Surfer hospitalized after shark bite

— A surfer was hospitalized in stable condition Thursday night
after being bitten on the hand by a shark off Melbourne Beach,

The 28-year-old man was bitten around 7:30 p.m. ET while
paddling out into the surf about 50 feet off the beach — roughly
100 miles south of Daytona Beach — Brevard County Fire-Rescue Lt.
Jeff Taylor told Florida Today.

When the man looked down to see what had bitten him he saw a
shark he estimated was around five feet long.

The man attempted to drive to himself to hospital, but pulled
over at a local restaurant and called 911. Emergency officials
transported him to the Holmes Regional Medical Center in stable

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.