Editor’s note: This story has been corrected with updated information about the shark encounter.
ENCINITAS, Calif. — A surfer was bumped by a shark Wednesday evening in Encinitas but got away with only a torn wetsuit and a puncture wound from a nearby stingray, according to authorities and a woman claiming to be the boy’s mother.
The encounter happened around 5:50 p.m. just south of Moonlight Beach, according to Encinitas Fire Department.
The woman told FOX 5 that a shark and a stingray were circling her 16-year-old son. That’s when the boy accidentally kicked at the shark, according to the woman and Encinitas Lifeguard Captain Larry Giles. A stingray then punctured the boy’s right ankle, the woman said.
Medics took the man to Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas to be treated for minor injuries, authorities said.
Lifeguards posted signs warning beachgoers of the shark sighting, advising them to enter at their own risk.