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Teen fights off shark attack with MMA

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FOX Sports Carleton Curtis
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As it turns out, Shark Fights not only happen in the cage, but in the Atlantic Ocean as well. 14-year-old Joshua Watson was swimming at Kiawah Island's Beachwalker Park in South Carolina when a 5-foot shark began tearing away at his ankle.

Watson, a 2nd-degree black belt in karate, kept his cool and countered the attack with a crisp punch to shark's nose. "I think it did scare it," Watson told WCSC News in Charleston, SC.


Poor visibility in the water is a possible reason for the attack, believes Arnold Postell, a Senior Biologist at the South Carolina Aquarium. Postell has narrowed down the suspects to the Atlantic sharpnose, sandbark, blacktip, blacknose, lemon, or bull shark. "We have a wide variety of shark species that could be in the shallows," said Postell.

As for Watson, his future in MMA is safe: The teen is expected to make a full recovery.

 

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