Teen attacked by shark in Florida in Gulf of Mexico, shark warning issued to swimmers

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WALTON COUNTY, FL – On Thursday afternoon Walton County Sheriff’s Office was called in reference 14-year-old who was bit by a shark in the Gulf near Grayton Beach State Park.The juvenile was assessed on scene for a superficial bite wound and was transported to a local hospital.

“It seems the shark did not latch on once figuring out it was biting a human,” the WCSO said. “According to the swimmer’s account, they were swimming approximately 40 yards from shore near a fishing line, when the shark approached heading for the line and mistakenly bit the swimmer.”

“Sharks live in the water. That is their home,” the department said. “We’re making the public aware so that they may use caution when swimming in the water… where sharks live… near the site. Again, the wounds are NOT life-threatening. According to South Walton Fire District double red flags are flying on the beaches to warn swimmers and advise against swimming in the Gulf at this time.”

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