18-year-olds Kristina Lowe and Annalea Burr were enjoying their day in the ocean while in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. As Burr took photos of Lowe posing in the water, she felt something swim past her leg.
“I felt something rub against my leg. I looked down and I saw what looked like a huge fish,” Lowe said to Kennedy News.
Then it dawned on her that New Smyrna Beach is the “shark bite capital of the world.” Once she put two and two together, she realized a four-foot shark was circling right beside her. Lowe quickly “started running” to shore, but Burr had no idea what had just happened at first.
Lowe’s friend continued taking pictures and captured the viral moment. She caught the shark just in front of Lowe in shallow waters. In addition, Burr captured her friend’s horrified reaction as she realized what just rubbed against her. The amusing but scary encounter happened in the blink of an eye as Burr joined her friend as the pair ran for safety. Thankfully, both of the young women made it without any serious injuries.
“It was so crazy. This was my first shark encounter,” Lowe recalled. “I knew there were sharks where I live, but I’ve never seen them in the water with me.”
“It scratched up my knee,” Lowe explained, saying that the shark’s skin is “really rough.”
“I’ll definitely go back in the water,” Lowe added. “I’ve lived here my entire life so it won’t keep me away.”
She said another similar shark encounter “probably won’t happen again.” However, the two friends did take the rest of the day off. Definitely sounds like enough beach excitement for one day.
Shark Bite Lands Young Florida Boy in the Hospital on July 4th
While Lowe and Burr got away without suffering any serious damage in their encounter, one young Florida boy wasn’t as lucky this summer. An 8-year-old boy and his family who reside in Miami went on vacation over the holiday. They visited Florida’s Ponce Inlet beaches in Volusia County for their Independence Day celebrations.
According to local news station WKMG, a two to three-foot shark attacked the child. Even though the shark wasn’t huge, it inflicted a good amount of damage to the child’s right leg. An Orlando Sentinel report stated the shark bit the boy around 4 p.m., and that lifeguards were able to intervene before any further attacks.
Emergency workers rushed to the scene as the Ponce Inlet Fire Rescue hurried the child to the Halifax Health Medical Center. Thankfully, the boy’s injuries were non-life-threatening.
Shark attacks are somewhat common in the area. According to Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue reports, 8 to 10 shark bites occur on average in Florida each year. However, most shark attacks are not considered life-threatening.