13-Year-Old Surfer Apologizes to Shark That Attacked Her

While surfing, Kirra-Belle Olsson was attacked by a beach off the coast of Australia’s New South Wales, but she wasn’t too perturbed by the experience. This 13-year-old surfer girl is more apologetic than anything.

Olsson was surfing on Avoca Beach when she “dropped in” on the wave of a yard-long wobbegong shark. Dropping in on a wave, to the layman, is considered poor etiquette among surfers.

“I took the wave and then I twice felt something grab my foot, and I thought it was a mate behind me trying to scare me,” Olsson told ABC News Australia. “Then the third time it [the shark] 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.”

Olsson posted photos of her wounds on her social media photos, with the chill caption, “Got attacked by a shark.” Although Olsson claims she didn’t feel much pain, she was rushed to the nearby emergency room at Gosford Hospital following the incident and treated for the deep lacerations in her leg.

She described the surgery as “no big deal.”

Despite the accident, and another recent encounter where she came face to face with a few sharks feeding on nearby fish, the young Olsson still hopes to pursue a career in surfing. In a recent interview with the Daily Telegraph, Olsson explained her lax attitude towards her attackers.

“It’s their home, they’re only doing what they do every day,” she said. “It’s not like they say, ‘There’s a person, I’m going to eat it.'”