Alabama teen hospitalized after possible shark bite

A teenager was taken to the hospital after a possible shark bite at Orange Beach, Alabama. (AJC file photo from 2015)
A teenager was taken to the hospital after a possible shark bite at Orange Beach, Alabama. (AJC file photo from 2015)

Credit: AJC file photo/Wesley K.H. Teo

Credit: AJC file photo/Wesley K.H. Teo

A 14-year-old was taken to the hospital after a possible shark bite on an Alabama beach.

WKRG in Mobile, Alabama, reported police in Orange Beach, Alabama, said a call came in about a possible shark bite Friday around 1:19 p.m.

According to police, the teen was swimming with his father.

“The father stated that he noticed that there were a large quantity of small fish swimming around them and as they went to leave his son felt pain,” Orange Beach Assistant Police Chief Robert Howard said, according to WEAR in Pensacola, Florida. “The father nor the son ever saw a shark or any large fish near them when this happened.”

The victim had “a mild abrasion and a few small puncture wounds,” police said, according to WBMA in Birmingham, Alabama. He was taken to the hospital by family, where he received stitches.

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