A 16-year-old teen was taken to an area hospital after being bitten by something while in the Atlantic Ocean near Sixth Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, according to authorities.
The teen was standing in about waist-deep water when he suffered a bite to his foot, said Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes. The incident was reported to emergency officials about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. The teen was transported by EMS with minor injuries.
Beach Patrol officers are in the area, but Knipes said the beaches have not been closed.
It was unclear what bit the teen and officials will investigate to determine if it was a shark, Knipes said.
Myrtle Beach authorities are awaiting information from experts at the University of Florida, where a research team is reviewing photos of injuries to four people that occurred while they were in the ocean last Thursday during a 10-minute span, Knipes said. Photos were sent to the team to determine what bit four people, who were injured while in the water between 72nd Avenue North and 82nd Avenue North.
Authorities closed the beach for about two hours last week as a precaution.
Earlier this month, a 25-year-old man was bit in the foot about 7:45 p.m., while swimming near the 2nd Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach, police said.