INJURED – 31 May 2012 – Avon, Outer Banks, North Carolina, United States – swimmer bitten
Megan Konkler, 33, was bitten on the foot by a shark about 3 to four foot long. She was in shallow water at a beach in Avon, Outer Banks, North Carolina, United States, when the small shark latched onto her foot.
“It felt like 1,000 pounds, a huge weight, pressing down on my foot,” she is quoted as saying.
She pulled her foot from the shark’s mouth and managed to walk ashore, thinking she had lost some toes in the bite. She wrapped her heavily bleeding foot in a blanket.
The incident happened around 1.30pm on Thursday 31 May 2012.
She told the press: “I kept thinking, ‘Don’t pass out, just go, you can make it’.”
It wasn’t reported where she was taken for treatment, but reports said a doctor closed the wound with eight internal stitches, as well as 10 across the top of her foot and five on the bottom. She didn’t lose any toes.
A shark expert said the shark was probably a 3-4 foot blacktip, sharpnose, blacknose or spinner, which are common off the North Carolina coast at this time of year.
No other details were mentioned.