A 10-year-old girl injured in what was thought to be a shark
attack may have been bitten by a mackerel.
The girl suffered "very minor injuries" to her hand when she
was bitten on Tuesday afternoon while swimming off the main
beach at Lennox Head, a spokeswoman at Lismore Base hospital
Initially it was believed she had been attacked by a shark.
But authorities say they aren't sure what is responsible for
"They don't know if that's actually correct," the spokeswoman
said of the shark attack theory.
Georgia Laddin, from the Lennox Head girls surfriders told
News Corp Australia it wasn't a shark.
"It was a mackerel. She's been bitten by a fish," she said.
"She's fine, she's OK. She's one of the local girls who surfs
A police spokeswoman told News Corp Australia the girl's
thumb was scratched.
No further detail was available and the girl's family don't
want to speak to media.