Possible shark bite closes Cape Henlopen State Park's beaches to surfing, swimming


Nick Perez,

Beaches at Cape Henlopen State Park closed to surfing and swimming Thursday afternoon until further notice due to a possible shark bite incident.

Just before 1 p.m., a 12-year-old boy was surfing off of Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park and sustained puncture wounds to one of his legs. He was then taken to a local hospital, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control officials said.

State officials say it was initially reported as a shark bite, but the appearance of the bite mark is being reviewed by experts to determine if it was from a shark or potential other creature.

Beachgoers are also restricted to knee-deep waters around the Cape Henlopen bathhouse. Park Rangers and lifeguards are patrolling the beach area to warn surfers and other beachgoers to stay in shallow water, officials said.

Officials say shark attacks are rare with the only known shark bite at a Delaware State Park beach occurred in June 2014.

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