First-time surfer, 15, hurt in shark attack as she shows off horror injuries

A teen who went surfing for the first time ended up with wounds that authorities suspect may have been caused by a shark.

The 15-year-old girl, who has not been named, was surfing at Stone Harbor in New Jersey, US, on Sunday (May 21) when she sustained the injuries, potentially from a shark bite, Fox 29 reported.

Emergency teams were quick to rescue the girl from the water and she was transported to a nearby hospital, where she received treatment for lacerations to her foot and calf requiring six stitches.

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None of her injuries were life-threatening.

Officials in Stone Harbor said the apparent bites appeared "consistent" with those typically caused by sharks, but couldn't identify the breed or size of the potential aggressor.

"After careful examination, it has been ascertained by the New Jersey State Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office that the injuries sustained by the surfer are consistent with those typically associated with a shark of unknown size and type," they said.

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The possible attack is now under investigation by authorities in New Jersey.

The beach has remained open, but officials have requested beachgoers to use caution if they wish to go into the water.

It's not the first time a teen has been attacked by a shark in the US in recent weeks – one brave girl even fought off a bull shark after it attacked her at a beach in Florida.

Ella Reed, 13, was sitting in the clear, shallow water at Fort Pierce Beach between Miami and Orlando when she felt was a sharp pain in her side before spotting the five to six-foot-long sea creature.

"The shark itself was so powerful," she told Local 10 News. "That was what I felt the most because it was hitting my stomach really hard."

Ella said she punched the shark which made it swim away for a while, before it came back to attack her again.

"It wouldn’t leave me alone, so I had to use my arm and use my hand too, so it got my arm and my finger."

Ella's mum, who was on the beach with her, said: "It was insane because she was totally covered in blood pretty much from head to toe so she couldn’t really see what went on."

Ella received bites to the stomach, arm, finger and the top of her knee and needed 19 stitches. She says she is proud of her scars and knows her injuries could have been so much worse.

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