OCRACOKE, NC.-- The family of a 6-year-old girl bitten by a shark in North Carolina says the child is in good condition.
A statement from the parents issued by Pitt County Memorial Hospital said the girl's mother was 10 feet away and witnessed the attack.
The statement said the girl is in good spirits and commented: 'I hate sharks. I like dolphins way better. '
Earlier in the day, authorities said the child was in critical condition after being bitten by a shark on Ocracoke Island.
It happened around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and Hyde County EMS, National Park Service, and Ocracoke Fire Department responded to a call at Ramp 72 on the island.
The six-year-old girl was in shallow water on a boogie board and her father was there, officials from the National Park Service said.
National Park Service officials say the girl was bitten on the lower portion of her right leg and on her foot.
Deputy Emergency Services Director Brian Carter said the child was flown via East Care to Pitt Memorial Hospital.
Ocracoke Island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The entire island is owned by the US National Park Service, except for the village.
The most common types found close to shore in North Carolina include sandbar, bull, scallop hammerhead and sharpnose sharks, according to the North Carolina Aquariums.
The Florida Museum of Natural History keeps an International Shark Attack File, which was last updated in January. It shows 41 unprovoked shark attacks from 1935-2010.
Avideo posted on YouTube shows a man fishing on the beach at Ocracoke Island in late June, near the same location where the little girl was bitten.
After getting the hook freed from its mouth, the man released the shark and it swam away.