12-Year-Old Believed to be Bitten by Shark in Ocean City, Maryland

Blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) South Africa, Indian Ocean

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A 12-year-old girl from Pennsylvania is recovering from an incident in Ocean City, Maryland that landed her in the hospital that was believed to have been caused from a shark.

Jordan Prushinski from Plains Township, PA was vacationing with her family when she went knee deep into the ocean and emerged limping and bleeding from her leg.

"I didn't really realize what was going on until I was on the beach and I was bleeding everywhere," Jordan told WBRE. "I was swimming and a wave had just crashed and I was right on the edge of the crash zone, I thought a horseshoe crab had got lifted up and hit against my shins, and I don’t like the sea creatures so I rushed out immediately to find blood everywhere, with cuts all over my left leg.”

Thankfully an EMT was on site at the beach to help provide Prushinski with first aid before her family got her to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland. There she received 42 stitches for 20 cuts and the ER doctor said that the bite marks in her leg were from a shark.

According to an update reported by PAhomepage.com, "The Executive Director of the Shark Research Institute believes it was likely a black tip shark."

Chances of being bitten by a shark are one in millions. While rare, it's possible to happen near the shore where sharks consume smaller fish.

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