Story at a glance

  • A 7-year-old girl was bitten by a shark at Ocean Isle Beach early Sunday.
  • The shark bit her calf, and she was taken to the hospital, received a few stitches and was later released.
  • The type of shark that bit the girl is unknown, but officials are speculating it was “small” due to the size of the bite.

A young girl was bitten by a shark at a North Carolina beach early in the day Sunday.

The 7-year-old was playing in the water at Ocean Isle Beach while on vacation with her parents when a shark bit her calf, according to the New York Post.

“I heard she was quite brave,” Mayor Debbie Smith said.

The girl was taken to the hospital to receive a few stitches and later released.


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The type of shark that bit the girl is unknown, but officials are speculating it was “small” due to the size of the bite.

No other shark sightings or incidents were reported in the area over the weekend.

“You should always be cautious when you’re in the water at the beach and just use good common sense, and to be alert,” Smith said. “But this is not a common occurrence.”


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Published on Jun 28, 2021