Shark bites 14-year-old on Galveston beach

14-year-old bitten by shark on Galveston beach didn't know what had hit her until she got back to shore (KPRC)

HOUSTON (KPRC) — A local teenager is recovering after a shark encounter in Galveston this weekend.

She was bitten over the weekend on West Beach, one of the most popular spots on the island.

Mikaela Medina, 14, told Local 2 she didn’t know what happened at first; all she said is she felt something slam into her back. She didn’t realize she had been bitten by a shark until she got back to shore.

“I came in. The water was murky, a lot of seaweed. Then, I turned around, didn’t see anything, didn’t see blood or the shark or anything, so I swam out. At first, I didn’t think it was much. I was like, ‘This could be a big deal’ so swam out as fast as I could. I was completely out of breath, and I told my mom, I said, ‘I think there is a shark out there,'” Mikaela said.

Her mother, Maria Amezaga, told Local 2, “Actually, it was scary. We know there are sharks, but you never think something like this can happen to your own daughter.”

“After she told me that I was bleeding, I started crying,” said Mikaela.

She is just fine. Fortunately, a family friend is a doctor and took care of her wounds, and she didn’t need stitches.

The family didn’t report the incident to Galveston Beach Patrol. The family added that they heard sharks had been caught by fishermen but never thought they would come that close to where they swim. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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