Ocean City, Maryland (AP) – The injury to a Pennsylvania girl on a beach in Ocean City is compatible with a sandbar shark bite and is the first in the state, according to the Department of Natural Resources, Maryland.
Department spokeswoman Megan McGinn-Meals said the decision was made after an expert reviewed a photo of injuring a 12-year-old girl.
McGinn-Meals says there have been some unconfirmed reports that would be Maryland’s first “confirmed territorial sea bite” unrelated to fishing.
The bite left Jordan Pushinski with 42 needles.
Her family says she was in deep knee water when she pulled her foot out of the bleeding water on Monday.
The family took her to the hospital.
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