Marine biologists have confirmed that a teenager was bitten by a shark at Cape Henlopen State Park on Monday, and officials said the boy had to get about 25 stitches to close the wound on his arm.
The 16-year-old boy, who was not identified, was standing in about 5 feet of water at the popular beach destination around 5 p.m. when he felt something grab his left arm, according to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The teen flailed his right arm at the shark, which released his arm and swam away. He was treated on the scene and taken to a local hospital for treatment of gashes on his arm and is expected to recover, officials said. The shark is believed to be a juvenile sand bar shark.
The main swimming beach at Cape Henlopen State Park opened late for swimmers Tuesday while lifeguards and Delaware marine biologists monitored the water from the land and air. They saw no sign of any sharks, and called the bite an "isolated incident."