Man bitten by shark off Miami area-beach

A Great White Shark.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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A Great White Shark. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

A man was hospitalized Sunday after what is being called the first recorded shark attack off Haulover Beach in northern Miami-Dade County, WPLG reports.

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The beachgoer was bitten on his legs by what was described as a 4 to 5-foot bull shark. The victim was leaving the water with other swimmers after lifeguards saw the shark and ordered an evacuation.

"In my 20 years as a lifeguard, this is the first time a person has been bitten here at Haulover Beach, and possibly the first for Miami-Dade County," Lt. Matt Sparling of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Ocean Rescue told WPLG.

The victim was taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

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