Teen girl’s foot mauled by a shark as she swam in waist-deep water

Teen girl’s foot mauled by a shark as she swam in waist-deep water

January 15, 2019

‘My flesh actually fell off’: Shark attacks a teenage girl as she swims in waist-deep water at a busy beach

  • Isabella Brett-Jensen was attacked at North Cottesloe beach in  Perth 
  • She suffered deep cuts to her left foot and required several stitches 
  • The 15-year-old initially thought she had stepped on a shark rock
  • She was shocked to see a trail of blood and flesh dropping off her foot  

A teenage girl has spoken of the moment her foot was mauled by a shark as she swam in waist-deep water at a popular beach. 

Isabella Brett-Jensen was at Perth’s North Cottesloe beach on Monday morning when she was savagely attacked just seconds after entering the water.

The 15-year-old said she felt something latch onto her, but managed to shake it off and race from the water.

She immediately noticed a trail of blood and flesh falling from her foot.  

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Isabella Brett-Jensen (pictured) was bitten by a shark while swimming at Perth’s North Cottesloe beach on Monday morning

The 15-year-old suffered deep cuts to her left foot and and ankle and required several stitches (pictured)

‘I was trying to wriggle it out and then I realised there was something actually suckling on my foot,’ she told Nine News.

‘Bits of my foot or like flesh actually fell off as I was walking up. There was blood everywhere.’

Isabella told Seven News she initially thought a sharp rock had been dumped onto her foot, but quickly realised she had been attacked.


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‘It wasn’t until I got up on to the sand that I saw it was a bite mark with a round sphere bite,’ she said.   

Isabella collapsed on the sand as blood gushed from her deep wounds. 

As she was at an unpatrolled beach, a frantic call was made to relatives, who rushed her to Claremont Medical Centre for treatment. 

Isabella, who was taken to the Claremont Medical Centre for treatment, said ‘I’m still a bit shook from it, it’s been a bit of a tiring day’

She suffered deep cuts to her left foot and ankle and required seven stitches.

Doctors who treated her wound believe Isabella was attacked by a wobbegong shark, given the bite marks. 

Isabella said was left shaken by the incident but will be back in the water soon.

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