Photo of 17-year-old Christian Mercurio's leg. The New Jersey vacationer was fishing on a sandbar when something hit his leg. Source | Facebook
NJ teen says he was bitten by shark in Fla.
RANDOLPH, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey teenager is home after he says he was bitten by a shark while on vacation in Florida.
Christian Mercurio of Randolph says he was fishing in waist-high water off Sanibel, Fla., a week ago when his legs and feet were seized.
He tells WNBC-TV in New York (http://bit.ly/17kWq5e ) his mother initially thought he was joking when he began screaming for help.
His mother, who is a registered nurse, elevated his legs and wrapped them in towels.
The teeth missed major arteries, but left wounds on his leg and foot.
Investigators in Florida believe a 6- to 8-foot bull shark mistook Mercurio for a fish in the murky water.