Girl attacked by bluefish off popular beach

14th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

14 July 2006, ALICANTE — A popular beach on the Costa Blanca remained closed on Friday after a seven-year-old girl was bitten by what was first thought to be a baby shark.

14 July 2006

ALICANTE — A popular beach on the Costa Blanca remained closed on Friday after a seven-year-old girl was bitten by what was first thought to be a baby shark.

The girl had to undergo surgery on bite marks to her hand and left wrist after she was attacked as she swam off San Juan beach in Alicante, southeast Spain.

She was taken to Alicante's General Hospital where her condition was said to be serious.

Initial rumours that the injuries had been caused by a baby shark were soon dismissed.

Authorities consulted aquatic experts who thought the girl had been attacked by a bluefish.

Juan Zaragoza, San Juan health councillor, said bluefish, which only feed on other fish, had probably been confused by the foam caused by the girl swimming and probably mistook her for prey.

Generally bluefish are not considered dangerous and rarely venture into the shallows.

They only measure less than a metre in length.

Luis Díaz Alperi, mayor of Alicante, closed the beach and ordered a net to be dropped into the water in order to catch the fish.

The beach, which normally attracts thousands of British and Spanish tourists at peak season, was still closed on Friday.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news 

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