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Florida mother saves 15-year-old daughter from shark attack

By JohnThomas Didymus     Mar 19, 2012 in Environment
New Smyrna Beach - A mother successfully fought off a shark that attacked her daughter on Wednesday while the two were surfing on New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The incident was the second attack on the beach on the same day.
According to ABC News, Valeh Levy and her 15-year-old daughter Sydney, were paddling on their surf boards when a shark suddenly pulled the girl under water. According to Fox News, the shark dragged the teenage girl down twice. The first time, Valeh said: "She got back on her board, and there was her ankle...She put her ankle up, and she looked at it, and there was blood coming off of it."
The shark attacked once more and dragged the girl down again, but the mother said she grabbed her daughter around the shoulders and pulled her up. She said: “It was to me like a scene out of ‘Jaws,’ where the girl’s getting sucked under, and I said, ‘There’s no way this thing is going to kill my daughter,’ and I grabbed her shoulders and I pulled her up and I threw her on the nose of my board."
According to ABC News, the shark continued circling the mother and daughter while they called for help. Two surfers nearby helped them to shore.
According to an eyewitness, the girl "had blood running all up and down her foot. It was crazy." Sydney, however, did not have any life threatening injuries, Fox News reports.
An ambulance was ready because just moments before, a 17-year-old boy, Nick Romano, had been attacked. The teenage girl was rushed to hospital for surgery and released a few hours later.
ABC News reports that a few days before that incident, a bull shark attacked a surfer at Florida's Jensen Beach. Frank Wacha described the terrifying experience: “I was in the middle of my stroke and paddling and my left arm was like this, and all of a sudden something jumped out of the water and hit my arm. I looked over at it and I was eye-to-eye with a shark."
ABC News reports experts say sharks are entering shallow coastal waters earlier than usual this year because of the unusually warmer weather. Fabien Cousteau, an ocean explorer, explained: “Environmental factors that we’re suffering on land could also be happening in the water such as climate change, lack of food sources, which changes migratory patterns, and you have 80 million or more tourists that come to those waters, so it’s no surprise accidents happen."
Cousteau explains that the attacks are essentially exploratory. He said: “Sharks don’t have arms like we do, so for them feeling, is feeling with their mouths.” Cousteau said most of the time when a shark tries a human limb for taste it moves on because sharks do not find humans tasty.
Daily Mail reports the beach was closed to swimmers for the rest of day.
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