One surfer was merrily minding his own business riding some waves at
Florida’s when he got the shock of his life as a 1.2 meter or 3.5 feet long shark leapt over his head. New Smyrna Beach
The scene was reminiscent of something from Jaws, but thankfully the shark didn’t make a meal of the innocent surfer.
While thousands flocked to YouTube to marvel at the sight, some were dubious that the shark was actually a shark – and thought it was a seal instead.
One user summed up the thoughts of many when they wrote: ‘Flying sharks... That's it we're f****d!’
The sea creature in the video is a spinner shark, and such behavior is perfectly normal and completely harmless – to humans anyway.
The Florida Museum of Natural History explained: ‘They swim swiftly up in a vertical position to swallow their prey while they spin. Often their momentum causes them to exit the water.’
Spinner sharks, highly valued by fisheries, are on the threatened species list.