Ella Reed Wiki – Ella Reed Biography
Ella Reed, 13, a brave teen who survived a terrifying shark attack off the coast of Florida returned to the ocean with experts to swim among the vicious creatures.
Ella Reed was lying in shallow waters near a pier at Fort Pierce Beach, about an hour’s drive from West Palm Beach, when a four-foot bull shark buried its teeth into her side. The bloodied youngster defeated the beast by striking it in the face and shielding her stomach with her arm. As a result of the terrifying experience, she required 19 stitches in her stomach, arm, and leg.
Reed, however, had no plans to remain landbound and jumped at an invitation from researchers at Nova Southeastern University to join them Friday on a shark tagging expedition, Today reported. “When I received the invitation to go shark tagging, I was super excited,” Reed, a rising 8th grader, and aspiring marine biologist, said.
Ella Reed is 13 years old.
Dangerous Shark Attack
Research scientist Derek Burkholder said his team believed Reed was due for a more positive experience with an infamous underwater predator. “We thought that maybe that first interaction wasn’t quite the best,” Burkholder said. “We would like her second interaction with a shark to be a much more positive one.”
Reed helped tag the sharks’ fins and tossed their bait, but she also dove into the waters to splash around with the beasts — even petting the nurse sharks and a giant tiger shark that swam past their boat. “Tagging the sharks was super fun,” Reed remarked. “It was a lot better than the last time I had an experience with another shark.” Devin Reed, Ella’s mother, expressed hope that the experience would help her daughter in her future career. “Now she understands what marine biology is and how you can put it to work and make a difference,” she said. According to Today, the university gave the aspiring scientist a scholarship to come to study there when she is old enough.