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A girl seriously injured in a shark attack on a beach in Florida

Climate change can drive sharks to the north bank

Editor's Note:According to the Security Agency, WCTV previously reported that the girl had lost her leg. it's not. She has undergone surgery and is expected to survive. This story has been updated.

Authorities said a girl attacked by a shark on a beach in Florida was seriously injured on Thursday, a horrifying trend in states that account for nearly 40% of unprovoked shark bites around the world. It is continuing. Wayne Padgett, Taylor County Security Officer, told CBS-affiliated WCTVthat she had an operation on Thursday and she is expected to survive.

The attack occurred at Keaton Beach in northwestern Florida. Taylor County Security Officer's office innews release, when a girl was bitten by a shark, she scalloped in about 5 feet deep water near Grassy Island, just off Keaton Beach. was doing.

Reportedly, one of the girl's family jumped into the water and beat her with a shark until she was free.

According to the Security Office, the girl was sent to Tara Hassy Memorial Healthcare to receive treatment for these injuries.

"It's a tragedy, what happened," Sheriff Padgett told WCTV. 

Authorities said it was unclear what kind of shark attacked the girl, but witnesses described it as about nine feet long.

"Boats and swimmers are wary, vigilant, and careful to practice shark safety," the security officer's office said. "Some rules to follow are: never swim alone, stay out of the water near fishermen, avoid areas such as sandbars (where sharks like to gather), swim near large schools of fish , Avoid unstable movements in the water. ”

According to a report ofreleased in January, shark attacks have declined for the third consecutive year. Increased worldwide in 2021. The United States again reported the most attacks, with Florida accounting for almost 40% of unprovoked bites worldwide.  

Florida has been leading the United States and the world for decades with unprovoked shark bites. Researchers say that trend continued in 2021. There were 28 unprovoked bites in Florida last year, 19 in other parts of the United States and a total of 26 outside the United States. 

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith is CBS News .com Senior Editor

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