A quick-thinking teenager survived a shark attack in Florida by punching it in the face, authorities say.
Caitlyn Taylor, a 17-year-old who was visiting from Louisville, Kentucky, was attacked while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.
Shed needed 80 stitches after suffering six puncture wounds on her leg.
She was “able to punch the shark as it was biting her to try to drive it away,” said Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
The teenager posted on Twitter: “Beyond lucky to be alive and well and thank you to everyone for the support and wishes and I’m going to be okay, love you guys.”
Her sister Paige Taylor added: “It was such a traumatising event out there and I’m so lucky to still have my sister who is so strong and a such a fighter.”
A friend tweeted: “Honestly one of the most amazing survival stories out there. so glad you’re okay!”
Ryan Boyle wrote: “Glad that you are okay, but this is officially the most badass story anyone could ever have in their life.”
Her friends estimated the shark to be about five feet long, police say. The type of shark is undetermined.
“She initially thought it was a dolphin in the water. It was in a wave headed towards her. She says it took her by the legs [and] tugged on her…” the Sheriff’s Office said.
Ms Taylor had scrape wounds on her left leg and puncture wounds on her right leg near her knee, emergency personnel said.
Family members say they were in town for Caitlyn to play in a softball tournament.