Watch How Close This Woman Came To Becoming A Shark’s Meal

Written by Opal
Updated: January 12, 2023
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Key Points

  • Key West is a tiny island bordered by the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Shark attacks on humans are rare.
  • Humans confronted with a shark should move slowly and remain calm.

Key West is a tiny island bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean’s deep and shallow seas. It has the world’s third-biggest barrier reef, as well as a flourishing marine life that provides spectacular snorkeling opportunities. 

Because the ocean is a shark’s natural environment, it can be discovered in Key West’s seas. But, before you dash back to shore, humming the Jaws theme tune in your head, take a moment to observe what one couple went through in 2011.

Enjoying their time in the refreshing water, a couple relaxes on a boat just four miles off the coast of Key West. With crystal clear water and skies to match, it looked like a beautiful day to spend in the ocean

A woman named Heidi says, “The water’s beautiful,” as we hear a man behind the camera laughing. She continues to swim around until a few seconds later, the man calmly asks her to get in the boat. 

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Shark attacks on humans are rare.

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She quickly starts swimming toward him and asks if he’s being serious. One comment on the now-viral video states, “Mad respect for the guy recording, not freaking out and telling her to swim back was probably the best thing for the both of them.”

It’s thought that if he had said there was a shark or appeared frightened at all, Heidi could’ve reacted very differently. The video slows down to allow viewers to see just how close Heidi was to be a shark’s lunch that afternoon. 

While it’s a little hard to tell what shark was interested in this couple, it appears to be a nurse shark. The nocturnal, docile nurse shark is the most prevalent shark in Key West. You have a decent chance of seeing one of these sharks sleeping on the bottom beneath a coral ledge if you go snorkeling or diving.

Once Heidi is safely back in the boat, she looks over the edge to see several sharks circling around. Nurse sharks are usually non-aggressive and will flee if confronted. Unprompted strikes on swimmers and divers have been documented, though.

They can bite with a strong, vice-like grasp that can cause catastrophic harm if disturbed.

Where Do Sharks Live?

Sharks are found all over the world in the ocean and coastal habitats. They are found in beautiful coral reefs and in the deep sea. Additionally, sharks have even been found under the Arctic sea ice.

Different species of sharks can also be found in freshwater lakes and even rivers although, it isn’t common for sea-dwelling sharks to be found in freshwater areas, although it has been known to happen.

How Long Do Sharks Live For?

Sharks typically live about 20 to 30 years old in the wild. Some species, however, such as the great white shark can live much longer lifespans. In fact, on the spectrum of lifespan, Greenland sharks have been known to live a staggering 272 years. This makes them the longest-lived vertebrates in existence today.

Do Sharks Normally Attack People?

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Great white sharks have been involved in over 300 attacks since scientists started recording them

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Anyone who is nervous about their next saltwater swim after watching this can rest assured that shark attacks on humans are very rare. Of the hundreds of shark species that have been identified, only about four percent of them have been documented attacking people.

Marine biologists encourage people who may encounter sharks in the wild to remember that the shark’s reason for coming near is probably just curiosity. But that curiosity can turn to fear if the shark is startled or confused, so moving slowly and remaining calm is strongly recommended.

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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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