Local teen attacked by shark while on spring break

A 16-year-old is the latest victim.

A 16-year-old had a spring break trip he won't likely forget, because he was bitten by a shark.

Kody Stephens lives in Peachtree City but while he was swimming in chest deep water on vacation in Daytona, Fla., he felt something.

"I told my friend that I had felt something bite me and we got out of the water and it was bleeding," Stephens said. "We went up and washed it and the hotel called 911. They showed up and looked at it.”

Photos | Ga. teen bitten by shark in Florida

Kody said he didn't see what bit him because, "we just got out of the water as soon as possible.”

First responders told him the bite looked like it came from a shark but they also told him the injury could have been worse.

“They said it could have been a small hammerhead because they burrow near there sometimes, but a small one,” he said. 

Next time he goes to the beach, Kody said he'll be more cautious.

ANOTHER SHARK BITE

A Marietta woman was also bit by a shark while she vacationed in Florida this week at New Smyrna Beach. Melanie Lawson was bitten on her thigh while standing in four feet of water. 

"I grew up in San Diego so I'm use to boats and swimming and something just hit me really hard on the side and you know...knocked me over. Scared me to death and then all of a sudden I felt something painful," she said.

After it happened Lawson said she knew it was a shark attack.

"I was kind of shocked because it was in such a shallow area....just scared me to death."

Hers was the second attack reported this year. 

A teen from Kentucky was attacked bitten by a shark while swimming in Destin on April 2. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said she only suffered minor injuries and would require stitches.

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11Alive reported about this East Coast shark party ahead of the week when many in metro Atlanta were on their Spring Break. According to Ocearch.org, there have been a large number of sharks populating the East Coast. 

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There are a few reasons for the bump in sharks on Ocearch.org's website, one of them being migration.

"This is a kind of transitional time of year where sharks are actually migrating up from Florida," Bryan Frazier,  a marine biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, said. "So there are some charges that, over winter [are] down off of Florida and white sharks are actually over-wintering down off the Carolinas and all the way down to Florida."

Shark bites have already began this season but researchers said people on Spring Break shouldn't be concerned.

PHOTOS: Stunning shark photos

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