GALVESTON, TX (KHOU/CNN) – A 14-year-old girl says she was bitten by a shark on a Texas beach.
The twist, she didn’t even realize it happened until she got to shore!
It was perfect beach weather on Galveston Island over the weekend, but Mikaela Medina was the only one in her family who decided to go swimming.
“I was just by myself because nobody else wanted to come in. It was really murky, a lot of seaweed,” Medina said.
Medina said her close encounter happened in waist deep water.
“It just felt like something bumped into my back. I was like, ‘This could be a shark,’” Medina said.
The fourteen-year-old didn’t feel any pain, and she didn’t see the shark.
Still, she came to shore so her mother could take a look.
“She was the one who told me that I had gotten bit. After she told me that I was bleeding I started crying,” Medina said.
The teeth marks were clearly visible on her back.
“We know about sharks, but you never thought that something like this could happen to your own daughter so I was kind of in denial at the beginning,” Medina’s mother Maria Amezaga said.
The two ran to the family’s nearby beach house.
A family friend who is a doctor happened to be there and treated the teen on the spot.
No further medical treatment or stitches needed.
Looking back on it, Medina knows she is lucky.
“It’s really crazy. Like, I didn’t think that could ever happen. And it could have been a lot worse,” Medina said.
People on this beach are surprised that a shark would come so close to shore.
“It makes me concerned for my kids’ safety. They’re in the water right now,” Lisa Davison said.
“Hey, they’re out there trying to survive themselves. And once they see what they can get they’re going to go for it,” Benjamin Sanchez said.
Experts say the chances of another shark greeting visitors are slim to none.
“It’d be like the odds of you winning the lottery. I mean, it’s not going to happen,” Jeff Davis said.