RANDOLPH, N.J. - 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 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.
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