Kirra-Belle Olsson was surfing at Avoca Beach off the Australian east coast when she was bitten by a nearly four foot shark Friday October 17th.
At first she believed a friend was playing a prank, but when she realized it was a shark, she panicked.
“I just remember catching my first wave, like I did a couple of turns in it and got off and I felt, like, twice something grabbed my foot and I just thought it was a mate behind me trying to scare me,’’ the 13-year-old told The Daily Telegraph.
‘The third time it just swung me around and tried to pull me under and I saw the tail and I was just like, whoa, and I didn’t really know what to do so I started screaming.
“I paddled in, just like in shock, started laughing like, ‘whoa, what the hell, I’ve just been bitten by a shark’’’, she said.
The shark left several puncture wounds and lacerations on her calf and ankle (link to graphic image).
“I paddled … in shock (I) just started laughing, I was like, `Whoa, what the hell, I just got bitten by a shark,”‘ she told Seven Network television.
The wounds (link to graphic image) are not life or limb threatening.
She is recovering at Gosford Hospital, north of Sydney.
Two weeks ago, a man had part of his arm torn off,by a suspected 13 foot great white shark while surfing off the coast of Western Australia near the town of Esperance.