14-year-old surfer bitten on foot by spinner shark – 18 November 2017 — Floridana Beach, Florida, US

Kaia Anderson, surfing.
Kaia Anderson, surfing. Photo: Florida Today / Ted Wittemann

Kaia Anderson, 14, was bitten on the foot by a spinner shark while surfing with friends at Floridana Beach, Florida, United States.

The incident occurred an hour or two before sunset on 18 November 2017.

“I felt a tug on my leg,” she said and shouted to her friends that she been bitten. They turned and caught a wave to the beach.

Kaia Anderson recovers from shark bite to her foot.
Kaia Anderson recovers from shark bite to her foot.

A witness said when she got to shore she couldn’t stand up. A nearby fisherman carried her to a the beach access. A friend of Kaia who had been watching the surf, wrapped his shirt around her ankle. They called an ambulance and she was taken to Sebastian River Medical Center.

She needed 100 stitches to mend the shark bite wound, including 3 tendons that were damaged.

Kaia’s father said the shark was likely swimming toward food, but clamped onto Kaia’s heel instead. He said after the shark bit Kaia it immediately let go.


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