Florida Shark Attack Victim Says She Was Tossed 'Like a Fish'

A Florida surfer says she is unsure about stepping back into the ocean again after a shark attack left her foot in tatters on Friday.

Adrienne Wikso, 64, was surfing near the jetty at New Smyrna Beach when a Bull shark grabbed her by the foot and "wouldn't let go."

The experienced surfer said she did not see the predator coming before it latched onto her foot on the morning of April 30.

"He was up above the water a long time. He was out of the water, thrashing, up in the air with me," Wikso told WESH. "And he wouldn't let go. And he started thrashing and shaking me and he was pulling me. He was trying to get away with me like I was a fish."

Ahead @WESH in our 5pm hour, we talk with Adrienne Wikso, long time surfer in #newsmyrnabeach who suffered serious injury to her foot when shark bit her Friday. She’s still not sure she will go back in the water. pic.twitter.com/QiZQJU9n1I

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Her son, Derek Wikso, said his mother saw the shark "clear as day" and "looked it right in the eye."

Adrienne Wikso, who has been surfing most of her life, never believed she would be battling for her life against a shark.

"I never ever thought I would get bit," she said. "Never, never was afraid."

The Floridian said she used her other foot to kick the shark in an attempt to ward it away while her friend helped push her to shore.

"I was bleeding really bad and he was in the trail, the blood trail, and who knew if this guy was following us," she recalled.

The attack left Wikso's foot severely damaged and in need of surgery. After a four-hour procedure she is still recovering from the attack.

"Pretty good bite. Looks like she broke her foot," her son Derek added. "She got the bottom shredded pretty good, top shredded pretty good."

The New Smyrna Beach area is popular with surfers as it provides some of the best waves on the east coast. However, the area also attracts bait fish - a popular meal for sharks.

"You have the surfers and you have the bait fish and it's just the perfect storm," a Volusia County Beach Safety official told WESH. "They're chasing after bait fish, they accidentally get your foot or your hand. It's a catch and release kind of deal."

When asked if she would get back in the water again, Adrienne Wikso replied: "I don't know. I honestly don't know."

Derek Wikso is more optimistic, predicting: "I think she'll be back in the water in a couple of months when she's all healed back up."

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File photo: A bull shark swims at the Ocearium in Le Croisic, western France. Florida surfer, Adrienne Wikso, was surfing near the jetty at New Smyrna Beach when a Bull shark grabbed her by the foot. LOIC VENANCE/Getty Images