Shark bite leaves Florida boy, 9, with 80 stitches

Published On: Mar 28 2014 07:09:43 AM EDT
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A Palm Beach County boy is recovering from a shark bite that left him with 80 stitches on his foot.

The Palm Beach Post reports 9-year-old Sebastian Cozzan was about 20 feet offshore John D. MacArthur State Park when the shark attacked him on March 21.

The boy's father, David Cozzan, says Sebastian is recovering and looking forward to surfing again.

David Cozzan says he was bitten by a shark while surfing in the same area about 20 years ago. His bite didn't require stitches.

Officials say there have been several recent reports of shark bites in Palm Beach County.

Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue supervisor Chuck Price says it's common for spinner sharks to come close to shore searching for bait fish this time of year.

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