TOPSAIL ISLAND, NC (WWAY) - A 13-year-old Greensboro girl is recovering from a shark bite in Topsail Beach. Doctors think it was a six-foot bull shark that took a big chunk out of Carley Schlentz's ankle.
"I felt like something grabbed my foot but then it got really sharp and it wasn't letting go so I pulled away and by then it had already bitten me twice," Schlentz said.
She was swimming in four feet of water Friday afternoon when a family swimming nearby spotted the shark. At first, she thought someone was pulling her leg.
"I pulled it out to see what it was and it was actually really bad. The ligament was like spread out and you could see it," she said.
Schlentz has about an eight-inch and a four-inch cut on the top of her left ankle and had to get 60 stitches. She'll be on crutches for a couple weeks until the wound heals.