A photographer was using a drone to take footage near Pismo State Beach in California as surfers were in the water.
Dustin McCaslin, of Bakersfield, California, launched a drone at around 9:15 a.m. about 50 to 100 feet above the beach and water.
As the serene scene of greenish ocean water unfolded, little did he know, he would capture something amazing yet terrifying.
Moments later, a shadowy blob is seen lurking in the water close to the surfers.
It turned out, according to McCaslin, to be a shark. At one point, the shark is about 30 feet away from a surfer.
As the drone flew overhead, the shark lurked just outside the sand bar, highlighting the dangers of going in the water.
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McCaslin showed the footage to a lifeguard, who said the figure in the water appeared “very sharky,” and they later went out to investigate, ABC7 reported.
The photo was shot from a helicopter, showing blacktip sharks in the inlet.
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Local shark expert Jim Abernathy told the news outlet: “This is very unusual that we have a large population of blacktip sharks anywhere in Palm Beach County this time of year because the black tip migration lasts from October until the end of March.”
Massive #shark spotted off Nokomis Beach. Depending on who you talk to the #hammerhead was 8-12 feet. @SRQCountyGov lifeguards closed beach until he/she swam away. 🦈 Video courtesy: Adam Gebel pic.twitter.com/MScn0bPIHW
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A school of blacktip sharks, meanwhile, was seen swimming off Palm Beach, Florida, in drone footage shared by Elasmobranch Research Laboratory, according to the Miami Herald in March.