Expert: Small shark bit 10-year-old during ocean swim

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A 10-year-old boy has received medical treatment after experts believe he was attacked by a small shark late Monday morning.

Emergency responders were dispatched to a location along 74th Avenue North just before 10:45 a.m. after learning a 10-year-old had received bite marks while swimming in the ocean. Officials on scene described the boy as having a number of "puncture wounds" to his calf, but at the time, were unsure of what caused the marks.

The boy was taken to the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Medical personnel took pictures of the injury, which an expert identified as a small shark bite.

Officials said it is believed a black tip shark could have accidentally nipped the 10-year-old's leg.

Police report a shark or stingray could not be located in the water near the scene of the incident.

Shannon Hughes, a marine scientist at Ripley's Aquarium, says shark attacks are rare along the Grand Strand.

"It's not one of those things that anybody should be alarmed about just one of those things unfortunately that does happen occasionally," explained Hughes.  "There's thousands of people in the water everyday and rarely do you ever hear of this happening."

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