One afternoon in 2004, Salamone was enjoying a swim at Cape Canaveral National Seashore in Florida. She was walking toward the shore in shallow water when, all of a sudden, a fish jumped up beside her. Alarms went off in Salamone's head because she knew that fish don't ordinarily do that. Something was terribly wrong.
Just as she was completing that thought, a shark appeared behind her. Due to a storm, the water was rather murky and unruly, but she could see its slithering silhouette. Scientists say it could have been a black tip or a spinner shark, but Salamone doesn't know for sure. The shark clamped down on her foot, and she instinctively kicked to get it off. It bit down even harder, severing her Achilles tendon.
"That's when the terror started ripping through my body and I started screaming, 'It's got me! It's got me,'" says Salamone.