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Moment Dad Spots Shark Behind Children As He Takes Photos From Drone

Moment Dad Spots Shark Behind Children As He Takes Photos From Drone”

A Florida father operating a drone during a recent beach trip was using the flying device to view his family from above when he spotted a shark heading right toward them.

"The tail was just up and down, so we kind of followed it for a while and then it just disappeared", said witness Fran Kumpf. Daniel Watson and his family were at New Smyrna Beach with friends on June 23 when he discovered they'd been joined by some unwanted company in the water. You see that shark swimming right at our kids. The second image shows the kids rushing back toward the beach and the shark swimming away.

"When you think of a shark, you think of them in deep water, you don't think of them extremely close, and you don't think they'll come in knee-deep water", she told Central Florida station News 13. Authorities say a shark bit a teenager on the foot as he surfed on Florida's Atlantic Coast. There have only been 29 recorded blacktip attacks worldwide, and only one of those was fatal.

It gets especially scary when you know that an 18-year-old boy was bitten on Sunday at the same beach.

"They were pretty close, so imagine if your kids go far. You know, watch your kids", said Enrique Herrera of Daytona Beach.

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In comparison, SC had 10 unprovoked shark attacks in 2017, while Hawaii had six.

Volusia County, which includes Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach, leads the U.S. in shark bites. While not completely sure it was a shark, he didn't want to take any chances.

"Unless there were a lot of fish swimming around those people were not likely to be in danger at all because they don't look like bait fish", he said.

In April, a 19-year-old was bitten by a shark in the same area.



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