A teenage girl was in critical condition after a shark attack in Florida

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A teenage girl was attacked by a shark approximately nine feet long at Keaton Beach in Taylor County, northwestern Florida, when she was scalloping in water approximately 5 feet deep near Grassy Island. She was bitten and was freed only after a member of family jumped in the water and beat the shark off. The seriously injured victim was airlifted in critical condition to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare to receive treatment.

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Possibly she losed par of her leg. “Swimmers and scallopers are cautioned to be alert, vigilant, and practice shark safety,” the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office warned. The type of shark that attacked the girl wasn’t given. “Some rules to follow are: never swim alone, do not enter the water near fishermen, avoid areas such as sandbars (where sharks like to congregate), do not swim near large schools of fish, and avoid erratic movements while in the water.”Shark attacks increased around the world in 2021 and the U.S. once again reported the most attacks, especially in Florida. Over the past five years, the state has reported an average of 25 incidents annually.Florida had 28 unprovoked bites last year. Shark bites are traumatic. With shark attacks, massive tissue loss or bleeding causes most deaths. Sharks inhabit both the east and west coasts of the United States.