You probably saw this video over the weekend of the spinner shark jumping over the surfer at New Smyrna Beach, Florida? It's a rare moment caught on video—and one that might make you wonder just what you'll encounter out in the deep blue this 4th of July holiday. We asked the Surfrider Foundation weigh in so we don't miss riding a single wave this weekend.
Matt McClain, Surfer, Director of Marketing & Communications
The video was certainly interesting...inasmuch as that sort of jumping behavior, while common, hasn’t been well documented on film—and certainly not in proximity of surfers.
As far as surfers recreating in the ocean in proximity to sharks... well, it is the ocean! Most surfers recognize that we share our surf breaks with sharks. Most of the time they tend to be fairly benign species—leopard sharks, nurse sharks, angel sharks, etc., but also occasionally include larger species of predatory sharks, including tiger and white sharks.
Most of the time, we surfers never even know these sharks are there. On those few occasions, where surfers or swimmers do encounter sharks the sharks behavior typically ranges from mild curiosity to flat out disinterest. I think most seasoned surfers understand this and as such, take the presence of sharks in stride.
Bottom line is that while the threat of shark attack always exists, surfers and bathers have much, much, much greater chance of getting hurt or killed traveling to and from the beach, then they do while they are in the water.