Nathan Anderson and Joshua Lovewell said they brought camera equipment with them while paddleboarding off the El Porto section of Manhattan Beach after friends didn't believe there were sharks. But just 50 yards from the shore, the two men captured images of what appear to be at least three juvenile great white sharks swimming in the water.
A pair of paddleboarders captured what appear to be at least three juvenile great white sharks swimming near a California beach on video — after friends didn’t believe the man-eating creatures were in the water.
So, the duo strapped camera gear to their paddles before putting their boards in the water on Saturday and within minutes recorded a 6-foot shark just below the surface.
He remembered feeling “a little bit of panic, excitement — but you’re still shaking because, obviously, you don’t want to fall in.”
The two men steadied themselves on their boards for a terrifying 45 minutes as they hovered above the pack of small sharks.
“The last thing I wanted to do was fall right in front of one of these sharks and have them, you know, get excited and bite me,” Lovewell told the news station.
Sarah Sikich — a science and policy director for a nonprofit group, Heal the Bay — said there have been a growing number of great white shark sightings in Santa Monica Bay this year.
“It definitely looks like a (great) white to me,” she told the news station, but insisted that she couldn’t be sure. “I think it’s exciting.”
The paddleboarders’ video comes just weeks after a surfer captured video of what appeared to be a shark lurking in the waters of the same beach.
The surfer, Erica Henderson, told KCAL-TV that she was paddling in the water with a camera mounted to her board when she saw the big fish just below the surface.
Although there were dozens of alleged shark sightings near Manhattan Beach over the summer, there were no reports of any attacks.