Mount Dora man catches and releases shark in Ponce Inlet, Biting ensues

A Mount Dora man fishing in Ponce Inlet on Sunday caught a shark, released it and the large fish turned around and bit him before swimming away, Volusia County Beach Safety and Ocean Rescue officials said.

The 52-year-old man suffered very minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital, said Ocean Rescue spokeswoman Capt. Tamara Malphurs.

“A particular lemon shark was very unhappy about being caught,” Malphurs said in an email.

Emergency workers and paramedics were dispatched to 5000 South Atlantic Ave. in Ponce Inlet on Sunday for an animal bite.

The Mount Dora resident caught the 3-foot lemon shark around 10 a.m. while fishing in Ponce Inlet inside the Lighthouse Point Park, Malphurs said.

“He caught a 3 ft shark, he then released the shark and it turned around and bit his foot causing minor injuries,” Malphurs wrote in her email. “He was not transported. The shark left the scene unharmed.”

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