Aadyn Crick walked into the ocean for the second time in his life Monday. The 8-year-old Indiana boy was knee deep near Indialantic when suddenly, something cut his right leg to the bone. At first it didn't hurt. But soon, he was screaming in pain.
His mother picked him up to see the wound -- a deep gash near his knee.
He said he might have been bitten a fish like a tarpon.
"It wasn't big and fat like a shark," Crick said.
The cut didn't appear consistent with a shark bite, according to Brevard County Ocean Rescue Assistant Chief Eisen Witcher, who reviewed a photo of the wound for FLORIDA TODAY.
"Usually, it's very jagged, multiple lacerations," Witcher said of shark bites. He wasn't familiar with a fish that would cause Crick's cut.
Crick lay in bed Tuesday at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, his right leg bandaged from thigh to foot. He wasn't very talkative when reporters came to ask him about his wound. He underwent surgery and he'll have to do physical therapy. He and his mom plan to drive 16 hours back home to Indiana later this week.
Crick will be hesitant about going back to the beach.
"I'm definitely not going to be out in the water," he said.