Dad Says Teen Daughter Bit By Shark Off NC Coast

The father of a 13-year-old girl says she was bitten by a shark off a North Carolina beach and needed 40 stitches.

Mike Parker told The StarNews of Wilmington that his daughter Kendall was in waist-deep water Saturday at Wrightsville Beach when she felt something bite her arm.

Parker says a doctor who helped stitch up the wound says it appeared to come from a 4- or 5-foot-long sand tiger shark.

Parker says his daughter was released from the hospital, but might need surgery to repair a damaged tendon.

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  • by tu on Jul 21, 2010 at 10:03 AM
    Obama is responsible for every other bad thing happening right now, so why not a shark bite? He is suggesting policies that contribute to a cleaner planet thus making it possible for more sharks to live. Don't you understand? Are you just drinking the koolaid?
  • by to tu Location: washington on Jul 19, 2010 at 12:11 PM
    you are so right it's OBAMA fault he told the shark to bite her.Get a life
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 19, 2010 at 07:01 AM
    I'll agree with you Anonymous @ 7-18 8:19 p.m. They do not intend to harm anyone. We don't get as many of the sharks here as what they get down in Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach/Carolina Beach. Even if we did, it would'nt keep me from taking my surfboard out there. To Pull-ease, I imagine that Wilmington does have more traffic accidents than Greenville. Wilmington has some of the craziest drivers I've seen in NC, along with Charlotte.
  • by Tu Location: You on Jul 18, 2010 at 10:02 PM
    It is all Obama's fault!!!
  • by Sgirl on Jul 18, 2010 at 09:18 PM
    1:30 p.m.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2010 at 07:33 PM
    While it is a risk any of us that jump in the ocean take, shark bites are fairly rare. After all, humans taste like poo compared to fresh seafood. Hope she's doing well, and hopefully any recontruction needed will be minmal. For those of you that intend to swim in the ocean, take off ALL jewelry, and try to avoid dusk and dawn as that's when most of the smaller fish the sharks will be feeding on are closest to shore.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    Whenever you're in the water at the beach, sharks are always around. They usually only bite it they think you're a fish - surfboard fin, glint of a reflection from a watch or something that looks like scales - they have awful eyesight. Also, they typically don't care for our flesh and will let go when they realize we're not a fish. Unfortunately, their teeth may tear some serious flesh before that happens. Only certain sharks actually attack people on purpose and that's when they're in a frenzy, protecting territory, or feeling threatened. I dive and have seen plenty diving and they usually stay away from people. I do the same with them, though! Anyway, hope the kid's doing well. Shark attacks are very rare and shouldn't dissuade people from going in the ocean.
  • by oldtimer Location: eastern NC on Jul 18, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    not jellyfish, stingray! The Topsail incident could have been a stingray. Her injury was to the foot and ankle and was consistant with a Ray's barb.
  • by Pull-ease on Jul 18, 2010 at 04:03 PM
    It's riskier to drive in Wilmington during rush hour! I'd like to see WITN report EVERY traffic accident that happens in ENC every day. I'd like to know how many stories that would be.
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Jul 18, 2010 at 03:40 PM
    Well at least she was told it was a shark and not a jellyfish like the little Child and the public was told earlier this summer.
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