Taylor was wading in waist-deep water in the Gulf of Mexico while in town for a softball tournament with her team. According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department, after a 5-foot shark had grabbed hold of her leg in its jaws, she punched it back. The shark bit her at around 3:39 p.m.
“She was hitting it with her hand and then it released," said Michele Nicholson, an Okaloosa County Sheriff spokesperson.
Upon learning that she'd been the victim of a shark attack after she shared the experience on Twitter, Taylor's friends and family immediately showered her with support. Her sister Paige tweeted: "It was such a traumatizing event out there and I'm so lucky to still have my sister who is so strong and a such a fighter."