Shark tales are quite common these days, but rarely do they include elements for making the perfect shark-feast horror movie. Even rarer is such an event caught on video. And yet, one guy with a camera at New Smyrna Beach Inlet, Florida, captured the moment when a group of surfers noticed that they were floating in the middle of a dozen or more sharks.
WKMG in Orlando reported May 27 that Steve Anest, the videographer and YouTube poster, had originally meant only to videotape his wife paddling on her surfboard. But when he saw the long, sleek, darkened shapes gliding just beneath the surface of the water, a video of his wife became of secondary importance.
"Sharks were everywhere," Anest told the station. "In a second, if I would've fallen off, or she would've fallen, that's where the fear came in."
Luckily (and Anest was quick to admit in the YouTube post), the "10 to 15" sharks moving between and around the group of surfers and swimmers were not aggressive.
In the video, Anest dunks the camera underwater several times to capture the sharks as the approached and moved past his position. At one point, he tells those around him the sharks are moving their way.
Anest told WKMG that the swimmers closer in toward the beach "had no idea" that the sharks were so close.
As noted: All the makings of a Hollywood horror movie. But not on May 25 (the day the video was taken at New Smyrna Beach). Steve Anest and his wife and those surrounded by the sharks had to endure a 45-minute seige from below, but instead of telling a tale of anxiety and nail-biting worry, Anest found the event "simply amazing."
Still, not all visitors to New Smyrna Beach have been as lucky as Anest and his wife (and all those others in the water that day). Two teen surfers were bitten in April. Last year, of the 23 unprovoked shark attacks in Florida (more than any other nation in the world), four occurred off New Smyrna Beach. None were fatal.
According to the Florida Museum of Natural History's "International Shark Attack File," there were 72 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, with ten fatalities. That number was up from 2012, where only seven were recorded.