When teenage Australian surfer Kirra-Belle Olsson chose to ride a wave off Avoca Beach’s coast, she dropped in on an unlikely competitor: a 3-foot-long bullshark.
Olsson, 13, said she felt a tug on her leg as she rode the wave. She thought it was a friend playing around, but soon felt it twice more.
Teeth gripped her leg as Olsson struggled to stay afloat. She saw the shark’s fin, and it dawned on her who was attacking.
The young surf champion began screaming and paddling to shore. Although she’d originally feared her foot was gone, the surfer only sustained deep gashes.
This is Olsson before she got up-close and personal with a shark.
Olsson’s in her element when she’s surfing, and the shark attack hasn’t fazed her.
Olsson’s father, Jamie, thinks her board simply landed directly on top of the shark.
It looked up and saw meat dangling into its face.
Olsson, who says she didn’t feel much pain in the wound initially, told her mother she’d need “a couple of stitches.”
Out of shock, Olsson began laughing as she was carried away.
While Avoca Beach is closed while lifeguards see if more sharks appear, Olsson is undergoing surgery in a local hospital.
She’s snorkeled with the enormous animals in the past and writes that they’re the “most amazing creatures.”
Olsson defends her fishy rival.
Olsson has no plans to stop surfing.
H/T: BBC, Photos Courtesy: Facebook/Telegraph
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Teen Surfer Gets Bit By Shark, Laughs And Apologizes For Stealing Its Wave