A shark attacked a 9-year-old boy on vacation with his family in Miami recently. Now his parents hope officials will close the beach as Spring Break nears.
Jay Weiskopf was swimming in the ocean Sunday when his mom noticed something seemed off, according to The Daily Mail.
‘I was holding his hand the whole time and he was kind of body surfing a little bit and he had fallen on his stomach,’ Kristine told Local 10 news.
“When I pulled him up, I noticed there was just a big chunk of skin missing from his shoulder.
“He just said ‘ow’ and I looked down and there was about a 4-foot grey shark just kinda swimming away, so I just scooped him up and ran him up the beach,” Kristine said.
Jay was excited for all of their family’s plans, but now he wants to get away from the beach.
“He just wants to go home and it’s really sad because we had so much fun planned,” Kristine said.
“I just love him so much. He’s such a great kid and we’re still in shock, but thankful. We thank God that he didn’t take his life. That he’s gonna be OK,” Jay’s father, Ren, said.
“What I don’t like right now is that the beach is still open, and kids are still down there playing, and they are in the same spot where my son just got attacked.”
Man Killed by Shark 100 feet Off of Coast
Luckily, Jay’s encounter with a shark ended better than an Australian man’s did earlier this year.
A shark attacked and killed a 55-year-old man late last year in Western Australia. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
According to the New York Post, the shark grabbed the man at about 8:40 a.m. while he was bodyboarding only 100 feet from the shore of Cable Beach.
According to CNN, Cable Beach is closed for patrols. These patrols will last until tonight and then resume Monday morning. Beachgoers are urged to remain cautious and report shark sightings.
This is the eighth shark attack in Australia, there haven’t been that many shark-related deaths since 1934, according to the Taronga Conservation Society Australia.
Regardless, chances are being attacked are incredibly small. The AJC said the odds of a great white attacking a person is 738 million to one. The odds increase with surfers and scuba divers.