Teen screams in terror as shark photobombs beach photoshoot in scary encounter
A student fled the water in terror after a shark photobombed her in the water.
Kristina Lowe, 18, struck a pose before her beach photoshoot was cut short as a 4ft shark "grazed past her leg".
Horrified by the close call, the student quickly headed towards the shore to avoid the terrifying fin.
Luckily, Kristina and her 18-year-old friend Annalea Burr made it back to land safely without sustaining any injuries.
While the moment was horrifying at the time, the close shark encounter produced a hilarious snap.
In the image, Kristina bends over from fear with her mouth open wide from screaming.
Kristina said: "It was so crazy. This was my first shark encounter.
"My friend was taking photos of me in the water because I wanted some pictures to post on Instagram.
"I felt something rub against my leg. I looked down and I saw what looked like a huge fish. I realised it was a shark then started running.
"As soon as I felt it graze against my leg, I thought 'oh my god, it's a shark'. That was my immediate thought."
As the pair were paddling at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, they were aware of potential danger.
Kristina explained: "It's the shark bite capital of the world.
"Their skin is really rough and it brushed up against me, it scratched up my knee.
"The picture is my face just as I saw the shark's fin. I screamed when I felt it rub up against me…
"I knew there were sharks where I live but I've never seen them in the water with me.
"I didn't even say anything to my friend but she saw I was running and she started running too."
Kristina added: "She didn't know what happened until afterwards. She looked back and saw it swimming in the water.
"She was just surprised, nobody else was around us.
"When I was running away, I thought something would grab me. It wasn't super big, it was about 4ft long.
"Whenever we have shark attacks, it's all just smaller sharks and never anything serious. It might bite a person but it's never fatal or serious.
"It's always smaller sharks but that's their home."
Although Kristina had a close encounter with the shark, this has not put her off taking to the waters again.
Kristina said: "I'll definitely go back in the water. I've lived here my entire life so it won't keep me away.
"I was in their home. I just didn't go back into the water that day, I took the day off.
"Everyone was worried for me because it was really scary, but I'm okay.”
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