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Pennsylvania Girl Attacked By Shark

Jordan Prushinski and her shark bite.
Jordan Prushinski and her shark bite. Photo Credit: WBRE/Prushinski Family

A 12-year-old girl was bitten by a shark earlier this week.

Jordan Prushinski, of Luzerne County, left her landlocked state and headed to Maryland earlier in the week for a family vacation at the coast.

"I was on the beach and I was bleeding everywhere,” she told WBRE News.

It all started when she was swimming at the 19th Street Beach in Ocean City on Monday.

A wave came in and she felt something on her leg.

She ran out of the water-- bleeding from her left leg-- and was treated by lifeguards.

Prushinski was transported to a hospital for 20 wounds on her leg which required 42 stitches.

Initial reports placed doubt on it being a shark attack since the animal is rarely in the area but multiple experts have since confirmed it could only have been a shark based on the patterns of the bits.

One expert, Marie Levine, the founder of New Jersey's Shark Research Institute said in an email that "it was likely a blacktip shark that bit the child."

Levine believes this was not a predatory attack, but rather a small shark that got lost and frightened when it bumped into the girl.

Prushinski is already on the road to recovery and can hardly wait to get back in the water.

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