Shark tooth pulled from Florida girl's leg

Published On: Aug 29 2013 07:03:36 AM HST

An 11-year-old girl out boogie boarding has become the third shark bite victim of the year in Volusia County.

Riley Breihan was with her grandparents at the beach off Ponce Inlet on Sunday just after 6 p.m. playing in knee-deep water when she felt something grab her leg.

"I just think it was a miracle that none of my toes came off, or any like chunk of meat came off or anything," said Breihan.

Beach safety officers didn't know about the bite because the family took Breihan themselves to the hospital and didn't call in an emergency. The local lifeguard had already gone off duty.

But doctors have no doubt it was a shark, and Riley has a memento to prove it: the shark's tooth.

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She suffered two small shark bites to the lower calf and heel of her left leg, and doctors pulled out a baby shark tooth embedded in her leg.

Breihan said she never saw the shark but had no doubt what bit her.

"I just thought it was a shark because nothing else has that big of, that weird kind of teeth," she said.

"It hurt, but I was more scared of the shark, and I was kind of running out of the water, trying to pull the boogie board, and I said, 'Oh, I don't really care about the boogie board,'" she said.

Good Samaritans scooped Breihan up, wrapped her bleeding leg in a towel and her grandparents took her to the hospital where doctors told her she was one lucky girl.

She's undecided now about going back into the ocean.

"I don't really know. I might have to think about it," she said.


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