(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) — A girl swimming at a popular resort town in South Carolina was injured in what was an apparent shark attack on Monday.
Cristy Torres, who was at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Monday celebrating her husband’s birthday, filmed video of the girl being treated for a bite wound on her leg. The video, shared on Torres’ Facebook page had been viewed over 1.6 million times early Wednesday.
Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue wasn’t able to confirm whether it was a shark attack, but said the girl was transported to the hospital for a “marine-life incident” at around 2:55 p.m. on Monday.
Myrtle Beach is a popular tourist destination, but not unfamiliar with shark sightings. A blacktip reef shark was filmed swimming on June 5 in the same location where the girl was apparently bitten on Monday. The video was shared with Durham, North Carolina, ABC affiliate WTVD by Nicki Welch-Hudson.
“I’m hoping that tourists seeing the video will respect our oceans a little more,” Welch-Hudson said. “I heard lots of people on the beach attempting to say the shark wasn’t dangerous, one man even said he would jump in and ‘punch the shark,’ that angered me of course.”
The water was cleared by lifeguards during that incident.
Blacktip sharks, bull sharks and tiger sharks are all common to the South Carolina coast, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and can all pose a threat to humans in coastal areas.
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