A man enjoying a leisurely swim in the ocean narrowly escaped – when a huge shark swam past him a few feet away.
Alarming overhead video shows the man enjoying some private time in clear waters off a Miami beach – or so he thinks, as a 10-foot hammerhead lurks beneath the surface, circling him.
Jason McIntosh, 41, from Miami, Florida, flew his drone over the sea last Sunday, November 15, capturing the astonishing scene.
“I flew the drone and was just looking to the south beach to take pictures,” Jason said.
“My passion is photographing wildlife in the ocean.
“I’ve seen hammerhead sharks in the shoreline before, but my eyes lit up as I saw the man swim backwards as the shark began to circle around him.
“I had no way to warn him.”
So ignorant of the shark’s presence, the man being filmed even points his thumb at the camera at one point.
Jason said, “The shark was in his ocean.
‘You can’t forget it’s their ocean, not ours. We are in their environment when we are in their ocean.
“Everyone has told me they are epic images.”
Jason shared his video on Instagram, where it has since been inundated with comments from fans who have been blown away by the clip.
The video has been viewed over 100,000 times to date.
The one-minute video even caught the attention of Mick Fanning, a three-time surfing world champion, who survived a shark attack in a 2015 competition in Jeffreys Bay, Africa.
“Holy s ***, wow !!,” he said.
“So great,” commented someone else.
Another person added, “Damn it. This is great!”
The shark eventually swam away and the man was reportedly unharmed.
Most hammerhead species are quite small and are considered harmless to humans, according to National Geographic.
But the great hammerhead shark’s sheer size and ferocity make it potentially dangerous, although few fatal attacks have ever been recorded.