Terrifying moment hammerhead shark swims under oblivious swimmer a day after another beast charged man at Florida beachJuly 20, 2021
FOOTAGE shows a prowling hammerhead shark circling oblivious swimmers in Florida.
The bathers can be seen paddling off the waters in Panama City Beach yesterday when the sea beast can be seen heading toward him.
The shark can be seen heading straight towards the two swimmers who appear to be none-the-wiser.
The person who is filming the spectacle from a hotel room balcony can be heard identifying the beast as a hammerhead.
The shark passes underneath the legs of the bathers, one of which is laying on their back.
But they seem obvious as it begins to circle them.
It comes after footage of another close encounter was recorded on the same beach on Friday as onlooking Florida beachgoers scream in fear.
It is unclear if the swimmer was initially aware of the incoming beast, but he definitely was when the shark charged toward him at a rapid speed.
The lucky swimmer stood still as the hammerhead approached him and quickly darted off to the side.
Someone at the shore can be heard screaming as the shark approached, with others ensuring that the swimmer knew what was happening by repeatedly shouting "shark."
The shark rapidly disappeared, as the man started his return to the shore.
The heart-stopping footage was captured by Katie Von Bogart and uploaded onto TikTok.
THE HAMMERHEAD SHARK
Hammerhead sharks are successful predators.
They can range in size from 2ft 11 to over 19ft.
A hammerhead shark has 17 rows of teeth and largely feeds on octopi and other fish.
Few attacks by hammerhead sharks have been recorded.
Yet, their gargantuan size and ferocity can make them potentially dangerous to humans.
It has since amassed a huge 6million views, with several viewers shocked by what they saw.
One TikTok commentator claimed that the shark was actually chasing a fish — not intending to hurt the man.
Another confirmed that what the swimmer did — choosing to stand still — was the right way to react, as splashing around could have confused the shark and led to an attack.
For decades, Florida has topped global charts in the number of shark bites.
In 2020 Florida's 16 cases represent 48 per cent of the US total and 28 per cent of unprovoked bites worldwide.
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