“Was Probably Looking for Mick Fanning”: Clip of Shark Pulling Up Behind Surfers at South African World Surfing League Event Goes Viral

Published 07/16/2023, 4:21 PM EDT

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Sharks have fascinated and terrified humans for ages. Evolutionarily, we are hardwired to pay attention to things that can and will harm us. Besides the very cool nature of sharks, the surfing community has encountered genuine fear of being pulled underwater by one or of seeing a chunk taken out of our loved ones or our inspiring athletes. And one such recent incident unfolded in Jeffreys Bay, in South Africa. 

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Nathan Florence, the professional surfer, shares a chilling video on his Instagram which made headlines in the surfing community. Fans are captivated by his breathtaking video at J-Bay. The footage revealed the presence of a great white shark swimming in proximity to world-class surfers. This incident evoked memories of the 2015 shark incident that almost lacerated Australian surfer Mick Fanning

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On 15th July 2023, Saturday, Florence took to Instagram and posted a courageous yet terrifying video. In the sight, he can be seen swimming in Jeffreys Bay, often hailed as one of the world’s premier surf breaks of South Africa, and has a reputation that extends beyond its world-class waves. This moment was captured by videographer Zoard with a witty and elaborate caption. He penned, “Some groms came in down the point and said they had seen a big great white close enough to see its eyes!

The J-bay is known for its shark-populated waters, and surfers who take on these powerful swells understand that they are entering the domain of these predators. On the same note, the dangerous encounter between Mick Fanning and a great white shark during a competition heat in 2015 still lingers in the collective memory. It further emphasizes the inherent risk faced by surfers in these waters. Furthermore, this has ignited a flurry of reactions from fans around the world. 

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Fan Reacting to Shark-infested Waters

As the video spreads among the surfing community, the social media cult has been quick to share their reactions and penned multiple comments. Here are some of the notable responses. One fan, remarked, “Nathan Attenborough,”. Another commented, “Was Probably Looking for Mick Fanning”. This doesn’t stop here, another fan got mesmerised and wrote, “Epic footage, Dudes just chilling and cruising along the coastline! Such awesome creatures, but I definitely prefer diving with them than seeing them in the lineup.”

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The clip has elicited a mix of astonishment, with comments such as “Oh my gosh, that’s a crazy clip!” and contemplation, with some wondering how frequently such encounters occur for surfers,“The shark sprayer”. As fans react to this gripping footage, it sparks a renewed appreciation for the thrill and potential dangers that surfers face. 

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Harshita Chawla

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Harshita Chawla is a US Sports writer at Essentially Sports. Having contributed to college magazine as a sports writer, she comes with a staunch knowledge in content creation for the sports industry. Along with this, Harshita is a huge fan of Gymnastics queen Simone Biles and has a penchant for writing about her favorite athlete.
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