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7-foot Bull Shark Bites Diver off South Florida Coast

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Posted at 9:24 PM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 17:27:08-04

PALM BEACH SHORES, Fla. (AP) - Officials say a diver was bitten by a 7-foot bull shark off South Florida's coast.

Local media outlets report that rescuers responded to the injured diver Wednesday at the Sailfish Marina. The bite had occurred about 2 miles offshore as three people were spearfishing in 60 feet of water.

Riviera Beach Fire Rescue says in a Twitter post that the diver was bitten several times on the arm and was taken to a nearby hospital with significant wounds.

The International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida says bull sharks average between 200 and 290 pounds and can grow up to 8 feet long.

The diver's name and condition weren't immediately released.