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Shark Bites Galveston Island Swimmer

Updated: Tuesday, June 10 2014, 04:16 PM CDT

Mikaela Medina and her family visited Galveston Island over the weekend. It was perfect beach weather, but she was the only one in her family who decided to go swimming.  "I was by myself because no one else wanted to come in. The water was real murky, a lot of seaweed," says Medina.

Medina says 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," she said. The 14-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. The teeth marks are clearly visible on Medina's back. "She’s the one who told me I had gotten bit," Medina said. "After she told me I was bleeding I started crying."

The two ran to the family’s nearby beach house where a family friend, who's a doctor, happened to be, and treated the teen on the spot. Fortunately, Medina doesn't need any stitches or further medical treatment.

"We know about sharks but you never think that something like this could happen to your own daughter so I was kind of in denial at the beginning," says the teen's mother Maria Amezaga.  Medina says she feels lucky. "It’s really crazy I didn’t think that could ever happen and it could’ve been a lot worse," she said.

People on the beach are surprised a shark would be so close to shore.  "Makes me concerned for my kids safety, they’re in the water right now," says beach-goer Lisa Davison.  "Hey, they’re out there trying to survive, once they see what they can get they are going to go for it," says another beach-goer, Benjamin Sanchez.

But others rely on the word of experts that say the chances of another shark greeting visitors are slim-to-none. "It’d be like the odds of winning the lottery, it’s not going to happen," says beach-goer Jeff Davis.

Shark Bites Galveston Island Swimmer

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