MELBOURNE, Fla. — Brevard County Ocean Rescue is investigating an incident involving a surfer who was apparently bitten by something — likely a shark — while wading in the water just off of Pelican Beach Park in Satellite Beach on Tuesday.
The surfer turned down an offer by Brevard County Fire Rescue to go to the hospital for further treatment. The man had "wounds indicative of a small shark bite or similar toothed sea creature," according to a tweet from Brevard County Fire Rescue's spokesperson.
Lifeguards first responded to the man around 2:55 p.m. ET and said he was in the water when the injury occurred.
Images from the scene provided by NPI Productions/Dalton Smith show paramedics treating the injured person's gory leg injuries, which include the outline of a bloody bite mark along the swimmer's calf.
The waters in the area are routinely populated with bull, lemon and other shark species. The "grip and go" attack appears to be the fourth confirmed shark bite to take place off Brevard’s 72-mile shoreline this year.
Meanwhile, in South Carolina, North Myrtle Beach officials said a man had to be treated at the hospital after an apparent shark bite.
WBTW-TV reported that the man said he was bitten by a 3- to 5-foot shark around 3:25 p.m. Tuesday. The man told emergency personnel he felt a tug, then felt his foot go into the creature's mouth.
The man, a visitor from Delaware whose name wasn't released, was able to shake his foot loose and get to safety.
North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling said the man had puncture wounds and blood on his foot.
Contributing: WLTX-TV, Columbia, S.C. Follow J.D. Gallop on Twitter: @JDGallop