Man Attacked by Bull Shark at Florida Nude Beach

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A swimmer who was bitten by a bull shark at Haulover Beach was rushed to the hospital Sunday afternoon, officials say.

According to reports, the shark was a 4-to-5 foot bull shark.

The unidentified man was able to get to shore with non-life-threatening injuries and is being treated at Aventura Hospital.

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesperson Erika Benitez, lifeguards advised swimmers to get out of the water; however, one swimmer remained in the water and was bitten by a shark.

The men were intending to remove the hook from the shark to free it, near Johnnie Mercer's pier in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

Lt. Matt Sparling told WPLG that he'd never seen a shark attack at Haulover Beach "in my 20 years as a lifeguard". The man then finished getting out of the water and walked over to lifeguards with blood streaming down his legs.

A photograph taken by a witness showed Miami-Dade Fire Rescue treating the man.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that the attack on the popular "clothing-optional" beach followed the usual pattern of taking place near shore, being from a species that has bitten people previously, and that the shark backed off right after the bite. In the second attempt, the man gets hold of the shark's tail but the animal turns around and bites the man's hand.

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