She was so quick: “A shark bites an Oviedo teenager during a family trip to the Florida Keys.”

Oviedo, Florida. — Fisher Hrico, 13, of Oviedo, and his family went on vacation Wednesday to the Florida Keys — where he was bitten by an unexpected shark while making a seafaring.

Bringing their boat during lobster season is a family tradition, but this year, the family had an unexpected experience.

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While in the water to pick up crabs, Fisher told News 6 he was attacked by a nurse shark – a species usually known to be docile.

“It was scary, like, I tried to get away, but it was just too fast,” Fisher-Herico said.

He said he grabbed the shark and pulled it off his face.

“Then I swam as fast as I could back into the boat, screaming,” Fisher-Herico said.

His father, Kent Hrico, said it was a terrifying moment for the family.

Kent Hriko said that when he first heard his wife screaming about a shark, he just assumed there was a shark nearby. He said he had no idea a shark attacked his son.

When Fisher saw a panicked Hriko advancing toward the boat, Kent Hriko said he tried to get back to him as quickly as he could.

“When I get close to him, I see blood spurting out of his face, and at that point I say, ‘What happened?'” said Kent. “

In a team effort, the Fisher family put him back in the boat and rushed ashore. Then they took him to an urgent care clinic where he received at least 10 stitches on his upper lip.


“He was definitely shocked, a bit of crying — but not much,” said Kent Hriko. “It was tough.”

Kent Heriko said the doctors’ performance was commendable, adding that they did a great job of making everyone feel calm.

After leaving the clinic, Fisher Hriko spent the night resting and recovering.

The next day, he was ready to come back and enjoy, even though he had a traumatic experience.

“You have to always stay positive,” said Fisher-Heriko.

Instead of catching lobsters that day, he decided to use a hook to catch a shark.

He got a hook into a shark that was at least four feet long, but he wasn’t able to wrap it. Regardless, he thinks it’s a good way to end his family’s journey.

“Fisher will have a great story to tell when he gets back to school,” Kent Hrico said.

The family said that for now, Fisher cannot return to the water while his lip is recovering, but Fisher said that once he recovers, he plans to return to the water.

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