Shark Hurdles Surfer
Photographer captures shark mid air, above surfer.
A four-foot shark exploded out of the water off New Smyrna Beach in St. Petersburg, Florida, twisted through the air, and cleared an unidentified surfer before splashing back into the Gulf. The shark was most likely a spinner shark or a black-tipped shark, and was probably trying to catch a fish. It’s not uncommon for sharks to go airborn when they lunge at a fish, even when surfers are in the water, according Eric Hovland of the Florida Aquarium. But actually clearing a human is somewhat more unusual. Although this shark wasn't hunting the surfer, Florida has seen at least 170 shark attacks since 2000, most of which were on “surface recreationists."
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