Possible shark attack closes portion of Cape Henlopen beaches

A 12-year-old boy surfing off Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park today sustained puncture wounds to one of his legs and was transported by ambulance to Beebe Hospital in Lewes.

The incident occurred just before 1:00 pm, and was initially reported as a shark bite.  The bite mark is being reviewed by state and fisheries experts to determine if it was from a shark or other creature.


State park officials closed Herring Point to surfing and swimming Thursday afternoon until further notice. Beachgoers are also restricted to knee-deep waters around the Cape Henlopen bathhouse.

DNREC Natural Resource Police Park Rangers and lifeguards are patrolling the beach area to warn surfers and other beachgoers to stay in shallow water.


Officials said the only known shark bite at a Delaware State Park beach occurred in June 2014.

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  • I think your photo on this post is a little dramatic. I believe that they suspect it was a tiger shark…but they are looking to confirm. Your photo is right out of jaws.