Beaches reopened Friday after being closed when an unknown predator fish attacked an 8-year-old Canadian vacationer.
Samuel Lussier was in stable condition in Regional Memorial Hospital with a gash stretching from his left knee to his ankle. The Quebec boy was attacked while swimming wearing a life vest in 4-feet-deep surf Thursday.
Shark expert George Burgess said people might assume a shark was to blame, "but there are other things conceivably that could have done this: barracuda, blue fish, moray eels."
Several miles of Broward County beaches were closed for a short time as a precaution even though the attack was viewed as an isolated incident.
"As far as I know, we haven't had a recorded fish-biting incident in the history of Hollywood Beach actually, until now," said lifeguard Jeff Epstein.