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,

Fla.

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

condition.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.