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. "
Hyde County officials said Wednesday that the child was bitten on her lower right leg and foot a day earlier while playing in 18 inches of water on Ocracoke Island.
Authorities say bystanders reported a black-finned shark attacking the girl.
Earlier in the day, a National Park Service spokeswoman told WNCT-TV the child was in critical condition..