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Shark attack at Florida beach leaves teenage girl in critical condition
The girl was airlifted to a hospital in Tallahassee, authorities said.


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By: Morgan Winsor, ABC News
Posted at 9:50 AM, Jul 01, 2022

A teenage girl was seriously injured in a shark attack at a Florida beach on Thursday, authorities said.
The attack happened at Keaton Beach in northwestern Florida's Taylor County. The unidentified girl was scalloping in water approximately five feet deep near Grassy Island, just of Keaton Beach, when she was bitten by a shark, according to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office.
"A family member reportedly jumped in the water and beat the shark until the juvenile was free," the sheriff's office said in a statement.
The girl suffered "serious injuries" and had to be airlifted to a hospital in Tallahassee, about 80 miles northwest of Keaton Beach, according to the sheriff's office.
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital listed the patient in critical condition.
The sheriff's office said the type of shark that attacked was unclear but it was described as approximately 9 feet long.
"Swimmers and scallopers are cautioned to be alert, vigilant, and practice shark safety," the sheriff's office added. "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 worldwide in 2021 after three consecutive years of decline, though the previous year's significantly low numbers were attributed to lockdowns and restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to yearly research conducted by the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File.
Florida has topped the global charts in the number of shark bites for decades, and the trend continued in 2021, researchers said. Out of 73 unprovoked incidents recorded around the world last year, 28 were in Florida, representing 60% of the total cases in the United States and 38% of cases worldwide. That number was consistent with Florida's most recent five-year annual average of 25 shark attacks, according to researchers.
 
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When are we going to quit hugging sharks and fight back?
If I get 'em to the surface, they die and I don't apologize to anyone for that. The sad thing is, FWC has protected them to where a great percentage are too big to catch on ordinary tackle. They are now just a PR organization that is more concerned about getting a negative letter to the editor from anti-hunting and fishing whackos than managing fish and game.
 

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Seems like the FWC likes fish and animals more then humans.
It's almost like that's what their entire job is about. Fish and wildlife conservation. Weird.
 

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Yeah that's a given, but why favor wildlife more then humans?
How are they favoring wildlife over humans? They didn't cause the shark bite. I'm just picturing y'all riding out avenging the Kitner boy.
 
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They've protected sharks into overpopulation, plain and simple. I try to prevent any future attacks every time I'm on the water.
 
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I’ve surfed my entire life and so has my dad. We’ve had plenty of close encounters with all types of sharks and never once had one come close to attacking any of us. Sure they may steal some snapper and can be annoying when fishing but we are in their world. An attack every now and then is bound to happen. 99% of us can still catch a limit of fish.
 

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If you had to chose what tank to be dropped into Sharks, Piranhas or Dolphins. Which one would it be and why?
Why didn't I shoot the James Bond villain before he put me in such a precarious situation?
 

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"Civilization ends at the waterline. Past that point we all enter the food chain" - Hunter S. Thompson

The world is a dangerous place. Always has been, always will be. Even if we were to kill all the sharks, lions, tigers and bears and ran all the big mean buffalo out of Yellowstone, we would still have to worry about the #1 biggest threat....other people.
 

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Sad situation and I hope she recovers. But she was in their element. Sharks take years to reach reproductive stages and are a necessary link in the marine food chain.

And for those talking about dispatching them, the FWC undercover Resource Protection Units surf sites such as this checking for illegal activity.
 

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If you had to chose what tank to be dropped into Sharks, Piranhas or Dolphins. Which one would it be and why?
Sharks. Piranhas? Nope, too small and have you seen them? Dolphins? Nope, too smart and they look like they want to rape folks. I know what a shark wants.
 

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silverking said:
Sharks take years to reach reproductive stages and are a necessary link in the marine food chain.

can you explain the last part of this sentence? i don't understand the "necessary link".
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