Surfers and Jumping Sharks


This Black Tip shark was snapped leaping from the waves perilously close to care-free surfers in Florida earlier this month.

Kem McNair, 55, a surfer and amateur photographer who took the pictures on New Smyrna Beach, said: “I had just come in from surfing, grabbed my camera and walked to the water line with my friend Skipper Eppelin.

“I saw something in the background and I thought, ‘What was that?’ “I looked at the display on my camera and there it was – a spinner shark.

“This whole event happened in half a second – it was so quick.”

The six foot shark leapt from the waves, twisted and disappeared next to two surfers, who remained unaware. New Smyrna Beach is known as the shark bite capital of the world – twelve people have been bitten by sharks there this year.

“These sharks are very, very common in these waters but I have never captured pictures like these,” said Mr McNair, who has been taking photographs at the beach for the past 40 years.

“We see them all the time everyday if you ride a wave and the water is clear you may see two or three sharks in the length of one ride, and we see them jump numerous times a day.

“The surfers never saw the shark at all.”


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jeffry r. johnston July 24, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Now I know where not to surf …

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