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Addison Bethea Survives Shark Attack

By: Nina Huang

Wait, what? Shark attack? Yes, you heard me right. Unfortunately, today’s topic is shark attacks. Well, scratch that, we are talking about just one recent shark attack. Seventeen-year-old Addison Bethea was at a beach in Florida looking for scallops. Let’s find out what her personal reaction was.


It was a normal day at the beach, and Addison was scalloping when a shark latched onto her leg. "And the next thing I know something latches onto my leg and I was like, that's not right. And then I look and it’s a big old shark," the victim, 17-year-old Addison Bethea, told "Good Morning America" from her hospital bed in an exclusive interview airing Saturday morning. "Then I remember from watching the Animal Planet to like...punch [it] in the nose or something like that. And I couldn't get around to his nose the way he bit me."

How She Survived

Addison was very lucky to survive this attack, and part of the help she received was from her brother. Her brother was probably chilling on the sand when he saw Addison dragging herself out of the water. "She came back up and I saw, like, the blood and everything, and I saw the shark," Willingham told "Good Morning America." "So then I swam over there, grabbed her, and then pushed them all, kind of trying to separate them. And he just kept coming. So I grabbed her, swam backwards and kicked him and then yelled for help."

Addison is in the hospital right now. She is recovering, and avoiding making any sudden movements. She is also avoiding sandbars near Florida beaches, because hungry sharks tend to lurk there waiting for innocent humans to come swimming by.

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