Horrifying aftermath of Miami shark attack as man left with gaping wound in leg after being mauled
A MAN was left with a gaping and bleeding leg wound after being bitten in the leg by a blacktip shark off the shore in Florida.
According to Miami Beach officials, the 31-year-old was attacked near 10th Street along South Beach on Wednesday.
A video shared on social media shows the man lying down on the beach near a pink lifeguard stand.
The video shows Miami Beach Ocean Rescue lifeguards continuously wrapping his bleeding leg while keeping it elevated.
The video was originally shared by Instagram user @jasonmac7.
A witness, who has remained unidentified, told WPLG that he saw the shark fin in the water, then the man trying to swim away from it.
"He walked out of the water, bleeding, with at least six bite marks on him," the witness said. "Suddenly he came out of the water. He fell down."
The 31-year-old was taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital as a precaution.
According to the Miami Herald, the man is in stable condition.
Officials reportedly said "bait fish schools in the area during the time of the incident."
A Miami Beach spokesperson said double red flags are flying at lifeguard stands between 5th and 15th Streets warning swimmers and beachgoers against going in the water.
October is reportedly "prime time" for running of mullet and baitfish, which can attract sharks, WPLG reported.
In January of this year, the Sun-Sentinel reported that blacktip sharks are typically responsible for the most attacks and bites on humans.
Many of the attacks are "accidents" as the shark can mistake a body part of a fish in murky waters.
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