12-Year-Old Girl was Bitten by a Sandbar Shark in Ocean City, Officials Confirmed

The Ocean City Beach Patrol has confirmed that the shark that bit a Pennsylvania girl on vacation with her family last week was, in fact, a shark. Jordan Prushinski, 12, is recovering from a shark bite that required 42 stitches.

To define a shark attack from a shark bite, experts explained that an attack occurs when a shark bites and holds on in an attempt to eat. A bite occurs when a shark bites and then releases without inflicting significant damage, as Prushinksi did.

“I’m trying to like wanting to stay out of the water for a little while,” said Prushinski.

“She’s doing great. She was on the beach today,” said Captain Butch Arbin, Ocean City Beach Patrol.

Prushinski and her family were at the beach around 119th Street on Monday when she felt a pointy object brush up against her leg in the sea. She then noticed she was bleeding upon exiting.

“Why the shark was where it was? The experts think it was just going after food and the little girl happened to be in its way,” said Arbin.

According to OCBP, scientists from the Department of Natural Resources say the bite pattern matches that of a tiny Sandbar Shark indigenous to the area.

“This is not a shark attack. It’s not anything to be concerned about. This type of shark, sandbar shark, is not an aggressive type of shark. They see very little interaction with humans,” said Arbin.


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According to experts, the chances of being bitten by a shark are exceedingly remote. Indeed, Captain Butch Arbin of the Ocean City Beach patrol stated that this is the first time this type of incident has been reported in the state.

“It’s never happened before in Maryland history. It’s never happened in Ocean City,” said Arbin.

Arbin advised beachgoers not to let this incident interfere with their enjoyment of the ocean this summer.

“They don’t need to worry about it. They should be more concerned with things like rip currents,” said Arbin.

Prushinski, on the other hand, is courageous and has stated that she will brave the sea again once her sutures are removed.

“Something like this is rare and rare for it to even happen again,” said Prushinski.