Badass Teenager Kirra-Belle Olsson Gets Bitten By Shark, Figures It's No Biggie
So, you're casually surfing before a day in eighth grade (I know, I know, but bear with me for a second), and you feel something tugging at your leg. Seeing as you're in an area known for man's water nemesis, the shark, wouldn't you likely look around straight away? And when you saw said shark chomping on your leg, you would likely cry/scream/pray to the god of your choice, right? Not so this 13-year-old surfer who was bitten by a shark on Friday. It took three bites before she noticed she was in the middle of a shark attack, because she just figured it was one of her "mates." Casual.
This is how it went down: Adolescent surfer and resident bad-ass Kirra-Belle Olsson was surfing off Avoca beach on Friday morning, at roughly 6:30am. She caught a great wave, was feeling awesome, when suddenly she felt something pulling at her leg. According to Olsson, she figured it was probably just one of her friends trying to spook her, so she ignored it. Her leg got pulled a second time, but it wasn't til the third tug — which nearly pulled her underwater — that she noticed she'd landed on top of three-foot carpet shark. Who clearly thought he'd won the jackpot — lunch delivery!
Olsson managed to get herself free and paddle back towards the shore, but she had to be taken to the hospital immediately, where she was treated for puncture wounds and deep lacerations. Her father surmised that "she landed on top of the shark, and part of her leg was presented to the shark like a fish, and it latched on for a little bit."
Incredibly, she stayed unphased. She told ABC:
I took the wave and then I twice felt something grab my foot, and I thought it was a mate behind me trying to scare me. I paddled ... in shock, just started laughing, I was like, 'Whoa, what the hell, I just got bitten by a shark. Then, when I was paddling in I was looking at my foot and it was all floppy, and I was like 'oh my gosh, no' - but it was fine, I just had a few gashes.
Maybe she'd never seen the SharkCam, and is blissfully unaware of what a feeding frenzy might look like. Or maybe she's just the coolest 13-year-old on the face of the planet. Either way, she got a great Facebook story out of it, posting "got attacked by a shark" along with pictures of her battle-scars and is apparently eager to hit the waves again.
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