuries were life­threatening.

Three surfers were bitten by sharks off Florida's coast, a day after three others were attacked nearby during a surfing competition. None of the latest injuries were life­threatening.

All three victims were bitten on the leg Sunday by blacktip and spinner sharks circling off Daytona Beach, said local beach official Joe Wooden.

A 17­year­old female surfer was attacked on her left foot. She was treated and released from a hospital.

Five miles further north, two other surfers were bitten within a minute of each other at New Smyrna Beach Inlet, the same area where Saturday's attacks occurred. A 17­year­old girl was bitten in the left calf and a 32­year­old man was bitten in the right foot, Wooden said.

A stretch of the inlet was closed and the victims were hospitalized. The girl will undergo surgery but was reported as being in good condition late Sunday. The man was expected to be released on Sunday, officials said.

On Saturday, two men in a surfing contest were both bitten in the foot. A third surfer underwent surgery for a hand injury.

Of the 37 shark bites reported worldwide this year, 17 occurred in this region, Wooden said.

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