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A Shark Chomped This Surfer’s Leg Yet She Says: “Sorry, I Took Your Wave”

WARNING: If you’re afraid of sharks DO NOT read this.

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Australian teenager Kirra-Belle Olsson's daily surf almost ended in disaster on Friday morning when a shark bit her leg as she dropped in on a wave.

13-year-old Kirra-Belle is one of Australia's most promising young surfers.

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After the attack she was carried out of the water and taken to hospital by her father.

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...slicing Kirra-Belle's leg and ankle in several places.

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"I took the wave and then felt something grab my foot," Kirra-Belle told ABC News.

"I thought it was a mate behind me trying to scare me, Then the third time it swung me around and tried to pull me under."

"I saw the tail and I was just like, 'whoa', and I didn't know what to do, so I just started screaming. I paddled in and I was in shock and just started laughing."

"I thought 'whoa', what the hell. I just got bitten by a shark, Oh My God."

"I think my wetsuit stopped it from going through to my bone," she said.

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"I didn't really see it. I just saw the tail pop up behind me while it was on my leg. I was thinking has it taken my whole foot off, but it didn't feel that painful."

"Then, when I was paddling in I was looking at my foot and it was all floppy, and I was like 'oh my gosh, no' – but it was fine, I just had a few gashes."

Despite her wounds, Kirra was quick to absolve the shark of responsibility.

Bull sharks are one of NSW's most dangerous sharks due to their aggressive nature and preference for shallow waters close to shore.

The talented Rip Curl-sponsored surfer was at Avoca Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast when she landed on top of the shark at 6.30am.

Conclusion: Kirra-Belle had a lucky escape (despite appearances, these are relatively superficial wounds).

Remember folks, there are many things MUCH more likely to kill you than sharks in Australia...

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