Riley Breihan, 11, said she was riding her boogie board at WinterHaven Park in Ponce Inlet Sunday when she stood up and felt something clamp onto her leg, WKMG-TV, Orlando, reported Wednesday.
"At first I wasn't thinking about pain, I was thinking I got bit by a shark and I have to go to the emergency room. Then I felt the sting and it hurt real bad," Breihan said.
A couple of strangers took her to a nearby hospital where doctors found she was bitten in her lower leg and heel. They also recovered a baby shark tooth in her skin.
"They had to numb me and they had to prick it out," Breihan told WKMG.
She said she's keeping the tooth as a reminder of her luck. She also said she won't be going into the water anytime soon.
"I don't think I would go back in the water," Breihan said. "I'm going to wait."