PANAMA CITY BEACH (CBSMiami) – A woman swimming off the shoreline of Panama City Beach got a bit too close for comfort to a pretty big shark and someone in a nearby hotel captured the close encounter on video.

According to the Panama City News Herald, the video was shot by Stan Battles from the 28th floor of his beachside resort. It shows the shark checking out the swimmer in the Gulf of Mexico as she swims through water. It appears there is nobody else around.

Battles told the paper he’d been watching the shark swim around in the muck and sea grass, staying mostly hidden, until the swimmer came along. The shark kept a wide circle around her, and at one point, swims far ahead of her and turns around heading back in her direction. She apparently didn’t realize she had a follower.

Within a few minutes, some people on the beach began to notice the shark and began shouting to her to let her know there was a shark nearby and to swim back to shore.

The woman, who spoke to Battles on the beach, said she never saw it.

Comments (22)
  1. Jack Inmanz says:

    Even a shark won’t get too close to a Florida woman.

  2. Bob Reid says:

    Instead of sitting on your ass and recording how about you do something to help?

    1. Peter Stephens says:

      Like What?

      1. Patrick Ruttster says:

        He should have jumped over him with his motorcycle.

  3. munstermoon says:

    Looks like a nurse shark – they are curious but mostly harmless. Swimmer handled it exactly right – act like prey, sharks will never go after you if you act like a predator – not!

  4. Donny Dingle says:

    That shark wasn’t interested in her. He just wanted to see if she had any snack food for him.

  5. Jack Belk says:

    What evidence is there of curiosity as opposed to say, hunger?

    1. Sharks don’t attack people to eat them, it’s usually a mistake because the swimmer looks like something else flopping around in the water.

  6. William C. Meadows says:

    The shark would not have bothered me but if had been Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi swimming around me I would have been scared, very scared.

  7. This is just a shark looking for those delicious sting rays, could care less

  8. Dave Sacramento says:

    That isn’t a shark.

  9. Jeb Charleston says:

    Thank goodness it wasn’t her time of the month.

  10. Keys Jackson says:

    Should have brought her emergency midget in a backpack