Surfer Gets Slapped by Shark in Florida

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A longtime surfer was waiting for a wave when a shark jumped out and slapped her on the face.

Shark leaps out of the water, slaps Kara Haun | Surfline

Kara Haun was out in New Smyrna Beach for about 45 minutes when a Spinner shark suddenly slammed into her.

“I was laying on my board faced down, just looking out into the ocean waiting on the next wave, and it landed on top of me,” Haun recalled.

Spinner sharks got their name from their feeding strategy of leaping out of the water to catch their prey. They can grow as long as three meters and weigh as much as 56 kilos. And Huan can attest to that.

“[It’s] really, really heavy and hit me in the face and knocked me off my board,” Huan said. “It kind of felt like a car landed on me, to tell you the truth.”

After the assault, the former firefighter scrambled onto her board, waited for a few minutes and paddled back to shore. And though she escaped without losing a limb, the encounter did leave her with a black eye and sore muscles.

The incident did not deter her either. “I’ll probably go back out there tomorrow, just to get back on it,” she said. “The chances of it happening again are even worse than it happening the first time!”

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