Remember Bethany Hamilton? The professional surfer who was attacked by a shark, so bad that she lost an arm? Makes you not want to go surfing out into the ocean, even though Bethany overcame the odds and became one of the best surfers in history.
It turns out that sharks still like to find their meals with young blonde surfers, particularly out in Nahoon Reef off the Indian Ocean, a popular spot for those wanting the waves. This 13-year-old surfer, though, Zoe Steyn, witnessed a sheer miracle:
You’re looking at the bite of a Great White shark. Reportedly about ten feet long. And that shark just barely missed Zoe’s leg.
The encounter could’ve been a lot of worse except for the fact that the behemoth shook her board violently, tipping her backward. Once the shark knew that the surfboard wasn’t human flesh, it pulled away and all Zoe could see was the blackened figure of a finned predator circling around more.
Miraculously, she was able to get back on the board thanks to a surfer friend also out in the ocean panicking and telling her to mount up and start paddling like a surfing beast (I would, too, Hell….). Somehow…. Some way…. That shark didn’t round back for another rush. She got out of the ocean in time.
The irony is that shark attacks tend to be a bit rare. However…. That’s part of the terror behind a shark attack. You don’t expect it. Until it’s too late.
Lucky for Zoe Steyn, it wasn’t too late.