Shark attack victim loses arm

Teenager says he 'didn't see it coming'

Shark Survivor: I Didn't See It Coming

A teenager seriously wounded by a shark in North Carolina says he felt the big fish before he saw it and didn't realise what it was until it was "biting up my left arm."

Hunter Treschl, 16, was rushed to hospital in Wilmington. He was one of two people seriously injured in two separate shark attacks in the same North Carolina town on Sunday.

A little more than an hour before the shark attacked Treschl, a 12-year-old girl in the beach resort of Oak Island lost her left arm below the elbow and suffered a leg injury when a shark bit her.

Treschl, who lost his left arm in the attack, described the incident in an interview released from his hospital bed.

'I felt it on my leg'

He said he was wading in waist-deep water with his cousin when he felt the shark bump his left leg.

"I didn't see it coming," Treschl said. "I felt it on my leg. And then I saw it had attacked my arm, because it was out of the water a little bit.

"That was the first time I saw it, when it was biting up my left arm."

He said he is now going to try to live a normal life, despite the loss of his dominant hand.

"I have two options: I can try to live my life the way I was and make an effort to do that even though I don't have an arm, or I can just let this be completely debilitating and bring my life down and ruin it," Treschl said.

"Out of those two, there's really only one that I would actually choose and that's to try to fight and live a normal life with the cards I've been dealt."