Drone Footage Catches Boogie Boarder In A Swarm Of Sharks

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Written by Sharon Parry

Updated: October 19, 2023

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Drone photography is becoming increasingly popular and is offering us new perspectives on our encounters with the natural world. In this startling short footage, we see an intrepid boogie boarder just offshore with a shoal of sharks seemingly escorting her through the waves. From above, it looks like a marvelous interaction with these amazing sea creatures but from her perspective it may have been more daunting! At one point she seems to leap onto her board as if her foot has just touched one of the sharks. And who can blame her!

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Sharks And Surfers

surfer touches shark

Most sharks would rather avoid humans than attack them.

There are more than 500 shark species worldwide and considering that an estimated 100 million sharks are captured and slaughtered each year by humans, the number of shark attacks is very small. Most sharks would much rather avoid humans than attack them. In this video, however, the sharks seem to be enjoying swimming alongside the boogie boarder and several other beach users are wading in the water nearby.

Some beaches have more than their fair share of sharks. For example, New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, Florida has recorded 303 unprovoked shark attacks.

A shark bite can obviously be lethal, but some so-called “bites” are actually grazes caused by the sharp denticles on the shark’s scales.

Sharks Living Close To The Coast

Baby Galapagos shark

Sharks can be found close to beaches in several areas of the U.S., similar to the sharks shown here in the Galapagos.

Boogie boarders tend to stay quite close to the shore so the only sharks that they are likely to encounter and those that prefer shallower water. It’s not clear which species of shark is shown in this footage although the comments suggest that they could be sandbar sharks.

These sharks can be found close to beaches in several areas of the U.S. including Delaware and North Carolina. They can grow up to six feet in length and can weigh up to 150 pounds. However, they very rarely attack humans. They usually eat fish, eels, crabs and other creatures that they find on the ocean floor. However, they do not often frequent beaches so it would be unusual to see them this close to shore.

Other comments claim that they are nurse sharks. These guys live exclusively in coastal waters and never stray into the open ocean – they are found in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and are seen on the coasts of northern Africa, northern coasts of South America, and the east coast of the US as well as the Gulf of Mexico. They are very tolerant of humans being near them and will only attack when they are provoked so hopefully this boogie boarder was never in any danger!


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Dr Sharon Parry is a writer at A-Z animals where her primary focus is on dogs, animal behavior, and research. Sharon holds a PhD from Leeds University, UK which she earned in 1998 and has been working as a science writer for the last 15 years. A resident of Wales, UK, Sharon loves taking care of her spaniel named Dexter and hiking around coastlines and mountains.

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