NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WECT) - A young girl visiting from out of town was bitten by what is believed to be a shark over the weekend at North Topsail Beach.

North Topsail Town Manager Steve Foster tells the girl was standing in shallow water on the south end of the beach Sunday afternoon, when something nipped her ankle. 

Emergency responders took her to the hospital, where it was determined she had damage to her Achilles tendon, according to Foster.

A tooth was taken out of the girl's ankle by medical personnel, lending to the belief that it was a shark bite.

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