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Aussie teenager bitten by shark in Sydney

Avoca Beach, Sydney.
Avoca Beach, Sydney. Image by Nina Matthews Photography / CC BY 2.0

A 13-year-old Australian surfer temporarily mistook a shark attack for friends goofing around, while surfing north of Sydney on Friday. The teen remained unphased by the experience despite suffering wounds to her foot and calf. The shark grabbed at her foot twice before taking her under the water. She was treated at the beach and then transferred to a local hospital. Read more: independent.co.uk