MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A surfer in Florida's Space Coast is recovering from a bite to the hand by a shark.
The 32-year-old man suffered a small puncture wound to his hand Tuesday morning.
The surfer told authorities he was paddling out from shore at Melbourne Beach when he placed his hand in the water and felt a bite.
Authorities say the man was able to get out of the water on his own.
His hand was treated by paramedics at the beach and he didn't need to be taken to a hospital.
It was the first reported shark bite of the year for Florida's Space Coast.