Shark Swims Terrifyingly Close to Surfer

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A veteran surfer went looking for sharks off Manhattan Beach in Southern California and found one, in an encounter that proved both thrilling and terrifying.

Great White Shark Circles Paddleboarder


Mike Durand headed out on a paddle board, looking for sharks on Wednesday. Eventually, he spotted a juvenile great white and began shooting footage of it. "You can see how he's swimming around me," Durand said as he observed the shark swimming near his board. "Hopefully, he's not coming to get me."

It wasn't long before Durand realized that the shark was watching him as much as he was watching it. "Holy sh--, he's checking me out," Durand said, as the shark swam directly underneath his board. "I'm f---ing shaking like a leaf." Despite his nervousness, Durand's voice remained remarkably calm throughout the close encounter.

Luckily, the shark wasn't hungry or overly curious about Durand, and the surfer remained unharmed, although the danger of the situation was not lost on him. "It's all fun until someone loses an eye, (or leg)," he wrote on YouTube.

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kitscreen1

Dude's an idiot looking for sharks. He'll probably go back for another cheap thrill.
Keep looking for that kind of rush you will get what you deserve.

October 18 2013 at 8:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MIKEY'S SCREEN

Publicity. That's all he was looking for.

This guy has been around for awhile (I live next door in El Segundo). He's been on the beach for years and every surfer that's been in the sport for over 20 years has dealt with sharks from time to time. He knew that as long as he didn't splash or hang open limbs (those that are not covered by a wet suit) in the water, he was more than safe.

October 18 2013 at 3:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
intelxtreme

maybe he was armed and ready to kill the shark doesnt look like a dumb guy

October 18 2013 at 12:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hazel

You play with the sharks your going to get bit...see if he likes that ??????

October 18 2013 at 12:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rkeeeballs

GOODNESS you go looking and poop yer pants when you find it....I would too !

October 17 2013 at 10:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
liondog96

You sure it wasn't a seal?

October 17 2013 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fernandezarthr

How I would have love the shark take a chunk off his butt........

October 17 2013 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bill

Why would you like that ?

October 18 2013 at 4:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jo

You know what they say....be careful what you wish for!

October 17 2013 at 8:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dennis

the shark is smaller than the serf board, no way it will attk it, great white hunt prey they know, they not gonna attk smth they don't know that bigger than it is....

October 17 2013 at 8:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gerbersmail

What? Lifeguards decided not to issue any warnings because the shark did not attack the surfer? Yeah...that makes sense. Let's wait until the shark dines on another surfer for lunch before we warn the public. How stupid can you get? Geez!

October 17 2013 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dennis

you are the stupid one, all knowledge you got is from "Jaws"

October 17 2013 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
geotoyou

,,, if you knew what was below the surface, half the time, you'd never enter the water...

October 17 2013 at 8:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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