Man hospitalized after shark attack in Del Mar, California


A man was hospitalized after a shark attack in Del Mar, California on Sunday.

The 46-year-old male victim suffered “significant injuries, but not believed to be life-threatening,” including bites to the torso, left arm and hand, according to a city news release.

The unidentified victim was part of a group of swimmers training about 100 yards offshore from the beach north of Torrey Pines State Park.

The type of shark involved in the attack was not identified in the press release; Juvenile white sharks are known to swim in the waters surrounding the state park.

A two-mile area around the site of the attack will be closed to swimmers and surfers until 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday.

Sharks bite by the numbers

Sixty-nine unprovoked shark bites were reported by the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File in 2023, an increase of six over the five-year average.

In the United States, two people died from shark bites in 2023, one in California and one in Hawaii. Four people have been killed in shark attacks in Australia. One death was confirmed each in the Bahamas, Egypt, Mexico and New Caledonia.

There were 16 bite attacks reported in Florida, including eight in Volusia County, home to Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach. That area has long been called “the shark bite capital of the world.”

In addition to the fatal accident in Hawaii, there were seven other bite attacks. Three such attacks were reported in North Carolina, two in South Carolina and two in California, including the fatality.

Four biting attacks occurred in New York, including one in New York City. One attack was reported in New Jersey.

The 36 bite attacks reported in the US made up about 52% of the global total.

Elsewhere, bite attacks were reported in Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, New Zealand, the Seychelles, Turks and Caicos Islands, the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador and South Africa.

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