The American was diving with her friend Shane in the Alexander Springs recreational area, Florida, when she was attacked by an almost three meter long reptile, biting her on the head. The waters of the Ocala National Forest are known to be inhabited by alligators, so the critter’s appearance was no coincidence. However, in the place where the girl and her friend swam, diving is allowed.
In a statement to Fox35 Orlando, Marissa was surprised by her story – and by the luck of being alive to tell the story. “I took off the mask, turned around and saw the two little eyes coming out of the water. It didn’t hurt much at the time. And then when I was running back and like, I saw what it was, that’s when it started to hurt. I was like, my forehead hurt really bad and my neck wasn’t in that much pain.”
Photos of her moments after the attack show her with only minor cuts, and she and her friend even took a smiling selfie after the tremendous scare. However, Shane claims that the situation bordered on a miracle: “I heard the sound of water and turned around to make sure she was okay. I saw her head in her mouth [do crocodilo]”.
Apparently, Marissa was saved because she was wearing a diving mask and snorkel. “It sounds bad, but biting my head is probably the best place it could have been because, like, if he had grabbed my arm and held my arm better and I could have lost my arm or just like my life in general,” he explained. she.
“So I think his head couldn’t control it well. So, I think I’m really, really lucky,” the survivor celebrated.