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    Florida man killed in apparent shark attack

Wednesday, August 30, 2000

PETERSBURG, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida man was killed by an apparent shark attack Wednesday while he was swimming in a bay behind his home, police and fire officials said.

The apparent attack took place in Boca Ciega Bay near St. Pete Beach, a suburb of St. Petersburg. The bay runs into the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials said they found bite marks on the man's body. An official cause of death must be determined by the medical examiner.

The victim, believed to be in his 60s, was found floating in the bay by his wife.

There have been 20 shark attacks in Florida this year but most have come near the state's Atlantic beaches. Shark attacks are rare on the state's west coast and the last fatal attack on the west coast was in 1981.

In July, three people were bitten by sharks in Atlantic waters off Volusia County on Florida's east coast, the area with the highest incidence of shark attacks in the nation.

More on this attack:
St. Petersburg Times report
ABCNews Online report (use BACK button to return here)
NY Times, follow-up report (use BACK button to return here)

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