NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida – A 7-year-old boy was knocked off of his surfboard by a shark while surfing with his dad during Thanksgiving break at New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
In the GoPro video, Chandler Moore of Oviedo, Florida can be seen catching a wave then standing on the surfboard when a small blacktip shark goes over the top of the surfboard and knocks the second-grader off.
“My son Chandler and I were out surfing this weekend when the unthinkable happened,” Chandler’s dad, Shaun Moore, wrote on YouTube.
“At the time, my son thought a “fish” was what hit him and then we decided to check the GoPro footage to see. Sure enough, there’s a Blacktip shark that jumped up and almost bit my son! Crazy experience to say the least.”
After the shark encounter, Shaun and Chandler continued surfing that day.
Blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) are the number one species responsible for biting humans along the U.S. East Coast.
The shark has black tips on its pectoral fins and grows to no more than about six feet.
Blacktip sharks can swim in just inches of water where toddlers often play. Blacktip bites are mostly non-fatal.
Photo/video credit: Shaun Moore via YouTube