These folks can see the unthinkable unfolding, and can't do anything about it.
Maybe the fear of sharks came as a direct result of the famed motion picture, "Jaws" back in the day. Maybe there was an inability for sharks to escape the stigma of being vicious killers, and subsequently an inevitability of overreaction and dramatization.
But while people definitely tend to overreact when swimming at the beach, this time was undoubtedly different. Imagine sitting on your hotel balcony and watching this situation develop.
In this video, we see someone swimming around in water while a shark is circling, moving in closer and closer.
The people filming from a distance are too far to get the swimmer's attention, resulting in a bone-chilling piece of footage.
Watch the video below:
What would you do in this situation if you were the one behind the phone or on one of the other balconies? First and foremost, I think I'd immediately stop filming. I don't know about y'all, but I was pretty confident that was about to end ugly.
Stan Battles, who was filming from the 28th floor of the Tidewater Resort Wednesday morning, was fighting the same thoughts.
"You don't want to write what I was thinking," he told the Austin American-Statesman. "I just didn't want the girl to get hurt."
There's really nothing to do but to hope they can hear you yelling, is there?
What would you do if you were the swimmer and you could faintly hear "Shark!" off in the distance? Would you start swimming as fast as possible?
I will say, the freakiest part of this is that it happened at Panama City Beach, Florida. You know people go swimming in this water all the time, so seeing that big of a shark just casually swimming around is enough to give anyone chills.
"The woman swims directly over this thing," Battles said. "Directly over it."
However, how sure are we that the video shows a shark? Could it possibly be something else?