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16-year-old boy bitten by shark off Outer Banks

The National Park Service said the teenager was jumping in waves on a sandbar about 25 feet from the shore when he was bitten.
Credit: Chesapeake Bay Foundation
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation posted pictures on its Twitter page of a shark sighting in the Tangier Sound.

SALVO, N.C. — The National Park Service said a 16-year-old boy was recovering after a shark bit him off the Outer Banks Thursday near Ramp 25, just south of Salvo.

Calls about the bite started coming in at 4 p.m., according to a news release.

The boy, who was visiting Cape Hatteras National Seashore from Oak Ridge, North Carolina, was bitten while jumping over waves on a sandbar about 25 feet from shore.

Staff members at a medical facility in Dare County treated the teenager and said the bite appeared to be from a shark. After treating the boy on Thursday, they released him.

By Friday morning, they had not released what kind of shark was assumed to have bitten him.

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