Far cry from monster in movie Jaws: Mount Dora fisherman bitten by 3-foot lemon shark after freeing it from hook in Ponce Inlet; boy, 12, bitten in Daytona

YouTube download / Movieclips video /  Scene from the 1975 movie, 'Jaws.' There are no man-eating great white shark sightings in the Daytona Beach surf, but there was a 3-foot Lemon shark shown above that bit Mount Dora fisherman on the foot after he freed it from his hook, beach safety officials said.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

PONCE INLET, Fla.  -- So much for kindness: a 3-foot Lemon shark turned around and nipped a Mount Dora man on the foot after the fisherman went through the trouble of releasing it from his fishing hook on Sunday, the second of two shark-bite incidents reported over the Memorial Day weekend.

Though they can grow in length of 10 feet or more, the lemon shark is nothing like the man-eating monstrous great white shark depicted in the 1975 blockbuster horror movie, "Jaws." Lemon sharks, black tip sharks, and spinner sharks are typical of the type of shark found in the Florida Atlantic surf.

The 59-year-old fisherman, whose name was not released, was fishing in shallow waters in Ponce Inlet inside of Lighthouse Point Park 10 a.m. Sunday when he caught the shark, Volusia County Beach Safety Capt. Tamra Malphurs said. The bite caused minor injuries but he refused transport to the Halifax Hospital ER and the shark swam away unharmed, she said.

The fisherman, whose name was not released, was fishing in shallow waters in Ponce Inlet inside of Lighthouse Point Park when he caught the shark, Volusia Capt. Tamra Malphurs said.  The bite caused minor injuries but he refused transport to the Halifax Hospital ER and the shark swam away unharmed, she said.

On Saturday,  a 12-year-old boy was transported from the beach in Daytona Beach after he was bitten while in the surf, causing a minor abrasion. The boy said he saw a fin of what may have been a shark, though neither he nor beach safety lifeguards were certain it was a shark.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.