Shark spotted close to swimmers along Daytona Beach

Posted at 8:03 AM, Jul 02, 2019

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — (WESH/CNN) - Beachgoers encountered a few scary seconds in the waters off Daytona Beach Monday afternoon when a 5-foot shark swam within feet of them.

"The tail was just up and down, so we kind of followed it for a while and then it just disappeared," said witness Fran Kumpf.

WESH-TV’s helicopter was overhead and tracked multiple sharks, including one in shallow water with swimmers.


Several times one shark came within just a few arm's length of unsuspecting swimmers.

Many people said they didn't see the shark but had heard there had been one in the water.

"I heard a whistle blow and then they had the red and purple flags up," said Dee Jones of Daytona Beach.

On Sunday, a teen surfer was bitten on the foot by a shark in New Smyrna Beach just a few miles down the coast line.

"How does that make you guys feel having been in the water?” asked WESH-TV reporter Kelsi Thorud.

"Scared. I do not want to come back on this side," said Jones.

Many of the people said they knew sharks were a possibility in this area. But now, after actually seeing one, they're going to try to be more careful.

"They were pretty close, so imagine if your kids go far. You know, watch your kids," said Enrique Herrera of Daytona Beach.