This is the terrifying moment of an 11-year-old boy being chased by a shark in the waves during a surfing competition.
Frightened onlookers sounded the alarm at Satellite Beach in Florida when the giant animal took an interest in young Tanner Brasol, before quickly making its way back to shore.
Dramatic footage captured on September 11 showed the moment the surfer realized he might be in danger as he began pulling his limbs out of the water.
The video shows onlookers screaming and screaming in panic as the 11-year-old carefully makes his way to safety – with full knowledge that the giant predator is on his tail.
Recalling the experience, Tanner’s mother, Kelly Brasol, said, “Her heart stopped.”
“He got the part where everything was finally going to be a little bit of a relief. That’s where the video you’re watching starts from where Tanner just got off the bat pod,” she added. News6.
“What was still terrifying though, can you still see in the video that one of the sharks was very interested in him and continued to chase him.”
Later in the clip, the silhouette of the shark can be seen in a wave as Tanner shores ever closer to safety.
“He was right there with her in that wave,” a man can be heard saying as the young man was pulled over the shore.
Event organizer Charlie Hajek later confirmed that “a black tip or bull shark came through the lineup,” ahead of the afternoon events.
The animal was attracted to a bait ball – which is when a small group of fish packs together.
He told me Miami Herald: “All the kids did a great job going to the beach. So proud of them. I always tell them to respect Sagar.”
He said Tanner was “very calm” and “acted like a professional.”
‘Something out of a movie’
The young boy, who started surfing in May 2020, recalled that it was his first experience coming so close to a shark.
“I was so scared,” Tanner told News6.
“I was like, This is no good. That shark, he’s not happy that I was in his bait. “He thought I was competing for that bait.”
The boy said it came just hours after he was alerted to the presence of the shark – which his mother described as “something out of a movie”.
But, after a 45-minute delay, and without any shards, the competition was allowed to resume, Click on the Orlando Report.
Tanner initially thought about withdrawing but eventually decided that the incident would not stop him from competing.
“If you keep calm around sharks they won’t attack,” Tanner said. “Keep your feet and hands away from the water.
“I didn’t want to be knocked over [of the competition] And I knew I wasn’t going to be in a bit.
“It’s not so common to get this bit. Sharks, they’re not after you, they’re more afraid of humans.”
Miraculously, Tanner won his division.