Two surfers catching the waves on a Puerto Rico beach swam frantically in the choppy waters as soon as they saw they weren’t alone. A massive shark was trailing them only a few feet away, according to a published report.
Dramatic footage captured the shark’s dorsal fin sticking out from the water. Rolando Montes, his surfing partner, is seen trying to return to shore in the video. The New York Post reported.
Both surfers managed to get out of the water uninjured. The Hill reported.
A friend of the pair, Jorge Benitez, watched the terrifying scene unfold and filmed the close encounter.
According to Benitez, sharks are not often seen in the waters around Middles Beach where the large predator was reported by the Post.
“This is the first shark I see,” Benitez said.
The last shark incident that took place off the beaches of Puerto Rico was in 2011, the Post said.
The chances of getting bit by a shark are low, but shark attacks are on the increase, Metro UK was previously reported.
In 2021, there have been eight fatal shark attacks following 74 encounters, some provoked, some unprovoked, the publication reported.
According to the International Shark Attack File, the United States had the highest number of shark encounters last year with 33 (3 deaths), followed by Australia (8 attacks with 6 fatalities),
On Nov 8, Paul Millachip, 57, was fatally bitten by what was believed to be a great white shark while he was swimming at Port Beach near Perth off Australia’s west coast, METRO UK rported.
Two teenagers witnessed the attack and tried to save him. The news outlet reported that his body wasn’t recovered.