Wearing shark repellent bracelet for the first time, teen surfer bitten by shark

On Tuesday, Zack Davis was doing what he’s done almost every day for the past two years: surfing. Just two things were different.


One was a green bracelet around his wrist, a Christmas gift, that is advertised as a scientifically tested way to repel sharks. The second was a shark, likely a five-foot long blacktip.

At the end of a wave the 16-year-old North Hutchinson Island, Florida, resident, plunged a few feet underwater and his arm dragged along the sand, he told TCPalm.com. Then, the shark bit his arm and held on for two or three seconds, he said.

When the animal finally let go, Davis was bleeding into the water. He wrapped his surfboard’s cord around his arm as a makeshift torquinet and then ran to his house nearby, per WPTV. Once there, his mother called 911 and he was rushed to the hospital, where he received 42 stitches, his mother told TCPalm.com. He has since been discharged from the hospital and told media outlets that he plans to return to the ocean as soon as he can.

But his mother told CBS 12 the incident isn’t completely over. She’s seeking a refund of $80 for the shark repellent bracelet she bought. Davis told CBS 12 and WPTV that it was the first time he ever wore the bracelet in the water.

For decades now, ocean enthusiasts have searched for ways to keep sharks away from humans. While the risk of shark attacks in the U.S. is relatively small — the odds are one in 11.5 million, per Oceana — the publicity surrounding attacks has led to everyone from the U.S. Navy to Julia Child to try to…

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