A curious shark swam near an innocent kayaker near Monterey Bay, California, and a drone captured the incident.
A drone recorded a clip of a large shark swimming near a California kayaker, days after and not far from where a 26-year-old surfer was killed in a shark attack Saturday, May 9.
In video footage shared to Storyful by Giancarlo Thomae and posted to Twitter by ABC News, viewers can clearly see the shark, which looks to be longer than the kayak itself, take a curious swing around the unsuspecting paddler.
The video info claimed Aptos, California as the location, a spot with its share of shark sightings over the years.
The attack that killed Ben Kelly, a surfing enthusiast and custom board builder, happened near Manresa State Beach on the northern end of Monterey Bay. It led officials to close the waters 1 mile north and south of the occurrence.
The beaches had been closed due to the coronavirus crisis, but swimming and boating in the water was allowed.
In fact, those orders could have played a factor in the frequency and prevalence of sharks in the area. KRON 4 News reported that a local photographer had made several observations.
Monterey Bay drone photographer Eric Mailander has been observing dozens of great white sharks swimming near the shoreline in recent days. While back out on his boat Saturday morning, he counted 15 sharks. None were showing signs of aggressive predatory behavior, he said.
It's definitely worth noting the unaggressive nature of this particular video, and the fact that the only thing attracting the shark seems to be curiosity, not ill intent. There's no way of knowing for sure, but there doesn't seem to be anything provoking contact.
Nonetheless, when a deadly attack happens so close, in both location and time, to a video like this it's enough to raise the severity of message: Be aware of your surroundings as much as possible, and follow all safety precautions that you possibly can when out on the open water.