By CBSMiami.com Team

SANTA ROSA BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) — A man swimming near a fishing line off Santa Rosa Beach was bitten by a shark on Thursday.

In a Facebook post, the South Walton Fire District said the man had visible wounds to his upper body and chest area. He was taken to a local hospital, where he is expected to recover.

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Firefighters said the shark was apparently heading for the fishing line and possibly mistook the man for bait.

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The fire district flew double red flags to warn other swimmers in the area. The shark is believed to be about seven to eight feet in length.

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CBSMiami.com Team