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10 year old shark attack victim talks

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Updated: 8/19/2010 11:29 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The little boy bitten by a shark at Crescent Beach is talking exclusively to Action News about the attack.

"When the shark bit me, there are scrapes and there's a big bruise," said Shorten. But the ten year old isn't letting that slow him down. Even in a hospital bed, with a bandaged up foot and an IV in his arm, he can still laugh about getting bit by a shark.

Seth was out boogie boarding at Crescent Beach Wednesday with his dad just riding the waves. "I was sitting there floating around and I didn't see a shark, not even his fin. He came up and bit my foot," said Shorten.

But his first concern wasn't the pain or his blood in the water. "I told everyone I was screaming get out of the water shark, shark. I yelled get out of the water cause I thought it'd go for more of a meal to taste something else than just a foot," said Shorten.

Seth is the fourth swimmer this summer bitten by a shark. But he has more than a stitches to remember the rare attack. He has part of the sharks tooth. "I want to know what kind of shark it was," said Shorten.

It was stuck in his foot. "It was pretty scary cause it didn't feel real. I was sort of daydreaming in water and it just comes up and bites me," said said Shorten.

He says riding the waves may take a little time to get used to again. "I do like boogie boarding what I don't like is sharks," said Shorten.

At least Seth has a good story to tell at school on Monday. "Is the shark going to grow when you tell the story," asked his dad. "Probably," said Seth.

Seth says he's going to frame the shark's tooth, but not before he finds out what kind of shark it came from. His dad says the University of Florida has offered to help them figure that out.

The first two shark attacks happened at Jacksonville Beach. The third was at Mickler's Landing.
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