It was supposed to be a fun day for Maggie Crum, a 9-year-old girl from Ohio. She and her family drove to New Symrna Beach in Florida for a vacation. Crum was in the water with her sisters, Izzie and Jaidyn, when she felt something hit her leg. She felt that thing under her grabbed then ripped her skin. That's when she felt like it was a bite. This incident was another shark attack on the East coast.
That's when Crum started screaming. According to a report from People, an American weekly magazine of celebrity and human-interest stories, Crum’s mother, Aimee Breiding said, “She lifted her leg out of the water, and I saw blood running down her leg. I was like, ‘Let’s get out of the water!’ With as big of cuts as was in the back of her leg, we knew right away it was a shark.” She was then rushed to the hospital where she received 12 stitches on her right leg.
|A great white shark / Photo by: Getty Images via People|
This incident is not surprising to the New Smyrna Beach because it had encountered a lot of cases like this. The University of Florida's International Shark Attack File considered the beach as the "shark attack capital of the world." Reports showed that Crum is the 10th person to be bitten by a shark in Volusia County this year. Earlier this month, two people were bitten by sharks within 30 minutes of each other. The next day, another individual was attacked by a shark at the beach.
Breiding was not aware of its reputation until the family arrived. She decided not to tell the girls so they will not fear to go into the water. “And we talked about it, and we said there are no sharks that shallow. There’s nothing to worry about," she added. Despite the incident, Crum said that she'll get back in the water again. “Because what are the odds that you’re going to be bitten twice?" she said.
Gavin Naylor, program director for the Florida Program at the Florida Museum of Natural History, explained the reasons why these sharks keep on coming back at the beach area due to the “way that the topography and the beaches are arranged” and how “tides play with the underlying geography.”
|New Symrna Beach, Florida / Photo by: Ebyabe via Wikimedia Commons|