Teenager attacked by shark will return to the beach (includes video story)

Thirteen-year-old Ella Reed and her family are recovering from a shark attack that occurred Thursday afternoon at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park.

After 19 stitches from what she believes was a four-foot-long bull shark, she returned to her favorite place to reflect.

Her family says this was a learning experience, but it’s not keeping her from going back to the ocean.

“I’m just going to keep on coming back after the stitches come out,” Reed says.

Jillian Salvi Cruz is a junior majoring in broadcasting with a minor in Business Marketing. After her studies, she wishes to pursue a career within the sports field as a sideline reporter for baseball and other sports.