Thursday, 21 October, 2021

Student screams in terror as shark photobombs her Instagram photoshoot in the sea


Kristina Lowe, 18, from Florida in the US, fled the water in terror after the shark grazed past her leg as she took pictures for Instagram

This is the heart-stopping moment a shark got too close for comfort for a student who was innocently taking pictures for her Instagram account
This is the heart-stopping moment a shark got too close for comfort for a student who was innocently taking pictures for her Instagram account

This is the heart-stopping moment a shark got too close for comfort for a student who was innocently taking pictures for her Instagram account.

Kristina Lowe, 18, was taking pictures with her friends on September 14 when the 4ft ocean predator appeared to photobomb her – even seemingly waving its fin at the camera before disappearing into the blue.

A picture taking at that moment showed Lowe bent over wincing with her mouth stretched wide open as she screamed when the predator silently glided past.

The political science student said she had been enjoying her day with friends when she suddenly felt something ‘rough’ brush up against her.








Kristina Lowe said she had been enjoying her day with friends when she suddenly felt something ‘rough’ brush up against her
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Her friend behind the camera, Annalea Burr, also 18, chased after her, the pair made it back to land safely without serious injuries
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Knowing she was swimming in the ‘shark bite capital of the world’, New Smyrna Beach in Florida, US, Kristina immediately started bounding out towards the shore.

Her friend behind the camera, Annalea Burr, also 18, chased after her, the pair made it back to land safely without serious injuries.

After posting the heart-stopping picture online, Kristina claims despite her close encounter she’ll brave the waters again – as most attacks on the idyllic beach aren’t fatal.

Kristina, from New Smyrna Beach, said: “It was so crazy. This was my first shark encounter.








After posting the heart-stopping picture online, Kristina claims despite her close encounter she’ll brave the waters again
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When Kristina spotted the shark’s sharp silver fin poking out of the ocean, she quickly dashed to the shore, prompting her friend to flee behind her
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“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.

“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.”

When Kristina spotted the shark’s sharp silver fin poking out of the ocean, she quickly dashed to the shore, prompting her friend to flee behind her.

After posting on social media, Kristina claims she still hasn’t been deterred from swimming in the water as it is ‘the shark’s home’ – but admits the experience was ‘really scary’.

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.

“People have said how thankful they are that I was okay. They asked me what happened.

“It probably won’t happen again.”


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