Remember last week when a great white shark leapt out of the water just a few inches away from a little boy in Cape Cod? (See here if you missed it). Since then, we've found even more proof that the ocean is kind of terrifying.
If you'd prefer to remain blissfully unaware of the potential dangers that surround you at the beach, stop reading now. If you're a Shark Week fanatic who wouldn't think twice about swimming after dark, then carry on.
You've been warned!
Dan Watson, a photographer and videographer, did not expect to have a life-threatening experience while enjoying a sunny day in New Smyrna Beach, Florida with his children—but that's exactly what happened.
The technologically-savvy dad was flying a drone camera above the water when he noticed something unusual in the ocean, thanks to the device's aerial view. Dan quickly realized it was the "unmistakable outline of a shark" swimming dangerously close to his three kids. If you swipe to the next image, it shows his children running to escape the water after Dan warned them.
In the caption of his post, Dan wrote that it was "definitely too close of an encounter for [his] liking." You don't say?!
In recent years, New Smyrna Beach has earned a threatening reputation as the "shark bite capital of the world." Within a month of Dan's scary experience, there were two unprovoked shark attacks in the same area he took the drone photos. A 49-year-old man was bitten on the right thigh while boogie boarding in late July, according to ABC affiliate KNXV. Two days later, a teenager suffered injuries to his hand after being attacked on the same beach while surfing with friends.
There have been more than 300 unprovoked shark attacks in the area around New Smyrna Beach since the late 1800s and the International Shark Attack File, which records worldwide shark data, confirms that there has been a sharp increase in attacks in recent decades.
In other words, I'll be spending the rest of the summer in a pool.
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