*Graphic* Girl bitten by shark in Spain?

A young girl was bitten by what appears to have been a shark while swimming in Spain.

The 11-year-old girl was in the shallow wave zone close to shore off Grao de Moncofa on August 23.

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Photo: M. MIRA

She was bitten on the left foot and had several teeth marks left by what is thought to have been a small blue shark.

Her father pulled her from the water and lifeguards were able to stem the bleeding until the girl was taken by ambulance to the local hospital.

Earlier this year a man was bitten on the hand off Ibiza beach, which is roughly 100 miles south of Grao de Mocofa.

The 83-year-old was bitten on the hand June 17 with a blue shark also being the suspected species involved.

There have been a total of 71* shark attack bites in 2017, 5 of which were fatal*; 34 were reported in the US, with 22 occurring in Florida** and one in Hawaii. Ten occurred in Australia, one of which was fatal and one with no injury.

Five unconfirmed worldwide and not included in the total count.

All locations have been marked on the 2017 Shark Attack Bites Tracking Map.

*Two may be scavenge. **One report may have been outside of Florida waters.

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