A 12 year-old girl was reportedly attacked by a shark on a popular Maryland beach this week, and she was left with 20 teeth wounds and dozens of stitches.

Jordan Prushinski is a little girl from Pennsylvania who was vacationing with her family on Monday in Ocean City. She told WBRE  that she felt something “hit against her shins” while in shallow water at the 119thStreet beach.

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“I didn’t really realize what was going on until I was on the beach and I was bleeding everywhere,” Jordan said, adding that she saw “cuts all over” her left leg following the suspected shark bite. Her mother then ran and got help from an EMT and a nurse nearby to stop her bleeding.

“By the time I got there, I scooped her up and got her onto a quad and got her out of there,” said Robert Prushinski, Jordan’s dad.

Jordan was rushed to the hospital, where she needed 42 stitches to close the 20 small cuts on her leg. While lifeguards said that it was not a shark that bit Jordan, her mother said that it was indeed a shark that was behind the attack.

“The ER doctor told me this was a shark bite,” Melissa Prushinski said. “Nothing else would make this wound.”

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“It was definitely a shark,” said expert Marie Levine, adding that she suspected a blacktip, which can reach lengths of more than eight feet and “often encounters” people in coastal waters.

“What happened to Jordan was a mistake,” Levine continued. “I’m sure it was mistaken identity.”

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As for Jordan, she has no plans to let this terrifying experience make her afraid of swimming.

“I plan to go back in the water,” she said. “Something like this is rare, but it’s even more rare for it to happen again. I’m kind of like, wanting to stay out of the water for a little while, but something like this is rare and it’s even rarer to happen again.”

Jordan went on to say that she will have quite a story to tell her classmates when she starts seventh grade this coming fall. Officials in Ocean City are reportedly investigating this incident.

This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.

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