One Canadian boy faced a scare of a lifetime on Wednesday while he was vacationing with his family in Flordia. While he was out for a swim in the ocean off the Flordia shore, the 12-year-old came face to face with a shark, which attacked the boy's foot. Thankfully, the boy was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition. 

According to CBC News, 12-year-old Christian Mariani, a Hamilton local, was visiting South Flordia with his dad and brother, when he decided to go for a swim in the ocean. During his swim, Mariani got a little more than he bargained for when a shark mistook his foot for something a little more tastier. 

As the shark bit into Mariani's foot, the lifeguards claimed that they heard loud screams coming from across the water. According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue officials, Mariani was found bleeding, with puncture wounds from the shark on his foot. 

Mariani was treated and taken to a local hospital where he is now in stable condition. Mariani told NBC, "That is the scariest feeling that I think I have ever experienced in my life."

The 12-year-old Canadian also went on to say that "I feel more lucky than unlucky. I know that it's a very low chance to get bit by a shark but to be in the condition I am right now, that is also very lucky." 

However, it seems that Mariani might not have been as unlucky as he thought. According to CBC, shark bites are more common throughout the summer months in Flordia. Especially when ocean currents bring bait fish closer to the shore. 

In fact, two years ago a woman from Woodstock, Ontario had a very similar experience while visiting the shores of Florida. 

According to Global News, Denise Oosterveld was on vacation with her family in Florida while they decided to do some paddleboarding. 

While paddleboarding, Oosterveld was bitten by a shark twice and was lucky to survive the attack. 

However, while shark attacks do occur, the University of Flordia states that they are often due to mistaken identity. Many sharks often attack humans thinking that they are going after fish or turtles. 


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