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Teen bitten by shark in Ormond Beach

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A teenager who was bitten by a shark on Monday is nursing his wounds and expected to make a full recovery, rescuers said.

The 17-year-old victim was in chest-deep, murky water just off Ormond Beach when the shark bit him around 1 p.m.  He told rescuers that he could not see how large the shark was, because the water was too cloudy. 

"All of his friends started gathering around him and they started running up, screaming," said witness Bruce McCurdy.  "He was grabbing his shoulder."

"He was chest-deep in water, and he said something hit him in the neck, knocked him off his feet and basically felt a bite," said witness Robert Walker.   "And then he looked down and saw blood, and he said, 'I better get out of the water, before this thing bites me again!'"

He received lacerations on his shoulder, but the injuries are not life-threatening.  

"Chances are this animal was swimming though the slough in his home territory and just happened to run into something that wasn't food," said Captain Mark Berard with the Volusia Beach Patrol.

The teen, a high school football player, was taken to Halifax Medical Center in good condition.  Rescuers told FOX 35 that he was in good spirits and joking around.

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