Surfer knocked off surfboard by a leaping spinner shark

Surfer knocked off surfboard by a leaping spinner shark

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Surfer knocked off surfboard by a leaping spinner shark

Kara Haun was lying on her surfboard waiting for the next wave Thursday morning when she was suddenly knocked off her board by a leaping spinner shark.

The incident in Florida occurred off Bethune Beach just south of New Smyrna Beach, which known as the shark bite capital of the world.

“I had no idea it was coming,” Haun told WKMG, adding that she was very scared.

“So, I was laying on my board face down, just looking out into the ocean waiting on the next wave, and it landed on top of me really, really heavy and hit me in the face and knocked me off my board.

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“It kind of felt like a car landed on me, to tell you the truth.”

Video captured by Surfline shows the incident at a distance, but you can easily decipher what happened.

“At the moment, I just thought I was getting attacked because of the way it hit me from behind, and so hard,” Haun told WKMG. “I just wanted to get back on the board.”

She scrambled back onto her board, waited a few moments and paddled back to shore.

Haun received quite a shiner as a result of the hit she took from the spinner shark, a species of shark known for leaping out of the water and spinning in the air.

“He won, for sure,” Haun told WKMG of the encounter.

First photo is a screen grab from the video. Second photo showing the typical spinner shark courtesy of Matthew Paulson/Flicker.

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