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Shark Attacks Teen in Neptune Beach, Florida

Shark Attacks Teen in Neptune Beach, Florida”

Lifeguards reported the woman was found bleeding heavily from wounds to her shoulder and upper torso which officials believed were consistent with shark bites.

The woman was transported to the hospital and was speaking to responders, authorities said.

The ban on entering the water stretched for several miles from the Balboa Pier to the city limits at Crystal Cove State Beach.

Also on Sunday, a woman was likely bitten by a shark off the coast in California.

A 13-year-old boy was bitten by a shark at Neptune Beach in Florida on Sunday, CBS affiliate WJAX reported.

Banks said they closed the beach for a while so that they could keep a look out for the shark.

The boy was taken to a local hospital, where he was listed as being in stable condition. Experts are predicting there will be another hike in shark attacks this summer as well. For beachgoers, plain old accidental drowning is still the big danger, with some 3,500 fatalities annually in the US according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, not counting drownings related to boating. Shark populations are slowly recovering from historic lows in the 1990s, the world's human population has grown and rising temperatures are leading more people to go swimming, Burgess said. Florida had the highest number of shark bites, at 30, followed by North and SC, which had eight each. "Even though we can't confirm it was a shark attack, we're treating it as a shark attack", Newport Beach Fire Department Lifeguard Battalion Chief Michael Halphide said of the California attack.

"The flesh wound, there was probably a good 4- of 5-inch chunk of soft tissue missing and it was all just white bone showing from his knee joint to mid-shin area", McCleary said.



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