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Kentucky teen bitten by shark in Florida drove it away with a punch

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 (Okaloosa County Sheriff''s Department)

Louisville teenager bitten by a shark in Florida was able to drive it away by punching it. 

Caitlyn Taylor was in Destin, Fla., Sunday for a softball tournament, when she waded into the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff's office says the 17-year-old initially thought the shark was a dolphin.

The Atherton High School student saw the shark in a wave coming toward her. Then she says the shark took her by the legs, tugged and then turned her loose. 

Friends with the girl say the shark was about five-feet long.  The attack sent Caitlyn to the Destin Emergency Room with scrape wounds to her left leg and puncture wounds on right leg, which required 80 stitches.

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