A 13-year-old surfer was recovering on Sunday after a sea lion attacked her off Australia’s West Coast, FOX6 in Birmingham, Ala., reported.

"It jumped out of the water at her and hit her head on," recalled Chris Thomas, a family friend.

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Ella Murphy, who was being towed on her surfboard behind a boat when the sea lion lunged at her, lost three teeth in the attack.

"This thing just exploded in a full-on, frontal attack,” said Thomas, who was driving the boat.

A marine scientist said the attack was odd and that the sea lion may have been trying to play with Murphy.