Witnesses called emergency services at 4:30pm, and, according to Marco Island Rescue Department division chief David Batiato, gave emergency service operators different accounts of what went down. Marco Island Police, EMTs, and firefighters rushed to the beach, taking Carsten to a hospital. He was treated and released just a few hours later.
While it’s unclear exactly what happened, one thing's for sure: there’s definitely something in the water in Florida. And it wants to bite you.
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.