Mother credited with assisting teenage daughter during shark attack

One of the two teenagers involved in shark attacks that occurred within minutes of each other last week off Florida’s New Smyrna Beach was aided by her mother during the attack. Valeh Levy pulled her daughter Sydney onto her surfboard after she was pulled underwater twice, by what she described as a 5′ shark, according to an ABC News report.

In addition to the shark attacks last Wednesday at New Smyrna Beach, another surfer was bitten on the arm by a bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) last Thursday off of Florida’s Jensen Beach, according to WPTV. All three of the bite victims from last week’s attacks are expected to fully recover.

Despite the repeated use of imagery featuring large great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) throughout the ABC video report, none of the species involved in any of last week’s attacks are thought to be white sharks.

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