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California Woman Fends Off 12-Foot Tiger Shark, Walks Away With Just Stitches

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By Paul Johnson

Folsom, California (CNN) - A California woman is recovering after coming face to face with a 12-foot tiger shark while swimming off the coast of Hawaii.
Mariko Haugen managed to get away without serious injury... thanks in part, she says, to a martial arts background that helped her think quickly and throw some effective punches.
Suzanne Phan has the story of her unbelievable escape.


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