New Smyrna Beach chiropractor speaks out after shark bite

A New Smyrna Beach man described the tense moments a shark bit him while he surfed at New Smyrna Beach Tuesday. 

Don Walsh, 40, said it started as a regular day riding waves.

“Just sitting there having fun toward the end of my day I was getting ready to get out of the water,” he explained at his practice about a mile down the road. 

But soon he was scuffling with a shark in the water.

“Took a wave and bailed on the move and landed on a shark and next thing I knew he was biting my leg biting my hand,” he said.

He said he and the shark only met for moments.

“He took off right after that then I took off right after that,” he said.

But it was enough time to leave Walsh with cuts on his hands and leg.

“Other than bite marks there was no ligament no tendon damage on the hand,” he explained. 

The avid surfer didn’t go to the hospital – instead getting stitched up by a friend who is a doctor. 

Aside from minor discomfort, Walsh said he’s back at work treating patients and ready to be back in the water. 

“As soon as I can get in the water. I’ll be back in,” he said.