Brave teen fights off shark by punching it

An incredible 13-year-old managed to fight off a shark that bit her several times by punching it.

Ella Reed, from Florida, USA, was at Fort Pierce Beach between Miami and Orlando when the shark attacked her.

She was sitting in the clear, shallow water when the incident happened. The first thing she felt was a sharp pain in her side and then she saw a five to six-foot-long bull shark.

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“The shark itself was so powerful,” she told Local 10 News. “That was what I felt the most because it was hitting my stomach really hard.

Ella said she punched the shark which made it swim away for a while, before it came back to attack her again. She explained: “It wouldn’t leave me alone, so I had to use my arm and use my hand too, so it got my arm and my finger."

Ella called her brother and mum for help. “It was insane because she was totally covered in blood pretty much from head to toe so she couldn’t really see what went on,” Ella's mum said, describing her as shaking but calm.

Ella was bitten several times – in the stomach, arm, finger and the top of her knee. She received 19 stitches. She says she is proud of her scars and knows her injuries could have been so much worse.

“I was kinda in shock about everything that happened, so I wasn’t really in pain because the adrenaline was through the roof,” she said, adding that, despite the incident, she still isn't afraid of the ocean.

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