An American tourist has lost her leg after being bitten by a shark while vacationing in Turks and Caicos, police say.
Shark activity along the beaches of the U.S. Northeast has increased in recent years amid a rising seal population and conservation efforts, experts say.
A family member reportedly jumped in the water and “beat the shark” until the girl was freed.
One local beach temporarily closed due to a sighting.
"We were surprised to find that the sharks we tracked spent so much time near the lights and sounds of the busy city, often close to shore, no matter the time of day," the study author said.
Authorities say two people were bitten by sharks minutes apart at the same Florida beach.