Teen Wearing Shark Repelling Band Attacked

A shark attacked a local surfer, landing the teen in the hospital with a massive jaws bite on his arm. “I just got out of the water as quickly as possible because I didn’t want to get hit again.” Zack Davis said, holding his right bandaged arm. The attack happened near Avalon Beach State Park on North Hutchinson Island. Zack was discharged from the hospital Wednesday night. He says he is recovering, but sore and tired after being “mostly awake” in the hospital for the last 24 hours. Zack’s right arm has a giant jaw mark on it, now covered in stitches. His doctors say it looks like the work of a black tip shark.

Zack and his twin brother Zane often go shark fishing, and they’ve surfed since they were young. This was the first time he’s even had a close encounter with a shark. This attack left him with a giant jaw mark on his arm and 44 stitches. “It held on for less than 3 seconds. I didnt even have a chance to hit him or anything.” Zack said. Zack was wearing a new band with magnetic technology that advertises it repels sharks away from swimmers.

“I got this for Christmas,” Zack said, showing us the green plastic band that looks like a watch with no face, “It is a shark band and it was supposed to keep sharks away and the first time I wore it, and I go surfing a lot, but the first time I wore it- I get bit.” Zack’s mom, who is shaken by all this says she hopes to at least get her $80 back for the Shark Banz that didn’t work. We reached out to an email press contact for the Shark Banz company, but have yet to hear a response.



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