Shark Fin Appears Mere Feet From 11 Year Old Girl While Swimming at Myrtle Beach

Written by Kyle Glatz
Updated: October 18, 2023
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a popular tourist destination in the summer. For an 11-year-old girl swimming at the beach, her vacation left her with a close encounter and a cool story to tell her friends. The video opens with the young girl floating on a boogie board near the edge of the water when she suddenly looks to her right and runs out of the water.

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The girl, Sara Oister, told her mom that she had spotted a shark heading right for her in the shallow water. Upon revisiting the video, her mother saw that her daughter was telling the truth. On replay, a small shark fin pokes out of the water for a few seconds before it disappears under a breaking wave.

Sara runs out of the water in disbelief. Fortunately, the shark that was apparently stalking her was rather small, perhaps just a few feet long. The small dorsal fin and the very shallow water wouldn’t allow a full-sized great white shark or another large shark to swim in the area. She probably encountered a young shark.

The video continues and explains that shark sightings are becoming more prevalent in the area. That’s not necessarily from an increase in shark populations, though. Instead, experts attribute the excess sightings to more people finding refuge in the water during summer.

The story then takes a journey out to Hawaii where another young girl encountered a shark in the surf. This time, what appears to be a full-grown shark of an unknown species swam within inches of the girl before turning tail. If that shark attacked, it would have been far more dangerous for the child.

Fortunately, neither child suffered any injuries, but they do have a new tale to share. More importantly, Sara Oister had a message to give out about swimming in Myrtle Beach.

“Even though I know we’re in their habitat, I didn’t go into that day thinking I was gonna be right next to a shark.”

The 11-year-old is wise beyond her years. Sharks live in the water and humans are guests. Always take proper precautions to avoid shark interactions. Pay attention to lifeguard warnings and leave the shiny, shimmering attire at home. All in all, this video presented a good warning to all.

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Do you want to see some other near misses with large sharks? Then take a look at some of these videos!

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Ian Scott/

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Kyle Glatz is a writer at A-Z-Animals where his primary focus is on geography and mammals. Kyle has been writing for researching and writing about animals and numerous other topics for 10 years, and he holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and Education from Rowan University. A resident of New Jersey, Kyle enjoys reading, writing, and playing video games.

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