A younger Floridian went head-to-head with what she thinks was a bull shark final Thursday, Could 11 in waters off the coast of Fort Pierce, Florida. The assault resulted in a number of chunk wounds to 13-year-old Ella Reed’s leg, arm, torso, and finger. However she someway managed to beat the shark again and emerge from the ocean with sufficient stamina to FaceTime her household.

“I bear in mind simply respiratory actually closely, after which when it latched on to my abdomen, not with the ability to breathe in any respect as a result of I used to be similar to, ‘What the heck is going on?’” Reed stated in a Monday morning interview with TODAY. “It bit me within the abdomen first. And proper because it bit me within the abdomen, I shoved my arm the place it was biting me so it didn’t get my abdomen and it obtained my arm as an alternative. Then I hit it with my different hand, like hit its nostril or its face.”

In response to TODAY, the shark circled again once more. Reed yelled out a warning to her good friend who was swimming up forward of her then fought the shark off a second time. After enduring a second spherical of bites, she made it to the seaside and grabbed her cellphone.

Her mom, Devin Reed, was listening in as Ella described the assault to her brother intimately. “At first I believed she was joking truly, after which she says, ‘I’m not joking!’ And he or she took the digicam and he or she panned it on her physique, and I sort of simply froze and freaked out,” Devin Reed advised TODAY anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. “Her very first thing was to inform her good friend to run, not ask for assist. She was saving her good friend.”

Reed made it dwelling from the seaside on a golf cart—her household lives throughout the road from the state park the place the assault occurred—then her mom drove her to a close-by hearth station. Later that day, emergency room medical doctors handled the shark bites on her torso and leg with a complete of 19 stitches.

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Reed’s relations stated they usually see sharks whereas fishing above a close-by reef, however none of them have had an up-close encounter on the seaside prior to now. In response to the Worldwide Shark Assault Information, bull sharks are giant and stout and might inhabit each recent and salt water. In 1916, the species was blamed for a collection of assaults that later served because the inspiration for Peter Benchley’s e-book Jaws and Steven Spielberg’s 1975 movie of the identical title. As for Ella, she’s not letting the incident stifle her ardour for the ocean. She has desires of turning into a marine biologist and plans to to be again on the seaside as quickly as doable.

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