This lucky beachgoer got a shot with a shark — and then booked it to shore before it could bite.
Kristina Lowe and pal Annalea Burr, both 18, were taking photos of themselves splashing about at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Sept. 14 when Lowe noticed something moving past them in the water.
“I felt something rub against my leg. I looked down and I saw what looked like a huge fish,” she told Kennedy News.
Then it hit her: New Smyrna Beach is the “shark bite capital of the world,” she said.
Once she realized it was a four-foot shark that had grazed her knee, she “started running.”
Burr, not knowing what was going on, continued taking photos — and ended up capturing Lowe’s wide-mouthed moment of horror. The hilarious — if horrifying — resulting viral snap shows Lowe bent over, screaming in terror as the shark glides on by.
As soon as Lowe started running, though, Burr wordlessly got the message and joined her friend in racing for the shore.
Luckily, they both made it there safely.
“It was so crazy. This was my first shark encounter,” Lowe reflected. “I knew there were sharks where I live, but I’ve never seen them in the water with me.”
The pair now not only have a photo of the incident but some physical reminders — thankfully minor — as well.
“It scratched up my knee,” said Lowe, explaining that shark skin is “really rough.”
Despite the alarming experience, Lowe says she’s undeterred about returning to the ocean.
“I’ll definitely go back in the water. I’ve lived here my entire life so it won’t keep me away,” she said, adding that another, similar shark encounter “probably won’t happen again.”
Still, she admitted, it was “really scary” — and, perhaps unsurprisingly, she didn’t go back into the water that day.
“I took the day off,” she said.
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