Terrell Moore was bitten by a shark during his Florida vacation.
When Terrell Moore got back to the shore, he had a bite that needed stitches as well as a broken foot.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
A Mount Pleasant man will be coming back from vacation with an interesting souvenir and quite a story to tell.
When Terrell Moore was out for a swim about 75 yards offshore on Okaloosa Island between Ft. Walton and Destin, his backstroke was interrupted by a shark.
"I was out there backstroking and started to head back, and I felt a strong tug at my leg and it pulled at me real hard. I turned around and kicked, and I saw the shark kick off to the right, and I just started paddling for my life," Moore said.
When Moore got to the shore, he had a bite that needed stitches as well as a broken foot.
Apparently, the shark was pulling one way and Moore was pulling the other.
The state's top shark expert says that's typical.
"Most of the attacks that we see in Florida are what we call hit-and-run attacks. They're quick grabs and let-gos, and then the animal's gone," said George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research.
He said it was probably a blacktip shark or a spinner shark, which are commonly found in the surf zone where they feed on smaller fish.
The Okaloosa County sheriff said they have only had one fatal shark attack in the past decade and generally two to three minor bites a year.
It may be considered minor to the experts, but it's not minor to Moore.
"It was a good-sized shark. It's small compared to what they're used to, but that's big where we come from. That's not a bass in a pond, dude," he said.
The Moores are staying in Florida to finish out their vacation.
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