SUNSET BEACH ( — A surfer who initially thought she was cut by the fin on her surfboard was bitten by a shark in shallow water off Sunset Beach, a doctor detemined.

Sophia Raab, 18, was surfing off Sunset Beach on Wednesday afternoon when she felt pain in a leg in waist-deep water as she came ashore. Another surfer came to her aid, and she was taken to a hospital, where a doctor determine she was bitten by a juvenile great white shark 4-5 feet long that was feeding close to shore.

She never saw a shark.

The bite left a gash about 13 inches long and 4 inches deep.

“It was just beyond the most terrifying experience of my entire life,” Raab said through sobs.

“It almost seems as though the shark bit my leg when I fell out of fear and got the end of my fin as well, because there’s tooth marks on my fin,” Raab said.

This is the second report in a week of a surfer in local waters being injured by a shark.

Comments (3)
  1. if you must play you will sometimes pay

  2. this is stupid…any surfer knows this is a fin slice… just another dumb girl craving for the spotlight. the doctor must be a quack

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