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Moment a bull shark stalks paddle boarder, swimmer and snorkelers in Florida

Moment of a bull shark sneaking in the shallows stalking paddle surfers, swimmers and snorkelers as it comes within yards of the Florida shoreline

  • This is when a bull shark stalks beachgoers unaware of the predator next to them in Florida
  • Bull sharks rarely get this close to shore, but drone pilot Paul Dabill captured images of a shark on the beach
  • They are territorial in nature and frequent shallow waters, but only 17 fatal attacks have been recorded

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Drone footage shows a bull shark swimming just feet away from unwitting snorkelers and a paddleboarder in Jupiter, Florida.

Beachgoers were unaware of the stalking predator swimming in the shallows right next to them.

Bull sharks are known to frequent shallow waters, but rarely come this close to the beach.

They are easily provoked and territorial in nature, and the National Wildlife Federation calls them “the most dangerous sharks to humans.”

Drone pilot Paul Dabill captured on camera the nerve-wracking moment as the shark swims past the swimmers.

A bull shark is shown approaching a paddleboarder who is unaware of its presence.  Bull sharks are known to frequent shallow waters, but rarely come this close to the beach

A bull shark is shown approaching a paddleboarder who is unaware of its presence. Bull sharks are known to frequent shallow waters, but rarely come this close to the beach

The shark swam past beachgoers unaware of the Florida predator.  They are easily provoked and territorial in nature, and the National Wildlife Federation calls them

The shark swam past beachgoers unaware of the Florida predator. They are easily provoked and territorial in nature, and the National Wildlife Federation calls them “the most dangerous sharks to humans.”

The shark heads towards a group of swimmers before returning to the paddleboarder for a second look

The shark heads towards a group of swimmers before returning to the paddleboarder for a second look

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He was flying his drone when he saw the shark approaching on a paddleboarder at his local beach.

HOW DANGEROUS ARE BULL SHARKS?

In the United States, bull sharks are commonly found off the East Coast.

Bull sharks can survive in fresh water for a long time, unlike toehr sharks.

They have even been found in the Mississippi and Amazon Rivers.

Bull sharks prefer shallow coastal waters, which means they can often come into contact with humans.

They are often considered the most dangerous sharks to humans because of their aggressive tendencies and their ability to pull up rivers.

However, shark attacks are extremely rare.

Between 1876 and 2001, bull sharks were involved in 69 recorded unprovoked attacks, 17 of which were fatal.

He said: ‘They are very common. At certain times I see them every time I fly my drone.

“But they usually don’t come closer than about 15 meters from the beach — this one came much closer, which is rare.”

In the footage, the shark approaches the beach before swimming right past the paddleboarder.

It then moves closer to shore, just as a female leaves the water, oblivious to the chased shark.

The shark heads towards a group of snorkelers before returning to the paddleboarder.

Dabill, 47, said the shark was likely foraging for food in shallower waters near the beach

He said shark attacks only happen in two scenarios.

“One is if the shark is hunting baitfish in shallow murky waters and a person is swimming or surfing in the area,” he said. “Then there is a chance that the shark will accidentally bite the person while chasing the baitfish.”

The other scenario is when a diver is spearfishing, he added.

“Once a fish is shot, it will struggle and bleed, causing sharks to rush into the area and try to eat the muscular fish.

“If the spearfisher is close to the spearfish, the shark may accidentally bite the person.”

He added: ‘Sharks don’t want to attack people.

“If a shark bite does occur, it is almost always a mistake by the shark or a person standing in the shark’s way and a possible meal for the shark.”

Shark attacks are extremely rare, with only 69 cases of bull shark attacks in the US.

A bull shark attacked a Florida woman who worked as a lifeguard in October 1993.

Snorkelers are pictured by the rocks in Jupiter, Florida as the bull shark patrols the waters.  Sharks often hang out with pods of dolphins, with both species looking for fish to eat in the early evenings

Snorkelers are pictured by the rocks in Jupiter, Florida as the bull shark patrols the waters. Sharks often hang out with pods of dolphins, with both species looking for fish to eat in the early evenings

Drone pilot Paul Dabill said he was probably looking for food.  Despite their territorial tendencies, there are only 69 recorded unprovoked attacks, 17 of which were fatal

Drone pilot Paul Dabill said he was probably looking for food. Despite their territorial tendencies, there are only 69 recorded unprovoked attacks, 17 of which were fatal

She told the Miami Herald: “I started swimming laps parallel to the beach when something bumped into me. It felt like a truck was hitting me. It disoriented me at first, and when I looked up to see what had happened, I realized I was being turned in the opposite direction.

“That’s when I knew a shark had attacked me. My hand and leg started to burn, so I pulled them out of the water to see the damage. My hand was dripping blood everywhere.’

Thadeus Kubinski was attacked and killed by a bull shark in August 2000 after he jumped off the dock and landed near a 2.5-meter shark in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Kubinski, 69, bled to death from the shark bites, which crushed his rib cage and ruptured his liver, the Pinellas County medical examiner ruled.

Sharks often hang out with groups of dolphins, with both species looking for fish to eat in the early evenings, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Another man, 43-year-old Michael Knowles, was bitten while swimming close to dolphins in Florida near the Middle Keys in 1999, the Miami Herald reported.

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