A Kentucky teenager needed 80 stitches after she was bitten by a shark in Destin on Sunday.
As it bit her, the quick-thinking teen managed to punch the shark in an effort to drive it away, and when it let her go, she and her friends rushed out of the water, authorities said. Witnesses told police a 5-foot shark bit the girl while she was in waist deep water around 3:39 p.m. Sunday.
Mrs. Taylor disputed the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office account of Caitlyn only having suffered a "minor injury" in the attack.
Emergency personnel said Caitlyn had scrape wounds on her left leg and puncture wounds on her right leg near her knee.
The girl is reported to be from Louisville.
A medical helicopter initially was called to fly the girl to a hospital, but she ended up being transported by ambulance to a Fort Walton Beach hospital.
In comparison, Volusia County, home to Daytona Beach on Florida's southeastern coast, has had 290 attacks, giving it the title of shark-bite capital of the world.
Officials could not immediately confirm what kind of shark was involved in the attack.
The bite was the fourth documented attack off Okaloosa County beaches since 1882, says the Florida Museum of Natural History, which documents shark attacks worldwide.