When the word shark comes to mind, it has a tendency to send shivers down a paddler’s spine. Of course, not all sharks are akin to the man-eating monsters from Steven Spielberg movies. In fact, most species of sharks are completely harmless to humans. Nevertheless, a dorsal fin coming out of the water never fails to make the heart skip a beat.

In this clip, a paddler--seemingly without fear of sharks--comes across a smaller shark in shallow waters and proceeds to follow the toothy fish. Likely not too pleased with being pursued, the shark gives the paddler a quick whip of the tail and darts off to more tranquil waters. While it makes for an exciting encounter, it’s important to remember to give marine life enough space and not invade their privacy.


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