Kentucky Teen Fights Off Shark Attack In Florida
DESTIN, Florida – A Kentucky teen visiting Florida
to play in softball tournament was bitten by a shark
while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico off of the Florida Panhandle on Monday afternoon.
17-year-old Caitlyn Taylor, of Louisville, Kentucky, was in waist deep water off of Destin, Florida around 3:39 p.m. when she saw the shark in a wave heading towards her – but she initially thought it was a dolphin. The teen told the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office that the shark took her by the legs and tugged on her. While the shark was biting her, Taylor was able to punch the shark before the shark turned her loose.
The girl suffered six puncture wounds to her right leg near her knee and was transported to the Destin Emergency Room where she received eighty stitches. She also had scrape wounds on her left leg.
Witnesses estimated that the shark was five feet long but were unable to identify the shark’s species.
Image credit: Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office