Like my other post, Red Eyes, this one is true and I have changed the names for privacy.
It was summer in 2011 or 2012, I was at Florida with my family, my two cousins Hanna and Cathy were with me. Cathy’s family had brought an inflatable raft meant for two people but since Hanna was small all three of us could fit. The waves were strong and kept knocking the raft over, most of the time we were fine and continued out into the deeper ocean. I want to mention we were wading out from the shore into about 6ft of water (I was around 5ft at the time, maybe shorter). Well once the raft flipped over with such force it knocked Cathy and Hanna off, I managed to grab onto the two cup holders on the sides, I thought for sure I was going to have to hold my breath all the way to shore since the water was over my head and despite my love to swim, I hate deep murky water which was just like the ocean we were in, and I wasn’t going to let go of the raft no matter what. Suddenly the raft flipped itself over and after gasping for breath I open my eyes, I’m in between my cousins and the shore, the waves are no more than little wakes rocking the raft and both my cousins seemed fine. Hanna lept at Cathy since she was even shorter then me, Cathy was the tallest. I let the raft carry me back to shore where I waited for my cousins to wade back, both seemed shaken at the time I waved it off as being thrown into the water without warning. Thinking back on it, the wave that hit us wasn’t that bad, normally we can see the large waves coming from some distance away, and it felt more like something hit us then the water overturning the raft.
Despite being a bit shaken we went out again and had a few more times when nothing happened, we also stayed a bit closer to the shore. After maybe five or so times, we decided to go out once more before we had to go in for lunch. By now we were a good distance from the house and everyone else was inside since it was the heat of the day but we were all good swimmers and knew the area since our family goes there every summer. Well, Cathy was pushing the raft and Hanna and I was watching for waves that could topple our raft. We must have been in about 5ft of water when a wave comes out of nowhere and flips the raft, this time in our panic I was kicked and fell off the raft, this time only Cathy managed to hang on. The water knocked me to the ground, it knocked the breath out of me and I’m sure it dragged me on my back for about a foot from were I fell. My lungs screamed for air but I knew I need to keep my mouth shut. I opened my eyes and I’ll never forget what I saw, murky brown water over my head, sunlight shimmering on it. Something grabbed me, keeping me from being dragged. I curled my head forwards which was hard since the water was still keeping me down but I saw a face, a gray almost human face, the water was to murky and I wasn’t wearing any eye protection so I didn’t see any facial features but I could feel whatever it was watching me, it seemed proud of itself but also worried about me, well at least I didn’t feel like I was in danger. In fact, I didn’t feel scared at all, I was relaxed and almost felt peaceful. Reality came back to me and I jumped up, now standing in water up to my knees (About 1ft or 1 ½ feet deep) I was confused and disoriented but I seemed to have only been under for a few second or so but somehow both Hanna and I wound up in water up to our knees when we fell off in water that should have been 4-5 ft or at least a bit deeper since when I fell off my head was underwater before I touched the ocean floor. Hanna surfaced a second or two after me, her face pale. She quickly shuffled over to me. The area we were in was known to have small stingrays, about the size of a paper plate and we were in the water were they are spotted the most so we had to be careful not to step on any as we shuffled back to shore were Cathy was waiting for us.
Now I’ve told my parents and many other people about this story and they have a few suggestions about what I saw
-The face was a shadow of a bird and the wave made the water deeper then it was before
I’ve seen shadows underwater and the face wasn’t a dark gray it was a very pale light gray, it didn’t waver or ripple like most shadows. As for the wave making it deeper, that’s a possibility but the water was already up to Cathy’s waist when the raft flipped and she is a few feet taller then I am.
-I hit my head I was seeing things and the current pulled me along.
It would be possible I hit my head, and I know the current pulled me along since my arms and back had light sand burns, however, I know the longest I can hold my breath is about 20 second and it would have taken me a minute or more to get from were I fell into were I got up and that doesn't explain why Hanna got up after I did since I’m sure she fell in first and though she can probably hold her breath longer then I can, she still can’t hold it for a minute or more.
That’s all I can remember, but since then we have gone back into the water and haven’t experienced anything like this since, though I still get the feeling I’m being watched.
Did you encounter something creepy on the web or in your daily life today? Post pictures or just talk about it here.
It could totally have been a stingray! They have creepy human-like faces that appear blue/gray underwater (if you didn't know this, Google will show you what I mean), it could have been a large enough one to push you upwards/towards shore, and then stare at you!
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