Some Florida Panhandle beaches are temporarily closed to swimmers after 2 reported shark attacks

In SEACREST, Fla., on the Florida Panhandle, authorities took swift action to safeguard swimmers after two shark encounters on Friday. Beaches in Walton County were temporarily shut down following the incidents.

The first occurrence unfolded in the afternoon near Watersound, where a woman sustained injuries from a shark, as reported by the county sheriff s office. She received prompt medical attention for her wounds.

Later in the day, emergency responders rushed to an incident near Inlet Beach after multiple reports surfaced of a teenager encountering a shark, the sheriff's office disclosed.

In response, the sheriff's office announced on social media that public access to the water in Walton County was restricted.

Details regarding the condition of the individuals involved and the severity of their injuries were not immediately released.

Meanwhile, in Hawaii, authorities reported a separate incident where a woman suffered serious injuries in an apparent shark attack off the coast of Oahu.

Though uncommon, shark attacks can occur, according to experts. Last year, there were 69 unprovoked shark bites worldwide, with 10 resulting in fatalities,

surpassing the recent yearly average of six deaths, as documented by the University of Florida s International Shark Attack File.