UPDATE: We talked with a shark expert at the NC Aquarium at Ft. Fisher and showed him pictures of the bite. While he can't say what kind of shark bit Parker, he's definitely sure it was a shark. He says perhaps it was a sand tiger shark.
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- A teenager is recovering after a shark attacked her at Wrightsville Beach over the weekend. Kendall Parker, 13, was back home in Davidson Sunday. She told WSOC-TV in Charlotte she was in waist deep water Saturday at Wrightsville Beach with her dad and brother.
"Then I just felt something on my arm as I was swimming," Parker said. "I thought it was my dad joking around, and then I pulled it up, and it was gushing blood and they were all the way over there."
Parker says she never saw the shark and didn't realize that's what attacked her.
"I didn't even know at first," she said. "Could have been bitten by anything."
It wasn't until she got to the hospital when she found out what happened. The doctor told her she was most likely bitten by a five-foot sand tiger shark. Parker still needs to have surgery to repair a torn tendon, but doctors say she'll make a full recovery.
So will she ever go back in the ocean again. She said "probably," but for now, "The pool's good!" she said.
This wasn't the first report of a shark bite along our coast this summer. Back in June, it's believed a bull shark bit a 13-year-old girl at Topsail Beach.