Beach in Florida sees TWO shark attacks 'within minutes' of each other

New Smyrna Beach in Florida sees TWO shark attacks  'within minutes' of each otherStock photo, black tip shark: Rex

Two teenagers were attacked in two separate shark attacks that happened within minutes of each other while surfing off New Smyrna Beach, on the east coast of Florida.

A boy and a girl, both 17, who were not part of the same group, suffered bite wounds in the area's first attacks of the year, according Sky News.

The boy was treated for calf wounds while the girl suffered an ankle injury, but neither were life-threatening.

Local newspaper The Daytona Beach News Journal said both of them described the shark as being between 4ft and 5ft long, but experts have said it is unlikely the attacker was the same shark in both instances.

New Smyrna Beach is known as one of Florida's best beaches, but it also has the less appealing accolade of having the most shark attacks per square mile than any other beach in the world.

The one good thing? The attacks are usually carried out by black tip sharks, which beach patrol officials liken to a "vicious dog bite".

That's OK then...

But it's not the only place in America that suffers with shark attacks. Back in October 2011, a 27-year-old man, called Eric Tarantino, was airlifted to hospital after being attacked by a shark in the water just off Marina State Beach in Monteray, California.

And, in the same month, a surfer had a lucky escape after a great white shark attacked off the coast of Oregon.

Bobby Gumm was surfing with friends off a beach in Newport when a great white suddenly came up beneath him and took a 23-inch wide bite out of his board.

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