(KPRC) — A 5-year-old girl was injured Tuesday after being bitten on the leg by a shark at Pirates Beach near Galveston, Texas.
A father and his two children were returning to shore from swimming about 5:30 p.m. when she was bit.
The father said his daughter was in knee-deep water, on a ring, flutter-kicking while bait fish jumped around her.
The father heard his daughter scream, saw the 3- to 4-foot-long white-bellied shark and pulled his daughter away and ran to shore.
The shark immediately let go and swam away, said Peter Davis, the head of Galveston’s beach patrol.
Davis believes a school of bait fish was the shark’s intended meal.
“Our belief is the shark bit this little girl’s leg thinking it was a fish,” Davis said.
The child suffered significant soft tissue damage, authorities said. She was bit below her calf, above her left foot. Her foot was still attached and the bone was not damaged.
Davis was quick to point out this was a bite, not an attack. He says a bite is a case of mistaken identity.
“A shark attack would involve multiple bites where the shark intended to eat the person as prey,” Davis said.
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