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Shark attacks 13-year-old girl twice in Florida

A 13-year-old girl had to fight off a shark that wouldn't leave her alone at a Florida beach not once but twice.

Ella Reed, of Florida, was sitting in shallow water with her friends at Fort Pierce Beach on Thursday when a suspected six-foot long bull shark that had been swimming nearby sank its teeth into her side.

The shark itself was so powerful. That was what I felt the most because it was hitting my stomach really hard,’ she told Local 10 News. ‘It wouldn’t leave me alone, so I had to use my arm and use my hand too, so it got my arm and my finger.’

She punched the shark in the face to deter it from attacking her again and it swam off, but eventually the terrorizer came back, and she had to fend it off again. The teenager screamed out for her mother as the shark continued to circle her.

Her mother, who was not identified, was shocked to see her daughter ‘totally covered in blood pretty much from head to toe.’

‘[Ella] couldn’t really see what went on,’ the mother said. ‘She was shaking but she was calm.’

The young girl sustained injuries to her stomach, arm, finger, and knee and had to get 19 stitches, according to Local 10 News.

Despite needing nearly 20 stitches, Ella said she didn’t really feel the pain at first.

‘I was kind of in shock about everything that happened,’ she told the local outlet. ‘So, I wasn’t really in pain because the adrenaline was through the roof.’

The young girl sustained injuries to her stomach, arm, finger, and knee and had to get 19 stitches.

She is currently recovering at home and said she is proud of her scars, knowing the attack could have been much worse.

Ella won’t let the attack stop her from enjoying the ocean and plans on returning to the clear blue waters after she recovers fully.

Florida has the most recorded shark bites in the world. A total of 57 unprovoked attacks happened worldwide last year and 16 alone were in Florida, according to the University of Florida’s international shark attack file.

Australia recorded the second most unprovoked shark bites.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online news platform - Politics, Sport & Entertainment. Prevail Inegbenose hails from Irrua, Esan Central LGA of Edo State. He studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. Prevail Inegbenose is a veteran journalist with 15 years of active and practical journalism. He has authored so many write-ups, a lot of which had been published in the newspapers, magazines and social media. Hence Prevail Inegbenose is a Journalist, Writer, Researcher, Author, Communication Expert and Consultant, Social Media Influencer, Project Management Expert, Peace Ambassador and Advocate of Good Governance and Better Society. He's a Pastor, in fact the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja Nigeria.

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