NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - The masses of sharks we see here in south Florida in February-April start to thin out as we head into summer, while up north in New Smyrna…they are setting up their summer homes in droves.
More shark bites come out of surfing the south side of Ponce Inlet in New Smyrna than anywhere in the world!
Florida surfers see the “spinner” shark jump out of the water all the time. While they are not aggressive, it’s still an amazing sight to see, especially if it’s close.
I’m sure in the back of all surfers mind they hope that the shark doesn’t jump ON or around them. There have been stories, Palm Beach surfer Jay Boggess was surfing behind the Breakers on Palm Beach and a small 3 or 4 foot spinner jumped and landed right on him! He said he was pretty freaked out along with everyone else in the line-up at the time. (as you could imagine) He didn’t get hurt though thank goodness and has quite the story to tell now.
It’s tough to get photos or video of these creatures doing their thing. They are in and out and back in the water in a matter of seconds. With all the cameras around now, especially the GOPRO water camera…we were bound to see something crazy happen. That’s exactly what Orlando Sentinel photographer Jacob Langston found when reviewing his GOPRO video from the day. He was shooting video off the waters of New Smyrna Beach with his GOPRO HD camera. He didn’t even know what he had until he was editing the video back in the office. He remembers another surfer yelling “Dude! Did you see that?” Now he knows why.
Watch the amazing video closely and see a 4 foot spinner shark jump right over a surfer!!
No word from the surfer it jumped over, but I’m sure if he saw it, he wanted to make like Jesus and walk on water to the beach!
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