Shark bites teen surfing in Florida

A teen suffered a shark bite to his hand Sunday while surfing in Florida.

The unidentified male teen punched the shark in the nose and was able to flee, Volusia County Beach Patrol told FOX13. The teenager was paddling out in the water at New Smyrna Beach when he felt the shark, estimated at about 5 feet, bite his left hand.

The teen was treated for non-life threatening injuries by paramedics at the scene.

"He had pretty significant lacerations to the left hand...around the knuckle and palm of his hand," Volusia County Beach Safety Capt. Aaron Jenkins told ABC News.

New Smyrna Beach is about 15 miles south of Daytona Beach on Florida’s east coast.

"This area, it's kind of a common area for these small sharks," Jenkins said. "There's a lot of bait fish...that kind of draws those sharks in. The sharks, they can't differentiate between someone's hand...and some kind of small fish."