Being surrounded by sharks is truly terrifying, however, these paddleboarders remained calm when a group of great white sharks swims around them. They even managed to film the whole experience.
Courtney Hemerick and Joseph Truckles have recorded a frightening yet fascinating moment of their life while paddleboarding at Sunset Beach in Orange County.
A group of 7-foot (2-meter) long juvenile great white sharks suddenly swims around them.
But these guys know exactly what they are dealing with and remained calm throughout the experience.
According to Gregory Skomal, a senior marine fisheries scientist and shark expert with the state of Massachusetts, “I think where these guys were and what they were doing was probably fine.”
Apparently, young great white sharks often congregate in protected bays and right off the surf zone along both U.S. coasts, particularly in California.
They mostly feast on fish and sometimes scavenge dead carcasses. But once they grow up, they become the fiercest top predator, reaching sizes of up to 20 feet long and weights of up to 5,000 pounds.
Juvenile sharks have not yet developed the skills for attacking larger prey unlike the adult great whites, who are known to occasionally bite surfers and surfboards. Adult great whites dine on other sharks, seals, dolphins, and whatever else they can catch.
Skomal said, “The sharks in the video are probably checking the paddlers out, with a level of curiosity but also a level of caution because they don’t know what they are looking at.”
“Since the animals often do feast on floating carcasses, they might have initially been attracted to the shapes at the surface. But such sharks “are very unlikely to bite,” he added.
Experts have recommended not swim or paddle near seal colonies, where adult great whites sometimes congregate. One third to a half of all shark attacks are attributed to great whites.
Unfortunately, sharks are declining fast around the world for various reasons however, thanks to legal protection the great whites have apparently making a slow comeback in North American waters.
Skomal reminds that the ocean is sharks’ natural habitat and people should never harass them, both for their safety and the safety of the animals.