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"I Hate Sharks": 6-Year-Old Girl Attacked in Shallow Water

Ocean Shark

When Sharks Attack.

When you think of your average everyday shark attack, you probably think of someone swimming in deep water in the shark’s territory.  But the sharks, they apparently don’t have boundaries, and they can and will attack in any depth of the ocean. Case in point, a six-year-old girl was bitten by a shark while playing in just a foot and a half of water. What happened?

The young girl was boogie boarding off of Ocracoke Island at the southernmost end of Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina on Wednesday when a shark swam up and bit her on her right leg. The girl was right at the edge of the water but this did not stop the shark to go after her. Her mother was just ten feet away when the attack happened and her parents quickly rushed to her aid. Fortunately the girl is stable and in good condition. Her parents said in a statement, “she is in good spirits, declaring this morning that, “I hate sharks. I like dolphins way better.’ ”

Do stories like this make you more cautious (read=paranoid) when at the beach?

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