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Erik Norrie was in good spirits Thursday. Erik Norrie was in good spirits Thursday.
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The "Shark Bite Man," Erik Norrie from Largo, is recovering well at Tampa General Hospital. Wednesday, surgeons there took skin grafts from the underside of his upper left thigh and repaired the damage to his left calf.

"From like here to here and then underneath," said Norrie pointing gingerly to where the skin had been removed. "If you were to put about a hundred fire ants beneath your leg and let 'em bite you all at once, that's what it felt like!"

"I imagine there'll be a pretty decent scar, a cool battle scar," he continued. "How many people can say yeah, that's where a shark bit me!"

Life after surgery is taking yet another creative turn. A buddy from Atlanta has put into some of Erik's past ordeals into song -- and it's beginning to go viral.

"There's nothing that's gonna kill him! Cuz his faith is too strong! He's the Shark Bite Man," go the lyrics to "Shark Bite Man."

"Shark Bite Man was written by my friend Thomas Dickerson in Atlanta; he's a Christian musician, he's a great friend of mine," chuckled Norrie. "We've done lots of mission trips together and stuff and he's got a ministry called, 'Calling All The Nations' and he goes all around the world singing and he's just very creative. He thought of that song in 45 seconds."

Since our original report Monday, Norrie's story is getting attention all over the world. Can he and his family believe all the scrutiny?

"No, it's so weird...it's so weird!"

Add to that, his past ordeals with rattlesnakes, lightning, and monkeys, which he told us about exclusively on Monday, have been made into a cartoon by Next Media Animation in Taiwan after they saw our story.

"Well the one monkey punched me in Brazil. And the one that attacked me actually first ended up jumping down my shirt and it bit me in the nipple" Norrie recalled, adding that his wife and friend were laughing hysterically seeing him battle with the monkey.

He admits he didn't find the attack so humorous at the time. He laughs now.

"Thank God! I do believe with all my heart, the reason I'm healing so fast, is not only because of the great attention I'm getting here at Tampa General, but also from the prayers of the many, many people," said Norrie. "I truly believe in the power of prayer."

So what's next for the shark bite man?

"We'll see what's next," Norrie joked. "I know it'll be good whatever it is."

LINK: Listen to the 'Shark Bite Man' song: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/video?clipId=9179007&autostart=true

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