A woman who had a chunk of her calf bitten off by a shark off the coast of Florida earlier this month shared her experience of the attack Friday.
Amy Tatsch — a mother of six — was attacked on May 15 while on a family outing to Melbourne Beach, in Florida.
Although it is unknown what type of shark attacked the 38-year-old, Tatsch said her doctor estimates the shark was about 7 feet long based on the bite radius.
“(I) can’t get up and around, but it’s so much nicer to be home and be able to be outside,” Tatsch said.
Tatsch spent two weeks in the hospital undergoing multiple surgeries to repair a severely damaged Achilles tendon and calf resulting from the shark attack that occurred while she was boogie boarding with her brother.
“We caught a couple of waves. He caught one and I drifted down a little farther with the current so I was a little farther away and the next wave that was coming up, I was ready,” she said. “I kicked off with my right leg to give me some momentum to ride in and that’s when I got bumped.”
Tatsch said her calf was within a few inches of being taken off completely.
“It was a really hard bump and then seconds after I felt my leg being torn and then I felt the motion of something big swimming away,” she said.
Tatsch’s brother and other beachgoers had to bring Tatsch back to shore after the attack because there are no lifeguards stationed in the area.
The United States averages 16 shark attacks per year, with one fatality every two years.
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