PICS: Drone captures shark lurking scarily close to swimming children

Way too close for comfort? This photographer accidentally captured a shark swimming super close to his children. 

Travel and Leisure reports that an Orlando-based photographer, Dan Watson, shared two bone-chilling images on his Instagram. Chilling on the beach flying his drone to snap some cool shots of New Smyrna Beach in Florida, he got a bit more than he bargained for. He noticed a shark swimming extremely close to his children and his friends' kids. 

This prompted him to yell out: "Shark!"

His caption reads, "See that dark shadow making its way straight for the shore & those people? That was my view this weekend while flying my Mavic 2 Pro… and oh, 3 of those people are my kids! Swipe to see the next image that resulted from my yelling to get out of the water and the unmistakable outline of a shark. Definitely too close of an encounter for my liking!"

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Apparently the drone was the first (and only one) to spot the shark as at that time of the day the lifeguard was already off duty. 

Close one, indeed. 

And a little closer to home the Sardine Run is a bait ball of marine life activity this winter.

If you're planning on experiencing the Sardine Run keep the following tips in mind:

  • Be sure to book your accommodation in advance, as many fishing enthusiasts typically flock to the KZN coastline around this time.
  • If you’re looking to do some diving, be sure to book in advance through a reputable dive centre with experienced PADI instructors.
  • The winter months also mark the arrival of humpback whales.
  • Although unrelated to the run, the whale and dolphin encounters should provide ample distraction while you wait for the sardine action to kick-off.
  • Bathers need to be cautious as shark nets are typically removed from most beaches, and swimming is prohibited during this time.

The best spots to see the Sardine Run:

  • Port St Johns
  • Mkambati Nature Reserve
  • Coffee Bay
  • Golden Mile in Durban
  • Aliwal Shoal
  • Port Edward to Hibberdene

READ MORE: Infographic: KZN a year-round wildlife attraction 

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