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Shark Jumps Over Surfer (Videos)

A spinner shark in Florida jumped over a surfer and it was caught on video. If you look closely, it appears the shark jumps over the back of the surfboard, and surfer whips his head around to see what just went flying over.  (In 2009, a video was recorded in Florida of a spinner shark jumping near a surfer, but not directly over.)

Spinner sharks were named for their spinning motion when they jump out of water. According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, they have never killed a human. The species is listed as Near Threatened due to human activity such as fishing.

These sharks spin as part of their feeding strategy. They swim swiftly up in a vertical position to swallow their prey while they spin. Often their momentum causes them to exit the water. They eat tenpounders, sardines, herring, anchovies, sea catfish, lizardfish, mullets, bluefish, tunas, bonito, croakers, jacks, mojarras, and tongue-sole. The average mature spinner shark is about six feet long and weighs about 120 pounds.

It may have been that the spinner shark was trying to catch some small fish in the same area where surfers were riding waves, meaning the shark had no intention of biting the surfer. As the human population continues to grow and more natural habitat for wild animals is encroached upon, such encounters are likely. Fortunately in this case neither the person, nor the wild animal, was injured or killed.

There are about 375 shark species and less than ten percent of them have been known to attack a human. Even with this small number of attacks, they are often mistakes made by a shark in murky water, or their confusing a surfer with a seal. In 2010 there were only 79 shark attacks on humans worldwide, with six fatalities according to the University of Florida.

Compare that year’s six world shark fatalities to the over 30,000 vehicle-related deaths in the United States for the year before, and you see shark attack deaths overall amount to almost nothing, in relative terms.

Image Credit: stsimonsfishing.com

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4:26PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

too late

2:52PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

too late

4:02PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Sorry I missed it.

10:41AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

More people in the water = more frequency of attack. My favorite of the big sharks is the Mako the Porsche of the seas and faster at 0-65. They have been known to jump in the boat too. lol

4:03AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

sorry i missed it

2:29AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Ho ho ho the video is no longer available..... too bad, it looked cool and inviting.!

9:43PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Thanks!

5:32PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

There's a new video link for all the ones who are interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEbi_AJ0wUU

Woa, that was close. It's a lesson for al the reckless surfers out there: stop invading the sharks' habitat wile acting like seals.

11:07PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

bummer

7:09PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

too late

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