On August 6, a video of a shark joining a surfer on a wave, before leaping into the air went viral on the internet.

Many users were impressed by the shark’s acrobatic abilities upon seeing the viral video. The clip was posted online by a woman named Kaci Allen, who revealed that the incident took place when her 15-year-old son Ethan, whom she called “E” was surfing.

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‘Shark joins Surfer on a wave’ video explored

Kaci posted the video and pictures to her Facebook and Instagram pages. She revealed that it was captured when the mother-son duo was spending some relaxing time on the beach after her dad’s funeral.

The proud mum pulled her camera out to capture her son’s surfing skills but didn’t realize that she had captured a shark leaping into the air until she rewatched the videos later. We can see that the shark jumped out of the water right after her son pulled his feet up on the board. The shark and the surfer’s encounter was a very close call.

In an interview given to Newsweek, Kaci reveals that the video was captured on the South Carolina coast. The mother-son duo was visiting from Nashville, Tennessee, for her father’s funeral.

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Which species did the shark belong to?

The local newspaper Charlotte Observer noted that it was a young Spinner shark in the viral video.

Spinner sharks, scientifically known as Carcharhinus brevipinna are a common species to be found off the coast of South Carolina. They spin through the water vertically when trying to feed. Hence, the shark was on a hunt for food when it leapt behind the surfer.

Conservation organization Oceana states that Spinner sharks are “fast and agile predators.” The young adults among them grow up to 6-10 feet in length.

They feed, unlike any other shark species, that is by spinning out of the water in quick bursts in an attempt to catch a fresh meal. Unlike other species, the Spinner sharks aren’t deep-sea swimmers.

They have been spotted throughout the world and have become a target for commercial fishers. As a result, they are now listed as “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

Internet users react to viral video

Many internet users reacted to the shark joining the surfer video. Here are some interesting reactions.

Many users took to Facebook and commented under Kaci’s post.

Screenshot from Kaci Allen’s Facebook post
Screenshot from Kaci Allen’s Facebook post
Screenshot from Kaci Allen’s Facebook post

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