Shark Bites Girl, 13, in Volusia

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. AP) - Authorities say a 13-year-old girl was bitten in the leg by a shark off New Smyrna Beach, the 16th shark bite of the year in Volusia County.

Volusia County Beach Patrol Capt. Scott Petersohn says the girl was in waist-deep water Tuesday when the shark bit her on the leg.

She suffered several small puncture wounds and a 3-inch gash. The girl was visiting from New York. She has not been identified.

The bite happened a couple of miles from where most shark bites occur. Petersohn says swimmers should shuffle their feet when walking in the ocean because rhythmic movement is a signal to a shark to swim away.

Splashing around is similar to what another fish might do when injured, and that attracts sharks.

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