Family’s holiday horror as boy, 9, bitten by shark on trip to Miami beach

A nine-year-old boy was attacked by a shark in front of his horrified parents in the US.

Jay was rushed to hospital after his mother spotted a wound on his shoulder while swimming in Miami Beach on Sunday.

Kristine Weiskopf, Missensota, told local10.com they were in the water only for a few minutes.

She said: “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."

When she pulled him up, Kristine noticed what she said was a chunk of skin missing from the boy’s shoulder.

“He just said, ‘Ow,’ and I looked down and there was about a 4-foot gray shark just kinda swimming away, so I just scooped him up and ran him up the beach,” Kristine said.

The family was met by Miami Beach Fire Rescue on the sand.

Jay was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital and rushed in to surgery to close his wound.

His father Ren 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.

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“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. I don’t know if it’s just because of spring break of whatever, but the beach should be closed."

The parents said that doctors were worried about the possibility of infection and the long term effects that the injuries could have on Jay’s mobility.

But they also told the Weiskopfs that his prognosis was good due to his young age.

Kristine added: “He just wants to go home and it’s really sad because we had so much fun planned."

It comes after a fisherman who reeled in a "real-life sea monster" that is known for having a nasty bite held it a few inches away from his face for a photoshoot.

  • Fisherman captures 'real-life sea monster' with terrifying razor-sharp teeth

Nate Iszac, 39, caught the scary looking fish off the coast of Alaska earlier this month and took a very close look at its gigantic jaw and razor sharp teeth.

He posed for a few photographs with the creature, which was later identified as a wolf eel.

Wolf eels can grow to over 7ft long and they use their powerful jaws to crush their prey.

Nate said: "When we saw it there was a nervous excitement in the air.

"I have seen them before and know they can bite very hard so we were cautious."

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