Teen Punches Shark in Grisly Texas Encounter

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Teenage Survivor Recounts Harrowing Shark Encounter off Galveston Beach

Galveston, Texas – A 19-year-old Oklahoma teenager, Damiana Humphrey, has shared her harrowing experience with a shark attack while vacationing with her family in Galveston, Texas.

Terrifying Encounter in Shallow Waters

As Damiana frolicked in waist-deep water with her siblings, disaster struck. “I turned, and a shark grabbed a hold of my hand,” she exclaimed. “I looked down and saw it attached, so I guess I started punching it. That part is kind of blurry.”

Desperately Fighting Back

Despite the overwhelming fear, Damiana’s instincts took over. She fought back with all her might, punching the shark repeatedly. Finally, after what felt like an eternity, the shark let go.

Damiana and her siblings rushed frantically to the shore, their hearts pounding with fear. The reality of what had just happened slowly sank in.

Four Severed Tendons and Surgery

Medical professionals rushed Damiana to a hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery to repair four severed tendons in her hand. The injuries were serious, but thankfully, the young survivor is expected to make a full recovery with physical therapy.

Rare Occurrence, but Not Unheard Of

LA News Center Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis explained that while shark bites are uncommon in the area, they have been known to occur when sharks mistake humans for prey. However, most incidents end with the shark quickly releasing its grip.

Gratitude and Relief

“Honestly, I’m just glad it wasn’t as bad as it could have been,” Damiana expressed with a mix of relief and gratitude. “I’m so thankful that I’m alive and that my family is okay.”

Cautions for Beachgoers

Damiana’s experience serves as a reminder that even in areas where shark attacks are rare, it is important to exercise caution when swimming. Avoid murky waters, stay away from large schools of fish, and be aware of your surroundings. If you encounter a shark, do not splash or erratically swim toward it. Instead, remain calm and try to scare it away by splashing and punching.

Common Shark Species in Texas Waters

While the exact species of shark that attacked Damiana remains unknown, it is likely to have been a bull shark, spinner shark, blacktip shark, or bonnethead shark, commonly found off the Texas coast.

Data sourced from: foxnews.com