Girl, 10, attacked by shark in Australia (or was it a mackerel?)



A 10-year-old girl has been bitten by a creature that was originally thought to be a shark - but now officials believe it could have been a mackerel.

The girl suffered minor injuries to her hand while swimming at Lennox Head, 120 miles south of Brisbane, Australia, on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the New South Wales state ambulance told The Courier that the girl was treated at the scene for a serious injury to her wrist, and that she had been bitten by a shark.

But a spokeswoman from Lismore Base Hospital told Perth Now of the shark attack theory: "They don't know if that's actually correct."

Georgia Laddin, from the Lennox Head girls surfriders, added: "It was a mackerel. She's been bitten by a fish.

"She's fine, she's OK. She's one of the local girls who surfs down there."

A police spokesman told the Daily Telegraph that they as yet did not know whether it was a large fish or a shark that attacked the girl, but that her injury was actually minor.

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